Exploring Kamanbaneng Peak and Kaman-Utek Hills in Sagada

Kamanbaneng Peak or Marlboro Hills is one of the best alternatives for viewing the sunrise at Sagada. Kaman-Utek hills or blue soil has great attraction for tourists which is the color of its soil.

Catching the sunrise at Kamanbaneng Peak (Marlboro Hills)

Our group wake up early, prepare our things and wait for our guide in the hostel’s lobby. Walk down the road and we decided to ride a jeep going to the jump off-trail.

Hanah, Nathaniel and Alex jump shot
Hanah, Nathaniel and Alex jump shot

The trail is just like an easy normal walk. The road is a little bit muddy. Pine trees and small bushes are present at the trail. Just follow the dirt pathway road until you see the open area of summit:-)

Sunrise at Kamanbaneng Peak
Sunrise at Kamanbaneng Peak

While waiting for the sunrise, you can eat or drink at the small store at the summit. The wind is a little bit cold in the morning better wear jacket.

Nathaniel at Kamanbaneng Peak
Nathaniel at Kamanbaneng Peak

As the sun rises, you will see the majestic views of the surrounding area of the mountains. Beautiful scenery is uncovered while the sun slowly rising.

Nathaniel flying his drone
Nathaniel flying his drone

The area is not crowded. You can find lots of places for your Instagram shots with fewer photo bomber in Kamanbaneng Peak.

Aerial View at Kamanbaneng Peak
Aerial view at Kamanbaneng Peak

I manage to fly my drone but with extra care. The wind is a little bit strong for my small drone. I’m afraid to fly it higher and far away. 🙂

Aerial View at Kamanbaneng Peak
Aerial View at Kamanbaneng Peak
Aerial View at Kamanbaneng Peak
Aerial View at Kamanbaneng Peak
Alejandro at Kamanbaneng Peak
Alejandro at Kamanbaneng Peak

What a wonderful creation by God to see at the top. Everything from mountain ranges, trees, flowers and sea of clouds.

Nathaniel, Alex, Hanah, and Alejandro at the cliff
Nathaniel, Alex, Hanah, and Alejandro at the cliff

Journey to Kaman-Utek Hills (Blue Soil)

After exploring the Kamanbaneng peak and have enough souvenir pictures it is time to head to our next destination – an adventure to Kaman-Utek hills.

Hanah, Nathaniel, and Alex
Hanah, Nathaniel, and Alex

We stopped in the area where you see lots of sharp rocks formations after passing to the wild berries tree areas.

Nathaniel, Hanah, and Alex
Nathaniel, Hanah, and Alex

The down ward trail is easy. You will see lots of pine trees at the trail and cross some fallen trees as pathways. Just relax and breathe fresh air.

Nathaniel at the trail going to Kaman-Utek hills
Nathaniel at the trail going to Kaman-Utek hills
Hanah, Nathaniel, and Alex at pine tree trail
Hanah, Nathaniel, and Alex at pine tree trail

The bluish color of the soil of the Kaman-Utek hills is due to the high content of copper sulfate. The color will become bluer when the soil is moistened. Some researcher says that the soil is safe for tourists.

Trail going to Kaman-Utek hills
Trail going to Kaman-Utek hills

Our trip is fun, exciting and a little bit tiring walking but the experience to see these wonderful things are more precious to me.

Nathaniel at Kaman-Utek Hills
Nathaniel at Kaman-Utek Hills
 Kaman-Utek Hills
Kaman-Utek Hills

Other activities to do in Sagada:

For more info about Sagada, you can check the Sagada Tourism Facebook Page.

Let the heaven’s rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

Psalm 96: 11-12
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Nathaniel Amoyen

Nathaniel Amoyen

Nathaniel Amoyen is co-founder of Joanathx. Full-time ex-pat worker at day and writer at night.

3 thoughts on “Exploring Kamanbaneng Peak and Kaman-Utek Hills in Sagada

  1. This Sagada trip is real fun because your troop is with you. Photos here are definitely breath-taking, the views are to-die for. The bluish color of the soil of the Kaman-Utek hills was majestic looks like the color formation was from a snow but from the chemicals. Looking forward to more of your adventures.

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