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Spectacular landscape at Atok highest point

As the bus we took from Sagada neared the marker to the highest point of the Halsema Highway in Atok, Benguet, we called on the driver to stop, clambered down, and when we gazed at the spectacular scenery before us, we were in great awe.






A breathtaking scenery spread early in the morning at Halsema Highway’s highest point. Atok, Benguet. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Highest point marker

As the bus we took from Sagada to Baguio neared the marker to the highest point of the Halsema Highway in Atok, Benguet, we called on the driver to stop, clambered down, crossed the road and when we gazed at the spectacular scenery before us, we were in great awe.

I’ve always loved the Cordilleras, especially early in the morning when the mists haven’t totally lifted from the mountains and the morning sun still near the horizon. Everything is all beautiful and dramatic but never as spectacular at this point of the Halsema Highway, at 7,400 ft.

The Halsema Highway (or the Baguio-Bontoc Highway) is one of the oldest in the Cordilleras. Used to be called the Mountain Trail, it was expanded by the American, then Baguio Mayor Euseibus Julius Halsema and opened in 1930. This is one of the most important road that connects several towns in Benguet.

A slimmer and younger Langyaw at the viewdeck. February 13, 2005.

It’s just so awesome! So visually arresting that for several minutes I was just gazing into the distance while a wisp of cold air blew, a nice way to cap a Sagada vacation and just three days away from my birthday.

How to get here? From Baguio, ride a bus going to Atok, Benguet and just tell the driver to stop at this place. Better if you’re there early in the morning.

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.
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4 Comments on Spectacular landscape at Atok highest point

  1. Resort In Boracay // November 20, 2012 at 23:23 //

    Yes Benguet is a wonder of nature, a perfect place to relax and be at one with nature. Been living in baguio for 4 months now and I’m loving it. Will definitely plan a tour in Atok with my friends.

  2. estancabigas // November 21, 2012 at 9:31 //

    Please do. The places outside Baguio are just spectacular!

  3. Until I read your article, I have totally forgotten about the highest point in that highway. We stopped there briefly to look at the marker (nothing like what you have now) and the view from there (nothing to see,it was foggy) and head on our way. I was a freshman in college then on a field trip to some mines in Acoje, Balatoc and Lepanto.

  4. estancabigas // November 22, 2012 at 21:56 //

    This photos were even taken in 2005 and in some blogs I saw, the marker is smaller and different.

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