Sunrise at Kiltepan Viewpoint – Sagada Series 3

Kiltepan Viewpoint Sunrise

Kiltepan Viewpoint Sunrise

After the trek at Banga-an Rice Terraces and Bomod-ok Falls on day 1, our day 2 started early with a sunrise at the Kiltepan Viewpoint.

Even with body aches from the previous day’s adventures, we tried to wake up by 4:30am and left the inn by 5am in pursuit of the sunrise.

Kiltepan Viewpoint

Daybreak at Kiltepan Viewpoint, Sagada, Mt.Province

It was a 30 minute jeepney ride with a rocky latter half. This was because of the unpaved road up the hill. We stopped at a certain point and hiked for about 10 mins more.

Kiltepan Viewpoint

Kiltepan Viewpoint

It was freezing cold at a high altitude and 5:30 in the morning. I had two jackets on and a small flashlight in hand.

The sky’s darkness slowly turned into light and we knew we had to hurry up in time for the sunrise. We did in a minute or so, got each of our own strategic spots and watched the horizon as the dawn breaks from the Kiltepan Viewpoint plateau.

Sunrise at Kiltepan Plateau in Sagada

Sunrise at Kiltepan Plateau in Sagada

There was an earlier group of travellers which came ahead of us. I think they got the prime spot. Nonetheless, ours was almost as good.

Sago @ Kiltepan Viewpoint

Sago @ Kiltepan Viewpoint

We were way above the Banga-an Rice Terraces overlooking the trail where we trekked the day before.

Wow, we can almost see the whole other side of Sagada from the Kiltepan viewpoint. Indeed it was majestic and fascinating as the view from this side of the Mt. Province slowly revealed itself to us as the sun crawls up the sky.

We were above the clouds, or are those just thick fogs? I’m not really sure, I should have asked the local guide. :) The light blue sky was slowly being overtaken by streak of yellow and orange rays from the rising sun.

A local tourist at the Kiltepan Viewpoint holding Sago

A local tourist at the Kiltepan Viewpoint holding Sago

The group prior to us

The group prior to us

Sago with the Banga-an Rice Terraces Valley backdrop

Sago with the Banga-an Rice Terraces Valley backdrop

As the first peek of sun revealed itself, a golden yellow blanket dramatically covered the green mountains. Forest trees came to life as birds start to chirp their morning songs.

The Travel Factor Group Conquered Sagada :)

The Travel Factor Group Conquered Sagada :)

Almost necessarily, we took a lot of photos capturing the sunrise of Kiltepan.

The visible forest after daybreak

The visible forest after daybreak

Descent trekking to the Jeepney

Descent trekking to the Jeepney

In a while, we trekked back where our jeepney was waiting for us.

We saw another group having a picnic breakfast on the viewpoint grounds tagged with their bread and personal thermos for a fresh sip of morning coffee. And here we are, trekking down eager to go back because we’re now hungry. :)

Going back

Going back

I realized that it was a nice idea for the succeeding trips to Sagada. Having a simple breakfast with friends on the mountain surrounded by trees and nature under the basking of a new morning sun.

I even read just recently about a blog post where they had a yoga session on the same Kiltepan grounds. Wow, that must be some experience huh.

Kiltepan Viewpoint Sunrise @ Sagada, Mt. Province

Kiltepan Viewpoint Sunrise @ Sagada, Mt. Province

We didn’t really learn any of Sagada‘s history or cultural facts about the sunrise in Kiltepan viewpoint. It was not something to be read or analyzed, it was to be felt and to be experienced. An awe-inspiring one, from a Power that raised the sun with His hand.

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  1. AJ del Rosario

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