Mt. Yangbew (Travel Guide): How to Get there, What to See

What are the must-see attractions on Mt. Yangbew, also called Mt Jumbo? Read on to find out and learn the best things to do.

La Trinidad, the capital town of Benguet, is more than just a home to the famous strawberry farms. It is also a mountaineering hub. One of its rising destinations is Mount Yangbew. It is the tallest mountain in the municipality and is also most frequented by local hiking enthusiasts.

An adventure-filled weekend allowed me and two buddies to assault this mountain once more. Yep, I have climbed it at least twice while I was in college. But I just love doing it again and again especially when my wanderlust strikes (as it always does).

Quick Facts

  • Major Jump-Off: Sitio Binat, Barangay Tawang, La Trinidad
  • Elevation: 1648 meters above sea level (MASL)
  • Trekking Time: 20-30 minutes to the summit
  • Difficulty: Minor Climb, Trail Class 2, 2/9
Stunning sunrise view atop Mt Yangbew, La Trinidad, Benguet

Mt Yangbew Directions from Baguio

The easiest and most convenient way to reach the jump-off of Mt. Yangbew is via a taxi. The jump-off is located at Sitio Binat in Barangay Tawang, La Trinidad.

If you are coming from Baguio City, you’ll reach the jump-off in 20-30 minutes via taxi. Fare ranges from Php 170 – Php 200. Make sure the driver is familiar with the destination, otherwise, you can use Waze or Google Maps to find the best routes.

At the jump-off, you’ll find signage of Mt. Yangbew along the road. From here, follow the road going up until you reach the trail heading straight to the summit.

These signage mark the trailhead to Mt Yangbew

On the Trail to Mt Yangbew

On the way to Mt Yangbew, La Trinidad, Benguet

Because I and my two buddies wanted to catch the sunrise, we rendezvoused early in front of the Municipal Building. From here, we followed a pathway passing through Brgy Balili until we reached the trailhead at Sitio Binat.

The path to the zenith is well-established and there is actually, no need for a guide especially if you’re an experienced hiker.

From the trailhead, we followed a cemented road for about 5 minutes. What follows this is an unpaved trail to the summit. Because it did not rain for the past weeks, the earth was loose and slippery. What more if it’s rainy and wet? Fortunately, there are detour trails alongside.

The trek is pretty much easy. Well, that’s for me since I have been used to even more extreme hiking. Frankly, anybody can assault the mountain without so much sweat and effort. Even beginners can do so. Some people simply jog to the top.

All in all, it took us 20 minutes to reach the top from the trailhead.

And we were just in time for the sunrise.

What to See Atop Mt Yangbew

The summit of Mt Yangbew, La Trinidad, Benguet

As the sun slowly rose from a distance, its glaring rays slowly unraveled magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

From Mt Yangbew’s summit, we caught a bird’s eye view of La Trinidad Valley and neighboring Baguio City. The distant peaks of Mt. Pulag in Kabayan and Mt. Santo Tomas in Tuba are also visible from here.

Grasses and a few shrubs cover the summit. That is why locals call it junior Mt. Pulag.

Grassy summit of Mt Yangbew, La Trinidad, Benguet

According to a local guide, big pine trees used to cover the area. However, these were logged during the American period. Burning of the mountain was also rampant in the past, thus, only grasses and a few shrubs managed to grow.

Another feature that makes the summit interesting is the presence of limestone rock formations. We all know that these are supposed to be found underneath the ocean or at least, just along the seashore.

Limestone Rock formations atop Mt Yangbew, La Trinidad, Benguet
Limestone rock formations can be seen atop Mt Yangbew

But why on top of Mt Yangbew? Certainly, this conjures up anybody’s interest and imagination. Some acclaim that these formed during “The Great Flood.”

By the way, the mountain is named Mt Yangbew because it used to be a jamboree site of the Americans in the past. Yangbew is a localized term for jamboree. The mountain was previously called Mt. Jambo/Jumbo.

View of Mt Santo Tomas from Mt Yangbew, La Trinidad, Benguet
A distant view of Mt Santo Tomas from Mt Yangbew

What Else to Do

Horseback riding can be done atop Mt Yangbew. The Yangbew Riders Association takes care of this. For an hour of the ride, the fee is 300 pesos. This can be halved if one ought for 30 minutes only. For picture taking with the horses, the fee is 25 pesos.

Horse riding atop Mt Yangbew, La Trinidad, Benguet
Horse riding can be done atop Mt Yangbew

I am not fond of animals being used for commercial purposes. I just hope though that they are well taken care of. We all hear/read of the elephant abuses in Thailand and elsewhere for tourists’ sake. I hope that is not the case with the horses at Mt Yangbew.

Anyways, you can also have overnight camping. What a wonderful feeling it is to gaze at the stars and relish the cold and rustic breeze.

Extra Sights to See

The local guide also mentioned that there is a cave near the summit. However, it was still closed during our visit since it was undergoing assessment. They say the cave is deep and one needs to rappel to get inside. I can’t wait to see what wonderful spectacles it offers.         

From Mt Yangbew, one can also visit Tawang Stone Church. We did that. From the summit, we hiked back to the road and followed it for some 30 minutes before finally reaching the church.

Fees to Pay

All tourists or visitors bound to Mt Yangbew are required to pay the environmental fee with the following rates:

  • Local Tourists: Php 50
  • Local Students: Php 25
  • International Tourists (both adults & students): Php 50
  • Mt Yangbew Camping (Overnight): Php 100 per person

Note: The rates apply whether you’re a hiker or a biker.

