Monday, May 5, 2008

Mt. Amuyao/Traverse (2,702+)


MT. AMUYAO (BARLIG-BATAD TRAVERSE)
Mountain Province and Ifugao
Entry point: Sitio Macalana, Barlig, Mt. Province
Exit point: Batad Junction, Banaue, Ifugao
LLA: 17.0123N, 121.1297E, 2702 MASL (#10)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3-4 days / 5-7 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 8/9, Trail class 1-3

BACKGROUND
Mt. Amuyao is the country's 10th highest mountain and an important physical and cultural landmark in Mountain Province. Together with a traverse of Mt. Ugo and Mt. Napulauan, a traverse of Mt. Amuyao is one of the great hiking trails of the Cordilleras. Of the three, it is considered the most challenging, taking the hike from the mountainous town of Barlig, Mountain Province to the summit of Amuyao, then off to a lengthy but well-maintained trail to the scenic villages of Pat-yay and Cambulo and finally to Batad, home of the amphitheatre-like rice terraces that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The entire trip takes 3-4 days - a real challenge - but the cultural and natural wonders seen in the trek make it a worthwhile expedition. Highlights include the pine forests up from Barlig, the summit views of Mts. Pulag, Napulauan, and even the Kalinga mountains north, the enchanting flora on the traverse trail, and of course, the villages. Sidetrips to Tappiyah waterfallls, the viewpoint at Banaue, as well as the other wonders of Barlig and Batad, creates possibilities for an even deeper 'immersion' into the heartland of Ifugao culture.

More information in Mt. Amuyao can be found on the main Mt. Amuyao article at PinoyMountaineer. This blog entry focuses on the traverse trail.

TRAVERSE TRAIL
Barlig → Mt. Amuyao summit (5-6 hours; 4.1 km SE): Evenly steep, but the trails are comfortable and reasonably wide. There are no thorny plants or noxious fauna or flora, so you
would only have to prepare for the cold. The trail would only be hazardous when m
uddy - it gets slippery when wet so it's preferrable to climb Amuyao during the dry half of the year (November-early May) even as one still has to possibility of rain. Since the trails are very friendly, night trekking is a possibility to make sure you reach the bunkhouses at the summit on Day 1. Landmarks at the Barlig trail include the Barlig Viewpoint where you can catch a glimpse of Amuyao's summit as well as the town beneath.

Summit → Pat-yay (4-5 hours; 6.1 km SE): First you'll walk through a ridge facing south. To the left are the mountains of the central Cordilleras - Mt. Pulag is flanked by Mt. Tabayoc; closer to Amuyao are Ifugao's Mt. Napulauan. To the right is Cagayan Valley and the faraway mountains are that of the Northern Sierra Madre. This trail is very beautiful especially during the summer months when the pink flowers (Melastoma sp.) are in full bloom and the pines and other evergreens rise majestically beside the clouds. After this breathtaking scene, you would descent into the mossy forest. Although it is not as grand as the lush montane forests of Napulauan, the trek is still pleasant, with the trails remaining clean and without trees or shrubs to obstruct you. The descent is steep, though - this is a given throughout the traverse trail. In Tagalog, "Basagan ng tuhod" could be an apt description. That's why one has to leave Mt. Amuyao's summit early in the morning to make trekking more relaxed. Midway is cemented shed with a nearby water source. Less than an hour before Pat-yay, the forest will give way into a grassy, level area and you'll encounter a stream. The entrance to Pat-yay is worthy of pictures, as its terraces come into view; with traditional Ifugao huts giving accent to the bucolic atmosphere. Hopefully, you would arrive at Pat-yay by lunchtime, take a one hour break and prepare to resume trekking.

Pat-yay → Cambulo (5-6 hours; 7.0 km WSW): Pat-yay is almost equidistant between the Amuyao summit and Cambulo. Take note however that by the time you reach Pat-yay, you've already descended more 1500 meters! Just as you've had enough descent, it would be time to ascend the mountain of Pat-yay, which is around 1400 MASL at the highest point you'll reach. Then it's a westward descent to the village of Cambulo. Just like the approach to Pat-yay, the forest trails give way to foothpaths which in turn give way to the narrow paths of the rice terraces (in Tagalog, 'pilapil') which could be even more challenging than the descent trails. Aim to reach Cambulo before nightfall; otherwise you can do an e-camp just above it, in view of its terraces. The pilapil are hard to negotiate at night. But it's still better to really press for Cambulo so as to maximize the time in Batad the next day. Cambulo, like Pat-yay, is a small village; there is no electricity although some households have solar panels. There are sari-sari stores but be prepared to pay steep prices! The elevation, at 947 MASL, makes Cambulo the lowest point of the entire traverse trail.

