Batad, Ifugao: Pushing Forward To Tappiya Falls
Biyaherong Barat gladly informs you that the fun doesn’t stop in Batad Rice Terraces, it was only a starter. The Junction-Batad hike was just an perspiring entrée to a main course of an energy-draining, muscle-straining, and fatigue inducing trek served with an extra hot sun scorching right above our heads. But worry not, my friend, our dessert is a sweet treat of absolute rejuvenation that will wipe out the suffering that we endured. Together let’s satisfy our unending hunger for adventure. Let push forward to Tappiya Falls.
Batad Pension House was our final pit stop before the excruciating advance to Tappiya Falls where pushing your limits will define the difference between triumph or defeat. With our easy pace, we still have to endure another hour of hiking with our legs shaking, and our whole body’s perspiring that may lead to dehydration, or even worse, death. Now that’s exaggeration. But before setting off, ordering our meals to be prepared later on gives us something to look forward to when we’re on our way back, crawling on all fours.
Mary’s Chicken, grilled chicken served with rice, mixed vegetables, fried egg, and soup. (P200.00)
Spicy Chicken Rice, chicken in tomato sauce with spices, rice, and soup. (P180.00)
Batad Pension & Restaurant completes the Ifugao dining experience.
Down the claustrophobic narrow staircases we went, passing by clusters of small villages with home stays, native Ifugao houses, and local residential. Inhabitants of these villages are the Ifugao farmers who plant, grow, and harvest rice in their respective paddies. These farmers needs recognition for engineering and maintaining a agricultural marvel built by several Ifugao generations.
Hiking down to the village and Batad’s Rice Terraces.
Souvenir shop was closed.
Passing by beautiful terraces.
Organic rice harvested from the terraces.
More sweat dripped on my burnt skin as the blistering heat of the sun scoured the rice fields of Batad Terraces. Ifugao’s cool climate temperature sky-rocketed to desert-like heat when sat foot at the heart of the terraces, walking past rice fields bound by stone walls carved from the faces of the mountains. The fieriness of the sun may burn our hopes to reach our goal but we’re not about to yield. Our minds were still firmly fixed to the sweet rewards of this tormenting hike.
Hiking at the rice paddies under the scorching heat.
Rice paddies after the harvest.
Joel pointing our route.
Signifying the halfway point of the trek was a modest open hut situated on a ridge above the terraces. The bite-sized shelter which stands on 4 unfurnished foundations could comfortably fit 3 tired travelers seeking respite from the sun’s unforgiving heat, however, adding another 3 would be a different story. Under the shade, we struggled to catch our breaths before proceeding to the next part of the hike – descending the long way down.
Hiking down the gorge.
Going down, of course, is undoubtedly easy but we still take step by step with utmost caution. Sets of zigzagging staircases and pathways were built on a steep incline facing a majestic gorge on the opposite side. Seeing the running river flanked by majestic gorges was simply stunning, but for a second, it hit me – the easy way down will also be the torturing way up.
Roars echoed between the narrow gorge. Its mighty plunge trembled the face of the earth. The cool mist weightlessly floated into the air. Tappiya Falls was right around the corner.
Exploring the wonderful Tappiya Falls.
Notice the people on left part of the page (just to give a size ration between the falls and a person)
Large boulders and rocks that fell from the mountains.
My jaw dropped in awe and felt my cramping muscles loosen up at the spectacular sight of the 50-meter high Tappiya Falls plunging forcefully in a vast pool of freezing mountain waters. Rushing waters soaring majestically from brink to base displays the absolute power and artistic brilliance of its Creator. Tappiya Falls defines beauty at its best.
Still in awe with Tappiya Falls.
The unforgiving struggle to reach Tappiya Falls rewards those adventurous souls who kept on going amidst the forces trying to stop them. Where every step is pain to endure, where every breathe of air is as precious as gold, where the sun stings like a needle piercing through your soft skin, there is always something good waiting at the end of the road. Feed that adventurous soul with a sweet God-given treat of natural artistry, unparalleled magnificence, and self fulfillment.
Now, here are some fast facts that may help you on the trip:
1. If you feel like turning around, going back, and retreating, DON’T.
2. Rest every once in a while if you’re getting exhausted but continue with the journey.
3. Bring lots of water. If you consumed your bottle of water in Batad, better spend some money and buy a bottle of water.
5. Swimming near the waterfall’s powerful plunge might pull you down. AVOID SWIMMING VERY CLOSE TO THE WATERFALLS.
6. If you think you’re not fit for the trek, do not push through. You’re safety is very important.
7. Wear a hat for protection from the sun. If you’re skin is sensitive, put on sunscreen lotions.
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