Sunday, March 17, 2013

Backpackers Trip to Sagada (My Third Trip) Updated December 2015

November 30, 2012.

After going to Puerto Galera last summer 2012, my friends and I decided to have another one before the year 2012 ends, and the trip is to Sagada.

Jonas, Niko, Mj, Feng, Des, Elaine, Ces, Lester, Jason, Jhen, Sir Rico, Ma'am Phlor and I joined this trip.

Bus stop-over
Our meeting place was at Genesis Bus Station in Sta. Cruz, Manila. We left  Manila past 11 pm and arrived in Baguio City past 5 am. We hurriedly went to the Dangwa Bus Station. We waited for an hour and was able to catch the second trip to Sagada.

Past 10 am, we stopped at the bus stop-over and partake our breakfast.

Past 12 pm, we arrived in Sagada and hiked towards our accommodation.

our accommodation
My friends and I rested for 1 hour before we started our Sagada activities.

The "Packers"

It was a beautiful day that day!

First stop for the day - Spelunking at Sumaging Cave!

My third time to do spelunking at Sumaging Cave, but the the thrill was still there!

After the spelunking at Sumaging Cave, we went to the Orange Plantation. 

Later that evening, we took our dinner at one of the prestigious restaurants in Sagada

After dinner, we made our own bonfire. We were having a great time. This trip was totally different from our Puerto Galera trip last summer 2012.

Jonas and Niko took turns lighting up the fire and roasting the hotdogs!  

Day 2

Early the following morning, we to Danum Lake to witness the sunrise at the lake. Weather was not good that day. It was cloudy and foggy and we went back to our lodge. Along the way back to the lodge, I still witness the sunrise...

Every Sunday, there is a some sort of "tiange" at the town's road and we did a little bit of  window shopping for our souvenirs.

Then, afterwards we started our trek to Bomod-Ok Falls.

It took us more than an hour before we reached the falls.

Even though it was a bit hot that day but the cold air in Sagada gave us the comfort we needed to trek for minutes.

Finally, we reached the Bomod-ok Falls!

On our trek back to the jump-off point, the amazement on the scenery in Sagada continued.. 

And the smiles were just written in all our faces!

After the trek to the falls, we boarded our service jeepney and off we went to our next stop, the famous - Hanging Coffins!

And the last stop for the day was the -  Underground River.

We had one hell of a great time in Sagada! The adventures are simply outstanding!!!
Thank you guys! =)

Best route
Coda Lines Corporation
Coda Lines is the only company that gives you a direct trip from Quezon City to Sagada.
Trip Schedules
Quezon City to Sagada – 9:00 pm
Sagada to Quezon City – 3:00 pm

Quezon City
277 E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Cathedral Heights Quezon City (Proceed between TUA and Shakey’s )
#0927 559 2197 / 0929 521 3229

Mt. Province
Poblacion, Sagada, Mt. Province
# 0929 521 3247 / 0936 971 9216

Poblacion, Bontoc, Mountain Province
# 0977 326 8080 / 0929 521 3235

Ride to Mt. Kiltepan and Danum Lake - Victor 0948-384-3378.


Fare from Manila to Baguio via Genesis
P440, P570, 690

Fare from Baguio to Sagada via GL Liner

Register at the Municipal Tourist Information Center and pay PhP35.00 for the environmental fee. This will be your personal ticket to all the destinations.

Engage the services of local guides. Never engage the services of children. Always get a guide for all your tours.


Cave Connection
Last entrance to the cave – 4:00 pm
Guide fee: P800 for 2 visitors or less, plus 400 for each additional visitor
Optional: Two-way transportation – P400

Short course caving
Last entrance to the cave – 4:00 pm
Guide fee: P500 for 4 visitors or less / P600 for 5 visitors / P1,000 (2 guides) for 6-9 visitors
Shuttle optional: P350

Balangagan Cave Spelunking (Marcos Cave)
Last entrance to the cave – 4:00 pm
Guide fee: P650 for 4 visitors or less
Transport: P650
Sight seeing in Hanging Coffins and Lumiang Burial Cave
Guide fee: P200 for 10 visitors or less

Rock Climbing and Rappelling
No time limit, equipment provided
Around 30 meters high
Fee: P800 for 1 visitor /P400 each for 2 or more visitors


Bumayeng Twin Falls
Fee: P2,500 for 5 visitors or less (includes guide fee and packed meal)
Hike duration – 3 hours or more one way
Transportation: P650 two-way

Bomod-ok Falls
Fee: P500 for 10 visitors or less
Transportation – P650 two-way vehicle hire via Aguid / P500 two-way vehicle hire via Bangaan
Hike duration – 3 hours (back and forth)

Pongas Falls
Fee: P600 for 10 visitors or less
Transportation – P650 two-way vehicle
Hike duration – 1 hour one way

Bokong Falls
Fee: P200 for 10 visitors or less
Transportation – P250 two way vehicle

3 hours of loop hike to Echo Valley, Hanging Coffins, Sagada Underground River, St. Mary’s Church. Bokong Natural Swimming Pool
Guide Fee: P600 for 10 visitors or less

Adventure Trail (3 hours trek)
Guide Fee: P1,000 for 10 visitors or less

Echo Valley Hanging Coffins
Guide fee: P200 for 10 visitors or less

Camp by the fire
Includes a boodle fight dinner at any preferred campsite (Kiltepan Peak or Danum Lake)
Minimum of 4 for only P1,800
Inclusions: meals and shuttle back and forth

Kiltepan Sunrise
Leave for Kiltepan at 4:30 am
15 minutes drive from the town center
Transportation fee: P500
Best time: summer

Lake Danum Sunset at 4:30 pm
20 minutes drive from the town center
Transportation fee: P550

1.       Mt. Ampacao Traverse (3 hours or more)
Guide fee: P800 for 10 visitors or less

2.       Grassy Land / Marlboro (2-3 hours trek)
Guide fee: P600 for 10 visitors or less
                Shuttle fee: P650

3.       Langsayan Danum Traverse (3 hours hike or more)
Guide fee: P1,000 for 3 visitors or less

4.       Mt. Sisipitan (highest mountain in Sagada, 2,20 meters)
Guide fee: P2,000 each

5.       Mt. Polis
Guide fee: P1,500 for 3 visitors or less

6.       Marlboro Hill / Blue Soil Traverse Trek  (4-5 hours trek)
Guide fee: P1,800 for 3 visitors or less
Transportation: P1,350

                Guide Fee: P2,500 each visitor for trekking
                Additional fee from the hot spring to Maligcong

Municipal Tourism Officer – 0999 991 1801
Mobile No. 0998 886 6081

Recommended Accommodations for 5 pax or more
Sagada Green Hills (0905 455 7820)

Related videos -
Bomod-ok Falls, Sagada -
Botanical Garden, Baguio -
Echo Valley, Sagada -
Hanging Coffins, Sagada -


  1. Hello Mr. Jun Villegas,

    A pleasant day to you.

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  2. Ok, no problem. =)

    Anything that would help Philippine tourism is a welcome opportunity.

    We just finished our 3rd backpacking trip to Tablas, Romblon, Carabao Island and Boracay. I will try to finish the blog in 2 week's time.

    Thanks! =)

  3. Buti pa kayo may ganyang ganyang year end trip.. Diosko breath taking yung unang picture at yung sun rise. Gusto ko na talaga maka punta dito.. asar!

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