Thursday, July 24, 2008

Batad - Tappia Waterfall Hike

Trip to Batad takes practically the whole day and recommended only to strong hikers. Approximately 16 kilometers from town proper, 12 kilometers of which is traveled by either a jeepney or a tricycle and the rest of the distance to be traversed by foot on mountain trails. Going down to the falls is a much easier 1 1/2 hour trek but the challenge lies on coming back where it took me almost three hours of climbing and trekking just to go back to our jeepney.

Although this probably is my hardest hike so far, (and would probably not climb a mountain again this year), I consider this hike one of the most memorable because of the magnificent landscapes and beauty of nature that surrounded me.

Let me share to you these photos I have taken during my hike:




Hanging House on the Way to Batad


"I am Half-way There." A bench overlooking the Place I have been.


Contoured and Amphi-theater like Rice Terraces of Batad


Clay and Stone Walking Trail that is Slippery When Wet.


A View of Batad Village


One of the Stop-Over in a Three-Hour Hike.


Niche at the Center of the Terraces. My guide said unclaimed bodies of hikers are temporarily placed here.


Tall Inverted-Cone Shaped Mountain Surrounded by a Stream.


The Refreshing Tappia Waterfall


A refreshing reward for an arduous trek.

84 comments:

  1. What absolutely stunning images!
    Thank you for sharing.

    I'm glad you came by my blog for a visit - thanks!

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  2. beautiful pictures! i specially like the hanging house, i just hope it can keep on hanging there for a long time. lol

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  3. sometimes the hardest part brings the most rewards.

    lovely shots. i mean it. nothing beats the sceneries from Pinas - i tell you! =)

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  4. wow! stunning view! it's definitely worth the hike. ganda naman dyan.

    my favorite shots are 3,5,6 and 7. galing ng mga kuha!

    astig ang batad!!!

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  5. OMG, that is scary. The house hanging by the cliff. Love the photos of the rice terrace, it gave a very neat and beautiful patterns. Have a nice weekend.

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  6. nakaligo ka sa waterfalls? hindi ka gininaw?

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  7. Breath-taking pictures, Lawstude. really nice. i wish i could trek but that's among the things i have no liking for - climbing mountains, difficult trekking up steep inclines and the like. im realy a beach person, but still that doesn't mean i can't appreciate really good pictures like the ones you took in your trip to batad, banaue. amazing.

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  8. Ganda ng mga shots mo. The shade of green looks so cool. Ang view of batad pic is the most beautiful pic in this set of photos. yung falls, yung stop-over hut. halos lahat.


    nakakarefresh ng mind.

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  9. Really nice shots! I can't imagine living at the edge of a cliff =) The green colors are very vibrant. The trek is definitely worth your while!

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  10. @ carletta - it is always my pleasure to share the beauty of my country with all of you.

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  11. @ prinsesamusang - i really hope so too. most of the houses in the area are standing bravely on the cliff. what a sight.

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  12. @ tina - i definitely agree. the fall is just so worth the trek.

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  13. @ the dong - astig talaga. pero ayoko muna mag-hike ng ganun kahaba uli. kailangan ko muna magpalakas ng resistensya.

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  14. @ alicesg - don't worry, these houses stood the tests of time.

    the terraces in batad in my opinion are the best terraces in ifugao.

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  15. @ atticus - yup naligo ako sa falls at NAPAKAGINAWWWW. di ko na sinama pic ko para di masira view lols.

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  16. @ vinzent - i guess you can try small hikes first. there is something in trekking that is both meditative and healthy.

    nevertheless, i do love beaches too. thanks.

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  17. @ jake tornado - indeed. figuratively and actually.

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  18. @ redlan - salamat bro. kakaiba talaga itong batad. kahit nahirapan ako sa trek ay nakapag-uwi naman ako ng magagandang ala-ala.

    and i thank all of u guys for appreciating the pics and recognizing my efforts. sarap ng feeling.

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  19. @ stanley - thank you. i do not want to live on the cliff too. just too many perils.

    yes, the trek is definitely worth it.

