Last Updated: March 19th, 2019
While Maligcong, Mountain Province is widely known for its stone-walled rice terraces, it also offers some of the best sunrise and sunset views in the Cordilleras. Starting from Mt. Kupapey which became the highlight of our trip with its magnificent views of Maligcong Rice Terraces to Mt. Fato and Mt. Mogao with its sunset views.
Offering the best sunrise views of Maligcong, Mountain Province, the hike to Mt. Kupapey takes about 1-2 hours that usually starts at 4:00 AM. Make sure to pack your bags with a few snacks, water, and flashlight since you will be walking in pitch-black conditions.
The guide dogs of Suzette’s Maligcong Homestay happily kept us company in all our treks–even at the dead of night–including our trip to Mt. Kupapey. As soon as you reach the clearing, you can just sit around the bonfire that your local guide normally starts while you wait for the sun to rise.
The backdrop of Maligcong Rice Terraces as the sun rises over the horizon makes this one of the most picturesque views in the Philippine Cordilleras.
Fato–which essentially means “bato” or stone, features a limestone rock formation that some found amusing to write their names in. Albeit quite disappointing how this wasn’t discouraged early on, Mt. Fato is still a welcome addition to our itinerary.
It’s worth noting, how, this part of Luzon was once submerged in water millions of years ago. Evidence supporting this is also seen in the Echo Valley in the neighboring town of Sagada, Mountain Province that also features the now-famous Hanging Coffins.
Rivaling the sunset views of its neighboring summit–Mt. Fato–Mt. Mogao’s ideal location for sunset views was just recently discovered. The 20-minute hike from Mt. Fato makes it an ideal side trip.
If that’s not enough reason for you to visit, Mt. Mogao is also littered with pitcher plants that disguises itself like weeds.
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