Kiltepan and its Sunrise : fly high!

Kiltepan Sunrise - almost

Our third day in Sagada started off way too early at 4 o clock in the morning to catch up on yet again one of Sagada’s most sought after natural scenery : the Sunrise view at Kiltepan peak.

getting ready to ride our jeepney service towards Kiltepan peak

Coming from the other day’s exhausting but really fun adventure, it was all but a challenge for me to wake up that early. the cold weather coupled with the familiar (and provincial) sound of dawn that i always long to hear plus the king size bed and the comforter all to myself made getting out of my bed such a struggle. Good thing Doi was already up on her feet and was all made up when i woke up so it was really ‘jahe’ for my part not to move and prepare for the early morning itinerary.

balot na balot...

roughly at around 430am our tour guide arrived. we wasted no time and drove ourselves all the way up to Kiltepan peak. we were a bit worried though because of the unfavorable weather in the area. we were thinking we might not be able to witness the sunrise since clouds and thick fog might cover the view. 30 minutes after and a vehicle break down, we were already at Kiltepan peak view point…and yes we were right. the view was covered with THICK clouds and fog. and the temperature was very cold and the wind blew on us quite strongly. it was not a mistake that me and Carla brought with us our extra blankets. while awaiting for the fog and the clouds to settle, Tita Myrna started to sing songs of Praise and other Christian songs. it made the whole scanarios of us waiting in silence and in awe more melodramatic. it felt like we were in this some indie film or a docu film about the ifugaos hehe.

James and Tof: typical worried mode, baka lang naman magmoist ang lens

finally after a few minutes of waiting the sun finally rose, giving us a perfect view of what was really in front of us. unfortunately though, he did not show his beauty to us. he hid himself behind the clouds, there were a few times that we almost got a glimpse of him but sadly, the clouds only came too quickly to cover him again.

Just like what any other tourist would do, we wasted no time and took pictures of the still magnificent view and ourselves. Edcel actually did a crazy thing in Kiltepan – he removed his shirt and posed for photos half naked for about an hour! lol! i will leave the whole ‘kwento’ to him on his blog.

may naiinitan...

the Saga in Sagada – ‘i really thought spelunking is a cave in Sagada!’ – Carla

borrowed Carla’s opening remarks on her FB Sagada album…hehe.

read on for the highlight of this whole Sagada trip.

I didnt travel for 12 hours and went top loading on thin ice-cold air with rain drops dripping on my face just to miss out on Sagada’s main attraction – spelunking in Sumaguing Cave!

i will not write much about this entry since i felt that photos would give more justice (and excitement) with this experience, so its just a matter of photo overloading for this entry. special thanks to my fellow travel buddies James of http://jamesdiayon.blogspot.com/ and Edcel of http://soloflighted.com/ for ALL the photos. (i got scared when they told me that we will be swimming on chest deep waters inside the cave thats why i decided to leave my cameras in our room and just let my travel mates do the photo taking.

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the local Ifugao delicacy - Pinikpikan

chiken pork adobo - Ifugao style

we started off with lunch at one of Sagada’s famous eateries: Pinikpikan Eatery where they serve one of the Ifugao’s local dishes named ‘Pinikpikan’. its basically an ‘in – between’ dish of tinola and sinigang. only, its made out of meat and vegetables and served with a local Ifugao rice similar to the red rice we have in the lowlands. it costs around 85P a meal. some of my friends tried it but i opted for the usual chicken-pork adobo meal becasue i felt the need to carbo load because of the physical activity ahead. we also ordered the usual pansit canton (for extra carbo loading).

new found friends in Sagada

new foudn friends in Sagada

it was also surprising to know that the attendant in the eatery was bisaya. she came all the way from cagayan de oro. she married a local thats why she opted to stay there in Sagada. Bisdak gayud!

after a sumptuous meal we then met w/ our tour guide Andrew and his team from Genuine Sagada Guides.

after a few minutes of chitchatting and a 5min. walk we finally arrived at the Bungad of Sumaging Caves and the rest as they say…is history.

the CAVE CONNECTION

entry from Sumaguing Cave and exit to Lumiang cave (on the oooother end)

the whole spelunking experience takes on a minimum of 4 hours, we did it at 4 and a half hours;

and it is 300-350 meters below the ground.

the water inside the cave is about 5 degrees cold. and taking a deep inside the lagoon is a must try.

when the guides start to lit their lamps, my heart started to jump in both excitement and a little fear.

briefing followed and the real ‘Saga’ began.

Caving
(Sumaguing Cave, view of Lumiang Cave entrance, and view of the Sugong Coffins)

1-4 persons : P400 (1 guide)
5 persons : P500 (1 guide)
6-9 persons : P800 (2 guides)
10 persons : P900 (2 guides)
11-14 persons : P1,200 (3 guides)
15 persons : P1,350
16 and above : P100/head

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just before entering the cave. picture muna!

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if you may refer to the upper right side of the photo – thats where we came from, just a few seconds after we started our descent.

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the first ‘whole’ in the wall (as if hindi pa kinakabahan)

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Edcel

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Horhe! the Spaniard. olah!

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big boy James

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Doi

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tito

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tita Myrna – darn, i was really proud of her she gladly completed the 4 hr spelunking experience.

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Carla! – the first in the link…hehe.

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first rappelling of the day.

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a glimpse of the cave.

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5 secs of rest

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a hole just enough to fit my sleek body

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another rappelling experience

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picture taking w/ the stalactites and stalagmites

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pitch dark

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jumpshot at the ‘cathedral’ the caves biggest opening. right in this place, is where the air from both caves meet so one can get this feeling of ‘mahangin’ right inside a cave. weird.

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another pitch dark moment

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1 minute rest

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sit and slide – we had to go down a 55 degree steep wall.

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lampara

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and we finally reached the lagoon and the 5-degree cold water. i couldnt resist but to jump despite the freezing cold. it was all worth it though.

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rest mode again. lets talk about life, Spain and soccer (insert the azkals and football and waka waka)

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another slippery sit and slide moment

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and doi did the second blooper of the night (first was Carla and the makasaysayang scream…but no photos of that)

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water and rock formations

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another acrobatic move

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photo op at the ‘curtain’

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the reason why Sumaguing is also called the ‘porn cave’

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the last rappelling

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the unforgiving climb back to the top

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finally we made it!