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  20. Ayayay! Mahuhulog na ang bahay!
    Great pics! Lalo na yung falls.

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  21. Wow! Stunning photos. The Hanging House is amazing!

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  22. sarap talaga sa kabundukan! ang preskong tingnan lahat ng pics. sarap magpagulong gulong tas pagdating sa baba tatama ang ulo mo sa bato. nyehehe.

    galing ng formation ng terraces... parang ampitheater nga. sadly, di ko nakita yan ng personal.

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  23. I love the "Tall Inverted-Cone Shaped Mountain Surrounded by a Stream."

    Kayat ko kuma na umapan idta. (I would like to go there ***if given the chance***)

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  24. great photos. well deserved awards. ;->

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  25. Wow simply stunning! I love the tiny hut overlooking the rice-terraces.

    Bloghopping via Prinsesa's site.

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  26. cant say anymore... real gems! nice angles you had em.

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  27. ang ganda ng rice tereces sa vietnam din meron nyan.. ang sarap din maligo sa waterfalls!

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  28. LS: Thanks for sharing this beautiful place. I don't think I would ever walk into that house.

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  29. Lawstude,
    What a visual treat, my friend..!!
    thanks...!!!
    :)

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  30. Batad village is still breathtaking. Your photos are beautiful...and i remember how my exhaustion disappeared the first time i saw the village, then the waterfalls. Hayyy, sulit talaga!

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  31. breathtaking! been to banaue but not there...someday...sana

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  32. There are no words I could find to properly express the awe I feel looking at your pictures. They are trully nature's best. And the fact that they were not taken easily, that one has to really feel pain to capture it ... is trully amazing. You're like a hunter in search of a wild beast...hehe. And look at your treasures?!! It must be exhilarating!

    thanks for sharing your priced treasures.

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  33. i saw the list of places you've been to. all i can say is wow. do you ever stay at home? lol

    i'll link you up. hope i can keep track of you. lol

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  34. ang ganda sobra ng pilipinas! sa mga pictures na kagaya nyan parang ayokong iwanan talaga ang pinas

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  35. Happy Monday Guys. Another work-week ahead.

    I had a stormy but great time in an island adventure with a good blogger and his friends over the weekend. I will feature the trip here soon.

    @ R-yo - I feel that people in that house is in constant peril because of falling rocks and scarier cliff. Yoko doon tumira. Thanks.

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  36. @ sonia a.m. - thank you. it really is amazing considering all the elements of danger are present in the house's situation.

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  37. @ the islander - ayos na sana eh, kaya lang may pagulong-gulong pa at tatama pa ulo sa bato ;-).

    next time punta ka uli doon parekoy.

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  38. @ mon - thanks for the visit. going there was really tough but i enjoyed every moment of the trip.

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  39. @ cathy - thank you very much.

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  40. @ k - that hut is one of the stop-over of the hike and very much needed for the long hike. thanks for the visit and welcome to my blog.

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  41. @ kris jasper van dyke - thank you. just happy to share them.

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  42. @ mang badoy - yeah, i have seen vietnam's rice terraces thru Ferdz and Oggie's site. Hope to see that also one time.

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  43. @ fishing guy - you are welcome fishing guy, i would only walk in that house for few minutes only just to get the feel lols.

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  44. @ shades - thank you very much my friend. ;)

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  45. @ my-so-called-quest - salamat doc at nagustuhan mo.

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  46. @ luna miranda - i really feel you and thank you for sharing your experience in batad trip also.

    this has gotta be one of the best trip i ever had. and i am glad that i am not alone in my feelings towards batad.

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  47. @ acey - thanks acey, i just really hope that my photos can do justice to really capture the beauty of the place.

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  48. @ tutubi - the feeling to be elsewhere is mutual. gusto ko rin mapuntahan yung mga napuntahan mo sa sites mo. galing.

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  49. @ EM - your comment has gptta be one of the best compliments a blogger could have. i am just so overwheled by your comment. thank you for appreciating my work.

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  50. @ prinsesamusang - once in a while lols.

    kidding aside, i do have a day job and i usually travel only on weekends. thanks for the link and have a nice day.