Cambulo → Batad saddle (3-4 hours; 4.2 km S): Ideally done on the third day, from Cambulo one heads south to Batad. This is perhaps the easiest part of the traverse, with not much steep trails; this is also commonly used by locals, and Cambulo is also emerging as a tourist attraction. The trail would take you to the very terraces of Batad, which take the form of an amphitheatre. This splendid sight is the grand finalĂ© of the traverse. You will go down the rice terraces; turn right to the village proper where a registration is made. Touristy souvenirs, like necklaces, shirts, and the like, are for sale since Batad is one of the famous places in the Cordilleras. If you arrive at Batad early - around lunchtime - you can spend the early afternoon visiting Tappia (Tappiyah) Falls. You can tidy up in Batad. Then it is an ascent up the saddle at Batad - the furthest point reachable by jeepney. Usually climbers arrange for a jeepney to pick them up at this point and take them to Banaue. End elevation is 1060 MASL. The approximate total distance of the traverse is 21 kms.

ITINERARY
Traverse from Barlig to Batad

Day 0
2100 Assembly at Autobus Station in Dimasalang, Manila
2200 ETD for Banaue, Ifugao (P450)

Day 1
0700 ETA Banaue/ Breakfast
0900 ETD for Barlig, Mountain Province, via rented jeep
1100 ETA Macalama, Barlig. Lunch before trek.
1200 Start Trek (may be deferred if sun's heat too intense)
1700 ETA Barlig Viewpoint (~2400 MASL)
1800 ETA Summit. Either stay at bunkhouses or camp outside.
1900 Dinner / socials

Day 2
0700 Wake-up Call / Breakfast

0800 Start descent to Pat-yay
1200 ETA Pat-yay village; lunch
1300 Proceed to Cambulo
1800 ETA Cambulo village, dinner and set camp

Day 3
0600 Wake-up Call / Breakfast
700 Break camp0800 Head to Batad
1130 ETA Batad; take pictures; visit Tappiyah Falls (optional). Lunch.
1500 Proceed to saddle
1600 ETA 'Saddle', take rented jeep to Bontoc or Banaue
1730 Back in Banaue, wait for 1730hr, 1900hr, or 2000hr trips to Manila (P450)

*It is argued that a 4-day AmTrav would be more advisable: in this setup, one can spend more time at the summit on the morning of Day 2; it is a relaxing 5 to 6-hr. trek down to Pat-yay on that day, and the next day is devoted to reach Cambulo. Basically, this just expands what would've been a strenuous Day 2 into two relaxing legs.

TRAIL AND NAVIGATION MA
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Click on the image to see the full-size map. Note that some of the data are approximates and the map is only meant to be a fairly-reliable overview of the trail and topography.


SPECIAL CONCERNS
For the traverse, the guide fee is P1200/day, vis-a-vis the regular P500/day for the regular Amuyao climb. Reasons cited by the locals include the difficulty of the trail and the fact that only a few guides know
the trail. Apparently, only several groups do the traverse in a year. Even our guide, Abner, says it was only his fourth traverse. As in the we

If renting a jeep from Banaue, you may arrange for the same jeep to pick you up at the Batad saddle. Jeepney rental rates vary; P1500-P2000 is reasonable for the Batad pick-up.

For logistics, registration, and other special concerns regarding Mt. Amuyao, please check out the main Mt. Amuyao article.

TRIVIA
Another possibility is a traverse to Mayaoyao, Ifugao. Instead of heading off to Cambulo from Pat-yay, there is a trail that leads to Mayaoyao town (see trail map). Attractions here include the rice terraces.

I've heard of a group that did a Batad-Barlig traverse but my source said it was so difficult they had to back out!

THE GREAT CORDILLERA TRAVERSES
Mt. Amuyao Traverse
Mt. Napulauan Traverse
Mt. Ugo Traverse

WEATHER OUTLOOK: BARLIG, MT. PROVINCE


WEATHER OUTLOOK: BATAD, IFUGAO

63 comments:

Anonymous said...

kat: natotrauma ako pag pumapasok ako ng opisina kasi rice terraces nakikita ko sa svt. pilapil na ang pinakamahirap na patag na trail sa buong pinas!!!

