Sagada: Own my own in Mountain Province’s Pride II

solo backpacking in Sagada on a budget

For the cave, we will need a van.
‘Cause we’re running out of time, and we must be able to enter the cave before 5:00 pm.
We wanted to experience riding at the top of the van. They said it’s OK 😊
On the way to the cave, there’s one more hanging coffin called Sugong hanging coffins.
We waited at the entrance while our guides prepared the things they will be needing to assist us.

Solo Backpacking in Sagada - Lumiang AND Sumaguing Cave Connection
Why so dirty?
Solo Backpacking in Sagada - Lumiang AND Sumaguing Cave Connection
going to the cave connection 😊

Lumiang and Sumaguing caves.

I really wanted to try the cave connection. I don’t want to choose one cave to try.
We were all excited and full of energy.

They gave us some briefings and instructions for us to follow (to have a safe tour).
I brought my camera with me. But the guides will be the one who will be handling it. They are all expert in taking pictures at the cave. So I guess…”uhm, please take care of my baby(camera)” 😅.

Solo Backpacking in Sagada - Lumiang AND Sumaguing Cave Connection

We have 4 tour guides that we will be assisting us. I guess its like 1:2 (1 guide per 2 people).

We didn’t encounter any difficult obstacles. But it’s slippery inside.
Later on, we saw a rope. And the guides told us that it’s time for rappelling. I was scared at first, ’cause I might lose my balance or slip and bumped to a stone.😨

We’ve done some splits, crawled, ducked down etc, but you’re not allowed to get dizzy.😅

Solo Backpacking in Sagada - Lumiang AND Sumaguing Cave Connection

Solo Backpacking in Sagada - Lumiang AND Sumaguing Cave Connection

And I slipped. Ouch! my hip hurts…

Well, they told us that you can not go out of the cave without wounds/bruise. It’s a souvenir. 😅
We didn’t feel tired. The guides were making some jokes, to distracts us to not think of how difficult it is.

Solo Backpacking in Sagada - Lumiang AND Sumaguing Cave Connection

Solo Backpacking in Sagada - Lumiang AND Sumaguing Cave Connection
rest time

We made it to the 2nd cave, the Sumaguing.
Here is where you will see the amazing rock formations (can’t wait).

But it is getting chilly inside the (maybe because of the water). My legs are kinda wobbly at this point (because of the coldness and fatigue). We asked the guides, if we’re closed to the exit. They made a joke on us…”just a little bit more, a little bit until we give up” 😖.

Solo Backpacking in Sagada - Lumiang AND Sumaguing Cave Connection
too tired…
Solo Backpacking in Sagada - Lumiang AND Sumaguing Cave Connection
more rappelling

It’s really beautiful. I mean all the stalactites and stalagmites, wow!
We really tried not to bump in any of the rocks, it is more important than the bruise that we might get. 😊

The exit was the hard part. I didn’t expect it. I thought that this will be the easy part, oh boy, I was wrong.
We needed to go down, holding into a rope. And it is not a floor, but in a water.
I mean, really?!!!! you’re kidding me right?
It’s really cold, I mean hypothermia like cold!
We walked in to the water (which was above neck, well, for me) to exit.
OK, fine. if this is the only way.
Some shouted, it’s my time to go down.

But, oops. I heard it wrong, he said to get ready, but too late.
I’m already on my way to the water, and slipped. For the 2nd time, I hurt myself. My body bump in the stone. I can’t explain it, but it was kinda painful. But I guess, I’m too cold too to focus on the pain. (Lesson learned, listen…)

I can’t really walk, but I tried. I even call my Mom! 😂
I was shivering. My teeth were chattering. But I kept on walking or more like flipping my legs, to get my head above the water. LOL. But, I was still on the same spot.
Then, one of the guide helped, and pulled me out of the water..Thank you!

I thought we’re already at the exit, but wait. there’s more!
We needed to walked or climbed (I can’t remember 😅) for 15mins 😨
And were done. (please take me to bed 😁)

We finished the cave connection for 4hours and 15mins.
Our guides told us that we did a great job, they assume that we will take 6hours to finished it.

The van picked us up, and drop us on our hostel. I’m too tired to think of dinner. I just went to bed ’cause we need to wake up early to see the sunrise in Kiltepan.

I already drink some pain medicines, just in case 😛

28 thoughts on “Sagada: Own my own in Mountain Province’s Pride II

  1. This seems like such a great experience with amazing pictures. I’ve always wanted to visit a cave as a kid to explore it’s beauty.

  2. Wow this is really cool. We have caves here but you seem to be on a private tour with the handful of people in your group. Last time I went there was probably 20 of us. There was no touching say anything about climbing. What an experience and kind of scary but kind of fun!

  3. Oh wah! That cave looks beautiful and majestic but at the same time surreal! Sounds like you had an amazing time!

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