Mt Tabayoc with Mt Timbak via Kabayan Barrio
Benguet and Ifugao
Major jump-off: Brgy. Ballay, Kabayan, Benguet
LLA: 16.7000° N; 120.88333° E; 2842 MASL (#5)
Days required / Hours to summit: 2-3 days /4-6 hours
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 2-4
MT. TIMBAK/ MT. SINGAKALSA (2,717+)
Major jumpoff: KM. 55, Atok, Benguet
Elevation: 2717 MASL (#9)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1.5-2.5 hours
Specs (Backtrail): Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 2
Features: Village life, mummies, views of major Cordillera peaks
Its been a while since Im been in touched with Ranger Arlan of Mt Tabayoc. The original plan was doing the Luzon 312-timbak,pulag to tabayoc. However, The budget have hinder our plan once again.So instead of giving up the plan just yet, and since I already set foot on top of Mt pulag twice, The logical choice was to set foot on the mountain I was not able to reached the top yet , and thats Mt Tabayoc.
My hiking buddy and I met at victory liner cubao terminal only to find out that the next available bus to baguio was scheduled at 4am. The TNF trail run surely attracts a lot from runners to spectators. Of course we cannot wait until 4am, so we moved to Dagupan terminal.
We arrived at Baguio city at 7:30am,walked all the way to Good taste at Dangwa terminal. At 9am, we are already in Slaughter house terminal to catch the first trip to Ballay. At exactly 10 am the A-liner bus depart from the terminal to Ballay.
We arrived in Ballay at 15 mins past 3pm. It was raining! Our original plan was to camp in lake tabeo,however since its raining and it will be very cold soon- we just decided to spend the night in abandon lodge near the barangay.
|An abandon house|
|The mossy forest of Mt Tabayoc|
|Mt Tabayoc Summit and View Deck|
|Kabayan Barrio Jump off|
|Sign to Tinongchol Cave|
|The scenic trail to Mt timbak via Kabayan Barrio|
|The crosses at the summit of Mt Timbak|
Soon there will be a trail connection Benguet to Ifugao to other mountains.. For now we should enjoy the trail that we already have.
|The morning clouds and fogs at the summit of Mt Timbak|
Here are the expenses
Manila to Baguio : P445
Baguio to Ballay : P155
Reg Fee : P200
Guide fee (Mt tabayoc) : P1000
Guide fee ( 4 lakes ) : P500
Ballay to Kabayan Barrio : P10
Km 55 to Baguio : P120
Baguio to Manila : P 445
Manila to Baguio : 5-6 hours with 2 stop over.
Baguio to Ballay : 5-6 hours with 2 stop over. First stop over is at Bokod after an hour. Then another stop over at bili bokod after 2 hours.
You can camp at Lake Tabeyoc or in Barangay Lodge or near the houses at Ballay extension
Buses to Ballay are located in slaughter house terminal
Going to Ballay :
First trip is at 10am,
Second trip is at 12pm. (you still need to ride motorcycle for this trip as it never goes directly to bus stop in Ballay)
From Ballay to Baguio
First trip is at 7am
2nd and last trip is at 10am
If you miss the 2nd trip- you can rent a motorcycle to kabayan central. And from kabayan central there are van terminal going to baguio until 5pm
If you decide to hike Mt Timbak- Get off at Kabayan bario- only 30 mins away from Ballay. Then just follow the long road. Walking time depends on your speed and frequency of rest.
From km 55 there are van and buses to Baguio fare is at P120 as of the time of this writing.
For other useful information and narration :
Please visit :
Pinoymountaineer.com and lagataw.com