You do not need to go as far as Mt. Pulag in Benguet to catch the sunrise and have a good look of clouds and town view from the top. If you live in Northern Luzon, Baguio City or La Trinidad, it is just few kilometers away! Now, if you are interested, keep reading… (or Watch it here)
Where to Go?
Mt. Jumbo is located in Tawang, La Trinidad, Benguet. It is still unimproved in terms of artificial aesthetics thus it is uniquely authentic in nature. On top, you can see the full view of La Trinidad and a portion of nearby city, the City of Baguio. It has gained popularity among locals and soon to be widely known as a famous tourist spot in Benguet. So while it is authentic and not too many tourists, then I urge you to grab the chance and take advantage of its perks. A couple of years ago, climbing was free but as of January 2016, the entrance fee is P30.00. This amount is collected by some town officials who are guarding the area. Sooner or later the price might hike as it gains popularity over time.
When is the best time to go there?
- It depends on your preference but I recommend early morning (5am onwards) or late afternoon (4pm onwards).
What can you do?
- If you want to catch the sunrise, start hiking at around 4:30 a.m. and enjoy the view.
- If you are lucky enough, you can see some clouds hovering the area.
- There are formations of rocks in the area where you can take photos and be like Superman.
- You can set up your own tent and stay overnight to gaze the stars/clear sky and the city view from the top. Just make sure you bring your own tent and blanket.
- Take some silhouette photos by 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.
- Play with friends and create unlimited memories.
- If you still have plenty of time, eat some bread/snacks while waiting for Mr. Sun. There are no stores (open) nearby so plan on buying your own water and some snacks ahead of time.
- Wear your most comfortable clothes and footwear for the hike. It is COLD during the night and at dawn. It’s better to be prepared than be sorry ^_^
- Warm yourselves up as it is windy and cold especially in the morning. Limited only to a certain few, some people set up bonfire…just make sure you do not burn the mountain.
- Bring “SELF-DISCIPLINE” with you as you start your trek. 🙂 Respect nature, respect the local citizens. So, please TAKE YOUR GARBAGE WITH YOU when you leave. It matters!
How to Get There?
If you aim to catch the sunrise, it is better to hail a taxi at 4 a.m. and tell the cab driver to drop you to the turning point of Tomay. There is a junction on your right with a signboard, “To Lubas…”. Start walking from there following the main road—about 2 kilometers to the bottom of the mountain. Unfortunately, there is no signboard that says, “This way to Mount Jumbo” or “Welcome to Mt. Jumbo” (as of January 2016) so you have to figure it out on your own. You will pass by a “This way to barangay hall” and “Tawang Elementary School” sign posts on your right as you walk straight following the main road (near Tawang cemetery). It will take about 30-40 minutes walk up to the mountain.
[Extra Tip: There is a sign post, “PIGS 4 SALE” near an electric post. If you see the concrete road going up, then you are on the right track. JUST go up, follow the trails, and create unlimited (photo) memories!]
If you are traveling on a daytime (6a.m. onwards), you can ride a jeepney located near the bridge at Pines Park in Km 4. Inform the driver to drop you off at Sitio Banig to go to Mt. Jumbo.
If you are familiar with Balili’s footpath, you can hike from Km 5 passing through Balili to reach Tawang. When you reach the main road, walk for about 30-50 meters and you can find the trail going to Mt. Jumbo.
*These options are a little bit tricky and risky for first-timers because you may miss it out. If you can, it is better to ask local who is familiar with the place to go with you to make sure you can reach the mountain top on time for the sunrise and sunset.
HAPPY NEW MEMORIES ^_^
Wishing you a Happy Journey,
👣 The Official Traveler