Monday, June 15, 2009

sumaguing cave - sagada

after crossing the cave's big dance hall, we heard sounds coming from the path ahead of us. we knew that Sumaguing cave trail was not far from where we were.this is Sagada's renowned big cave because of its big chamber that goes deep down its rocky hills. it is also the busiest cave among Sagada's gigantic cave system.as we went on, we already saw the light from both ways, one coming from where we came and one down to where we were about to go. when we reached the chamber's end, we saw the way down to Sumaguing's deepest reachable point.later on, we met two foreign tourists with their guide now going ahead of us. we enjoyed taking photos on some of the chambers that we've entered, which made us stay longer.we then reached the Sumaguing trail where more and more people coming from the top can be seen. it was at this point when i decided not to force myself down as the pain on my left ankle caused by an injury along the way was already uncomfortable.so Nadz and Kit instead went on with our guide. i stayed on one portion midway down Sumaguing cave. seeing very beautiful rock formations in this cave made spelunking very exciting.the guides would point at some of the rock formations giving them names based on its form. mostly shaped by the hundreds of years of flowing water inside this cave.among the most beautiful formation is the curtain wall forming like a hanging long piece of cloth. when down there, the experience was like one is inside a museum that featured many valuable historical items naturally displayed.there were pools of water where one can swim alongside really amazing walls. down there, no other light source except the one from the guide's lamp. so a display of each rock formation are only revealed when the guide's lamp make way to those wonderful rock forms.after a swim, Nadz and Kit made their way back this time climbing on ropes on an almost vertical wall. the way down is different from the way up on this portion of the cave's trail.more people were still going down when we started climbing back up out of the cave. there was a part where one will pass over the bats stinky manures and slippery rocks.the way up out of Sumaguing cave was way easier than the Lumiang trail. some steps were already fixed to provide ease when caving down. when we reached our exit, which is the entrance for those doing the Sumaguing caving only, we felt fulfilled.it was at this point when all i can say was "to be inside Sagada's cave system for four hours was one of the best experience i had in my life". now i believe, that you've never been to Sagada if you haven't done caving on one of its beautiful caves. it's a must see.

62 comments:

gillboard said...

that looks nice... reminds me of the movie the cave.. parang panghorror lang.. hehehe

I am Xprosaic said...

Dami namang cave diyan! jijijijijiji... saka ang ganda sa loob... ganda talaga! ayos na pala cam mo?! o bumili ka bago?! jijijiji...

Hilda said...

Galing nung rock formations!

Sorry to hear you weren't able to finish this particular adventure. Hope your ankle's much better now.

Rico said...

That was just amazing! Beautiful rock formations! Yung iba parang tinapay (or gutom lang ako?).

Reena said...

no step-like trail going down the cave? ah, so dito ka pala na-sprain nun.

just reading your blog hyperventilates me. i need air!!! the best shot for me is the stairs going up na. hahaha.

Chyng said...

Gumagamit ka ng Flash Diffuser? (if ever lang merong kang ginamit na flash sa loob ng cave)

May hangin sa ilalim? o mahirap huminga?

Lawstude said...

definitely one of the best experience one could have dom. my hats-off you and kit and nadz. i don't know if there is anything that can top this experience dom. galing.

fufu said...

wow love all these rock formations =p awesome...

coolwaterworks said...

This is one great adventure Dong...
The formations are just breathtaking....

This adventure now tops my list... :D

nuts said...

viewing photos and touring inside the cave by your post really excites me. i just cant imagine ano pa pakiramdam na actual makita at andon sa loob. nakakapa-wow talaga.

witsandnuts said...

The curtain wall formation is amazing! I've never seen that even in the movies. I wouldn't mind staying there for more than 4 hours. It's like being transformed to another civilization. I think you'd revisit Sagada, to especially check those areas you weren't able to inspect because of your untimely ankle injury.

Luke Wiley said...

A cool adventure and experience!

NenNen said...

