Sagada Series: Kiltepan Sunrise

Catching the sunrise at Sagada’s Kiltepan Peak is mandatory. I feel like this is scheduled on the morning of the last day for most itineraries of different travel agencies for an important reason – saving the best for last.

I’ve never really liked the sunrise more than the sunset. Perhaps it’s because I am such a sleepyhead and I am just enamored by the fiery sunset.

The night before our trip to Kiltepan, our tour guide reminded us to be up at 4am so we can find a good spot at the peak. So endure your body aches from the treks the day before and resist being such a sleepyhead because it’s worth it.

We braved the wintry Sagada cold at 4:30 am to catch the sunrise. Kiltepan Peak is derived from the three surrounding villages namely Kilong, Tetep-an and Antadao. It is a 15-minute uphill drive from the town center. We were surprised that there were a lot of tourists already. The sun wasn’t out until 5:38 am that day so we had time to get some grub.

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Ray’s Champorado. There are stands selling instant noodles, coffee, and other snacks.
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Even the foggy dawn was beautiful.

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My boyfriend’s time lapse didn’t last for more than 10 seconds. The sunrise happened so fast. As it majestically rose up over the horizon, the tourists cooed and sighed. The air was filled with “awwww”, “ohhhhs”, and “aaaahs”.

The view of the sun atop flawless white clouds with little specks of the greens from the rice terraces and pine trees below peeking through the gaps was too overwhelming to be absorbed. Such beauty to behold. I kept telling myself, “Take it in. Take it in.”

Top loading is more fun in Sagada! The ride back to Saga Heritage Village was full of laughter as we enjoyed the zigzag roads and the refreshing early morning Sagada  cold. We got a good look at the quaint little town as we drove back to our lodging houses. Fortunately, we were grouped with lively travelers who made the joyride extra entertaining.

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The thing that I was most grateful for is that I got to spend this special sunrise with Ray. Without a doubt, the Kiltepan Peak perfectly wrapped up our Sagada trip.
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The sunrise signifies great beginnings and promising journeys. Each sunrise tells a story and this was ours. I was literally and figuratively on cloud nine. Looking forward to more sunrises with my love.

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