MT.KUPAPEY + MT. FATO: DIY ITINERARY 

MTT.KUPAPEY + MALIGCONG

This is a detailed Mt.Kupapey and Maligcong Rice Terraces itinerary with sample budget and travel guide.

One of the most beautiful rice terraces I’ve seen so far is Maligcong Rice Terraces that is best viewed from Mt.Kupapey.  Maligcong is bountifully situated in Bontoc province, north of the Philippines. From a former unknown, sleepy village, Maligcong has now risen to popularity because because of Mt.Kupapey, Mt.Fato, and the scenic Maligcong Rice Terraces.

 

If you plan to visit soon, here’s a sample itinerary and budget to help you plan your  climb to Mt.Kupapey and Maligcong Rice Terraces trek.

 

 


How to get to Mt.Kupapey and Maligcong Rice Terraces:


 

MALIGCONG RICE TERRACES

Manila to Maligcong/Mt.Kupapey via Bontoc

There are 3 ways to get there. But the Manila to Bontoc route is your best option as it only involves 2 transfers: bus + jeep.  Here’s how to do it:

 

1.From Cubao, Quezon City in Metro Manila, ride a CODA Lines bus bound for Bontoc. CODA Lines have daily trips to Sagada (via Bontoc) and Bontoc. Transit time is approximately 11 hours. See the CODA Lines bus schedule below.

 

Bus Fare (online):

PHP 871 (Express)

PHP 1,123 (VIP)

 

Coda Lines Bus Ticket: RESERVE HERE

 

BONTOC BUS SCHEDULE

 

DEPARTURE ROUTE BUS
08:00 PM Cubao to Banaue CODA Lines
09:00 PM Cubao to Banaue CODA Lines
09:00 PM Manila to Banaue Ohayami Lines
10:00 PM Cubao to Banaue CODA Lines
10:00 PM Manila to Banaue Ohayami Lines
10:30 PM Cubao to Banaue CODA Lines
01:00 PM Banaue to Cubao CODA Lines
04:30 PM Banaue to Cubao CODA Lines
05:30 PM Banaue to Cubao CODA Lines
06:30 PM Banaue to Cubao CODA Lines
07:00 PM Manila to Cubao Ohayami Lines

 

 

2.Alight in Bontoc. After about 11 hours transit time, you will arrive in Bontoc town proper. Look for the jeep going to Maligcong. You can ask the local for directions or simply ride a tricycle to the jeep terminal (₱10 per person).

 

3.Ride the jeep to Maligcong. Transit time from Bontoc to Maligcong is roughly 30 minutes and fare is around ₱25 ($0.49,€0.44).

 


MALIGCONG HOMESTAY


 

There are a handful of homestays in Maligcong, so best to reserve in advance because they are usually fully-booked during weekends and holidays.

 

1.Suzette Homestay

Contact#: 0915 546 3557

₱ 350 ($7,€6)  to ₱400 ($8,€7) per person

 

2.Terrace View Homestay 

Contact #: 09151881732

3.Chen Sac-ayan Homestay

Contact #: 09562805628, 09207939550

 

 


MALICGONG, BONTOC FEES


MALIGCONG BONTOC
Here’s a list of fees for tourists in Maligcong.

 

Environmental Fee ₱ 50 ($0.98,€0.88)
Mt.Kupapey/Kufafey Guide Fee (morning trek) ₱ 500 ($10,€9) for 5 persons
Mt.Kupapey.Kufafey + Maligcong Rice Terraces Guide Fee ₱ 500 ($12,€11) for 5 persons
Mt.Parutan Trekking Guide Fee ₱ 300 ($6,€5) for 5 persons
Sitio Favuyan to Sitio Fangorap Rice Terraces Guide Fee ₱ 300 ($6,€5) for 5 persons
Guide fee to Brgy.Mainit  (one way) ₱ 800 ($16,€14) for 5 persons
Guide fee to Brgy.Mainit  (two-way) ₱1,200 ($23,€22) for 5 pax

 

*₱ 100 ($1.95,€1.75)  is collected for each additional person.

 

 


MT.KUPAPEY AND MALIGCONG ITINERARY


MT.KUPAPEY + MALIGCONG ITINERARY

Here’s a sample Maligcong Rice Terraces Itinerary for 2 days 1 night, perfect for a weekend trip from Manila to Maligcong via Bontoc. The sample budget is good for a party of 2, so if you’re 3 or more in a group, it’ll be cheaper as you can share the guide fee.

 

 

SCHEDULE ACTIVITIES
DAY 0
CODA Lines bus from Cubao to Bontoc. RESERVE HERE  ₱871 ($17, €15)
Day 0 Expenses ₱871 ($17, €15)
DAY 1
08:00 AM Arrival in Bontoc
09:00 AM Jeep from Bontoc to Maligcong. ₱25 ($0.49,€0.44)
09:30 AM Arrival in Maligcong
10:00 AM Check-in at homestay. ₱350 ($7,€6)
11:30 PM Lunch. ₱ 120 ($2.34, €2) 
02:00 PM Climb Mt.Fato. ₱500 ($10,€9) /2 =₱250 ($5,€4)
05:00 PM Back to Homestay
07:00 PM Dinner. ₱ 120 ($2.34, €2) 
08:00 PM Lights out.
Day 1 Expenses ₱ 865 ($17.17, €14.44) 
DAY 2
03:00 AM Wake-up call
03:30 AM Start climb to Mt.Kofafey. Guide fee: ₱500 ($10,€9) /2 =₱250 ($5,€4)
04:30 AM Arrival at Mt.Kofafey’s summit
05:00 AM Wait for sunrise
07:00 AM Explore rice paddies
08:00 AM Arrival at homestay
08:10 AM Breakfast. ₱ 120 ($2.34, €2) 
09:00 AM Jeep to Bontoc. ₱25  ($0.49, €0.44 )
09:30 AM Arrival in Bontoc.
Explore Bontoc. (Bontoc Museum, etc.)
10:00 AM Lunch. ₱100 ($2, €1.75)
11:30 AM ETD Manila (via CODA Lines Bus). RESERVE HERE
10:30 AM ETA Manila. ₱1,123 ($22, €20)
DAY 2 Expenses ₱1,618 ($31.83, €28.19)
TOTAL ₱2,483 ($49, €42.33)

 

MT.KUPAPEY TREK

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