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Bird watching and nature trekking to open in Mt. Kalawitan, Sabangan

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

Sabangan, Philippines – Mt. Kalawitan in Sabangan will soon open for bird watching and nature trekking once the proposed tour itinerary is approved and included in the nature and adventure tour package options of Mountain Province.

When the proposed tour itinerary is finally validated, the nature and bird watching journey in Mt. Kalawitan will be one of the tourist attractions provided by the nature and adventure tour package of the Department of Tourism-Cordillera.

PTV Cordillera reported on July 8, 2022 that the Department of Tourism-Cordillera recently conducted a dry-run and site validation of the proposed nature trekking and birdwatching activities in the said area.

Birdwatching and botany experts from Manila and Cordillera, Baguio- and Benguet-based tour operators, eco-guides and representatives of Local Government Unit of Sabangan, and representatives of Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera participated in the simulation run.

They followed the trail leading to the Camp Apa forest passing through Chico River and small rice terraces.

Sabangan Municipal Tourism Officer Warden Taltala said the assessment and validation of the said place is part of the requirement before the official opening of the Tourism Industry in the municipality.

Mt. Kalawitan is the fourth highest mountain in Luzon standing proudly at 2,714 meter above sea level with biodiversity-rich area such as varieties of bird, trees, plants and insect species, even rushing rivers and a 20-meter waterfall further into the woods.

According to the Haribon Foundation, the fourth highest mountain is home to more than 50 bird’s species and 72 species of rare plants.

The name itself derived from ‘kalawit’, a local term means grip or cling.

It is advisable to hikers climbing the mountain to use the branches of trees as support through the steep and slope terrain.

The trek to Mt. Kalawitan normally takes three days with the first stop at Apa Campsite, a gateway to the summit trail.

Mount Data Hotel in Bauko, a newly-refurbished hotel, can be a home-base for tourists visiting the place which provides 3 days, 2 nights accommodation for the highland expedition.


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