Halumigmig said...

As for the Mt. Amuyao Traverse adventure we had (FMDYDH Outdoor Group (FOG) Dec, 2003), it could coined as our most challenging adventure ever. There were five of us from our group who pushed through with the journey and we were led by two of our friends, Mimiz and At-ato of the Baguio-based mountaineering group Nomadiks.

From Manila, we staged at Baguio City where we met our friends, and another 5hr travel going to Bontoc Town where we took our lunch, and another 3-4 more hours traveling bound for Barlig. Our ascent for the summit the next day wasn't that difficult due to the clement weather and the good night's rest we had at the Sea Breeze Inn (P50/pax/night) in front of the Barlig Barangay Hall (Police Outpost?). The thrilling and tiresome part of our adventure is our descent to Pat-yay, Mayao-yao, to the rice terraces of Batad up to the village of Cambulo and down to the Cambulo-Kinakin Road being constructed that time. I can't remember all the details, but one thing's for sure, the weather wasn't that cooperative during the 3 days we were trekking down. We were all glad to see the national road at Kinakin going to Banaue proper. A night in one of Banaue's Inn was indeed a reward for our tired bodies after that 4-day traverse!

gideon said...

@halumigmig: thanks for sharing with us the account of your amuyao adventure. for me its really one of the more challenging climbs in the cordilleras!

KARL of PIKNIKERS MOUNTAINEERS said...

hi sir, do you have contact number of your guide abner? - KARL of PIKNIKERS MOUNTAINEERS

gideon said...

i dont think abner has a cellphone number...or at least, i didnt get it. but they usually deck the guides anyway, you can just walk in at barlig without prior arrangements.

Anonymous said...

Hi sir! I texted a guide that Ms. jane gave me, he told me that the fee for a guide is php 1,500/day!! It seems too much for an overnight stay at Mt.Amuyao..

gideon said...

yes, mahal tlga ang guide fee kapag amuyao traverse...the reason they give is (1) mahirap daw tlga ang traverse and (2) very few guides know about it.

some climbers i know do the traverse in reverse- that is,they start from batad. the guide fees are cheaper but the trail is less physiologic.

Anonymous said...

We're not planning a traverse sir..regular climb lang

gideon said...

1500 is way too much for a regular mt. amuyao climb. wag kayong pumayag. let me know if they insist.

Anonymous said...

o nga sir! Robert name nung guide eh..we're planning to go there this Nov.14-15 pa namn sana. It's hard for us because 5 lang kame kaya mabigat talaga..You can text me @ 09152955900 kung ok lang.-Edwin

ogos said...

gud day sir!

me updates ba tungkol sa guide fees at reg fees ng amuyao traverse? thanks!

Anonymous said...

pwd malaman kong sino kukuntakin about climbing in mt.amuyao?

rhovee said...

Hi Sir,

We will be doing Amuyao traverse-reverse (Batad-Barlig) this coming Saturday,April 4 2009.Hopefully we can make it so wecan share the info's here in PM

Jay Z said...

sir gid! Jay z here success ang mt. amuyao traverse reversed (Batad-Barlig)climb im with rhovee she will give feedbacks definitely its a 9/9 when it comes to difficulty level ang hirap sir but very rewarding one of my best climbs so far...we will post guide contacts and updates soon also we will forward the IT to you sir another 9/9 climb for pinoymountaineer hope u can post the IT sir thanks power to yah!!!!

gideon said...

hi jay z, ngaun ko lang nabasa yung messages nyo.

ive heard that doing amuyao trav in reverse is really difficult, but i don't think it qualifies as a 9/9 trail. our difficulty scale is relative and compared to guiting-guiting or mantalingajan, the amuyao trail is well established and there are no dangerous parts. thus even in reverse the amuyao traverse would still be 8/9.

9/9 is defined as: "Technical...very long treks averaging 4 days OR trail class 5-6 for more than 8 hours OR less than 3 days but exploratory and summitability non-assured".

