It’s weekend and we were so ready to conquer mountains. It was my first time and I was really excited. Mt. Marami is famous for its rock formations and, of course, the amazing view from its summit wich includes Pico de Loro, Taal Lake and a glimpse of Mt. Makiling.
Prior to the climb, we’ve already contacted Tatay Jose for a tour guide. He also offered us a ride from Naic to Ramirez Barangay Hall and back. The tour guide costs P500 and P1,000 for the ride, good for 5 pax. We took the ride since the jeep from Magallanes to Naic is only up to 5pm.
The plan was to start at 8am so we woke up early since we still have to travel from Manila. According to our research, the terminal going to Naic, Cavite is in Coastal Mall but upon chatting with our Grab driver, we found out it was moved to HK Sun Mall in Pasay, near PNB Financial Center. True enough, the terminal was moved last April due to the expiration of the government’s contract with Coastal mall.
We still had to wait though because the bus only arrived at 5:00am. We found out later that the busses were hired. The travel to Naic took us 2 hours. We alighted at Jolibee where Tatay Jose was waiting. Then, we took another hour going to Brgy Ramirez.
We registered at the Brgy Hall and had to pay P20. They have a comfort room where you can freshen up prior to the climb. You can also ask for other concerns, the people there are more than willing to offer assistance.
Our tour guide was Cayla- young and energetic. After some preparations we finally started before 9am. Good thing it was cloudy. We feared for rain though.
The hike starts with a long treck through two mountains before reaching Mt. Marami. It was a straight path with little assault so it was bearable. After the first river, we reached a store where we had to register and pay another P20. The area was disputed by Maragondon, hence the second registration. The store sells drinks and P20 worth of fresh buko. You can resupply here before resuming the hike.
Upon arriving at the base of Mt. Marami, we were already exhausted from the long and dry trail. The warm up didn’t prepare us for the assult. It was a long hike upwards and we had to stop many times just to catch some breath. The only motivation was the beautiful view slowly revealing itself as we hiked to the summit.
After the long assault we reached a second store. They offer drinks, souvenirs, and free respite under a mango tree. At this point, you are almost high enough to see the nearby towns up to Batangas. It was so tempting to stop here and just rest but of course we signed up for the summit.
After resting for a while, we continued the walk to the summit. There were no major assault after that but we were already exhausted and every step felt like war with gravity.
Upon reaching the rock formations, I literally crawled my way up to the summit. I was far from exhausted but before me is an endless horizon. It reminded me why I was so excited to hike. The summit sure did not disappoint. The sky and sea are without end. The world was laid down before us like a gift for the long ascent.
After about an hour of picture taking and another half an hour of lunch, we decided to descend since the clouds are getting heavier. It took as about 4 hours hike to the summit and 3 hours going down. We arrive d back at the jump off point at around 5:30pm. Good thing we don’t have to worry about transportation back to Naic.
For a first hike, the trail is a good start. Be ready to rest the next day though. Believe me, you need it.
Here’s a simple itinerary but of course you should pattern yours based on personal circumstances.
- 5:30-7:30 Manila to Naic (P69)
- 7:30-8:30 Naic to Brgy. Ramirez (P50)
- 8:30-9:00 Register at Brgy Hall (P20)
- 9:00-1:00 Ascent (P20 reg at the first store)
- 1:00-2:00 Lunch at the summit
- 2:00-5:00 Descent
Estimated Expense: P500-P700 including food