Major jumpoff: Brgy. Tala, Orani
LLA: 14.7119 N; 120.3997 E; 1287 MASL
Days required / Hours to summit: 2 days / 4-5.5 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail class 1-3
Mt. Natib in Orani, Bataan is another favorite climb in Bataan, along with Tarak Ridge in Mariveles. It is close enough to Manila, but at the same thing offers a challenging overnight climb. Closed for more than a year due to insurgency-related problems, it is fast becoming rediscovered by mountaineers, and in the 2008 climbing season, several successful climbs have been reported.
The climb to Mt. Natib is commenced in Barangay Tala in Orani, which is an hour away via jeepney ride from the Orani Public Market. After registering at the outpost here, the trek is started. One hour away is Pinagbutasan; the rough road that serves as trail is spacious and the environments comprise of open grasslands and light woodlands. Houses may also be seen as the foot of the mountain is populated.
The first landmark encountered is known as 'Pinagbutasan', around one hour away. The name is derived from the wall which has an opening (in Tagalog, 'butas') for hikers to enter. A water source ensues; the trail remains wide and comfortable - albeit somewhat lengthy - until the base camp is reached.
The base camp lies at the foot of the Mt. Natib, and it is also the bifurcation between the upward assault which leads to the summit, and the seldom-used trail that leads to Mt. Natib's other attraction, Pasukulan Falls on the other side of the mountain. The assault, seen as the highlight of the trek, features steep, rocky trails prior to reaching summit. At the top, where hopefully you will arrive before the sunset, the panorama is 360-degrees; there are good views of South China
Sea (W), Bataan province and its mountains: Mt. Samat (NE) and Mt. Mariveles (W).
0430 ETD for Orani, Bataan by bus
0830 ETA Orani. Take a jeep towards Brgy. Tala near Orani Public Market
1000 ETA jumpoff at Brgy. Tala, Orani Bataan. Register.
1030 Start Trek
1130 ETA Pinagbutasan
1230 Lunch at water source
1300 Resume Trek
1400 Arrival at foot of Mt. Natib; start asssault
1530 ETA Mt. Natib summit / set up camp
1700 Sunset viewing / dinner preparatons
1800 Dinner / socials
0600 Wake up call
0700 Break Camp
0800 Start descent
0900 Clearing at foot of Mt. Natib
1000 Trek Back to jumpoff
1200 Back to Tala (Transport Back to Orani)
1330 ETA Orani by jeep; wait for bus back to Manila
1700 Back in Manila
Climbing notes. Mt. Natib's status as an open mountain is 'provisional'; it remains in the PinoyMountaineer bulletin on closed mountains. Please check the bulletin - or this page - for updates concerning its status. Military operations against insurgents are said to be the reason why Mt. Natib may be temporarily closed.
Aside from the views and the trek, Mt. Natib is famous for its limatik. For protection and care against leeches, check the Limatik FAQs page.
Transportation. Bataan Transit and Genesis Lines, with terminals facing each other in Doroteo Jose (near LRT station), ply the route. You will drop off at the National Highway and walk your way to the Orani Public Market; and going back, it's the other way around; go to the highway and wait for passing buses to take you back to Manila. Fares cost around P150, one-way.
Mt. Natib is a protected area, and is one of the mountains featured in the "Our Natural Heritage" coffee table book with George Tapan's photography. Other mountains featured are Mt. Pulag, Northern Sierra Madre, Mt. Isarog, Mt. Kanlaon, Mts. Iglit-Baco, Mt. Dulang-Dulang, and Mt. Apo.
Pasukulan Falls in Mt. Natib is another noteworthy destination; both the summit and the falls can actually be combined in a pseudo-traverse that adds another day to the trip, although a two-day traverse is also possible.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Powered by Blogger Widgets