Tips and Reminders

  1. The best time to visit Mt Yangbew is during the early morning and late afternoon to catch sight of spectacular sunrises and sunsets and an occasional sea of clouds.
  2. Always pay the corresponding fees. That is one way for you to help the local economy and the lives of the locals there.
  3. Since the trail is well-established, there is no need for a guide. However, if preferred, you can ask for one at the barangay hall or at the trailhead reception area.
  4. Please don’t ever litter. Help protect Mt Yangbew by adhering to basic protocols. If you want, you can also pick up litter along the way.
  5. Mt Yangbew and Mt Kalugong stand next to each other. So you can climb both on the same day.
  6. You can bring your bikes or pets to Mt Kalugong.
  7. When you hike too early and no person is present at the reception, just pay your fees when you hike back down. In some instances, personnel will collect fees at the summit.
  8. For Mt Yangbew Map, check out Google Earth.

Mt Yangbew to La Trinidad Strawberry Farm

From Mt Yangbew, you can ride a taxi to La Trinidad Strawberry Farm. The fare should be around Php 100 to Php 120.

If not, you can walk to reach the farm. Simply follow a path leading to Brgy Balili. Then, follow the road that leads to Sitio Tabangaoen, then to Benguet State University’s last gate. From here, cross the main highway and follow the road to the farm. All in all, the trek could take 20-30 minutes.

If you’re not sure where you’re going, you can always ask the locals for directions.

Mt Yangbew to Mt Kalugong

Mt Yangbew stands next to Mt Kalugong and you can climb both mountains on the same day. There is a trail from Brgy Tawang to Mt Kalugong although I’m not sure if this is still open. If you’re not sure, just wait for a taxi and tell the driver to take you to Mt Kalugong. The fare should range from Php 120 to Php 150.

So there you have it. If you have questions about Mt Yangbew, feel free to share them in the comment section below.


  1. Hello, 24 hrs po ba yung ba yung brgy. hall? need po ba magcontact in advance para umakyat? thank you

  2. Daniel's Eco-Travels

    halu po…there is no need to contact the barangay hall…you may simply proceed immediately sa jump-off point at sitio Binat…there is a reception area there…however, if you go too early in the morning, a personnel will ask for your fees atop Mt Yangbew:) hope this helps…message me back if you have more questions:)

  3. ahh if early po pumunta lets say mga 530 am para macatch pa yung sunrise sa taas, no need na pumunta reception, deretso na po sa taas?

    • Daniel's Eco-Travels

      yes po…since wala ding tau sa reception ng ganung kaaga…just proceed straight to the summit pero expect na may aakyat dun na maniningil…ganun based sa experience namin twice going there super early morning…

  4. I am fascinated with your travel blog sir Daniel, reading your article feels like i already visited the place (i did visit the place though) with the way you lead your story lines. It was good. I am revisiting the place for a sunrise experience sana and was searching for the time at transport kung paano. Salamat naman sa info bro. By the way, i’ve met you sa Belwang, twas short but i remember you.

  5. I am fascinated with your travel blog sir Daniel, reading your article feels like i already visited the place (i did visit the place though) with the way you lead your story lines. It was good. I am revisiting the place for a sunrise experience sana and was searching for the time at transport kung paano. Salamat naman sa info bro. By the way, i’ve met you sa Belwang, twas brief but i remember you.

    • Daniel Maches

      Thank for such warm remarks…as for my case, i walked from balili all the way to the trail head…but if youre not familiar, better if you ride a taxi all the way to sitio Binat…hope you enjoy your visit there….:) you may post here sir if you have queries:)

  6. Emma Delos Santos

    Hi Sir! Ask ko lang po if need ng tour guide?

  7. Hi Daniel, do you think it’s safe to have overnight camping there?

    • Daniel Maches

      yes its safe naman po:) just coordinate po with the local officials so they can also provide some level of security:)

  8. thank you! God Bless you! you’ve been such a big help to all travelers like me!

  9. hi Daniel thanks for your informative blog…ask ko lang, is it also biking destination? salamat

  10. pwede po bang mag picnic sa mt. yanbew?

  11. Jocelyn Vasquez Posadas

    What time po nag oopen para sa sunrise? If. Mag overnight nmn po and makakarating. Kmi ng 10-12 pm pwede. P. Mag overnight?? May room accommodation po ba dun?

    • Daniel Maches

      pwede po kaung mgovernight pero bring ur own tent…if not, pwede naman po kaung mghike ng maaga ppunta dun..nung kami, we hiked ng mga 5am from the jump-off, just in time for the sunrise

  12. brian tolyaden

    good day.tanong ko lang kung open ba ang mt yangbew at mt kalugong sa february 25,2020?

  13. brian tolyaden

    open po ba ang mt yangbew o mt kalugong sa february 25, what is the best time to go there para ma view ang sunrise

  14. Bani Malidom

    Hi po, ask ko lang po sana if kung galing sa town, ano sasabihin sa taxi pag punta sa mt yangbew?

  15. Bani Malidom

    Hi po, ask ko lang po sana if kung galing sa town, ano sasabihin sa taxi pag punta sa mt yangbew? And kung open sila this time of month?

    • Daniel Maches

      halu po…kindly tell the driver to drop you sa may sitio Binat, Barangay Tawang…may signage po sa may trailhead

  16. hello po, my kids and his cousins went there this morning. but they were not allowed to hike because some were wearing short pants. according to the person at the reception they are not allowed to hike because they were wearing short pants. only person from trinidad are allowed to wear short pant. its so disappointing

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