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March 5, 2017

Return to Kibungan : Benguet-Ilocos-LaUnion Trek

This trek was done more than a year ago. Due to my busy schedule and the coming of the twins, I was not able to blog the experience. Details of the hike is vague in my memory now. So far this is what I can remember...

  • This was an MOC Batch II induction  climb
  • The route is different from the one I have taken in 2010
  • I hike while nursing an e-colli infection that I had been having for a couple of weeks then (no one else is capable to lead this climb on our team). This made my trek such a burden
  • We were unable to exit to La Union as the roads were under construction. We almost trek the entire river bed. It might had been a long trek as the jeep took 3 hours complete.

This will just be a photo blog with a few details.



Rice fields at the start of the Trek



Bridge over troubled water


Compared to my previous trek, there are parts where there are railings 




We missed our IT and arrived at Tacadang without sunlight

First day camp


Reminiscing my childhood. Play without gadgets

At the sound of the bell, students promptly line up for flag ceremony 

View of Les-eng rice terraces


Array of flowers

Harvested rice stalks

The popular Kibungan mountain pillars that reminds me of LoTR. Rainy season, those gaps creates waterfalls that are pleasant to look at




After Batangan elementary school, suddenly we had no visibility. Another no clearing at Batangan view deck

The perilous trek down from Batangan summit to Licungan in Ilocos



Still cant believe I went down from there


Licungan in Sugpon Ilocos Sur

The best campsite I have experience so far. Dry ground, no wind, very large space and cool air.


View of Amburayan river from Licungan


Naked kids swimming the river

make shift bridge

These are fish traps made of bamboo. The flowing water push the fish into the cages, and there is no way to swim back. I guess the farmers visit this cages at least 1x a week.

Monster Jeep. (with 6 wheels)



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