Beginner-Friendly Batanes Hike | Mt. Matarem Climb

Beginner-Friendly Batanes Hike | Mt. Matarem Climb
Beginner-Friendly Batanes Hike | Mt. Matarem Climb
Beginner-Friendly Batanes Hike | Mt. Matarem Climb
Beginner-Friendly Batanes Hike | Mt. Matarem Climb
Beginner-Friendly Batanes Hike | Mt. Matarem Climb
Beginner-Friendly Batanes Hike | Mt. Matarem Climb
Beginner-Friendly Batanes Hike | Mt. Matarem Climb

Get active and spend a leisurely day outdoors by hiking up Mt. Matarem, the second highest peak in Batan Island in Batanes. The southern counterpart of the iconic Mt. Iraya offers an easy to moderate hike even for beginner climbers. This half-day sightseeing and hiking tour is suited for beginner and novice hikers and nature-lovers who’d like to get active while enjoying refreshing views.

After being picked up at your accommodation in Basco, you’ll make your way to Brgy. San Vicente, the drop-off point in the southern part of the island roughly 13 km away from the town capital of Basco. Mt. Matarem is not regularly visited by travelers, but a specialized guide familiar with the area will be there to assist you and ensure your safety.

The trek takes you through scenic trails winding through an inactive volcano that stands 473+ meters above sea level. The mountain gets its name from the local term for “steep” which sums up its rugged contours and trails. While trail features are similar, the overall steepness and hiking experience is much friendlier than hiking Mt. Iraya.

You’ll pass through idyllic pasturelands lined with evergreen tree and get up close to local flora and fauna. The trail will pass through woodlands with various clearings so you can enjoy sightseeing and good overlooking views from different vantage points as you hike up.

After a few hours of hiking gradually through grasslands and forests, you’ll reach the steepest path and final stretch towards the summit. Your efforts will be rewarded once you reach the top as you will be witnessing a panoramic view of the entire Batan island from the peak. Unlike Mt. Iraya, whose peak is almost always obscured by clouds, good views are guaranteed at Mt. Matarem because of its low altitude.

Marvel at the view of Mt. Iraya and the airport, the coasts of Basco and Mahatao facing the Pacific Ocean, the old lighthouse and Fundacion Pacita; the sight of hedgerows and Rakuh e Payaman, followed by the southern town of Uyugan, Ivana to the southwest and Sabtang Island from a distance.

Get a different perspective and enjoy stunning panoramic views by hiking up this worthy mountain. Check the booking availability by choosing a date above.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing and Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Mount Matarem, Batanes
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 06:00.

Pick Up and Drop Off Location: Basco

To avoid delays, please be ready for pickup 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled departure.

  • Air-Conditioned Vehicle

  • English - Speaking Guide

  • Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off

  • Protection Area Management Board Fee

  • Sustainable Ecotourism Fee

  • Tips/Gratuities

What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather during early March is still affected by northeast monsoon

  • Insect Repellent

  • Hand Gloves

  • Mountain Climbing Footwear

  • Extra Towel

  • Extra Clothes

  • Personal Medicine

  • Water

Good to know:

- All our guides speak English.

- Not all establishments accept credit or debit cards, and ATMs can be limited.

- Sustainable Ecotourism Fee (PHP 350.00) and PAMB Fee (PHP 50.00) is only applicable one time while you are here in Batanes. It will be collected by the one in charge.

- A separate PAMB permit fee (PHP 150.00) for mountain tours is mandatory to be paid.

- There is a possibility of changes on timing for the tour depending on the weather condition like rearranging your itinerary, but this will be directly coordinated by the tour coordinator who will be assigned to you once you arrive in Batanes.

- Batanes is a protected area for all landscapes and seascapes in order to preserve its natural wonders including endemic floras and faunas. Your assigned Tour Guide will brief you on the details.

- Locals are considered Indigenous People called Ivatans, respect for their culture is highly appreciated by wearing appropriate clothing when in public view.

- Sharing with us your flight details on your arrival and departure in Batanes Islands is a must so we can assist you better and orient you on the tour details.

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