Trails To Camp In Ampakaw Mountain, Sagada
Trails To Camp In Ampakaw Mountain, Sagada Reviews
trails to camp in ampakaw mountain, sagada Apr 22, 2009
Sagada is a mountain town located deep in the cordillera mountains in the philippines.
around sagada there are many peaks to hike like polis mountain (1829 meters), kiltepan peak (1636 meters) and ampakaw mountain (1889 meters) the highest peak in sagada.
it is a requirement to hire guides to go to any places in sagada like the peaks, caves and waterfalls. But since i had been to sagada so many times, i can give a tip to save money for hiring guides and to look out for the trails to ampakaw mountain for a hike and camp.
there are two trails leading to the peak:
the first one is just behind the yoghurt house and you will pass rice fields and small rice terraces and into a community called "demang" where still old rituals of the town is practiced. Then the trail leads up to a steep path of red earth in ambasing elementary school, just follow the trail leading up to the peak.
the second one is the trail i used the most. It is longer but it is fun. Just follow the main road until you come to the community called ambasing and from there, like the trail 1, just follow the trail of red earth until the peak.
in the steep trail about 60-70° high, for the first time hikers, it is gruelling, you have to have shoes with strong grip because if it rains or if the path of red earth is wet, it is very very very slipppery. The hike is about 2 hours long, but since me and ben are fast walkers (even if i had too many stops on the way) we still maganed to get to the peak in less than an hour!
if you ran out of drinking water, there are 2 small falls before the peak where you can gather fresh spring water and the area is full of pitcher plants, you can gatther these plants and squeeze them to drink water.
at the peak, there is already a natural camsite of bald area and grassland where you can set up your tent!
the gruelling and tiring hike for the first timers are rewarded with magnifiecent views of the cordillera mountains and the town of sagada below!
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