Kiltepan Peak

Sagada, Mountain Province

Kiltepan Peak
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Sandy V.
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Patrick V.
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"Aanhin mo ang magandang view, kung wala ka namang ka-I Love You." - Overheard from a random kuya at Kiltepan.

When I went back to Sagada due to an impulsive decision to try backpacking alone, I only had two things in mind that I really wanted to to besides eat - Watch the sunset at Lake Danum and watch the sunrise at Kiltepan.

I woke up at around 4am (Walang ligo-ligo) and my tour guide picked me up at 4:30 from St. Joseph. Upon arriving, I was suprised to see many vans parked and the cafe was now just a very small store. I would probably say around 70% of the people who visit Sagada are here because of a popular movie and Kiltepan is where the lead female character shouted all her anger for her ex into the void. ("Ayoko naaaa... ang sakit sakit naaaaa!")

Anyway, So I ordered coffee and decided to talk to some foreigners who were visiting for the first time. They asked me what time does the sun usually rise, I said around 6am. So we had to still wait for more than an hour. At around 5:30, people were setting up their GoPros and tripods and prepping to go down to the viewdeck. I just watched them and listened to their conversations regarding the temperature, what to eat for breakfast, Baguio's ukay-ukay and other random things. (Chismoso, I know.)

And after waiting for it.. no beautiful sunrise. 128148

Sometimes in life we expect the best but sadly most of the time we don't get what we want.

Maghihintay ka, mag-eeffort, mag-eexpect pero bandang huli, hindi mo rin pala makukuha or makikita yung ineexpect mo na kapalit. (Aww.)

Would I still go back? Yes. Would I still make an effort to hope for a beautiful sunrise? Yes.

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PS: I heard from the tourguides that the best sunrise would appear when it rained a little the night before.

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Mitzi B.
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Totoo nga! Mapapahugot ka nga...antagal kasi ng sunrise, patago tago pa 128516🌥9925️🌤9728127774.

Call time was 430am. You need a ride going here and there's no trekking involved. Ideally you should be at the peak before 530am to secure a good spot. It can be crowded I heard but not that much when we're there (around 50 or so people). Hot coffee, lugaw, boiled eggs, instant noodles and the likes are available at some mini stores beside the parking area.

The sea of clouds 972997299729️ is nothing compared to that of Mt.Pulag's but it has it's own charm. Do take note that it doesn't show all the time, swerte lang namin 128522. Parang ang pangit na humuhugot ka, nakatime lapse pa ang camera/iphone mo tapos foggy?!? 🌫🌫🌫 Fail! There is no weather predictor for that. Even if you ask the locals, they'll say they don't know, basta na lang daw lumalabas hahaha 972997299729️.

After all the hugot quotes and hugot poses we did, we finally left around 730am.

Damage for group of 9:
Van RT with side trip to Rock Inn for breakfast - Php650. 00

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EJ M.
5.0 Stars

SAGAD ANG GANDA, SAGAD SA SAYA
A Sagada Trip Special

Woke up early to catch the sunrise at Kiltepan. Kiltepan is the shortcut name for the first three barangays in Sagada KIL (Kilong), TEP (Tetep-an), and AN (Antadaw).

Super excited to see the sea of clouds here as seen through wondrous photographs and of course in the super super kilig movie That Thing Called Tadhana.

Went here around 530am. Damn it was freezing cold!!! As in! The weather was super cold plus the strong winds add to the chill! There are a lot of little sari-sari stores that offer simple breakfast food like hardboiled egg, instant noodles, and 3-in-1 coffee. While waiting for the sunrise, there are bonfires lit up on the sides to keep you warm.

Unfortunately the sun hid behind the clouds and there's no sea of clouds that formed. Well it's ok, I've seen a sea of clouds form in Quezon then. Hehe. But nevertheless, the view was still breathtaking and we were lucky enough because there were only a few tourists that time so picture galore!

Best time to go here in Sagada is during the rainy season because the sun rises perfectly in Kiltepan as per our tour guide.

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Mico C.
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Oh the famous area wherein a well-known actress shouted her famous lines in a film with the word Tadhana in it. I don’t know why I had to be that cryptic in that intro. Anyway, I was super excited when we hiked to this place mainly because people have been raving about the beauty of the sea of clouds. I was ready to compare it to the sea of clouds I saw in Pulag. All I was wishing for was that the sea of clouds would actually show up.

