Kibungan Circuit

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Kibungan, Benguet, is a quiet mountain-top municipality situated just 62 kilometers north of Baguio City. The deep ravines, tall pine ridges, and cool atmosphere give the place the feel of a foreign country – of course, the rice terraces carved into the slope by native hands serve to remind visitors that this scenic town is still very much within the Philippines.

Several trails crisscross the town and its many mountains, including some footpaths that lead down into La Union and Ilocos Sur. But the most popular of these trails is the Kibungan Circuit, which has two variations. Route 1 is an overnight hike that climbs up to Mt. Tagpaya (1,820 meters above sea level). Once at the peak, hikers can climb down a different path that passes by Lungsad Falls. Route 2 is slightly more challenging and can take up an additional day: from Mt. Tagpaya, hikers can continue on to the higher peaks of Mt. Oten (1,875 MASL) and Mt. Tagpew (2,105 MASL).

On a clear day, the Kibungan Circuit offers majestic views of the rest of Benguet Province, and a sweeping panorama of La Union, Ilocos Sur, and the West Philippine Sea. But even without these sights, hikers looking for some peace and tranquility can be assured of a quiet trek through idyllic forests, mountain ridges, and rice terraces.


  • Roundtrip privatae trip transporation: Manila-Baguio-Manila
  • Registration fees, heritage fee, and other applicable entrance fees
  • Services of our Adventure Guide
  • Local Guide fees
  • Porter for group equipment 
  • Camp Meals (Day 1: Dinner, Day 2: Breakfast and Lunch)



  • Personal porter (if needed by the participant)
  • Meals (Day 1: Breakfast and lunch, Day 2: Dinner)
  • Tips and donations
  • Day 0

  • 10:00 PM Depart Manila.

  • Day 1

  • 04:00 AM Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) Baguio. Continue drive to Kibungan. Breakfast along the way. (Day 1)

  • 08:00 AM ETA Kibungan Poblacion. Registration. Board jeepney to Jump-off point.

  • 09:00 AM ETA Tanap road side at 900 MASL. Start trek.

  • 10:00 AM Cross Tanap River. Abas community.

  • 02:00 PM Arrival at Palpalay-yen pine forest. Lunch.

  • 03:30 PM ETA Buga at 1400 MASL. View deck.

  • 05:00 PM ETA summit of Mt. Tagpaya at 1843 MASL. Set camp. Dinner.

  • 08:00 PM Lights out.

  • 09:00 PM Meet up and Registration at the Victory Liner bus station, Pasay Terminal. (Day 0)

  • 10:00 PM Estimated Time of Departure (ETD) for Baguio. (Day 0)

  • Day 2

  • 06:00 AM Wake up call. Breakfast. Break camp.

  • 06:00 AM ETA to Manila.(Day 3)

  • 08:00 AM Start trek.

  • 01:00 PM ETA Oybukan Rocks. Lunch

  • 03:00 PM Arrival at Lungsad Falls. Sidetrip to Abas Hot Springs (If time permits).

  • 06:00 PM Back at Tanap. End of trek.

  • 07:00 PM Back at Poblacion. Wash up. Board jeepney back to Baguio.

  • 11:00 PM ETA Baguio City. Continue drive to Manila.

  • 11:59 PM ETD to Manila. ETA Manila is 04:00 AM

Trail Steepness Mostly steep
Trail Exposure Combination of exposed and covered
Mobile Signal Sporadic
Water Source Present but may be weak and absent during the summer months
Restroom/Toilet Present at the jump-off point
Electricity None
River/Water Crossing None
Temperature Warm during the day. 10-15 deg/ celsius in the evening and early morning
Meals Provided (please see meals that are provided and not provided)
Special Equipment/Gear Sleeping bag. Clothes for the cold
Insects Some bugs
Wash Area at the Jump-off Present
  • Clothes good enough for the trip
    (Please take into account the shirt you will be receiving from Trail Adventours.)
  • A good pair of trekking shoes
  • Jacket (It is advised to have 2 jackets a cotton/fleece jacket for the cold and a water proof jacket for when you walk at the camp site.)
  • Things for rain and sun protection (e.g. Sunblock, shades, raincoat)
  • Head Light
  • Water and other rehydration fluids (we recommend at least 2 liters/person/day)
  • Snack/ Trail Food
  • Personal medications
  • Toiletries (e.g. tissue, wet wipes, toothbrush)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Slippers
  • Deposit slip and your remaining balance

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