Mt. Kalugong in La Trinidad, Benguet (Your Complete DIY Travel Guide)

Mt Kalugong is a must-see tourist destination if you are visiting La Trinidad in Benguet. This is not your typical getaway though. Expect to be immersed with nature and have a soul-relieving experience when you get here.

For the second time, I decided to visit Mt Kalugong alone. I simply wanted to unwind and commune myself with nature. Fortunately, Mt Kalugong is very much accessible from the town center.

By the way, Mt. Kalugong is named as such because it resembles the shape of a hat. “Kalugong” means hat in the local term.

How to Get to Mt Kalugong

If you are coming from Baguio City, ride a jeep bound to Camp Dangwa or Upper/Lower Tomay. Don’t forget to tell the driver to drop you at the road going up to Mt. Kalugong. This is located along barangay Cruz, just besides the Benguet Memorial Service.

From this point, you will need to walk on paved road all the way to Mt. Kalugong. That takes more or less 30 minutes. If you are not sure where you are heading, just ask the locals there for direction. Feeling thirsty or hungry? No worries, there are stores along the trail.

Upon reaching Mt. Kalugong, proceed to the registration booth. There, you will need to pay 100 pesos per person. For this amount, you can have a whole day of fun and exploration in Mt. Kalugong.

Photo Courtesy of Ms Gretchen Mangahas.

What to See at Mt Kalugong

There’s just a lot of interesting sights to see at Mt. Kalugong.

Of course, we first have patches of luxuriant pine stands. These give the place a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere. From time to time, different birds hover around and create natural music to the ear. I consider myself lucky to have witnessed a swarm of bees pollinating a flowering shrub during my visit.

Various limestone rock formations can also be found. Some of these formations lie on the edge of a mountain, back-dropped by a panoramic view of La Trinidad valley. Here, you can also view Mt. Yangbew, Santo Tomas, Mt. Pokgong in Tublay, and parts of Baguio City.

Oh yes, you can also find traditional native dwellings at Mt. Kalugong. No wonder, it is called an eco-cultural destination.

Picnic tables atop Mt. Kalugong in La Trinidad, Benguet.
Photos Courtesy of John Lamagon.
Traditional dwellings can be seen atop Mt. Kalugong.

What else to do?

Aside from sightseeing, picnic and camping can also be done at Mt Kalugong.

For those who like to spend the night here, there are cabins worth 800-900 pesos for two persons. You can also set up a tent on a designated area. Fee per person is 250 pesos.

Meanwhile, there are several hammocks and swings in the area.

There is also a cafe which serves snacks and brewed coffee. This is a perfect respite for those yearning solitude and reflection.

Tips and Reminders

  1. The best time to visit Mt Kalugong is during early morning and late afternoon to catch sight of spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
  2. There is no need for a guide. Exercise caution though when climbing the rock formations and only follow designated trails.
  3. Please don’t ever litter. Help protect Mt Kalugong by adhering to basic protocols. If you want, you can also pick up litters along the way.
  4. Bring your own food since there is only one cafe in the area.
  5. Mt Kalugong opens by 6:00 am.

For your Information

If you need further information that may help in setting up your itinerary to Mt Kalugong in La Trinidad, simply ask them on the comment section below. You can also message us on our facebook page namely, Daniel’s Eco-Travels. I will be more than glad and willing to answer them whenever I can:)

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