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Overview

Kabayan is one of the oldest parts of Benguet, is situated in a wide valley surrounded by mountains. It is a fascinating caving nation, because of the burial caves of the Ibaloi tribe. Mummies, their legs curled up against their shoulders, some of them with visible tattooes, are displayed in tree trunks hollowed-out by the Ibaloi to make coffins.

It is estimated that some of the mummies are more than 500 years old, despite the fact that the culture can be traced as far back as 2,000 BC. Unlike the Egyptian mummies, their organs were not removed. It appears as though the mummification process took months and the corpses were dried slowly using a small fire. They kept the mummies in wooden coffins that were adorned with geometric designs and shapes resembling people - these coffins were then placed in wooden caves.

An excerpt from Discovery Channel Canada's Website

Mt. Pulog's SummitMt. Pulog can also be found in the vicinity of Kabayan. It is is touted by the mountaineering enthusiasts as a mighty mountain to conquer. The ascent to the majestic and second highest summit in the Philippines offers an elating and breathtaking experience especially from the scenery of the sprawling carpet of dwarf bamboo at the peak and the lush mossy forests composed of dwarf trees, whose trunks and branches are heavily overgrown with thick layers of mosses, lichens and ferns.

Trail to the summitBy virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 75, Mt. Pulog National Park was officially established on February 20, 1987. This unique mountain ecosystem embracing several mountain peaks that have watercourses running through sharp slopes covers 11,550 hectares of public domain that straddles portions of the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao and Nueva Viscaya.

An excerpt from Mt. Pulag National Park

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Map

Town map is available in Kabayan Coop Lodge

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Transportation
-> Kabayan
Origin
Company
Schedule
Route
Location
Baguio
Dangwa Bus
Daily
-
18 (Baguio Center)
Norton Bus Daily 0900, 1000, 1200 - -
Banaue Norton Bus Daily 0700, 0900 Solano - Bambang - Bangao -
Kabayan ->
Destination
Company
Schedule
Route
Location
Baguio
Dangwa
Daily
-
18 (Baguio Center)
Banaue Norton Bus Daily Bangao - Bambang - Solano -

For complete info, see Jens Peters' Philippines Travel Guide (ISBN 3-923821-27-1)

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Accommodation
Establishment
Cost
Kabayan Coop Lodge
P100 - P150

Camping is allowed in some places in Kabayan. Just be courteous enough to ask permission and be a responsible camper.

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Activities
Activity
Site / Description
Museum
Kabayan Museum - showcases the world-renowned Ibaloi mummies and native household items.
Hiking / Trekking
Bangao Cave
Bulalacao Lake
Mt. Pulog
Mt. Pulag, in Filipino, is the second highest peak in the Philippines at 2922m. It offers spectacular views of mossy forrests composed of dwarf trees and sprawling carpet of dwarf bamboos. There are 3 known trails to the summit. The easiest is passing through 10km of rough road, a stopover in Babadak Ranger Station, a 4km hike up to the camping site and the final and easiest 2km hike to the summit. The road to Babadak can be handled by 4wd and modified jeepneys for hire in Ambangeg. An alternate route to the summit would be passing through Ellet and Abukot. The climb from Ellet to the summit is approximately 11 hrs. The most difficult trail, known as Akiki Trail, is a climb of approximately 2000 vertical meters, approaching the summit from the north. The 2-day climb offers the best scenery, passing through varrying terrains. The DENR requires all mountaineers to contact them beforehand. The said government agency also imposes fees on mountaineers. For local tourists, you will be asked to pay a park fee and 'green fee', a total of P275, For foreigners, it's a little more expensive. Guides can be arranged in Ambangeg, with the assistance of DENR personnels.
Opdas Mass Burial Cave
This privately-owned burial cave, discovered by Baban Berong in 1971, showcases skulls and other human bones of ancient Ibalois which was dated by the Tokyo University to be 500 - 1000 years old. It can be found a few meters from Kabayan's main road. You can ask native kids to guide you for a few pesos. You can get the key to the gate of the cave from a house just before going down the stairs (leading to the cave entrance). This also sells native red rice for about P150/kilo.
Tinongchal Cave
At 3-km outside kabayan, this is the second most accessible burial caves in Kabayan. The coffins outside the cave is already in ruins due to vandalism.

For complete info, inquire at Kabayan Coop Lodge.

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