Mt. Tenglawan

Bakun, Benguet

Mt. Tenglawan
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Who wouldn't love that view? Bakun in Benguet offers one of the most breath-taking scenes in the country. The town features three historical mountains; one of which is Mt. Tenglawan. Mt. Tenglawan features the Carrot Rock which is similar to the monolith of Pico de Loro in Ternate, Cavite. It can be accessed via Sinacbat.

Climbing Mt. Tenglawan requires both mental and physical preparation. Some mountaineers attempted the Bakun Trio but they failed due to lack of information. I invited by Sir Paul of Kapsig Outdoors to join the Bakun Trilogy. I didn't hesitate because I know it was going to be one of a kind adventure for me.

After hours of traveling from Metro Manila, we finally reached our target. We met Kuya Zozo, our tour host. He told us that out of the three mountains, Mt. Tenglawan has the most difficult trail. Imagine a trail composed of the following: A mixed of TALAHIB just like the one in Mt.Tagapo, the rainforest of Mt. Makiling, pine tree trails of Akiki in Mt.Pulag, and the mossy forest of Mt. Cristobal, that's the trail here. It took us 5 hours to reached the summit. I thought I couldn't make it because I was catching my breath after passing the pine tree trail and my legs were hurt because I landed a step on a sharp stone.

You can see some smokes in the area as some of the locals are making charcoal as source of income here.

Unknown to many, this sacred mountain is full of tales to tell.
Locals said that this used to be the burial center of their ancestors as you can see some coffins and human bones scattered in the area. It was a knee shaking 3 day climb just to finish the Bakun Trilogy but it was really worth it!

If you want to climb this mountain, you need to coordinate first with the tourism of Benguet for safety.

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