Don’t be fooled by the name Kiltepan Peak and the corresponding “hike” people were saying you need to accomplish to get there. The hike isn’t mandatory - take it from our tour group . We didn’t hike to the Kiltepan peak, instead we took our own vans. We passed by several people who were hiking to the top. Although the path is very “hike-able” it can be quite tiring. Our van actually got stuck several times going up the slope (because there was drizzling early that morning). So our tires kept slipping on our way up and we were even legitimately stuck at one point. Good thing we got stuck just a few meters from the top, so we chose to walk the remainder of the trip.

From the parking lot, it was a quick stroll to the viewing place. By quick stroll, it’s approximately a minute away from the parking lot. Once we were there, we waited for quite a while. I had my cameras and camcorders ready the whole time. Unfortunately, as forecasted by our tour guide, the sun did not show and we weren’t able to experience the sunrise heavily talked about by previous goers. But in these things, I’m seldom disappointed. The beauty of the Philippines was still very much in display, with the fog/clouds, trees, and other attributes spread across our view.

Do wear jackets/ warmers, as the area can be very cold. Poor girl right behind us was wearing her board shorts and rashguard; her clothing was not really apt for the weather. She was shivering immensely.

Anyway, that’s all. I hope you guys enjoy this place as much as I did.

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Abby M.
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The view ruined by a number of people since That Thing Called Tadhana came out. Still a sight tho.

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Dennis O.
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Kiltepan is another major attraction of sagada and another place that had its popularity boosted by the movie That Thing Called Tadhana. The official place for people who have a lot of hugot to release hahaha.

As early as 4am we were already onsite getting the perfect place to have a scenic view of the sunrise. Surprisingly there were some people camping overnight and there were also some few groups already in place. The place was still dark lucky we brought some headlamp. Without a headlamp it would have been hard to maneuver for a perfect spot. A wrong move might lead you to fall down the mountain. We enjoy ourselves playing some music and the cute funny thing was when the song 127925Tadhana by Up Dharma Down127926 started to play. Everyone started singing. You can feel the hugot in some of them hahaha. 128518

The place started to get jampacked as the sun is about to rise and at last the sun started to peak. The darkblue sky slowly turn bright orange. It was a beautiful scene. Can't help but be truly amazed and thankful for this wonderful creation by our Mighty God.9757 Hope this place would be taken care by the locals and not be abused by tourist.

Another great treasure of Philippines. Philippines is just really a treasure hope all travelers take good care of this wonderful treasure.9786128076

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Louella D.
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Collecting every moments. 128158128149 Visit and explore 128522

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Chie C.
5.0 Stars

Me & my cousins went to Sagada, on our 2nd day, we went to Kiltepan. Please make sure to wake up early so that you have the opportunity to choose the perfect place to see the Sea of the Clouds. From our inn we have our service (jeepney) & we travel for half an hour to Kiltepan. We arrived early, it's too dark, and cold so bring your flashlight and have the most warm clothes. And yes, we have the perfect place!! We waited for 2 to 3 hours. I don't really remember because me & my cousins were having a good time. It is totally worth! We took a lot of great photos, I even took a nice shot of the sun and the sea of the clouds. (It's on my Instagram @chiiechiee) Hahaha. Follow me. Lols. 128514

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AAA M.
5.0 Stars

A view and an experience to remember! 128151

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Gj A.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Steffhanie S.
4.0 Stars

One of the spots that I really looked forward to in visiting at Sagada was Mt. Kiltepan. After the hype from the movie "That Thing Called Tadhana", Mt. Kiltepan has really been a must visit spot in the north.

As our inn was far away from the town center and a bit closer to Mt. Kiltepan, we decided that we'll just walk to reach it. We walked for around an hour to be able to get on top. From the town center, it'll take an hour and a half or even more if you'll be walking.

We woke up at around 3:30AM, fixed ourselves and started walking at around 4AM. It was a bit creepy as we were walking at really dark roads. There were no lampposts on our way. Once in a while there were public vehicles on the road as we knew that they're also on their way to the top. Still, it's best to bring a flashlight and be extra alert and active while walking through the dark.

When we reached the Petron station, the mark that we would already turn left, we already walked almost 25 mins. From that point, the road was already rocky, dusty and really not that suitable for walking at night. Oh well, we didn't have a choice so we kept going. The more vehicles going up along the way, the more we moved faster as we wanted to secure a good spot at the viewing point.

After almost an hour of walking, finally, we reached the sea of clouds viewing point and we were a bit shocked (even if we did expect it already) that there were already a sea of people situated in the dark. Immediately, we looked for a good spot amidst the darkness and wild coldness at the top. The temperature was around 10-12 degrees when we were there. Good thing we were dressed well for it. I was wearing my pajamas, a long sleeves top with another sweater on top, my scarf, my bonnet and my slipper with sock connector. The breeze and mist brought by the dawn and the top of the mountain effect made it really really cold!

