MOUNT Yangbew in Barangay Tawang, La Trinidad is slowly gaining back hikers after it was re-opened to the public on June 4.
But the little Mt. Pulag is now strictly regulated for the safety of visitors as a result of a stabbing incident earlier in April that forced the local government unit to close the scenic destination to the public pending investigation of the suspect.
In a message, Municipal Tourism Officer Valred Olsim said trekkers are now required to go to the Barangay Office of Tawang before ascending Mt. Yangbew.
The barangay hall is about a kilometer away from the jump off point near Tawang Elementary School.
Also, visitors have to pay environment fees following the barangay’s implementation of an old ordinance passed in 2004.
An international or local tourists as well as student have to pay P100 per head for an overnight camping.
Local hikers and bikers will pay P30 each while the rate is P25 for students. Rate for international tourist who wishes to bike or hike the mountain is P50 each.
The summit of the mountain provides a 360 view of La Trinidad and the nearby city of Baguio. An early morning trek would provide a view of picture-perfect sunrise as well as the sea of clouds.
Some of the locals have also started doing business with horseback riding at the summit. An hour of horseback riding costs P300 while half an hour costs P150.
The barangay have assigned police and barangay tanods to ensure the safety of visitors in Mt. Yangbew including in Mt. Kalugong.
La Trinidad has been promoting the two mountains – Mt. Yangbew and Mt. Kalugong – as a trekkers’ destination aside from the Strawberry Fields frequented by tourists.
Olsim said the town is now bent into developing sports tourism thru trekking, hiking, biking and marathons in its scenic destinations.