Used to see those kinds of scenes nung nagki-caving pa kuya ko. PEro kakaiba ito. Ganda! Iba talaga pag may touch of photography! Astig si Dong HO! hehe.

Heart of Rachel said...

Remarkable photos! I'm amazed by those rock formations. You must feel proud and fulfilled after such an enriching activity.

Cebu Image said...

Dong ngayon lang ako nakalabas ng City

I will go to SM and ask the number

grabe ang travel mo di2 ah. konting ingat. Hindi piyesta all the time

chubskulit said...

Oh my goodness, those are stunning. There is one like that in Bicol too.

Ax said...

huwaw, hindi pa rin naglalaho ang ganda ng sumaguing cave!

REDLAN said...

mukhang napakalinis at malaki nga. napabuntong -hininga ako. nakalabas na kayo. great experience nga.

aiLee920 said...

waaaah. it's creepy there.. hehehe but it's mother earth's piece of art... galing!!

Jinjiruks said...

sir dong, inggit na naman ako sa mga nakita ko sa cave na yan. kaya nga gusto ko mag spelunking talaga. huhu!

YanaH said...

evrytime punta ako ng mt. province, imake sure na dadaan at dadaan ako ng sagada, hindi ako nagsasawang bisitahin ang sumaguing cave..

were you able to visit the echo valley?

Friendz said...

what a amazing places!! you rock man thanks for showing and sharing this...
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Borneo Falcon said...

I just explore a cave recently. It's pitch black inside and I can't take a decent photos (my digital camera is not working and had to use mobile phone camera for that).

Photo Cache said...

that is so nice. what an adventure indeed.

An Asian Traveler said...

What a great spelunking adventure. I don't think I can do that.

eli said...

ganda ng caves. at syempre maganda ang pagkakakuha ng pics.

mahilig din akong pumasok sa caves pero ang pinakamaluwang na napasok ko palang ay yong cave sa minalungao national park (gen. tinio, nueva ecija) at huyuk-huyukan cave sa daraga albay.

dencios said...

galing talaga ng nature see 7-12 fotos. kakamangha hano? pero nakakatakot parang anytime may lalabas na monster tas papatayin ka ng walang awa hahhaha

bukod dyan ang galing din ng mga kuha as usual (as always naman)

dencios said...

grabe din adventure mo, astig! gusto ko maexperience ang tulad ng ginagawa mo

Lalaine said...

wow... ganda ng mga rocks... kakaiba... mukhang worth it lahat ng hirap na dadanasin papunta dyan... ganda talaga!

BlogusVox said...

Thanks donG. Sana someday I can also do some spelunking at Sagada cave and hope I'll still have some stamina left. : )

Glenda said...

wow, i've never been to sagada. your photos make me want to go :-) (love the curtain wall pic by the way).

Rajesh said...

That is a fascinating journey you have taken us through the beautiful caves. The snaps are fantastic and the rock formations inside the cave are incredibly beautiful. Thanks for sharing this nice experience.

~~m$. DoNNA~~ said...

wow!!! ganda ng place.. gusto ko ring makarating ng sagada..

Eel Wind said...

sorry that you couldn't join the rest of your gang but I am sure at where you were, you were already amazed by the wonderful natural sculptures already! I am amazed! :)

Phivos Nicolaides said...

So special all these photos!

Garando said...

Wow, those photos you took inside the cave are amazing! Ang hirap siguro kumuha sa loob no? Sobrang dilim kase...

Pietro said...

The trip in the cave must have been a nice adventure indeed!
Interesting that curtain wall forming like a hanging long piece of cloth.

Bengbeng said...

Dong, this is so exciting. I enjoyed this so much. Awesome. Really awesome

Nanaybelen said...

Sobrang ganda ang rock formation Dong. Amazing talaga. pero, takot akooooo ...

napaboaniya said...

