Tao Treks & Mountain Retreat

5days / 4nights

The Tao concept was developed in northern Palawan but the core values for community empowerment and growth is inspired by the strong tribal cultures of the mountain people where the Tao founder was born and raised. For thousands of years rice terraces have followed the contours of the mountains creating a beautiful landscape that expresses the harmony between humans and nature. Tao has come home and partnered with a community in The Bauko Valley to showcase the rich agricultural heritage offering trails around the fields, forests and villages of this still unspoilt area of the Mountain Province. Tao Pandey Camp carved among the giant rocks between 2 rivers surrounded by rice paddies and vegetable gardens, the starting point to explore the ancient paths of the local tribes.

The local communities illustrate the persistence of traditions and endurance to the challenges of modernisation. This is based in cooperation, the passing on generation-by-generation of detailed knowledge about conservation and planning respecting lunar cycles, accompanied by religious rituals.

We want to keep these traditions alive by integrating elements to our experience; social spaces in our camp are arranged and designed following these traditions. We cook together freshly picked vegetables in the open fire and taste a variety of local products, from fruit wines to preserved meats and the single origin coffee grown and roasted by our neighbours.

We are in our first phase

We are in the process of training local guides and crew to fully give the experience of our mountain culture. For the mean time, the camp can offer shared sleeping accommodation, shared meals and basic facilities where you can settle for a couple of nights, making Pandey a base for trekking the surrounding terraces, mountains, river, peaks and villages.

Our food is sourced in the neighbouring farms, mostly one pot open fire cooking. dried meat, beans, seasonal vegetables and greens. Locally roasted coffee. local fruits. Beers and rum available.

We have mapped out trekking trails- easy, mid, hard for you to explore this beautiful region.

How to reach us?

WE ARE IN PANDEY RICE TERRACES - BILA, BAUKO, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE.

You will have to walk to get to our camp. The following are bus drop-off points where you can start your trek to the Mountain Camp.

Abatan - Bauko municipal: 2-hour flat trek to camp.

Otucan/Bila: 1-hour steep uphill trek.

Sagada via Demang – Balintaugan: 4 to 5 hours

Baguio is the main hub for the Cordillera Region. From there you can catch services going to different places in The Mountain Province

Otukan Bus. Leaves at 7:30 am from slaughterhouse compound in Magsaysay Ave. Get there around 7am. Ask to be dropped off by the church at Bila town entrance.

Abatan – Bauko Van. Departures before midday from Gas Station opposite to slaughterhouse compound in Magsaysay Ave

Bontoc Bus to Sabangan. Departures every hour (only am) from slaughterhouse compound in Magsaysay Ave

Manila to Baguio

Victory Liner. They have two terminals in Manila

Cubao: 683 EDSA, Cubao, Quezon City

Pasay: 712 EDSA, Brgy. 143, Pasay City

Departs to Baguio every hour. We recommend taking the late-night bus to avoid the Manila traffic. First Class option around midnight is very much worth the price difference, they are not only more comfortable they also take the fastest route and stop less.

Check schedules and book online on their website www.victoryliners.com.

Remember on-going services to the mountain province leave only in the morning and you should reach the camp during the day.

Baguio to Bauko and Sagada

Direct services from Coda Lines to Bontoc and Sagada leave every evening from Cubao’s HM Transport Bus Terminal in Monte de Piedad, corner Maryland Street.

Visit www.codalinesph.com for more information

From Bontoc police station you can get commuter Vans to Otucan and Abatan-Bauko.

Or enjoy the beautiful hike from Sagada

From Banaue take Jeepney to Bontoc and then Van to Abatan-Bauko

From La Union or Vigan to Bauko: In MacArthur Hwy you can take any northbound or southbound bus respectively to Tagudin - Bitalag Junction. Take the 7 or 10am van to Cervantes and change there to Abatan – Bauko.

Van to Drop-off Point

From Bontoc police station you can get commuter Vans to Abatan-Bauko
If you are in Banaue take Jeepney to Bontoc and then Van to Abatan-Bauko
If you are coming from Ilocos Sur, Vigan or San Fernando: Take Bus to Cervantes (Mt Province) from San Fernando’s main bus terminal, change in Cervantes to go to Abatan-Bauko or Bagnen

You will have to walk to get to our camp. The following are bus drop-off points where you can start your trek to the Mountain Camp.

- Abatan, Bauko Municipal: 1.5 -hour trek to camp.
- Otucan/Bila: 1-hour steep uphill trek.
- Bagnen Proper: 40 minutes light downhill trek to camp.
- Sagada via Demang – Balintaugan-Bagnen-Pandey: 4 hours( worth the trek)