Friday, August 7, 2015

The Cordillera Great Traverse

Cordillera Great Traverse Trail - Schadow1 Expeditions

The Cordillera Great Traverse is so far the longest trail network in the Philippines traversing the highlands of the Cordillera region of the Philippine's largest island of Luzon. Covering four hundred forty four kilometers, connecting all famous mountain trails of the region including Luzon's highest and country's third, Mount Pulag.

The Cordillera Great Traverse is a brainchild of Atty. Jonnifer Lacanlale  in the 2nd quarter of 2014 to which they have setup a team to traverse the Cordillera Region. The trek started at the early morning of April 1, 2015 at the plains of the town of Conner in Apayao province. The whole length of the trail was completed by Koi Grey finishing the 444-km trek at Camp John Hay of the City of Baguio at April 18 which ended after a successful trek which took seventeen days to complete.

The Cordillera Great Traverse aims to re-establish the forgotten Cordillera trail which is a route of Philippine ancestors of various tribes in Luzon's highlands; which dates back even during the prehistoric era of the Philippines.

Cordillera Highlands - Schadow1 Expeditions

The traverse trail connects various jump-offs to famous hiking destinations in the Cordilleras including Mounts Pulag, the island's highest at 2922MASL, Amuyao, Ugu, Napulauan, and Purgatory. The trail traverses eight provinces and starts the plateau of Apayao passing through various river crossings and dense and long mountain forests of the provinces of Kalinga, Abra and the Mountain Province. Passing through the scenic highlands of Ifugao, sideswiping picturesque mountains and passing through Nueva Vizcaya then traversing Mt. Ugo to reach Itogon, Benguet and finally to Baguio.

The hike features a 444-km trek with a total of 5,891 meters ascent and 5,196 meters descent; climbing through at starting elevation of 376MASL at Conner, Apayao to a maximum of 1,845MASL at the frontier of Mountain Province. The total distance exceeds the Great North Walk trail of Australia at 250km, Drakensberg of South Africa at 220km and GR20 of Europe at 180km.

The GPS trace data has been contributed to OpenStreetMap Philippines data by the Cordillera Great Traverse Team and has been compiled by Schadow1 Expeditions. The downloadable and latest GPS routable map of the Philippines contains the Cordillera Great Traverse Trail tracks starting its 2015-08-07 version and can be used by mountaineers to explore the country's longest trail network in the Cordilleras.

Schadow1 Expeditions Contributions (link)
How to use for your Navigation System (link)

The Great Cordillera Traverse Trail Map
The Great Cordillera Traverse Trail (Map)

Related Link
The Cordillera Great Traverse Project (external)


  1. A long-distance trail! We would definitely love to try this. The problem is that we have full-time jobs, which, obviously, don't allow us to enjoy month-long leaves.

  2. Open na po ba ang CGT for hiking?

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