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Sumaging Cave

Written By (sagada genuine guides association inc). on Wednesday, June 7, 2006 | 10:55 PM

SUMAGING CAVE continued....
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Debra L. @sumaging cave
Getting to the cave from the Municipal hall, you will first have a stop and look at the Hanging coffins along the road to Ambasing. But before reaching your destination, you will still have a side trip at Lumiang Burial Cave.

Moving further, you will know that you are at the entrance of Sumaging if you will see the SAGADA CAVE MAN structure. And after the guide has lit his kerosene lamp and is ready to enter the cave, always remember to appreciate and try not to just concentrate on your path,

L-O-O-K around.
Origin of name: unknown
Depth: estimate of 130 m
Distance of tour inside the cave: approximate: 750 mWalking directly to Sumaging Cave takes around 30 – 40 minutes to reach. 20 minutes will be added if you would drop by Lumiang Burial Cave.
7 minutes vehicle ride from the municipal hall + 20 minutes if with side trip to Lumiang Burial cave.
2 hour average time to explore the cave (entrance to exit) +20 minutes if with a SAGGAS guide. Nyahahhahaha (why? Coz! He takes his time always and explains anything interesting.)

Vehicle Hire Damage: refer to this LinkWaiting = 350 pesos
One way = 250 pesos

Guide Damage: refer to this Link

.a giant molar teeth with the gums.
* note
The tour inside the cave is so worth its damages to the guide. (that means you do not bargain with their fee.. hehehehe) as it will cause their mood to decline.

What to Expect:
- Slippery and muddy descending trail- High ceiling- Cold
- Dark
- Moist humidity
- Guano
What to Bring inside the Cave:

Camera – Photos taken are undisputedly the best souvenir you get in Sagada (aside from those GARETH postcards (bwahahahahhah)
Even if the cave is watery, bring your camera still but with a zip lock or cellophane.
Small Amount of Water – although you will tend to forget your thirsty when inside the cave, keep some for emergency.
Small back pack – for easier carriage of things.
Candy or Chocolate bars – for additional strength and stored energy.

What NOT to Bring:

Walking stick – you will be using both hands for balance and support anyway.
Hat – you’ll get your head overheated.
Large Amounts of water – heavy, and 90% of tourists forget to drink their water anyway
Sun glasses – duh!, no sunlight
Cell phone – avoid risk of getting it soaked wet, no signal anyway (globe has)
Hand held Flashlights – the light of the guide is enough. Head lamp is more appropriate.
Jacket – I know its cold but it will be a hassle when soaked wet.
Rain coat – you can get one if you are up for Self Sauna.
High healed Sandals – your not there for shopping.
Formal leather shoes – Where do you think you are going?
.@left: walking to the cave @right: night exit at the entrance of sumaging


  • Condition your mind for an adventure not leisure.

  • All caves look Scary at first, don’t be. It’s natural for first timers to be afraid.

  • Do not rely on your guide’s assistance. If possible, work the trail independently so that at the End of the tour, you will feel the greatest pleasure of having to survive a task by your self.

  • Do not think that the cave you will be touring is a park or a mall, where everybody can enter. The cave is not for everyone, it is for people who want adventure and unique sites to visit.

  • Regarding the foot wear, the notion that strapped hiking sandals are the perfect choice, absolutely not. An ordinary rubber slipper or flip lops perform better.

  • If you entered the cave and happened to be given a choice to take the shortcut, DO NOT say OK.
  • The real adventure starts at the tunnel (the longer way) when you get soaked wet on waters, pass small holes, crossing roped paths and all.
  • And of course, have the right guides for the job. How? Contact SAGGAS. You will get a 94% chance of a great satisfying and memorable trip in Sagada.

.mojie summoning a frog

(What to wear when inside the cave)Armor:Any shirt will do, use the easy dry one.
pic by ms. Marlyn soaked wet at the tunnel in Sumaging cave

Lower Garment
Jogging pant – protect legs from scratches but gets heavy when soaked in water.short pants – you look super cool on photos and good movement, however you are prone to getting souvenir marks on the cave. (skin SCRATCHES) hehehehe.Spandex – you look good, easy movement, easy dry. “san ka pa”Foot GearSave yourself from buying expensive hiking sandals and buy that ordinary and cheapest rubber slippers or flip flops or tongs.Water Shoe – (IMO) the best footwear for spelunking or cavingHead GearUsually, a helmet is good for safety but (IMO) not having one is better. Aside from looking like a construction worker on photos, it tends to heat the head to such extent that you will want to take it off often.Optional GearGloves head lamp – an accessory placed on the head to illuminate your path better.

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October 24, 2010 at 11:33 PM

First post!! Lol!

Definitely Going to Sumaging Cave someday!


November 27, 2010 at 3:50 PM

be there on the 18th of december any guide to serve .. 09272644525

Neal.. ASAP po para mailagay ko na sa itinerary and story domcumentary ko..

carla veloso
February 21, 2011 at 10:29 PM

i jumped into the underground pool in sumaguing. it was exhilarating!

April 23, 2011 at 5:00 PM

hellish paths in the cave... i had a "rope" trauma. hard but rewarding trip. won't hesitate to come back soon!

April 25, 2011 at 5:25 PM

is ok to bring a Dslr and a tripod inside the cave?

October 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Funny! and neat blog! Might be going here next week, with the parents and 4 college-aged kids. Do we need to hire a guide for our group, d'you think? first time spelunkers (love that term!). Is the cave okay for 50-ish folks?

@anonymous: yes its okay to bring a Dslr and a Tripod, the guide can help you out there, but be sure that your not in a big group.
the 4 college age kids could do it, however, you will need to judge first if the 50-ish folks could still make it there, ask your guide for an honest answer. if not, they could wait for the youths outside the cave, mabe take some coffee while waiting :)

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