The Mummies

Trip Start Nov 01, 2008
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Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fire Mummies of the Philippines (also known as the Kabayan Mummies, Benguet Mummies or the Ibaloi Mummies) is found in Kabayan, Benguet a town in the northern part of the Philippines. This group of mummies was made by the Ibaloi Tribe, the only tribe that practices mummification in the Philippines.

We had to trek up to the caves at the top of the valley.  Full packs on our backs weighing about 20kg.  We could have hired a porter for P500 or a jeepney for around P700 each.  However being the money savers that we are  we decided to carry our own packs.  We were told that it would be around 3 1/2 hours up to the cave. 

In the end it took us 6 hours and so much pain and sweat that i could have killed the guide that told us it was easy!

The mummies themselves were amazing.  So well preserved that you can still see the tatoos on their skin and some still have hair on their head. (Maybe i should get my head mumified?).

The heavens then opened and our hour walk down to the highway was more like gorge walkng.  Everything was soaked.  Then the bus turned up to take us to Sagada where they cleared the last two rows of the bus for us because we were so wet!  Got changed into some dry clothes and spent the next three hours on a road to rival the Italian Jobs escape route! 

It's all part of the experience!  If it sounds as if i enjoyed it then i have misled you.  It was one of the toughest thing i've done and i hated every minute - except the mummies cave which was amazing!
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Gino Antonio on

This outfit offers day tours from Baguio City to the Kabayan mummy burial caves. Their tour already includes a jeep ride up to summit and the walk to the caves is now only less than 30minutes. Check it here:

rhea on

the blog is amazing that portrait the culture of kabayan in Benguet. Which it enhance the rich culture and tradition among the Ibaloi's.

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