Traversing Halsema Highway was an adventure in itself. Halsema Highway is also called Benguet-Mountain Province Road, Baguio-Bontoc Road but we normally call it Mountain Trail. It is considered one of the most dangerous road in the Philippines. But the scenery is breath-taking. When traveling make sure to check weather condition and drive safely.
Last all souls day my father , sister and I went on a road trip to Atok for a family event. The last time I visited the place was 5 years ago, it was summer but was surprised that the weather was chilly and in the afternoon we experienced a hailstorm. I was just wearing a tee-shirt so everyone was laughing at me, ow well lesson learned.
Atok is centrally located in the heart of the province of Benguet. It is bounded by the municipality of Kibungan and Buguias on the north, the municipalities of the Kabayan and Bokod on the east, the municipality of Kapangan on the west and the municipality of Tublay on the south. (source Wikipedia). Located in the highlands, the weather is cooler having a subtropical climate. Temperatures can drop a to below 0 degrees centigrade during the months of December to early February. This can bring huge problems to farmers since vegetables can’t tolerate the low temperatures.
One of the town’s tourist attraction is the highest point of the Philippine highway system. It has an elevation of 7,400 ft. above mean sea level. From the view deck you can see a view of Mt. Pulag, Ambuklao Dam and a beautiful mountain range. From La Trinidad we reached the place by car via the Halsema highway, it took as approximately 3 hours to reach the area. Along the way you can also view the breath-taking scenery of the mountains and you will also pass a half tunnel. Yes you heard it right it’s literally a half tunnel , during the 60’s they chipped away portion of a solid rock to form the half tunnel .