Monday, August 25, 2014

Kabayan Fire Mummies

I am in love with the Cordillera Region in the Philippines
 and want to learn more about their culture.
So I decided to go and explore more places.

From Manila, I hopped on a Victory Liner bus going to Baguio City.

We went to Dangwa Terminal where we took a bus going to Sagada.
For just PhP80 (as of Feb 2014), we reached KM55

This is the jump-off. 
It says 6km to the Mummy Caves.

fire mummies

We went up to Mt. Timbac.
The road was elevated and paved.

The view was gorgeous.

Just a few meters, we saw Mangoto Elementary School.

We did not get any guide here because it was pretty expensive for us. 
A fellow mountaineer advised us to do a Do-It-Your own trip and become adventurous.
And so we did . . . our plan after the mummy caves was to go to Poblacion and sleep there.
Hmmm....12km more!

I would always stop to enjoy the view.

Then we met the gate keeper who holds the keys to the caves.
She was nice. We thought we would be have a hard time asking permission.


 But she gave us the keys right away!!!

It was a couple of steps going down.

 and a couple more....

Then we saw the gate.

You don't need a guide here.
Just follow the trail.

It was just a few meters to the mummy caves from the gate.

There it is!

fire mummies

We were given permission to take photos and videos of the mummies
 but was asked not to publish it in the internet.

Which I have full respect of the culture and people so I will not be posting it.

ann d explorer

I don't easily get creeped out like this one.
I went inside, open the coffins and had the gates closed.

Outside the first mummy cave.

I don't know what this is. It's like what they use for welders.
It was outside.

There was another mummy cave below which is just a few steps only.


This one was a smaller one.

I still went inside to check it out.

It was pretty cool and interesting.

Since we did not have any guide with us, we did not know the history.
What we did was, we went down to the town (I will have a separate post about the town) which was a few hours hike.
We paid PhP50 for the museum to know more about it.

The history of the Mummified Andcestors of the People of Kabayan.



Astig naman sana dinala mong keys at di na binalik pra magamit ko lols

hello Ann, we are planning to visit the fire mummies as well this last week of september, but we are not mountaineers but enjoy road trips. We are going to bring a 4x4 vehicle. My question is up to the point where there is the caretaker, is there a road that a 4x4 vehicle can go? how about the summit of Mount Timbac? Is there a road going to the summit? thank you very much. :)

Hello Anonymous, the trail is easy and paved. Vehicles can go up though I did not notice up to what point. We did not reach the summit as we decided to take the trail going to the Poblacion which was 6km going down.

Thank you Ann for the reply. Much oblige. Your post is very informative and would really
create the interest for people to visit the place too. :)

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