Quick getaway!

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Mt. Yangbew, Mt. Yangbaw, Mt. Jambo, Mt. Jumbo. If you’re around Benguet and you’re interested in short but fun adventures, you must have heard of this mountain.

Mt. Yangbew is situated in Tawang, La Trinidad, just one jeepney away from Baguio. This mountain is popular for the tourists and locals alike who are in need of quick getaways from the city with minimal cost. The hike is really short, just around 30 minutes, and the trail is well established. The slope is really gentle but some parts were slippery due to loose rocks.

On top of the mountain, you’ll find the picture perfect place. It is often referred to as “Mini Pulag” since, just like Mt. Pulag which is the highest mountain in the Cordillera, the peak is often enveloped in clouds so all you can see is white and no sight of the city down below.

I’ve hiked Mt. Yangbew twice, and when I do, I make sure that I hike the other two mountains near it which are Mt. Kalugong and Mt. Tayawan. Mt. Kalugong is more of an eco-park and the trail going there is actually a cemented road, and there is no clear boundary where Mt. Kalugong ends and Mt. Tayawan starts. Mt. Tayawan has a viewdeck and a burial site, and the end of the hike is actually a cemented road again, because you have to pass by a community to get to the trail going to Mt. Yangbew. I always take this traverse and it only takes about 2-3 hours for me to hike these three mountains and I satisfy my need for nature and for relaxation.

I decided to highlight Mt. Yangbew since not everyone has the time for traversing. This is the perfect place for having fun in a different way. Aside from getting connected with nature, there are many things that you can do on this wide grassland. You can choose this as a venue for your photo shoots, you can ride a horse around for ₱100/hour, you can set camp and even make a bonfire for the cold nights! This land offers a lot of potential for you to enjoy yourself so if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, do keep this destination in mind.

I really don’t take that much pictures then, but I sure will when I get back!

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Take note, my mom isn’t the hike kind of person. She detests walking even on flat lands, so getting her to hike with me and actually “surviving” it says a lot on how easy this mountain is. She enjoyed herself a lot despite having hardships because her body hasn’t been that active for years.

Things you need to know for this hike:

  • Fare: ₱18, one-way. Getting back to town, you can ride any jeepney bound to KM4 La Trinidad and take a jeepney from there bound to Baguio. I’m not sure how much the fare is, though.
  • Registration fee: ₱30/person for the environmental fee.
  • Guide fee: None
  • Dayhike: 20-30 minutes
  • Campsite: Yes. I’m not sure about the fee because the people I know who camped weren’t charged for it.
  • Water: None
  • Cellphone/Data signal: Strong in all areas
  • Restrooms: None
  • Convenience Stores: Yes, at the entrance/exit of the trail
  • Medical: None, but locals are around to help whenever needed

You might want to check some shots from my bro, Carlo Tagata, here. (Also, check out the rest of his blog for more awesome photography!)

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