Bomod-ok Falls

A tiring trek but beautiful reward going to Bomod-ok Falls

Stunning Bomod-ok Falls in Barangay Fidelisan is Sagada's most popular cascade

Stunning Bomod-ok Falls in Barangay Fidelisan is Sagada’s most popular cascade

The thought of going back to Bomod-ok presented itself when me and a friend decided to hie off to Sagada. While I’ve visited this beautiful municipality four times already, my friend was a first time visitor. Bomod-ok Falls in Barangay Fidelisan is probably Sagada’s most popular waterfall. It also means big as there’s also the smaller one, Bokong Falls.

I’ve visited Bomod-ok Falls once and I know it before as Fidelisan Falls. While it is quite beautiful, it was the trek that I was hesitant of doing again. From the main road to Barangay Fidelisan, it’s all downward with some portions steep. What makes this trek manageable though are the cement steps built for more than half of the trail. Now think of the way up…

But going down there takes you to this beautiful part of Sagada. The valley down below is stunning. There are several rice terraces, the mountains are almost bare except for a carpet of grass that turns brown in summer and sparse stands of pine trees precariously growing at such a steep elevation.

Once you are at Barangay Fidelisan, you will only be directed to a split in the moutnain, a slit of rock where the river emanating from Bomod-ok Falls runs. Then down you go again, this time, amongst picturesque steps of rice terraces. You go there quite close to these engineering marvels.

It is until you pass by the red hanging bridge (but not cross) will you then hear the sound of dropping water. Your pulse elevates, you get excited and within minutes, at the far end of a sheer cliff, the beautiful waterfall unfolds. Sprays of water forms mists at the pool.

It’s quite a treat. After all the downward trek, god bless your knees, you are rewarded with this beautiful sight. And the water? Ice cold that at first can surprise you but stay for a few more minutes and you get to adapt to the cold.Just be careful when going to the pool as the path you need to pass through is wet and slippery.

Now, if only, the hike up is easy.

Rocks, pool and water sprays

Rocks, pool and water sprays

The view of Barangay Fidelisan amidst this beautiful valley with rice terraces. Bomod-ok Fals is still farther down below.

The view of Barangay Fidelisan amidst this beautiful valley with rice terraces. Bomod-ok Fals is still farther down below.

The beautiful rice terraces of Barangay Fidelisan

The beautiful rice terraces of Barangay Fidelisan

Series of steep cement steps

Series of steep cement steps

Glorious view of the valley with rice terraces

Glorious view of the valley with rice terraces

Hanging bridge over the bridge

Hanging bridge over the river

The rice terraces of Barangay Madongo is picturesque and can be seen along the road to Fidelisan

The rice terraces of Barangay Madongo is picturesque and can be seen along the road to Fidelisan

A beautiful rock face in Barangay Madongo. The hole in the rock is where a water runs out but dries up during the summer season.

A beautiful rock face in Barangay Madongo. The hole in the rock is where a water runs out but dries up during the summer season.

A visitor probably contemplating if he's going to take the plunge into the ice cold pool

A visitor probably contemplating if he’s going to take the plunge into the ice cold pool

GETTING THERE: Bomod-ok Falls is located in Barangay Fidelisan. Before reaching the town center, there’s a right detour that you need to take. There are two options: ride the van and pay a fee, or, hike for a few kilometers and get to experience stunning sceneries, especially the rice terraces of Barangay Madongo (photos above) that walking only affords. We did the latter. It was tiring but not that difficult as the road just gradually ascends. A guide is required and you need to pay P500 per guide, maximum of 10 persons.

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.

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11 Comments

  1. Estan Cabigas (@EstanCabigas)
    January 2, 2015 @ 18:54

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    December 17, 2015 @ 1:13

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  3. reylene
    February 9, 2016 @ 18:08

    is it advisable for children age 4 to go to bomod-ok falls?

  4. estan
    February 13, 2016 @ 10:57

    Reylene, it involves a short walk with variable elevation with some parts quite steep.

  5. cherry
    May 23, 2016 @ 12:56

    hello po! ilang oras po ang trek papuntang falls? pupunta po kasi kami sa sagada this weekend. 🙂

  6. estan
    May 23, 2016 @ 21:20

    less than an hour if you’re coming from the start of the trail from the road

  7. Megan
    August 25, 2016 @ 17:13

    Hello! Is it okay to start the hike at 2pm? Gagabihin ba kami ng uwi pagka-ganon? Thank you!!

  8. estan
    August 26, 2016 @ 14:37

    Better if you start earlier para mas maraming time. baka kasi kung hapon na magabihan kayo

  9. milkie dean
    November 1, 2016 @ 20:42

    can I go alone?I just pay my tour guide?

  10. estan
    November 1, 2016 @ 22:53

    Milkie, yes, you can either go alone or with a guide. If you opt to have a guide, go to the tourism office in town and get one from there.

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