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 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.
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. BAGUIO CITY(from Manila 5-6 hours) is the main hub for the Cordillera Region. From there you can catch services going to different places in The Mountain Province(5-6 hours AM services only) Drop-off points from Baguio City: ABATAN BAUKO municipal: 2-hour flat trek to Pandey camp. OTUCAN/BILA: 1-hour steep uphill trek. BAGNEN: 1hour downhill trek to Pandey camp.. SAGADA via Demang – Balintaugan- Bagnen: 4 to 5 hours Bus terminal for Mountain province is in the Slaughterhouse Magsaysay Ave. Baguio city. *Otukan/Bila Bus . Leaves at 7:30 am *Abatan – Bauko Van regular departure until Midday. *Bontoc Bus -get off Sabangan take van to Bila or Bagnen . Departures every hour (only am)
From Manila take an overnight bus(5-6 hours) to avoid the traffic, arriving Baguio city 6-7am. Breakfast then catch the bus to mountain province(5-6 hours).
Victory Liner. www.victoryliners.com Manila to Baguio( first class available and recommended) Codalines direct bus to Bontoc.(10-12 hrs) www.codalinesph.com
A travel company runs a 3-5 days tour in the mountain province with a private van. They plan and advise the best way to avoid unnecessary long road travel and traffic. They also combine the Tao mountain experience and highlights of the region including Sagada and UNESCO sites. To inquire please email: [email protected] Direct Line: (+63) (2) 752 15 72 Phone Number: +63 917 7096380 Facebook: www.facebook.com/dctravelphilippines
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