Ambuklao offers new activity for adventure seekers-A A +A
Friday, February 22, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Summer here will be interesting.
Bokod’s “Conquer an Ambuklao Summer” is set on March 2-3 gathering outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the natural wonders of the dam and its neighboring areas.
The Ambuklao Adventure II is an activity that will feature nature’s gift located in Barangay Ambuklao in a tour package aiming to promote the scenic beauty of chosen places and uncommon nature-communing experiences found within the barangay.
Registration fee is pegged at P1,500 inclusive of transportation from Baguio to Ambuklao, supper for the first day, breakfast and lunch on the last day, tour guides, souvenirs and certificates of participation.
Attendees are asked to bring camping gear, food, trekking gear, rain gear for unexpected rain showers and personal things necessary for the event.
Participants may also bring their fishing rods or rent improvised fishing rods at the fishing area.
On March 2 registration begins at the Benguet Provincial Capitol lobby, La Trinidad.
The morning starts with a trek to Mt. Patoktok before lunch before going to the Ambuklao heritage site in the afternoon.
Mt. Patoktok is at the edge of Barangay Ambuklao and is believed to be one of the highest mountains in the barangay, this gentle giant looks over the Ambuklao Proper including the Ambuklao Dam and Bokod’s neighboring municipalities.
It towers more or less 1,425 meters above sea level.
Patoktok, which means “summit”, is trouble-free to conquer as long as adventurers or outdoor enthusiasts are in high spirits.
The area is home to a good number of birds and a kind of a wild deer locally known as “mekgwas”.
The mountain is the featured destination for the first day of the Second Ambuklao Adventure, late afternoon activities include preparing for the evening camp site. The next day starts early with preparations to travel to the Ambuklao spillway for boat ride activity.
A full day of boating, viewing, and fishing is in store at the giant lagoon which is a breeding ground for different species of native or cultured fishes particularly the Tilapia.
Aside from tilapia and bigheads the reservoir and the vegetation on its banks is a safe lair of birds, may it be native or migratory.
The dam will be the featured destination for the second day of the Ambuklao Adventure.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 23, 2013.