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Hiking from Tulgao to Butbut, KalingaJun 18, 2011

Hiking from Tulgao to Butbut, Kalinga

Butbut is Safe
After finishing breakfast in Tulgao, we were off at 8:00 am to start our hike to Butbut. I was a little apprehensive going to this village because my Lonely Planet 2003 book talked about an ongoing tribal war between Butbut and another tribe. I somehow lingered on the thought that it's dangerous to be there. My guide however assured me that it's safe - the Butbuts are not at war with anyone.

The Heat
It was a 2-hour hike under the scorching sun through the scenic landscape. The greenery was vivid and lush, the terrain went up, down, around, on single-tracks, dirt road, but altogether doable given a margin of fitness. The challenge was really the heat. I didn't care if it was un-macho in Kalinga for a man to be under the umbrella, but I didn't go there to play macho to these guys whose grandparents took heads for trophy. Yeah, I took out my umbrella!

Just Passing Through
The village was nearly empty except for a few free-range black pigs roaming around, kids and a villager pounding the rice. Unlike in Tulgao where I was privileged with conversation with the locals, it didn't happen here. I don't know, perhaps it's because we were pressed for time, or because the few people there looked busy, or because my guide wasn't really chummy with the Butbuts, despite the access we were given. We essentially just passed through the village.

--- TheLoneRider

How to Get to Butbut from Tulgao:
  • There is no public transport for this one. Take a guide - actually, you should have already taken one before going to Tulgao.
Travel Tips:
  • bring lots of matches. That'll be your currency. Give matches to those who offer you food, to those whose pictures you took, etc.
  • when offered food or water, take it! It tells them you can be trusted.

01umbrella_hiking 02hiking_valley 03watersource 04mountain_view
05dirt_road 06pitcher_plant 07mountainscape 08butbut
09butbut_houses 10native_pigs 11pounding_rice 12leaving_butbut

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(Aug 10, 2011) Wow eto na yun Gigit. Glad you made it back to blog about :) METTA Journey

Tony AnchetaTony Ancheta
(Aug 10, 2011) Exciting adventures...walking with an umbrella doesn't make you less of a macho man just don't do it with a swaying gait :)

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