For decades, the Halsema Highroad Point in Atok, Benguet, has been known as the highest point in the Philippine Highway System. However, that title has now been claimed by Tinoc Highest Point, a point on the Kiangan-Tinoc-Buguias Road in Tinoc, Ifugao.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on February 26, 2019, that Tinoc Highest Point has an elevation of 2,428.66 meters (7,968.0 feet) above sea level, which is 568.07 meters (1,731.4 feet) higher than the Halsema Highroad Point.
The DPWH conducted a survey in January 2019 to verify the claim of the local government of Tinoc. The survey found that Tinoc Highest Point is located in Gui'ngaw, Barangay Eheb in Tinoc, Ifugao, which is a part of the Cordillera Mountain Range.
The new highest point in the Philippine Highway System is located on a remote road that is not as well-traveled as the Halsema Highway. However, the views from the top are said to be even more spectacular.
The road to Tinoc Highest Point is a challenging climb, but it is well worth the effort. The scenery is simply breathtaking. From the top, you can see for miles in every direction, taking in the towering peaks of the Cordillera Mountain Range, the lush green valleys below, and the vast expanse of the Philippine Sea.
Visitors who have made the journey to Tinoc Highest Point have described it as an "epic" and "life-changing" experience. They have said that the views from the top are simply "breathtaking," and that the sense of accomplishment is unlike anything else.
"I felt like I was on top of the world," said one visitor. "I could see for miles in every direction. It was an incredible feeling."
"It was the most challenging thing I've ever done," said another visitor. "But it was also the most rewarding. I'll never forget the feeling of reaching the top."
The weather at the top of Tinoc Highest Point is typically colder than Halsema Highway, even during the hot summer months. The temperature can drop below 10 degrees Celsius at night, so it is important to be prepared for cold weather.
Whether you are a cyclist, hiker, or just a nature lover, Tinoc Highest Point is a place that you will never forget. It is a place where you can challenge yourself, experience the beauty of the Philippines, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
In addition to the challenging drive, travelers can also enjoy the beautiful scenery, the rich history and culture of the area, and the many different activities that are available in the area.
Here are some of the things that travelers can do in the area:
- Hike to the top of Tinoc Highest Point and enjoy the panoramic views of the Cordillera Mountain Range.
- Visit the traditional rice terraces, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Learn about the Ifugao people and their culture.
- Go camping in the mountains and enjoy the peace and quiet.
- Visit the local villages and experience the local culture firsthand.
The Kiangan-Tinoc-Buguias Road is a 45-kilometer (28-mile) long road that connects the towns of Kiangan and Buguias in Ifugao. The road was built in the 1970s and is not as well-maintained as the Halsema Highway. However, it is open to all vehicles, but it is recommended to drive a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Here are some routes for bikers and cyclists:
- Kiangan to Tinoc to Buguias: This is the most popular route for bikers and cyclists. It is a challenging climb, but the scenery is simply breathtaking. The road winds its way through the mountains, offering stunning views of the Cordillera Mountain Range.
- Buguias to Tinoc to Kiangan: This is a shorter route, but it is still challenging. The road is more technical than the Kiangan to Tinoc to Buguias route, so it is a better option for experienced cyclists.
- Tinoc Loop: This is a challenging loop that takes you around Tinoc Highest Point. The route is about 50 kilometers long, and it offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
No matter which route you choose, you are sure to enjoy the challenge and scenery along the way. And once you reach the top of Tinoc Highest Point, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Cordillera Mountain Range.
Here are some additional tips for bikers and cyclists:
- Be sure to be in good physical condition before attempting to bike or cycle to Tinoc Highest Point.
- Bring plenty of water and snacks, as there are only few stores or restaurants along the way.
- Wear comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing.
- Be aware of the weather conditions, as the temperature can drop in the afternoon.
- Be prepared for challenging terrain, as the road is not well-maintained in some areas.
I hope you enjoy your journey to Tinoc Highest Point!