Looks VERY adventurous to be there in that cave exploring all round!
I really really envy you with the ability to travel all round..but best of all. Thanks for always sharing your captures from the trips :)

paoruiz said...

man, i'd creep out if i was here. lol.

jeanny said...

sagada's so perfect, breathtaking and amazing talaga. God's perfect creation indeed. Again thanks for sharing those wonderful photo dong :)

SandyCarlson said...

That cave is amazing. The stone is like cookie dough! The smooth, liquid shapes of the cave walls and rock formations are stunning.

JM said...

Gorgeous place and great shots! Unfortunately I'm 'a bit' claustrophobic so I would never make the tour...

darkhorse said...

wow kahit sa pics nadididliman ako lalo na sa totoo...ingatz!

optimistic dora said...

WOW, what a cave?! hehe... inggit tlaga ako sa life mo, plagi ka lang explore sa places of the earth! hehe... yan din yung gusto kong gawin olwiz, khit di ako mkatapos bsta mka malibot ko ang world, at masunod kong luho ko na mg travel everywhere! sana sama mo ko minsan sa mg alakad mo! hehe...

dodong flores said...

Hi, donG hO!
I agree with you. One cannot claim he's in Sagada if he's not able to explore the caves.
I like the way you capture those images in zero-light condition. You're excellent in photography. The photographs are simply perfect!

Somnolent Dyarista said...

wow!

you really have good pictures, should i say amazing shots!

ano pong specs ng camera ginagamit mo???

tikno said...

Hi Dong Ho, in this post I see your fantastic photo collection.

EastCoastLife said...

The cave is really awesome! I like the curtain like formations!

JayAshKal said...

Great formations.. stalactites ba yun? But anyway these should have been cordoned off para di masira, unless the guides makes the tourists and visitors aware not to touch. Dito naka cordoned off yun at every now and then eh nililinis pa ng steam, kasi nag jkakaroon ng discolouration dut to exposure to air and other pollutants.

Great posts, which I didn't know formations like these existed.

KRIS JASPER said...

Im afraid of the dark, Mr. Dong.

:(

But never mind, your shots and angles made me look at those fotos still.

:)

Raft3r said...

i have never been inside a cave before
syempre hindi counted yun man made cave sa isang resort sa bohol na pinutahan ko
hehe

EM said...

Dong, katakot naman dyan sa cave na yan. maski interesting yung makikita, the darkness alone prevents me from fully appreciating the natural beauty of the place. Me nakita ka bang ahas? yikes! dun nalang ako sa me natural light...

buti nalang may pics.. yan nalang titingnan ko. salamat!

bwzone said...

really nice pics of cave formations. I hope I can visit Sagada someday :)

princess_dyanie said...

4 hours sa loob ng cave? anu naman ginawa mo dun? btw, yung mga bato mukhang madulas? pwede ba akyatin yung mga yun?

Summer said...

wow ang gnda nang sagada! iiiiii kaka inggiit! :D

sana hindi masira yan. kasi alam ko kapag maraming tao ang pumupunta at di na me maintain, masisira amg mga rock formations na un. sa america, tig 10 lang ang pwede pumasok. kasi daw ang tao nakikipag compete sa moisture nang air nang cave. so dpat ma maintain ang moisture sa loob. tapos meron pang ilalagay sayo sa paa, para di ma contaminate ang mga bato something like that. lol. basta. ganon sa arizona ;D

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katcarneo said...

That curtain wall looks fantastic!

carlotta said...

amazing cave photos! i love it! :)

madbong said...

truly awesome parekoy!!

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elainespillsit said...

Hi, Sir! I was looking for Sagada cave connection photos then happy to have stumbled on your site. My friends and I also did the cave connection, unfortunately, wasn't able to bring a camera, since it was my first doing such and scared to bring valuables whatsoever. To cut it short, I'm planning to share my story about the trip, and I couldn't be more than thankful and pleased to have some of your shots be posted on the future blog entry. And yes, credits will also be added. Thank you. P.S. The photos are really good! The second, third and fifth photos define how thrilling the Sagda cave connection is. Thank you, Sir! Keep journeying and all the best!!! :)

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