Photo by Dennis S. Ella
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec|
|Year first climbed:||Unkown|
|Nearest major airport:||New Bacolod-Silay Airport|
|Convenient Center:||Silay City, Negros Occiental|
Thanks to Dennis S. Ella for adding this peak.
Marapara Peak is the most climbed of the peaks of Mount Mandalagan due to its proximity to Patag, the earliest hub of mountaineers in the mountain. Local clubs like the Butlak-Banaag Maountaineering Society were reported to have done ascents of Marapara in the 1980s.
An old trail to Marapara summit commences from the old hospital building in Patag, gradually climbs and turns almost vertical on the summit-wall in the northern side. This is the only Marapara trail until around the year 2006 when another trail was created in the southeast side of the peak. The new trail connects to the Alimatok Country Trail, the access trail to Tinagong Dagat, the seasonal lagoon situated to the south of the peak.
Marapara Pk is covered by forest, including its flat summit area which is the size of a basketball court. The summit could accommodate a few tents. Yet water could be procured in a water-source at a point in the North trail barely an hour below the summit. Despite of the foliage in the summit, there are viewing points from the top of Marapara offering wonderful vistas of the surrounding landscape.
Thanks to Dennis S. Ella for this description.