Jump Off at Kinakin [K800i]
It’s been quite a while since I’ve been out on the road. So when a fellow climber and one of the officers of MFPI Ms Ruby, invited me to join an Akyat-Aklat Outreach Project by Batch 19 of of MFPI’s individual members, I jumped at the opportunity and hey it would be a great start for the year to do an outreach. Last outreach I’ve done was way back in 2001. So off we go to Cambulo, Ifugao.
Trail to Cambulo [E500]
“Where’s Cambulo?” I asked. I soon learned it’s around the Banaue area, in fact it’s near Batad. It made me more excited to know that we’re passing by Batad on our way back to Banaue from Cambulo. There is little written on Cambulo though. All I know is what the organizers told me that it’s one of the remote places in the Ifugao region. Very few go there since there are no paved roads. It was also the first time a fellow Filipino would have such a project in the area. Usually only a few number of foreign missionaries do some charity work there.
Falls on the Trail[E500]
And so it was, Friday night, we rode the Autobus going to Banaue. I inflated my travel pillow and covered myself up with my malong to keep those blinding lights from keeping me to sleep since I was in the front seat. It also keeps me warm inside this refrigerator of a bus. By 6:30am the next day, thick clouds, cold wind and drizzle welcomed us in the Autobus Banaue terminal. I guess it’s gonna be a rainy trek today.
View of Cambulo from afar beside the mighty river[E500]
We had breakfast and got supplies and packed lunch and other stuff that we needed before we headed to our jump off point in Kinakin, which is 30 minutes away from the town proper. There we were organized in groups. The group is quite big in number since the participants are composed of several outdoor groups as well. I must give credit here to Ms Nini, of group 19 and Alapaap Mountaineers who organized this and I think handled this 40+ people quite well. And hey she’s an Art Director as well!
With the continues rain, the trail was really muddy which did slow us down a bit. The hike from Kinakin to Cambulo takes about 4 hours at regular pace they say. But with some of the climbers who linger too long for their own convenience made it longer than that. The first half of the trail, which is a bulldozed open soil road isn’t that impressive as say, the walk from Batad-Bangaan. But the later half, where the trail narrowed down to one person only by the side of the mountains, made up for it. The mountain views were spectacular and there were numerous falls on the trail, I think I counted more than 5 with several impressive ones.
Descending into the village[K800i]
On the last hour of the trail you’ll catch sight of Cambulo village which nestles in the midst the grand terraces beside the powerful river which also gives supplies the majestic downpour of Tappia falls in Batad. With the mist brought by the rain, it was a phantasmagoric picture. We moved further on downwards into the village.
Ferdz Decena is an award-winning travel photographer, writer and blogger. His works has found print in publications such as Singapore Airlines’s Silver Kris, Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay, Cebu Pacific’s Smile and Seair InFlight. He has also lent his expertise to various organizations like the Oceana Philippines, Lopez Group Foundation, Save the Children and World Vision, contributing quality images for their marketing materials.