Anonymous said...

pwde ba umakyat ng walng guide txt me 639294906055 sir gidz. txt me kung pwde. mahal kasi eh mag isa lang me aakyat this coming end of the months. ggawa nalng me ng bagong daan

Anonymous said...

wow lufet we have a reinhold messner in the making gagawa daw ng bagong daan?!?!? may ganon?!?!?? tingin ko mas maganda kung sa lagawe ka mag start

sheclimbs said...

sir gid, same pa din ang guide fees for this year? thanks

sheclimbs said...

sir gideon. thanks sa mga infos and latest posts mo!!... because of it, nagamit ko siya for my traverse climbs in Mt. Napulauan and Mt. Amuyao, magkasunod just this holyweek lang (March 31-April 3)... sarap ng feeling pag na experience yung mga cordillera traverses..hands up! thanks

Anonymous said...

mga sir try nyo barlig mt.amuyao traverse to batad,d best!!!!!just this holy week lng umakyat kame!!!

bruno said...

good day sheclimbs, could you kindly post updated details and costs if possible, because my wife and i with a couple of friends also plan to do amuyao traverse this weekend. THANKS!

sheclimbs said...

@bruno - na swerte lang kami sa expenses namin.. mga nasa 2k lng nagastos ko lahat..puro pakiusap lang ginawa ko .. =) kapag konti lang kayo, madali lang makahanap ng transpo agad.
yung sa IT naman sinunod ko lang kay sir gids, kaya lang sa pat-yay ang second night para relax nlng the next day ang trek going to batad.
the best din kung mag stay another night sa batad... sarap ng ng luto nila, try nyo sa batad pensionne and resto.

Anonymous said...

sarap bumalik dto.. forced kmi mag two 2 days barlig to batad, hindi masyado na enjoy.. laspag hehe

moma said...

heard a story that englishman had done 1 day amuyao traverse from 9am off to batad and reach barlig by 4pm proceed to summit and arrived by 7pm at the bunkhouse.. my source was my guide name kuya vino who is my guide back in batad, cambulo and pula traverse to bangaan...

Anonymous said...

hi there. i am planning to do the traverse with a friend early dec. where can i find a refutable guide and porter and how much is the porter? does the guide speaks english? do we have to book the bunkhouse in advance?

thanks

nightcreature said...

hi anonymous. please post if you will pursue your amuyao traverse. I'm interested also. thanks

vic said...

hello.we are planning a barlig-batad traverse on Nov 25-30. if interested, please email me at eagle_eye0072003@yahoo.com. thanks.

Anonymous said...

yap!actually i am from the root of mount amuyao,just contact my mobile phone 09161547297,i had been there alone for the first time,but for the second time, we were six and we started climbing at 5pm and we arrived at exactly 12midnight,just text or call me,i will not owe you for guide but please have a porter.let us talk about it when you text or call me.

Anonymous said...

just contact my mobile phone,09161547297,thank you,am a student of SMU Bayombong who wants to go back again to mount amuyao on november,just contact my phone,bye,,see you soon,,,,,,,,,i have a next class,from where are you vic?

vic said...

we'll be coming from manila. so far 8 in my group. i'll give you call in the coming days. Thanks

Anonymous said...

you can call me tomorrow because as of now i surrendered my phone to my aunt or maybe this night, i will try to get tonight,

Anonymous said...

hi vic, tye time comes nearer and nearer, are you still going to push through your plan climbing at mount amuyao this semestral break?am very interested to have companions...thanks....jus5t inform me....

Anonymous said...

<Hi vic, are you still going to push-through your plan to mount amuyao?

Anonymous said...

hi vic, are still going to push-through the transverse to mount amuyao? please contact me immediately.

vic said...

that's an affirmative. barlig batad traverse. pleae email me at vycayari@yahoo.com. please leave your email address so i can send you the IT and details.

Anonymous said...

Challenging mountain. Stairs climbing literally.

Anonymous said...

May aakyat ba ng amuyao batad to barlig this holywik? bka pede sumabit.. cris-09272609002

Anonymous said...

Hello,

We are a french couple who is planning a Mt. Amuyao traverse. we are looking for contacts to help us to organize it.

If you have any informations, you are welcome !!

Anonymous said...

For the previous message from the french couple. Our e-mail:

alex_le_boss87@hotmail.com

thanks again

Anonymous said...

Mt Amuyao traverse end of the month , anyone?

jainnai said...

good day.. me and my friend plans to climb mt.amuyao.. barlig to batad or batad to barlig.. nov 5 -7.. pls do contact me.. pasabit po kmi.. tnx.. 09057756812

jay_son said...

sir,,iam jayson a local from banaue ifugao a tour guide and tour driver and iam arranging mountaineering groups who wish to climb mt.amuyao trverse and mt.napulawan here in cordillera,,,if any mountaineering group who is interested pls.forward my no.09202291445 or my email add:mcjay_son@yahoo.com thnks sir and more power,,,,

helmet said...

