Wednesday, May 27, 2009

halsema highway - cordillera mountain range

six hours of stunningly beautiful mountain range. the most beautiful and the largest range in the country. the Cordillera of the Philippines.if you've been to Baguio, you have just seen a bit of the Cordillera mountain range. travel buddy Kit and i took noon time bus to Baguio and met Nadz after our meet with Lingkod Baguio. had coffee with Binx, Meann and ended up going home around 2:00am. up by 5:12am the next day to take one of the earliest trip to Sagada.we arrived at the Dangwa terminal of Baguio just in time for the second trip. the bus left 6:34am it passing by Upper Tomay in La Trinidad. we entered the Halsema Highway which begins at the outskirts of La Trinidad.this mountain highway connects two of Cordillera's province, which are the province of Benguet and the great Mountain Province. the 180kilometer-highway connects the two capital towns of these two provinces.our first stop was at the bus terminal of Atok. this was the longest stopover from the whole trip to Sagada. we were given 15minutes to take our breakfast and for some to go to the comfort rooms. the time was good enough.Halsema highway is also considered as the highest highway in the country with its highest point somewhere in Atok. the highest point is about 2,255meters above see level. that makes it higher than Mount Banahaw's peak.this highway was opened in 1930 as led by Engineer Euseibus Julius Halsema of whom this highway was named after. he was also Baguio city's mayor during that time.
the whole trip, i was awed by the beauty of the mountains. but through the fogs, the trail can be blurry and grayish. making this highway a dangerous trail during the rainy season.but from a person, who stayed for most of his life in a flat and plain town, the fogs over mountains definitely are a great view. this makes me love the Cordillera region so much.rice terraces and green paddies is a usual sight along this highway. sometimes you will pass over the side of it and sometimes it comes over the hills along the highway. farming is the most common way of life here and majority of the vegetables distributed in Manila today comes from the Cordilleras. this highway has greatly contributed to the ease of transporting these goods. but there were times when this region was hit by frost causing great damages on its crops.today, parts of the highway are still unpaved but are continuously being rehabilitated. rough roads are now very minimal in this highway. what used to be a torturous road is now a highway that can soon be compared to that of the Marcos highway.you will pass by boulders of huge mountain rocks carved to give way to the road's widened path. those rocks rises high giving great scenic views similar to the roads going to Kapangan.when the bus reached the intersection that separates the way to Bontoc and Sagada, the trip was now going uphill with a rough and steeper road. it signifies that we were now approaching the town of Sagada.despite the lack of sleep, i was awake the whole trip looking in awe how beautiful the Cordillera region is.i would like to dedicate this post to my travel friend Kit who is celebrating his birthday today. he and Nadz will be my guest photographer and writer for the Sagada series.

trip rate:

road trip: 5.0
road quality: 4.0
mountain view: 5.0

61 comments:

de said...

nakakatakot bumyahe sa zigzag road pero worth it yan kasi just look how wonderful the place is! just near to heavens! again, picture perfect! yey!

dencios said...

i am sorry, that was my comment (above) what happened to may name?? haha.. nalula ata sa ganda ng mga pictures!

darkhorse said...

ganda naman Dong! thnaks for sharing pra na tuloy akong nag travel pero asfe mode kc nakikitingin lng ako...lol overall very inspiring ang lugar sana maayos na lahat ang daanan...eto pla yung cordillera - hanggang Baguio lng nakita ko....tc

gillboard said...

the last time I saw the Rice Terraces, was when I was in 6th grade. This brings back memories.. thanks.

Photo Cache said...

it could be quite scary to travel especially with visibility limited by fog, but what a view.

your photos are magical, parang out of this world, gleng.

SandyCarlson said...

Oh, these mountains are beautiful. The mist is ethereal. I would love to experience that first-hand.

Theonoski said...

"who stayed for most of his life in a flat and plain town, the fogs over mountains definitely are a great view" => I agree!!
btw, where you on top of the jeepney while taking this photos?

Borneo Falcon said...

This is the perfect place for me to unwind

Shionge said...

Amazing trip Dong, I love the fog coz it looks so mysterious :) I bet it be very cold up there.

alicesg said...

