Bataan Tarak Ridge & Papaya River Major Day Hike with Transfers from Manila

Day hike at Tarak Ridge
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NCR, Philippines
22 hours
English, Tagalog
All year
Minimum age:
15 years old


Set out on a thrilling outdoor adventure in Bataan with this major day hike to the Tarak Ridge and Papaya River, two of the province's top natural attractions. This experience is best suited for seasoned hikers as the climb to the ridge is generally considered a major climb. The package already covers your transportation to and from the jump-off point in Bataan, the service of a guide, a personalized souvenir bag tag, and all of the necessary environment and registration fees. 

Your excursion starts in the evening to ensure that you reach the ridge when the sun is up, giving you a panoramic view of the stunning landscape. A driver will fetch you from your accommodation within Metro Manila or Cavite City (1 pickup point only). After settling in the vehicle, you will begin making your way to Mariveles town in Bataan, where the trail's jump-off point is located. When you arrive, your guide will give you time to have an early breakfast (own expense) before heading to the barangay hall to register. Once you've finished registration, your guide will brief you on what to expect on the trail and the safety rules.

When you're ready, you will begin heading up the trail. As you trek, you can also take a moment to admire the environment around you as the sun rises. Along the way, you will take a break at the Papaya River, a common rest area for hikers heading to Tarak Ridge. This waterway not only serves as a source of water for travelers, but it is a picturesque attraction in the trail as well, so feel free to snap a couple of photos.  

Afterward, it's time to continue the journey to Tarak Ridge's summit. As you get closer to the peak, the trail tends to get steeper and will lead you through thick forests, so make sure to wear shoes that won't slip easily. When you finally arrive at the ridge's summit, it's time to take another break as you enjoy the rewarding view from here. While resting here, you can also have an early lunch (own expense). The tour does not come with meals, however, so make sure to pack food if you plan on eating at the peak. 

When you're recharged and full, you will begin your descent back to the jump-off point. At the jump-off point, you can wash up, change clothes, and take another breather before heading back into the private vehicle. Once you're good to go, the driver will drop you off back at your accommodation within Metro Manila or Cavite City. This itinerary only serves as a general guide for the hike and can vary, depending on the weather conditions and other factors during your chosen schedule. 

Climb to the peak of Tarak Ridge in Bataan by booking this day hike complete with transfers from Manila. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Private Tarak Ridge and Papaya River Day Hike with Guide and Transfers
Registration Fees, Environmental Fees, and Tour Guide Fees
Personalized Event Bagtag Souvenir
Free Accommodation Pick-up and Drop Off: 1 Point of Origin in Cavite or NCR
Not Included: other activities, meals, tips and gratuities


Hiking and Trekking

What to bring

2-3L Drinking Water
Trail Food (such as Jelly Ace, Mixed Nuts, Fruits, Chocolate Bars, Energy Bars, Biscuits)
Packed Breakfast & Lunch
Trekking Pole (Optional)
Headlamp / Flashlight with extra Batteries
Raincoat or Poncho (on rainy days)
Toiletries, Towel, Personal Medicines, and First Aid Kit
Sunblock or Sunscreen
Camera, Phone, Charger, and Power Bank
Change of Clothes, Slippers, and Plastic Bag for Wet Clothes (in case you will swim in the river)
Garbage Bag for Personal/Group Trash
Extra Money in Philippine Peso Currency
Kit Storage Bag or Eco-bag (to leave any items not required for the hike, to be left inside the van)
Spirit of Adventure

Good to know

Free accomodation pick-up and drop-off from Cavite or NCR, additonal Php120.00/pax for pick-up and drop-off from Batangas, Rizal, Laguna, and Quezon. Please follow and apply the leave no trace principle- Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, and kill nothing but time. Understand the risks in outdoor adventures. Never underestimate the mountains as the weather may be unpredictable. Do not worry as there will be a tour guide who has to undergo mountaineering and safety courses but do your own research and bring all necessary hiking safety gear.

Always adhere and listen to the advice of your climb team leader, coordinator, and guide. If you have a medical condition such as asthma or any allergies please notify us so we can prepare. Every participant is required to bring their own garbage bag. There will be no trash to be left in the area, even in the smallest form. Fine may be charged to any participant caught littering. Food may be prepared upon request for a minimal fee, shower area will also be available on-site for a minimal fee.

We highly advise that hikers wear comfortable hiking shoes or sandals. If you don't have hiking shoes, running shoes will do but please avoid wearing slippers. Trekking pants and shorts, leggings, or jogging pants for the bottom garment. Avoid denim pants or skinny jeans as they might restrict your movement. Use a dry-fit shirt or rash guard and avoid wearing cotton shirts. Guests may opt to bring a cap, arm sleeves, or head buff to help protect from sunburn and a pair of gloves to be used in climbing up the rock formation: ordinary, gym, garden gloves will do- this is available at the jump-off point for 50php per pair.

For individual safety, be sure to inform your family that you are hiking on your tour date as there may be poor to no signal during the hike. Prepare and condition your body and always expect the unexpected.

Please maintain minimum health protocols like physical distancing, proper sanitation, and wearing of facemask when talking shall be observed during the hike. Don't forget your tour voucher and a valid ID.

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