Mt Marami : The Labyrinth Trail

Mt. Marami is situated at the heart of Maragondon Cavite sharing the same location and characteristics with Pico de Loro. The said Mountain stands at 405 MASL and categorize as class 1- 3. The name Mt. Marami is of local origin to its “many rocks” formation.

I must say, Mt. Marami is one of my most memorable climb to date, to start the storytelling, the KASAMA (Kabataang Sabik Mamundok) Group scheduled a minor climb last March 26 and 27 2011, composed of the old members plus numerous recruit equals 19 energetic mountain climbers.
Group Picture at Mt. Marami | Credits to Arem Gelogo
First Batch
We've decided to divide the group into two, the first batch of the group headed in Cavite in mid morning composed of Geejay, Paula, Edward,Sunlight, Untoy, Michael and myself. We've ride a bus bound to Maragondon Cavite. An approximately three hours land travel from Manila, we passed Coastal road, Tanza and Naic [in Cavite]. From Naic we've transferred via a public utility jeepney,a good 15-30 minutes journey off to our destination point – Brgy. Ramirez, Magallanes Cavite.

Upon reaching the Barangay Hall, we've registered and changed clothes before we' began with our  day hike. It was a sunny day and the temperature is flaming hot.

To eased the atmosphere we throw jokes to each. Along the way we've noticed and passed a forest with big old trees, seen farmers with root crafts in their back and crossed 3 calm rivers; we've even asked locals there if we're in the correct route. And he confirmed right.
at the forest | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Group Picture | Rest mode | Credits to Arem Gelogo
Golden grass | Credits to Arem Gelogo
As we continue our hiking we've noted the change of trail. Exiting the forest we’re now in midst of “TALAHIB” (bush) but I must say the view is really superb.

I've personally observed that when we were in the middle of the bush and as the sun light touches the grass, it blazes and dances in the wind. A field of golden grass. Speechless!

We’re near! As the peak and the camp site was visible in a distance, we did the fast pace trek to ensure that we will reach the top of the mountain before sunset. Excited to set foot at the top and relax

"This is life"
The Peak | Credits Arem Gelogo
Viola! We've reached the TOP! Amazing! Panoramic View!

Rest mode | Credits to Arem Gelogo
We climbed the other side of the peak which is rocky, dangerous and signifies highest point of Mt. Marami. Breathtaking scenery! So what we did? Picture taking.

After the photo op, we immediately set up our tent and cook food for our dinner while waiting for our other friends to arrive.

Just in time we heard familiar voices and noises. We're excited to be reunited with them.

The second group intentionally wants a night trek – for a change.

As they've arrived at the camp site they assembled their tents and prepared their food for suffer. After that we've started our team building activity – warming up. Lights off, bottles up!

Day 2
We woke up early in the morning to catch the sunrise, we failed to do so because its cloudy! We just cooked our breakfast – eat and packed up our things. Going down folks.

The challenge, starts here:
As we've reached the kubo [Nipa hut] majority of us are tired. We've decided to split the team into 3 groups. I belong to the first group.

Attack | Credits to Arem Gelogo

We ran off water – no choice, we refilled our canisters  in the spring with tadpoles.

We've set the energy high as we descended the mountain but as morning and noon time passed our energy bar declined. Ops! At the middle of our trek, we’re in the different path! We’re lost!

 at the highest Peak of Mt. Marami | Credits to Arem Gelogo
The trail is liked a labyrinth. Some moment ago the place was familiar and after that as if we’re in the different place. We've started to pray hoping for a sign of civilization near the area. The three hours hike going down turns to 7 hours of dilemma. Our Mobile phones’ battery were empty – no means of communicating the other group. We just continue to walk and walk. And at last a near barrio was visible at a distance; we've almost run in our excitement!

Drinks please! Cold soda! Sari sari store!

After refreshing, we've changed clothes and the second team arrived, they're lost too. The third group was the fortunate one – they've managed to follow the correct trail. to summed up this hiking activity, we've learned to be patience and faithful, all the things happened for a reason.

At 6 o’clock in the evening we’re off to Manila.


Day 1
Group Picture | Credits to Alvin

0500 ETD Manila. Take Saulog bus to Naic (P65)
0700 ETA Naic; take jeep to Magallanes (P30)
0800 ETA Magallanes. Register at police station. Take tricycle to Brgy. Ramirez
0900 ETA Brgy. Ramirez, at Kon. Punongbayan's hou
se. Register. (P20)
0930 Start trek
1000 ETA Ilog na Kayrayag
We've Conquered Mt. Marami | Credits to Arem Gelogo
1100 Cross three segments of Bangkaan River; proceed to Nuestra SeƱora de la Paz
1200 Have lunch at Kapihan Nipa hut. There's a nearby water source.
1300 Resume trek to Campsite 1
1400 ETA Campsite 1
1500 Reach Bamboo Forest
1600 ETA campsite at base of Mt. Marami summit.
1630 Assault the summit; explore
1800 Return to camp.
1830 Dinner / socials

Day 2
0530 Wake up / sunrise viewing
0630 Breakfast
0730 Break camp
0800 Start descent
1030 Back at Kapihan nipa hut
1230 Back at jump-off point at Brgy. Ramirez
1300 Leave for Municipal Hall, then Naic via jeep
1400 ETA Naic. Take bus back to Manila
1700 Back in Manila.

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