Photographers at the summit
Have you dreamed of seeing the vast sea of clouds in Mt Pulag? Well, I sure have and it was one of my most rewarding climb to date. The trail we've taken was Ambangeg-Ambangeg with a moderate degree of difficulty. So, I am sharing the essential things to note when climbing the third highest peak in our country and the highest in Luzon, also known as the "abode of the gods," situated at 9,587 feet above sea level. Pulag photostory also found here.
Departure Date: Friday
2100 Assembly at bus terminal
Day 1 : Saturday
0400 ETA Baguio City
0430 ETD Baguio City going to DENR
0600 Breakfast stop
0700 ETD for DENR
0800 ETA DENR. Seminar and registration
0900 Board jeep bound for Ranger station jump-off
1100 ETA Ranger station jump-off; early lunch
1230 Start of trek
1500 ETA Camp 2, pitch/set-up tents for the night
1700 Prepare dinner
Day 2: Sunday
0330 Wake up call
0400 Start of ascent to summit
0530 ETA summit for sunrise
0700 ETD from summit to camp 2
0800 ETA Camp 2; breakfast, break camp
0930 Start of trek back to Ranger station
1130 ETA Ranger station
1230 Board jeepney bound to Baguio
1400 Lunch on the way
1500 Board jeepney bound for Baguio
1600 Photo stop at Ambuklao lake.
1800 ETA Baguio City. Free time.
2000 ETD Baguio to Manila
Arrival Date: Monday
0200 ETA Manila
Mt Pulag trail from the camp site to the summit
What to wear?
On the trail to the camping site, you may need a cap or bonnet, sun glasses, sunscreen, scarf, backpack with raincover, trek pants, trek pole, trek shoes or sandals.
Going to the summit you may need a three-layered clothing, gloves, bonnet, head lamp, trek pole, trek pants, warm socks and trekking shoes.
The most awaited sunrise with the sea of clouds at the summit
What to bring?
trail water and food, sleeping bag, tent with flysheet, backpack with raincover, head lamp, trek pole, plates/cup/utensils, warm clothes, trek shoes, first aid kit, trash bag, sunscreen, camera, phone, identification card, cash, food to be cooked on the camp (dinner and breakfast)
Licensed tour guide from the Pulag National Park
Entrance fee + camping fee + green/LGU fee
If you wish to hire porters, it costs Php500 for the 1st 15 kilos (round trip), payable directly on site
How to go to Pulag?
The province of Benguet, where Mt Pulag is located, is in the Luzon part of the Philippines. From Manila you can take a bus to Baguio. Travel time is around 5-6 hours. From Baguio, jeepneys can be arranged going to the jump-off station where one can start the trek to camp site of Mt Pulag for around 4 hours. Dawn after your first day, you can trek the summit of Pulag for an hour or so to witness the sea of clouds during sunrise.