Though the travel part (Manila to Baguio to Atok, Benguet) consumed a lot of time but spending it with a friend...... Fun!
Reaching Jump off (KM 55, Atok Benguet) would require an earlier departure from Baguio City. Ride a taxi or Jeep that will bring you to GL-Lizardo Bus Terminal.
A 2 hours travel from Baguio to KM 55 will not bore you due to some postcard-scenic during the travel. Seriously, people up North are lucky. By the way, just remind the bus conductor or driver that you'll be off to KM 55.
The trail is basically easy, all you need to do is follow the cemented road. (Vegetation are abundant near the summit thus trucks and small vehicles needs a well paved road). What I loved about the trek was even though from jump off to summit we were totally exposed to Mr. Sun, the breeze..... the cool breeze of Benguet....aaahhh... sarap.
In every fork you'll see on the trail, always keep left until you passed Mongoto Elementary School. Few meters ahead the school another fork will be seen, choose the slope path to the right as this will lead you to summit. The road straight ahead will lead you to the Mummy Cave.
A Calvary replica is seen at the summit of Mt. Timbak which is a sacred ground for the locals, so please respect the place.
From the summit, the entire vegetation from left to right can be seen and am not sure if Mt. Pulag can be viewed from the summit.
We had our short lunch at the summit and took some souvenir shots then descent. Lakwacherang Pilipina decided not to join me in visiting the Mummy's due to some knee problem and decided to retrace and will wait for me at Mongoto Elementary School.
Short cut to the Mummy Cave.
Mula TUktok all the way pababa
The trail was indeed steep, we passed several cliffs. Climb down to this stoned walls (walls for the vegetation) and passed several plantations (extra careful to make sure we won't step on the seedlings). The Kid and I went separate ways and he instructed me to follow the path that will lead me to a cemented path that will then lead me to the cave. Thanking him with my munchkins then I went straight ahead.
There were houses along the way and passed several fields full of crops... to make sure I am on the right path, meter every meter I keep on knocking their doors and asking for directions.
Having fun trekking alone, I noticed that I was already to far from where the Kid left me.......the place where we separated ways was already covered with fog at 12:00 noon. By the time I reached the cemented path I thought I just need to follow it to reach the cave.... to my dismay... I retracted because I need to use the stairs (located on the left side of the road) for me to reach the cave. Buti nalang from a far nakita ko yung signage kaya bumalik ako
Unfortunately, the Gate was closed at that time. Facepalm. Padlocked and all alone, I started to pursue my trek going back to Mongoto Elementary School. Remembering the instruction given to me by the nice lady at the village....follow the cemented road as it you back to the School. the question is which way... Left or Right? Unfortunately, my instinct leads me to the wrong direction.
So there I went, running all the way back.... Good thing I saw a truck coming, the driver said I'm on the right track already. Relieved, I called Lakwacherang Pinay that I'm on my way...... so continue running... well I need to run because according to locals, the last bus trip coming from Sagada that passes KM 55 will be around 2.30pm.
The place is usually a stop over for tourist. A souvenir shops along the side of the highway, a small cottage that serves as a viewing deck. PhotoOps while Mt. Timbak was blanketed by thick fog..... then hopped a Van back to Baguio.
Fast Paced... Easy Breezy day hike at Luzon's Third Highest Peak with my friend Lakwacherang Pinay. :)