Mt. Pulag Climbing Adventure
One of the foremost adventure destinations in Northern Luzon, Philippines - Mount Pulag is in many Filipino and international mountain climbers' must-do list or bucket list, if you will. Standing at 2922 meters above sea level (MASL), Mount Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon, the second highest in the Philippines (though some say it is the 3rd highest). In any case, Mount Pulag is first-rate in giving the novice, the uninitiated, the newbie in mountaineering, hiking or trekking as much adventure and as much awe and wonder as the seasoned mountaineer. A "Mount Pulag: Adventure Above the Clouds" experience is for all.
One of the most well-maintained “premier” national parks in the country, it is home of the nation’s rare and endangered species of flora (like the dwarf bamboo) and fauna (e.g., the cloud rat, kock’s pita, serpent eagle, Philippine deer, Philippine pig, etc.). It is also home to some of North Luzon’s ethnic tribes; four of them actually reside within the park - Ibaloi, Kalanguya, Kankana-ey, and Ibanag, and most of them consider Mt. Pulag a sacred place not only because they consider it a resting place and playground of their gods but also a place where they bury their dead.
Mt. Pulag is located within the municipalities of Buguias, Kabayan and Bokod in Benguet, Tinoc in Ifugao and Kayapa in Nueva Vizcaya. Deep ravines, gorges and steep terrain characterize Mt. Pulag.
This is the well established and considered the main trail going to Mt. Pulag. Vehicles can negotiate the trail all the way to the Ranger Station which is the entire Ambangeg Trail. Still others can choose to hike the entire trail.
The DENR office and the Ranger station are located along the trail, a few meters from the park entrance. From there, the Mt. Pulag base camp is a 4-km hike along the well-paved trails with convenient rest stop waiting sheds. From the base camp, the summit is just a 30-45 minute hike away.
- Individuals with special medication are advised to bring sufficient amount of their medicines.
- Those with special diets/diet restrictions should inform ClubTravelNOWTM Travel Buddies of their restrictions so we can ensure you'll have something to eat. While we will do our best to provide your food, if your restrictions are prohibitive in terms of cost, we will have ask you to prepare food for yourself. (Hope you understand!)
- For mobility and ease of trekking, the use of backpacks is recommended. Rule is to make sure your hands are free, so that you can support yourself (or your companions) in case you slip.It is also advisable that your things in your bag are packed in a big plastic bag to ensure dryness in case of rain.
- The activity will take at least 2 days of actual hike (please refer to itinerary). As long as the hike is not your first physical activity in a year, you would be fit and capable to summit Mt Pulag. Make sure you have your doctor's clearance too if you know you may be in a delicate state of health.
- If you exercise at least 2 weeks from the hike, with perhaps a 3 times a week 30-minute walk, then you're alright. More than anything, the exercise serves to help you have a better experience of the trip. (Hard to enjoy if you're catching your breath all the time instead of admiring the view or exchanging stories with your travel buddies.)
- Please try to minimize the weight of your backpack. In life as in the mountain, it is best to travel light. Don't bring along a book! (You won't have time to read it.) :)
- To minimize impact of the activity to the area, it is mandatory that we follow the "Leave No Trace" principle Trash and litter have no place in the wilderness. Campfires will not be allowed. Picking, gathering, hunting, or bringing down of whatever flora and fauna is strictly prohibited.
- Temperature at Mt. Pulag may drop to 2 degrees or less, so prepare necessary clothing for the camp.
- Make sure your loved ones/friends know where you are going. Have at least one person know where you will be going, with whom, and when you are expected to come back.
- Attend the pre-climb meeting so your expectations about the trip are set, your questions are answered, and you get to meet the cool folks who will be with you on the trip. The pre-climb meeting will typically be a week to 3 days prior to the trip. Make sure to ask us about the schedule if you have not been informed.
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