The mist on the top of the mountain tells that it is so cold at the mountain. Oh I love going to cold places but not that freezing cold. The place looked so lovely and plenty of fresh air from all the rich greenery. And happy birthday to your friend.

Lawstude said...

ang ganda ng scenery. rice terraces, fogs, mountains, zig-zag roads. galing. sarap talaga libutin ang pinas.

mordsith said...

i've never been there, but i've heard so much stories of the place, but i only saw the pix through your blogs!

seems "heavenly" with all the fog around. :)

livingstain said...

dong ho taga nueva ecija ka din ba, kasi friend mo pala silaw stude.

jei said...

Oh my, I love fogs! Bilib talaga ako sa 'yo Dong! Know what? I'm not really patriotic to our country but your blogsite is trying to make me one.

If you decide to take your photography and writing skills outside 'Pinas, please don't forget to include IRELAND!!!

cebu pictures said...

the highest point is about 2,255meters above see level. that makes it higher than Mount Banahaw's peak.

Grabe mataas pa pala sa Mt Banahaw to. I am from Quezon kaya medyo naiimagine ko kung anong taas meron yan..

Thanks for sharing
sarap sana kung meron lang bridge from Cebu to Samar pwede ng mag travel by land..

jasperjugan said...

that's what i "hate" sometimes with the tourists. for example, going to baguio, on the way you'll be passing a very scenic road. pero they won't mind it, all they care about is baguio. even to those going to sagada, sagada lang ang maganda but en route there wala masyado. oh well.. thanks for posting and sharing this!

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Awesome sights, Dong. Mukhang malamig dyan ah. That reminds me of Bukidnon... I was there, too. :)

PUSANG-gala said...

kelan ba ako makaka-akyat dyan---siguro di ako binibigyan ng pagkakataon kasi baka magustuhan ko na dyan at dina bumaba---I want to live a simple , peaceful life sometimes and the idea of being anonymous is just captivating------

sheng said...

I am yet to experience this place, and even though the fog will blind our ways, the feel of the cold air will make it all the more exciting to go there... Sigh, how i wish it's gonna be soon...

olan said...

INDEED, STUNNINGLY VERY BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing Dom!

nuts said...

Papunta palang, truly wows me. Would definitely stay awake the whole trip with this view. Awesome! I'm too excited na with your coming post and series of Sagada. Babalik-balikan ko ang post na to, till my ultimate dream come true, yun ay mapuntahan ang Sagada! Great photographs and all important info about Sagada, its all here. Great post Dong!

-ellesig- said...

sana may ganyan ding fog sa manila.:)
beautiful photos as always!

luna miranda said...

giniginaw ako sa mga litrato mo.:D

i always love watching the fog...its romantic, at the same time, mysterious. :D

fortuitous faery said...

never been to sagada! you're right, baguio is just the tip of the cordillera iceberg! love the fog!

bluedreamer27 said...

the last time that i went to bagiuo is when i was on greade 6 pa
i really miss bagiuoa a lot

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Halsema has always been the ultimate mountain highway in the Philippines - I'm just awed at the views and the skill of drivers who negotiate its deadly turns. Have they completed cementing the section going to Sagada?

coolwaterworks said...

wow, ganda! ang ang lamig.... brrrrrr....

Allen Yuarata said...

I've never seen the rice terraces. Too bad.

The houses lookes like it's gonna fall down anytime soon. Katakot!

jeanny said...

Next trip namin, we will visit sagada. Excited na ko!

You shared such lovely photos Dong. Made me more eager to visit Cordillera.

Kelan pala kayo nagpunta sa Baguio?

Carver said...

What a beautiful part of the world. I am always fascinated by terraced farming. It looks like so much work. The mountains near where I live have a special place in my heart and it's always interesting to me to see mountains in different parts of the world. These mountains are very different than the mountains where my mother and grandmother are from. I like all the different forms mountains take and would love to visit the ones you've shown us here sometime.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Exceptional beauties, perfect shots!

Joy said...

Another fantastic set of photos. I have never been to the Cordillera, and with your photos so inviting, I definitely wish to. Are there flights there?

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Sidney said...

That is indeed a beautiful landscape and you managed to capture it...the fog over the mountains is very beautiful.

Happy Birthday to your friend.