Hi! Everyone ,,as early as now im looking for adventurous individuals who are interested to climb mt amuyao barlig-batad traverse.,Target date would be in May. suggested itenaries would be 2 nights and 3 days..
target peeps would only be 10-12 only for faster ascent..
Text me at 09476990063..

Anonymous said...

sir helmet, how much po ang budget? :).. thanks..

-Cory

helmet said...

Hi cory.. budget would depends on the number of participants.If we can have the 12 peeps.budget would be like 3k to 3.2k max. foods not included.Cost will be equally distributed among participants..
Thanks..

helmet said...

http://www.facebook.com/events/235183216574109/

strength beyond strength

Anonymous said...

Hello po! Baka may interested, amuyao traverse this thursday pm alis. Balik manila monday am.

So call me Maybe =))
09187058608

-- Kaye

Looking for 3 to 5 people. Salamat

MIchelle - SMC said...

Hello!

Can anyone share itinerary for Mt. Amuyao Batad - Barlig Traverse?



Thanks!
Michelle - SMC

Anonymous said...

Hello!

sir jay z jorge tama ka 9/9 nga... kung pwede lang 10/9 nga eh... kaya idol na idol ka namin.. susunod kami sa mga yapak mo idol sir jay z jorge... maniniwala kami sa u :)

Anonymous said...

may akyat kami this coming june 16

Anonymous said...

May tinitindang pagkain po ba sa mga village na dinadaanan?

Elizur Orejola said...

please provide me some phone number for guide preference please thank you

Elizur Orejola said...
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Mountain Runner said...

Sir Elizur, you may want to contact Jun Pagada- CP number 09066487760. He can arranged a guide for your team. We traversed Amuyao last March.
Handa lang sa mahabang lakaran(up/down) GOODLUCK sa team nyo and ingat sa trail lalo na pag umulan.

Mountain Runner said...

Sir Elizur,kontakin nyo po si Sir Jun Pagada-09066487760. He can help you find a guide. Ingat sir sa trail pag umulan. We traversed Mt. Amuyao last March. The experience is unforgettable. GOODLUCK sa team nyo sir.

Anonymous said...

you can contact mr.jayson from banaue ifugao helps you with your guide,jeepney transfer and porter negotiable price he helps a lot of mountaineerings cp#smart 09202291445 globe 09357654068

Anonymous said...

Hi Sino po gusto sumama akyat kami Mt Amuyao Oct 3 to 6. https://www.facebook.com/events/207537062741139/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Anonymous said...

pag may oct 12-14 na schedule sama ako. 09164429900

Anonymous said...

sana may sched ng oct 12-14... im just a text away 09164429900

Anonymous said...

may lakad ba ng oct 12-14? text lang gusto ko sumama 09164429900

Anonymous said...

grabe yang amuyao trav barlig-batad na yan. halos 90% may bangin ang dadaanan. sobrang kalungkot yung 2nd day sobrang layo at delikado ung ibang part ng trail, d ganun ka establish ung iba at malambot pa yung lupa. pag nagkamali ka ng tapak goodbye philippines na.

IMO kaya yung 4-5 summit-patyay at 5-6hrs patyay-cambullo kung naka daypack or lightpack ka lng or naka porter pero kng fullpack mag handa kayo. Akala ko pag dating sa batad dun na susunduin ng jeep yun pala mga 1.30 or 2 hrs pa sa saddle.

Anonymous said...

grabe yang amuyao trav barlig-batad na yan. halos 90% may bangin ang dadaanan. sobrang kalungkot yung 2nd day sobrang layo at delikado ung ibang part ng trail, d ganun ka establish ung iba at malambot pa yung lupa. pag nagkamali ka ng tapak goodbye philippines na.

IMO kaya yung 4-5 summit-patyay at 5-6hrs patyay-cambullo kung naka daypack or lightpack ka lng or naka porter pero kng fullpack mag handa kayo. Akala ko pag dating sa batad dun na susunduin ng jeep yun pala mga 1.30 or 2 hrs pa sa saddle.

Anonymous said...

kakaakyat lang din namin dito, tingin ko 9/9 talaga to. 8/9 siguro kung may "Porter" ka. , daming bangin,buwis buhay trail, facing the waterfalls, pero atleast natapos namin to. kelangan mo talaga dito ng mahabang pasensya.

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