Atok is a fourth-class income municipality in the province of Benguet. Despite of its mountainous terrain, crop agriculture thrives in the town through garden farming. The town is also popular for having the Highest Point of the Philippine Highway System, which is a part of Halsema Highway. Mt Singakalsa (well-known as Mt. Timbak), the 3rd highest mountain in Luzon, is located here.
Atok, Benguet is surrounded by the municipalities of Kibungan to its north, Kapangan to its east, Kabayan to its west, and Tublay to its south.
The Igorot people mainly inhabit the town. These Igorot sub-tribes are namely called Kankana-ey, Kalanguya, and Ibaloi. Although each tribe have differences with regards to their spoken dialect, most of them know how to speak Ilocano, Tagalog, and English.
The locals have strong affinity to their culture as manifested by showing high regard to their elders, preservation of their rites and rituals, and beliefs in spiritual or higher power. Nevertheless, Igorots are friendly and hardworking people.
Many have observed that the temperature in Atok is cooler than that of Baguio City. Bringing jackets or sweaters is highly advised when visiting the town.
Popular tourist attractions in Atok, Benguet include the Highest Point, Mt. Timbak (Mt. Singakalsa), and Timbak burial caves (which technically is in Kabayan, Benguet). One important reminder to keep in mind when visiting the burial caves is taking photos of the mummies is, by belief, prohibited.
There are several lodges in Atok if you wish to spend the night there. If you’re on a bus, tell the driver to drop you off at Sayangan.
From Baguio City, most buses headed to Mountain Province pass through Halsema Highway. The Municipal Hall of Atok, Benguet is located along the highway. The trip lasts 2 hours to 2hrs30mins
Mount Timbak (or Mount Singakalsa) is one of Atok, Benguet’s most frequented tourist destinations. It […]
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