Trekking with Fireflies to Imugan Falls

June 07, 2011 Travel

I have always been a fan of night trekking. Although visibility is limited, the air is cooler, making trekking much easier. But never have I experienced anything more enchanting than trekking with fireflies.

Yes, magic exists!

Trekking with Fireflies

It was already dark when we reached our jump-off point for the Imugan Falls campsite after trekking the historical Malico trails. We considered switching on our headlamps, but too many insects were attracted to them, so we used them sparingly.

We had about a kilometer to walk to reach our destination—Imugan Falls, a thirty-five feet spring waterfall nestled between two mountains in the Caraballo Mountain Range, bordering Nueva Vizcaya and Pangasinan.

The 30-minute trek on an established trail was easy and breezy. The night was cool, with the soothing sound of the river beside us and the outlines of trees surrounding us. However, what made it truly memorable were the fireflies accompanying us—tiny flickers that embellished our surroundings and made our trail glitter. That was the closest I ever came to magic.

Our destination was our campsite near Imugan Falls. We had pitched our tents earlier and then set out to explore the Malico Trail. We were part of a large group, joining the Pilipinas Sierra's friendship climb, one of the mountaineering world's most awaited events.

Imugan Falls

Imugan Falls is one of Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya's tourist attractions, with the jump-off point located about 7 kilometers from the National Highway down unpaved and winding roads.

Sta. Fe is indeed a beautiful town to explore.

There are markers, so the trail to Imugan Falls is easy to find. 

The trail itself is well-established and inherently beautiful.

As mentioned, we set up our campsite near the falls, immersing ourselves in lush greenery and the soothing sounds of nature."

The waterfalls consist of several tiers, with this one being the highest. Additionally, there are pools above, perfect for swimming. The side of the mountain has been carved with stairs for easier access to the pools above.

If you are up for cold, invigorating dips, you'll love it here.

Besides swimming, our organizers planned fun activities and games to keep us entertained. The team I joined managed to win two challenges, securing us a 2nd-place finish.

We departed from our campsite in the mid-afternoon before the fireflies made their appearance. Even though we said our goodbyes, we couldn't help but express gratitude to them for the enchanting experience.

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  1. Hi ma'am, I'm planning to visit Nueva Vizcaya this first quarter of the year, I am a solo backpacker, and want to know where exactly is the jump-off point of Imugan falls? Is it the same jump-off going to Malico Falls? Do I need a hiking guide, how much the guide if ever? What are the other attractions can be found in Santa Fe (or in Nueva Vizcaya). Really appreciate any info you'll share with me. Thanks and let's travel more with God! :)

    1. Hi AR'o, when do you plan to go there? Can we join you?

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