Mt. Ampacao 1889+

February 2017 - Mt. Ampacao, Sagada, Mountain Province - Philippines

On our third day in Sagada, we decided to go hiking again and finally get to Mt. Ampacao by ourselves since we already knew which way to go after getting lost the other day. We just started the day with a huge breakfast at our favorite shop, Strawberry Cafe.

Strawberry Yoghurt please!


We started walking at around 9 am and on our way to the jump off, we saw an amazing view of rock formations! We stopped for a while to take a closer look. There were hanging coffins in the rocks. It is the famous Igorot tribe tradition of burying their dead. We did not take time to explore the caves to see it because there were too many tourists. But I was glad that we were able to have a glimpse of it.


Sagada Rock Formations

We passed through a village and we started to trek on an uphill road. It was sunny but the wind breeze was cool, so we just took our time walking until we reached the end of the concrete road. We rested for a while and enjoyed the sound of the wind and trees. Manuel had always a tale to tell.  


Rocky road

We were not really alone for some time. We were greeted by carabaos and we thought that some farmers let them feed and wander around in the mountain. There was a lone carabao in the middle of trail. For a moment, we felt a bit nervous to pass through because it might suddenly ran and attack us, just like the other water buffaloes running wild after people in the videos, too much social media I guess. LOL. The carabao had its eyes following our movements, we slowly walked at the left side of the road without making any sound and I was overjoyed when we got through the road. We also  met an old man along the trail. He was using 2 long canes to help him walk, he said or asked something in "Kankanaey" an Igorot dialect in Sagada, but we did not understand so we just smiled and said "Magandang Araw po." and "Ingat po." (Good day. and Take care.) when he reached the pathway going to his hut.  

Lolo lives in the mountain.

After an hour and a half of walking, resting, laughing & photo ops, we finally reached this wonderful place! They call it the ranch, which I just learned now. The summit is 20 minutes away from the ranch with the SMART tower on it. We did not know where the trail leading to the summit during that time. We got lost looking for it so after a few minutes, we returned back to the ranch and decided to chill in the area. Despite, we enjoyed staying in this spot of Mt. Ampacao. 


Majestic scene of mountain ranges


We did it!

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Comments

  1. It's such a lovely hike up the mountain especially early in the morning when you can see and enjoy the view! I love the rock formations! They're stunning and they make the hike even more worth it.

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  2. This looks like it would be a fabulous hike. I don't think I've ever hiked before, so I need to start. The scenery is so pretty!

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  3. love hiking and im sure it is such a breath taking view! would love to do this soon but need to recover first from my knee injury, yay!

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  4. Oh wow what an absolutely awesome place to go for a hike. It looks as though the views are just stunning.

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  5. What a beautiful place for hiking! The views and rock formations are gorgeous.

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  6. Your pics are fantastic. It looks like such a lovely hike up the mountain.

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  7. Wow, the views are incredible! I miss being able to hike since I moved away from Vancouver to a very flat city :(

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  8. I haven't been in Sagada. I would really love to see that rock formations in person.

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  9. The greenery seems so inspiring! I'd love to go somewhere like this.

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  10. Talk about a hike that's worth it. It's really breathtaking up there and it's also a great way to appreciate nature more. This place is totally worth the journey!

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  11. Looks like an amazing hike! Those rock formations are amazing. Nature is always so breathtaking and inspiring.

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  12. Wow, what an amazing view! It looks like such a nice time.

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  13. What a beautiful place! Hiking is not necessarily my thing, however I love savage places like this and I love clean air & quietness

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  14. This looks like such an awesome place! I would love to visit someday!

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  15. You guys had an amazing hike here. Hiking is one of our plans when David and I move back to the Philippines. Wish we could meet you there and hike together. :D

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  16. Wow! Looks like a great time. Hiking and seeing all that wonderful nature. How FUN!

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  17. I love to hike when I travel. You are lucky your partner likes it too. My soldier says he gets enough of it at work. This looks lovely and you had amazing weather too.

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