REDLAN said...

this post makes me have a goggy feeling. hay sarap matulog sa byahe.

I am Xprosaic said...

Nakakainggit ka! jijijijji... now I know kung ano ang pwede kong asahan sa cordillera... marami pa talaga lugar na dapat puntahan...jijijiji

uncleawang said...

Oh such a beautiful scenery,I love that:)
Have a nice day.

Pacey said...

These mountain ranges reminds me of the Himalayas esp where the fogs are most noticeable. Great shots!

Rico said...

My wife and I had always been fascinated with Sagada, but the trip looks very steep. But nonetheless Sagada is in our list of must-see places.

Pietro said...

Wonderful mountain sceneries, Dong! The fog gives them a beautiful and enjoyable atmosphere.

john said...

Stunning place to go.. We wanted to go there last march but the time constraints hindered our plan.

PS. Posted some of the hotel's different angles for you to see.

chubskulit said...

Oh wow, once ko pa lang nakita yan when we had our holy retreat in baguio.. Ganda noh!

ryliej said...

Galing mo kumuha ng pics don, superb!

merce78 said...

Ang hirap naman yata ng ginawa mo dong,walang tulugan?
at ang daan,nakakatakot.kung ako siguro,nakapikit na ako buong biyahe.

Inkversified said...

baguio is the farthest i've been up north. the place looks more like shangri-la. im in cebu now.

Raft3r said...

love the new header!

i have always been a sucker for cold weather

but i am a certfied beach bum

pano kaya nangyari yon?

hehe

Rajesh said...

Marvelous shots of beautiful landscapes. Thanks for giving us a chance to enjoy the beauty.

Kelvin Servigon said...

WTF?! I mean what the fog? LOL

BTW, cool pictures.. :D

Mel said...

Ang daming pictures! :) Grabe ang fog! Sobrang kapal. Buti nakita pa ng driver yung daanan nun. Makakapunta rin ako sa Sagada soon. Kuya Doms, kelan ka magyayaya ulit? :P

EastCoastLife said...

Such gorgeous views of the mountains! And I thought Baguio was only yummy strawberry jams and cool weather. :P

Bengbeng said...

it doesn't look like in the tropics but in a colder climate country. it would make a great place to relax n holiday. i love the mists enveloping the place. talk abt the ighway being dangerous during the rains area bit worrying though

The Islander said...

wow going to sagada. love the place.

dodong flores said...

Wow! Super ganda ng mga photos!!!

I'd like to visit this place too!

witsandnuts said...

The visibility of the road is not definite. Would it be advisable to travel/go there during December?

organicak said...

nice blog dong,
an alterate sequel is on this blog.
http://anigorotodyssey.blogspot.com/2009/05/wonders-of-mainit.html

Josh of Arabia said...

gusto ko ung surreal touch of green. perfectly fit ur new header..

kudos for trekking the difficult, foggy, and kind of creepy road out-there for us to behold - not an easy task, ha - the same goes to ur friends, - to a number of us, we are yet to taste the same adventure. - to those who've been away - u made us green wd envy.

princess_dyanie said...

I've never been to Sagada! As I said in plurk hehe, I wanted to go there after watching a Tagalog cheesy movie haha! How was the bus ride? Scary?

fufu said...

i heart these rice terraces pictures =p it gives another effect with the clouds :)

Joy said...

Wow! Awesome photos. You definitely should have a seat at the Department of Tourism.

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noel said...

dong,

kaya ba ng innova yong road condition sa halsema highway, if i can still remember i was there way back 2006 and there are still some rough roads.

the donG said...

noel, if it's just halsema highway, yes kayang kaya na but if you're going to Sagada, the way up there when you exit the halsema highway, is still rough. i saw vans going up so maybe pwede na rin. just about 10% or even less of halsema highway is unpaved. just be careful when it's raining or foggy. just email me at i.dongho@gmail.com if you have other questions.

Lee said...

How is the halsema highway now? I heard that 90% paved na siya. Is this true? I've been to Sagada twice driving a toyota revo without any problems. Now I will be driving a honda civic with 5 pax inside. Kaya na ba or may areas pa rin ng halsema that are for high clearance vehicles only? Pls advice. Thanks

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