Kibungan Circuit

Kibungan, Benguet

Kibungan Circuit
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Jon B.
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I called this climb "Alay Lakad Climb" because it is one of the best long distance hiking destinations in Cordillera which is equally similar to Mt. Siccapoo. This adventure tested my patience and endurance to the limit as I faced different challenges along the way like Ridging, River crossing, steep pine tree rope, rock bouldering,rice terraces trekking, etc. This town is located 4-5hrs away further north of baguio but on separate highway parallel with Halsema Highway.The highway leading here is almost cemented and party some rough road that makes the travel more exciting.. its like a roller coaster ride. There are two ways here: 1. Poblacion > Abas Community > Buga Campsite > watersource > Mt Tagpaya > Tinagong Tungaw> Oybokan Rocks> Lungsad Falls> Mayos River > Poblacion 2) will pass thru Buga Campsite > Bulalacao > Mt. Oten > Mt. Tagpew > Mayos River > Poblacion.

We chose the first one of Kibungan circuit via manual commute which incurred lesser budget.Part of our I.T was to packed lightly, we shared 2 tents for the five of us at pasasahan sa pagdala para fair hahaha..On our way, we shared some stories, hugot lines para hindi namin maramdaman yung pagod coz we 'haven't taken a nap kasi galing kami sa work lahat.

There is nothing to ask for!!I got a chance to see the kind of life they have here. Trekking Kibungan Circuit requires both mental and physical preparation. . Porters help you carry your load but they can't carry people up mountains, so fitness and hiking experience are required. If you are an avid hiker or simply an active traveler looking for something truly special, this is definitely the trip for you. I will be back in Benguet for another extreme adventure.. this time we will trek Mt. Ampucao "The 7 Peaks":)

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Allen Y.
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Long weekend = multi-day hike/climb up in the Cordilleras.

Day1: Fatigue got the best of me. Almost gave up on the first 20minutes of hiking from the JoP and was seriously considering backing out. The mountains of Kibungan offered an assault buffet of some sort for its main entree and stairs for dessert on our first day. On our final push towards the campsite at the summit of Mt. Tagpaya, we had to deal with slippery stairs and trail with railings. Good thing it was already dark! Otherwise...bam! There goes my fear of heights. Passed by Buga and camped at Mt. Tagpaya.

Day2: Started the day with an awesome almost sunrise view although the clouds blocked Mr. Sun. Pace was a bit faster. Trail was a wee bit better than the first day...rolling terrain with a few assault here and there and stairs with small spaces and a bit slippery. The final assault to Mt. Oten gave me jelly knees and brought back sweet memories of that 90* wall en route to Mt. Kitanglad (D2K traverse). Mossy forest plus pine forest. Oh the smell of pine trees! Passed by the centennial pine tree of Kibungan and saw the burial caves and the happy plantation from afar. Saw some cows grazing along the trail. Another long plight of stairs towards Mt. Tagpew's campsite.

Day3: Descent fiesta. Pebbly, loose rocks, slippery rocks and what not, roots, etc. Passed by Liglig. Walked along the rice terraces and vegetable plantations. Saw the amazing rice terraces of Kibungan. Kuya Eddie had to bushwhack cogon grasses along the trail. Had late lunch and quick wash-up at Mayos River. Walked a few more minutes towards our extraction point.

Good experience all in all. The 5 hour drive from Baguio to Kibungan was worth it. Nice weather all throughout. Did a few gymnastics moves - slipped a few times. Lol. Gourmet camp food. Eyegasmic view. Pine trees everywhere...the smell of pine gives you a natural boost/high. Mossy forest. Beautiful sunrise. Friendly and able guide - Kuya Eddie - who shared his stories during day 2 socials. Friendly locals. Limatik galore...good thing I was spared! Additional battle scars c/o cogon grasses and ferns and unidentified plants along the trail.

Cordillera mountains never cease to amaze and surprise me. "Sulit ang pagod. Ang ganda ng view bawat take 5."

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