Part of this weekend trip is a side trip to Mt. Osdung, the 16th highest peak, located in Kibungan, Benguet.
Saturday - October 13, 2012
We headed straight to Dangwa Bus Terminal upon our arrival in Baguio at around 4 in the morning, I was with the Tramping Philippines team and my hiker friend Allan. Since it's quite too early from what we were expecting (5:30 AM pa nagsisimulang magbenta ng tiket sa Dangwa Terminal), we headed first to the restaurant adjacent to the ticketing office. Breakfast muna. Shortly before we buy tickets, my blogger friend Joven of www.travextravels.com arrived to complete our dayhike group. We're all set and ready for a climb at Mt. Osdung.
We took the first bus (06:00 AM) bound for Sagada as it will pass by Collideng Junction, the jump-off for this day's mountain. My eyes were wide open during the entire trip that lasted for about 3 hours (fare was just P95) along the Halsema Highway. I simply cannot afford to miss the beautiful views outside my window. Salit salit lang ang mga bundok at terraces, We even passed by the Highest Point on Philippine Highways, as well as the jump-off for Mt. Timbac.
It was almost 9:30 AM when we reached Collideng Junction. The weather was perfect, a very good sign for a very good day hike.
|jump-off for Mt. Osdung. Traders Cafe just beside the junction|
|Dane and Agnes of Tramping Philippines|
|Hitch ride galore!|
So we walked further up the road, asked the locals we met along the way about this Mt. Osdung. At first they seemed clueless about the mountain, but when Joven talked to them in Ilocano (buti na lang may kasama kaming marunong mag-Ilocano), they pointed us to Sitio Cagam-is (about 30 more minutes away). We saw three peaks, the middle has a cell site, so we thought it is the summit of Mt. Osdung.
|turn left to Sitio Cagam-is|
|panoramic shot of the vegetable terraces of Kibungan, Benguet|
We were on our way to the peak she was pointing at when we realized that it truly looked like not the summit of Mt. Osdung. Good thing, we saw a path leading to the summit we were looking for, so we followed it instead of going to the peak that the bearded woman was referring.
|vegetable terraces dominate the landscape in the area.|
|more vegetable terraces|
|almost at the summit of Mt. Osdung|
|more vegetable garden at the summit|
|summit of Mt. Osdung , we wanted to get closer up to that rock but the on-going ritual forbade us from doing so.|
|Group shot. L-R. Agnes, Joven, Allan, Brian and Dane|
On our way down, we saw an empty jeep. We asked again if we could hitch, and the driver allowed us naman. yipee. We passed by the wedding occasion but the ceremony wasn't over yet. So we just went back to the junction, had a quick meal at Traders Cafe and hopped into the bus going back to Baguio City.
|topload sa pag-baba|
It's a successful hike to my 24th mountain