When we found a good viewing point, we stayed there and never let go as there were already a flock of people and a lot were still coming. We stood there until the very last minute that we wanted to appreciate the view.

We kept staring at the skies as it changed its color from pure black before dawn to black with some orange and blue before the sunrise to orange, white, blue, yellow once the sun appeared in its majestic beauty at around 6:07AM. The sun's rays were so beautiful that it gave the sky a more detailed picture, bringing light to the place.

With the sun's brightness, we got a nice overlooking view of one of the country's longest river, Chico River. The sight was so beautiful as it also showed the mountains with my forever love rice terraces. Standing there for long wasn't really tiring because the view was so rewarding.

With the good light from the sun, we were able to see a better view of the sea of clouds that made Mt. Kiltepan unique on its own. As it was so breezy and windy when we were there, the clouds were really not that many, still, the sight was so majestic. The whiteness of the clouds seen in the specific area close to the mountains was one of the nicest natural beauty that I've taken sight of. The formation, the view, everything looked perfect. I will probably go back, by next year, and will make sure to see more of the sea of clouds in Kiltepan.

So, for the holiday, peak seasons, make sure to be early to be able to find a good viewing and photo taking site. We were also informed that the best season for the sea of clouds viewing was around January to February. These are also the coldest months.

Despite the sea of people, the experience was so worth it because the beauty I saw will always be a happy memory that shall take me away to a kind of paradise that I'd love to go back to.

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Jon B.
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Watching a sunrise, I open myself up to the beauty that nature creates, knowing it will never repeat itself just like this again. I have witnessed so many sunrises, for me, by far, Kiltepan ranks number two next to Mt.Pulag sunrise. It was 4:30 when we arrived in Mt. Kiltepan to see the sunrise. While we were waiting, we heard folks screaming and shouting the famous line in the movie " THAT THING CALLED TADHANA". While others were busy taking photos, I preferred to look for a store to buy a cup of coffee to fight the very cold weather...Thank God there's a coffee shop nearby. Finally, the long wait was over, the sun came out and visitors were shouting "Ayan na bilisan niyo na dali pwesto na kayo dito" hahaha... pagkatapos sabay sabi uwian na.. uwian na!!!

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Roy T.
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Such a wonder to see. It was great to experience the famous sea of clouds as popularized by the movie That Thing Called Tadhana. I just couldn't help but look at God's creation in awe and admiration. 128513128513

It's best that you go there early to secure a good spot for photos because it really gets crowded. Went there last April, few months after that hugot movie. Mind you, a lot of people are still shouting their hugots. 128514 Don't forget to bring your jackets 'cause it gets quite chilly especially since it's early in the morning. Also hope that it did not rain the night before because the path may get slippery.

Charge and ready your cameras to take a lot of photos, of course! 128077🏻 One of the highlights of my Sagada trip.

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Jeanne Stephanie E.
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The photo says it all.

Woke up 4am because you need to be there before sunrise. The see of clouds was amazing. Perfect time to take photos is from 5am - 6am.

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Jen L.
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too foggy to see the sunrise and the sea of clouds :( too crowded to shout like Mace in the Tadhana movie haha

it's really a by chance thing -- oh weather!

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Kring K.
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imagine how crowded kiltepan tower as if there will be a live band. Jampacked!

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Kring K.
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Sad to say, we ended up with a foggy and rainy morning. We did not witness the sunrise, however, we enjoy taking pictures. hehehe. The usual thing right after u see a beautiful place, u ended up on taking selfies and groupies. hehehehe

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pogiLBERT P.
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Sunrise9728️. It's more fun in Kiltepan 10084️ The viewpoint is located around 1-2km of rough road from the main road from Petron, and around 4-5km from the town hall. For 1st timers, I suggest hiring a van going there to catch the sunrise because the road leading to it is not lighted, and there is no visible signage. You may also opt to camp overnight. Hinode Cafe is located at the viewpoint that has a pay toilet. To get the best view of the sunrise, go down a little near the edge of the cliff where a huge rock is located. Be there early to reserve that slot. It is a popular destination, hence, it could get crowded particularly on weekends. To have a better chance of seeing the 'sea of clouds', visit during the latter half of the year or on rainy days. The sunrise is absolutely a sight to behold. No wonder madaming nagpo-propose dito. Kaya 'pag dinala ka ng significant other mo dito, at bigla siyang napaluhod, malamang hindi shoelaces ang concern nya 128540

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Ig Plummer S.
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Unfortunately, no sunrise since it is too foggy. Will go back for that sunrise. 128513128513128522

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