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1st Bakun summer event offers ‘climb to remember’, Apr 25–27
Susan C. Aro / PIA
Life, 4-13-2014

Are you looking for adventure this summer?

Join the first Bakun trio summer climb from April 25 to 27. The event offers trekkers and adventurists the challenge of surmounting not one but three peaks – Mt. Lobo, Mt. Kabunian, and Mt. Tenglawan, located in barangays Poblacion and Sinacbat in Bakun, Benguet.

Municipal Tourism Action Officer-designate Arthur Tolito said only 55 participants will be accommodated for ease of management.

A P2,500 registration fee will be charged per individual to cover transportation from Baguio City to Poblacion and back, tour guide fee, environmental fee, certificate of participation, t-shirt, and three dinner meals.

Based on the itinerary, on April 25 from 6 to 7:30 a.m. will be the registration, assembly, and briefing at the Department of Tourism regional office along Gov. Pack Road.

The adventure starts by a trip along Halsema Highway passing through the country’s highest point in Paoay, Atok, Benguet to Nangayangan, Madaymen, Kibungan for viewing of panoramic scenes of Tacadang and Central Kibungan then to Dada, Poblacion in Bakun for lunch.

After lunch, participants will climb Mt. Lobo which would take around an hour and a half. The highest peak among the three, it gives a vantage view of Mt. Data plateau, part of Buguias and an overview of Poblacion, Bakun Proper, Tolito said.

After the summit invasion, the group will go down to Poblacion Proper to set up tents for the night. There will be a short program after the dinner. 

The second day would be a scale to the legendary Mt. Kabunian passing through Lop-ot. At the summit, a prayer to Kabunian will be offered before lunch.

From Mt. Kabunian, the group will go back to Poblacion Proper for dinner, community immersion, cultural presentation and sleepover. The tallak dance, which is unique to Poblacion, will highlight the evening activity.

The summit assault to Mt. Tenglawan will be on the day. After viewing and lunch at the peak, the group will go back to Poblacion Proper for the awarding ceremonies.

Early dinner treat with a thanksgiving prayer will culminate the three-day trek.

Participants should bring clothing, sleeping gears, tents, food for six meals and snacks, back packs, flashlights, head lamp, drinking water and container, trail hiking shoes and slippers, rain gears, first aid kits, camera, and binoculars.

For details, visit or contact Tolito at 0905-317-1616 and 0921-211-3687; Vice Mayor and Municipal Tourism Council Chair Edwin Bandao 0998-984-2733; tourism committee chair Councilor Donald Bag-ayan 0929-188-0610; Bakun Tour Guides Association president Peter Diclas 0929-621-0448; and Provincial Tourism Operations Officer Claire Prudencio 074-422-1116 and 0917-512-0472.

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