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  51. @ ifoundme - yeah. i agree. gusto ko pumunta sa ibang bansa just to wander but not to live there.

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  52. I wonder why the owner built his house hanging on a cliff like that considering that there is so much space everywhere else? Is he suicidal or just anti-social? "You visit at your own risk - I may just obey the Law of Gravity anytime LOL.

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  53. galeng! di ka ba naligo sa falls?

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  54. Sooo beautiful specially the waterfalls. The way you describe it thou is so tiring that I don't know if I can do the long hike but at least I saw the place because of your photos. Thank you for sharing them.

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  55. I love the 1st picture. I'm sure I would not be able to get a decent sleep at night if I own that house ;)

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  56. Thanks for the comment you left in my blog. You don't have to print/publish this. Just want you to know i appreciate the response and theres nothing to thank me about. You deserve it. It even earned you a place on my blog picks (as you noticed there's not much there). For someone like me who is stuck in a place... you're pictures can definitely send me to places i never thought existed. So don't bother about it! Fly high ... reach the sky! basta may pictures kami!

    thanks!

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  57. Wow. I never really thought that this place is really beautiful. I mean I have heard about the place before but I never ever thought that the Terraces are that beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  58. Wow na naman. Patok na patok ang mga photos. I like the falls very much.

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  59. parang natakot naman ako dun sa hanging house.. =(

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  60. wow! thats a beautiful place! lovely landscape! and the hanging house is jus fabulous!

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  61. Hi Norman!
    Sorry for the absence these last weeks, but unfortunately it wasn’t due to some summer holidays… ;))
    Thanks for your comments on Blogtrotter, now at the MoMA for Art and New York lovers! Hope you enjoy and wish you a great week! I’ll try to get back here to enjoy your stunning pictures with some more time during the week!

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  62. As I looked at all your wonderful photos it is so therapeutic :D

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  63. @ bertn - lols. although the house is indeed situated ona most perilous place, it does help travelers 'cpz there ain't that too many house on that part of the road. the road is too narrow that the only place to build a house was really on the cliffs.

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  64. @ coldman - naligo ako pero halos 30 minutes lang kasi ang ginaw-ginaw ng tubig. mas masarap mag sun-bathing na lang sa mga malalaking bato doon.

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  65. @ uno - my guide said it is only a two hour trek so i braved it. and i guess minsan nakukuha rin talaga sa lakas ng loob.

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  66. @ kegler747 - same here bro. baka pag may dumaan sasakyan akala ko lindol na.

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  67. @ EM - thanks again and i'll try my best to show and share more of what Pinas can offer.

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  68. @ anonymous - you really have to be there because no amount of pictures can compare to the feeling that you are actually witnessing the beauty of the place.

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  69. @ vanessa - thanks. i too can't get enough of the falls.

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  70. @ vanny - oo nga eh. para bang hinihintay mo na lang kung ano mauuna. kung maguguhuan ko ng mountain o mahuhulog ka sa cliff.

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  71. @ freddy - thanks for liking the pics. i appreciate.

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  72. @ GMG - welcome back sir. i guess work really put some toll on our trips. just feel free to go back here anytime.

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  73. @ shionge - yeah i agree. i often look at these pics when i am stressed-out from work. thanks for the visit.

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  74. ang ganda non hagdang hagdan palayan parang edited sa sobrang ganda. pero basta ang ganda.

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  75. love your pics of batad! nakakamiss! ang ganda talaga dun!

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  76. @ tentay - yan nga wallpaper ko ngayun eh. sobra talaga ganda. other than cropping of the edges and few hue plays, wala na masyado na-edit jan. maganda lang talaga yung place.

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  77. @ caryn - thanks, the place is really beautiful. i think i miss it already (sans the uphill hike)

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  78. Wow, Im in AWE! Beautiful village and Tappia Waterfall.

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  79. ANOTHER beautifull pictures :D
    NAKAKAtaKot naman YuNG HANGING HAWS

    SANA NAMAN D SYA MAHULog...

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  80. iba pala talaga ang hitsura ng rice terraces ng Batad. beautiful indeed!

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