We have been to the best place to greet the sunrise at Sagada which is the Kiltepan peak. How about bidding goodbye to a great day at the Cordilleras? Lake Danum is located along the western part of Sagada near the town of Besao where one can be at peace with the nature as you await the setting sun over the mountains of Ampacao.
Like the Kiltepan Peak, Lake Danum is also 4 kilometers away from the town center of Sagada which can be done in an hour and ten minutes walk along Sagada's West Road. So you may need to know the time of the sunset and you must be there at least 30 minutes before the sun sets to enjoy the view. Or, if you do not have the time, you may rent a transportation from the tourism center and pay Php 550. The price of transportation in Sagada is hefty eventhough it is only a few kilometers away. This may be due to the reason that Sagada is one of the famous tourism spots in the Philippines, add to it the condition of the roads where most of it are still unpaved and uphill.
Lake Danum is a small lake which is a Kankana-ey word (also is prevalent in Ilocano) which means water. It is surrounded by pine trees and its scent proliferate the area making a relaxed atmosphere and one of the best places to camp at Sagada.
It has a campsite similar to Kiltepan to which you still need to walk for about a hundred meters from it to get the best and romantic view the sunset.
It is here at Lake Danum where we celebrated or 49th month together at 1700 meters above sea level.
Walk two hundred more meters and you will reach Lake Banao, a smaller lake and this lake is also the jump-off point to the Langsayan - Mt. Ampacao traverse trail to where once at Ampacao's trail, to your east would be a view of Sagada from above and to your west would be Ilocos and a faint resemblance of its shores.
Lake Danum, the sunset view and the Sagada was mapped by Schadow1 Expeditions as part of our mapping advocacy to promote Philippine tourism and help local government units using the mapping data for their disaster risk resiliency planning.
Data has been contributed to +OpenStreetMap Philippines and a routable GPS map of the whole country is being compiled weekly to aid drivers and outdoor recreationists on their navigation/trek within the Philippines.
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For a more detailed account of Schadow1 Expeditions on its Cordillera Mapping Expedition, check on the links below:
- Part 1: Discovering the Cordilleras - a mapping expedition
- Part 2: Banaue Rice Terraces - a surreal sight of a town 1300 meters above sea level
- Part 3: Kiltepan Peak of the Sagada - an awesome way to greet the sunrise
- Part 4: Sagada's Lake Danum Sunset
- Part 5: Sagada Pottery - emotions and artistry from the hand to the clay
- Part 6: Hanging Coffins and the Irony of the Echo Valley - when death meets life in Sagada
- Part 7: Food Tripping Sagada
- Part 8: Adventure and Cultural Exploration - a Spelunking Experience with Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves
- Part 9: Sagada Travel Guide by Schadow1 Expeditions