Bakun, Benguet | Trapped by its Beauty

Carrot Man
This event was an urgent decision. We met at Victory Liner Bus Terminal in Cubao and rode in a bus bound for Baguio. From Baguio City, we chartered a jeep to Bakun, Benguet. Travel time was within 4-5 hours. But before reaching our destination, we passed by different landmarks of the North, one of these was the Highest Point (photo above). The entire travel period was an adjustment period for our group and other participants. 

Badjao Girl
For the first time I met Youi in a hiking event.
While on the road, most of the time I was just staring on the gorgeous surroundings. I visited Benguet several times, for different reasons but I am still astounded by its beauty. The cool temperature, the relaxing green environment that surrounds us and the beautiful patterns of the farmlands from afar were such a gift.

Rice Terraces
To add an additional breathtaking adventure, when it was already safe, four of us spent an hour on top of the jeepney. That time, I was even more amazed by the stunning landscape in the area. The shapes of the mountains, the flowers, the pine trees, and the cold breeze were mind blowing.

Mount Lubo
Arrival at Dada Poblacion, Bakun, Benguet. Processed our papers, guides and started trekking. Our first destination was Mt. Lubo, others call it Lobo, local name is Patullok which means “pointed.” The trail is easy to moderate passing by the residents houses. Majority of the trails are well established and open to the sun’s UV rays. Its terrain is composed of virgin forest, farmlands, and woodlands. Continue Reading >>>

Mount Tenglawan
Second day | As early as 4AM we started preparing for a bigger adventure. Among the Bakun Trio mountains, Mt. Tenglawan is the most difficult to hike because of its long terrain and assault, although its trail class and technicalities can be placed to moderate level. Tenglawan has an amazing shape, from afar (photo above). Based on how it looks and shape, this giant can be compared to Mt. Guiting-guiting in Romblon. Continue Reading >>>

Mount Kabunian
Third day | Due to physical circumstances, our group wasn’t able to trek Mt. Kabunian, meaning we only hiked Bakun Duo. Other participants started trekking as early as 4:30AM while we continued preparing our sumptuous breakfast. After breakfast, we had time walking in the village, discovered their culture and immersed with the locals.

Tekip Falls
Plan B, instead of hiking Mt. Kabunian, we visited and had our late socials by the falls. Tekip Falls is just one of the amazing waterfalls in Bakun, Benguet. It’s a 75-80 feet waterfalls situated in one of the hidden sides of Bakun ranges. It’s a 30-45 minutes’ walk from the old municipal hall, passing on the pilapil. More photos and information? Continue Reading >>>

Bakun Benguet
We stayed by the falls for two hours and headed back to the old municipal hall for our final preparation – leaving Bakun. Had our choirs finished before the arrival of the participants who trekked Mt. Kabunian. Photo above was taken at around 2PM while the thick fog started covering the entire area of Poblacion. According to locals, this scenario is normal and it happens most of the time, even summer seasoon. A similar scene to Silent Hill and The Mist.

Landslide Mountain Province
Fog already spread in area and rains started dropping. I thought it was just rain showers caused by fog, but I was wrong. Rains continued dropping, making road wet, slippery and more challenging for the driver to penetrate. From Bakun to Kibungan, Benguet, most of the roads were under construction; there were chances where all of us got off the jeepney for a safer travel.

Good taste Baguio
It took us seven hours from Bakun to Baguio city. Our trip to Manila was still at 11PM, so we spent our remaining hours having our dinner, to rejuvenate our bodies from the toxic and challenging trip. Had our dinner at Good Taste treated by the birthday celebrator – Te Bing. There were rice with buttered chicken, sinigang na hipon, and crispy pata. You can also read -> Mt. Lobo, Mt. Tenglawan and Tekip Falls.

How to Get Here | At Victory Liner EDSA Cubao, we rode in a bus bound for Baguio City. Then, we chartered a jeepney to Bakun, Benguet.