Mt. Tabayoc, The 2nd Highest Mountain in Luzon (2,842 MASL)

Our hike to Mount Tabayoc is the main event of our trip to Kabayan, Benguet. Mt. Tabayoc is 2,842 MASL making it the 2nd highest in Luzon and 5th highest in the Philippines. With this reputation, it feels like a privilege to take on this mountain.


mt tabayoc - kabayan, benguet


After our quest to explore the 4 mystical lakes of Kabayan, Benguet, we started our hike at wee hours the following day. The trek can take 4-5 hours to the summit and he are hoping to catch the sunrise there.


So it begins

the path to mt. tabayoc

The path to Mt. Tabayoc
Image taken upon returning to the camp site


Since it was dark when we started, I wasn’t able to take any photos during our ascent. It was also drizzling but we were warned beforehand to expect even moderate to heavy rain. If such happens, we have no choice but to go back.


Armed with flashlights and headlamps, we proceeded. We have to go through dense forest and have to use both hands and feet. The moss makes the trail slippery adding challenge to our task. So far, this is the most enjoyable climb I have. I enjoyed every minute of it. The trail is like no other.


mossy forest of mt. tabayoc
mossy trail of mt. tabayoc

Mossy forest
Image taken upon returning to the camp site


Speaking of rainforest, it is only here that is foggy and drizzling. The weather on the camp site is fine and warm.


At The Summit of Mt. Tabayoc

The sun slowly illuminates the path. Unfortunately, there is no clearing. No blue sky and all foggy view. We got to the view deck at the summit. The rain clouds didn’t dishearten us though from enjoying the joy having reached Mt. Tabayoc summit.


view from the summit of mt. tabayoc


Here are some pictures from the view at the summit:




After some photo shoots, we descended. We went through the same trail. It was a relief when we reached the base. Indeed, the weather is fine here.


mt. tabayoc


Here’s our guide holding exposed carrots. These carrots are no longer good for human consumption.








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