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Getting there & away

From Banaue, it's 12km over a rocky road to Batad junction, where a 4WD track leads three bone-jarring kilometres up to the 'saddle' high above Batad. From the saddle it's a 40-minute hike downhill to Batad.

From Banaue, three or four jeepneys per day pass by Batad junction (P50, one hour). From there you'll have to walk to the saddle. Alternatively, you can team up with other travellers and hire a private jeepney to take you from Banaue to Batad junction (return P1350) or all the way to the saddle (return P1850). Tricycles also make the trip (return P500 to junction, P600 to saddle).

To return to Banaue, either arrange transport in advance, walk (taking one of the hikes outlined above), or catch a passing jeepney anywhere along the main road to Banaue (traffic heading back is 'heaviest' in the morning).