|View at the summit of Mt. Marami|
|Our happy trio - still fresh-looking before the start of our hike|
|An even terrain marks the start of the hike.|
We took the Talahib Trail where the terrain is gradually ascending, but still quite long as we approached the peak from the south. In fact, we didn't see its distinguished jagged peaks until we were halfway to the summit.
|Photo from Arisse. My favorite part of the entire hike was when we approached this|
almost dried up river where butterflies, imitating the color of leaves flew around us. :)
|One of gorgeous trees we saw along the trail|
With minimal rest stops and 30 minute lunch, we were able to reach the peak in four hours. It was 1:05 PM, the sun was blasting away but winds comforted us. Occasionally, it blows strongly, enough to knock off our bags.
The enormous boulder summit features the landscape of Maragondon. Here you can see peaks as far as Quezon and Bataan.
At Magallanes, register at the Police outpost. No fees have to be paid. Just sign at the logbook and get their contact numbers in case of emergency. Take a tricycle to the Barangay Hall at Ramirez - 20/head (60-70 Pesos/tricycle) ; Travel Time: 30 minutes
Registration Fee is at 20 Pesos/head. Here, you can secure guides at 300 Pesos/day per group and change your clothes or bathe after the hike.
Travel Notes :
Bring ample water supply and protection from the sun. I brought 3 liters which almost run out on our way back. On rainy days, water on the river swells up. Check on the weather before planning a hike here. From barangay Ramirez, guides can be secured at 300 Pesos/day + food.
As always, don't leave any trash behind friends. :)
To read more about hiking Mt. Marami, check out the blogs of hiking friends, Ivan Lakwatsero and Pinoy Mountaineer.
Arisse, Gabby, til our next adventure!