Mt. Pulag National Park - Ambangeg Trail

Mt. Pulag
Philippines is so blessed to have many beautiful mountains, but only the braved and daring sees it. 

I am proud to say that I set foot in Mt. Pulag which is Luzon's highest peak with a towering height of 2922 MASL,(third in the Philippines after Mt Apo and Mt Dulang-Dulang). This was made possible with the help of Sir H of Kababayang Pinoy Mountaineering Society (KPMS). Those planning for a Pulag climb, make sure that you have contacted the Park Superintendent, Emerita Tamiray (09196315402) beforehand because the park could be jam-packed at times. Also so that you can verify for any changes of the fees.

Mt. Pulag
Climbing Mt. Pulag is no joke. The jeepney fare rate alone ranges from 8,500 to 10,000 from Baguio City to the jump off point at Bokod, Benguet. I think the price is reasonable considering the kind of road in Benguet. A porter-guide is also required with a standard rate of 300 pesos regardless of the weight the porter will be carrying. Apart from that, you will also be paying for Green Fee + Entrance Fee + Camping Fee. The skyrocketing fees in Mt. Pulag is one of the reasons why my Pulag climb took some time before it was actualized.
Mt. Pulag
There are four trails that would lead you to the summit of Mt. Pulag. The Ambangeg (easiest trail), Akiki (the steepest), Tawangan (the Limatik infected and equally as difficult as Akiki), and the longest Ambaguio trail in Nueva Vizcaya. Since this is my first climb to Pulag, I decided to try first the easiest trail which only requires 4-5 hours to the summit. 
Mt. Pulag
The sea of clouds and almost freezing temperature is the highlight in climbing Mt. Pulag, therefore, drawing a lot of non-mountaineers visiting the place. Since Mt. Pulag is a protected area, Maam Emerita Tamiray is stern in implementing strict rules and regulation, by requiring the visitors to attend an orientation prior to the climb. Everyone climbing Mt. Pulag must learn to value the "LNT principle" to maintain the cleanliness and protect and preserved this mountain.

Mt. Pulag

Here is our itinerary:
Day 0: February 24, 2012
2030 Assembly – GENESIS BUS LINE, New York, Cubao
2300 Take bus via Baguio City

Day 1: February 25, 2012
0500 ETA Baguio City
0600 Take chartered jeepney to Ambangeg
1000 ETA Visitors' Center / DENR
1130 Set out for Ranger Station
1230 ETA and lunch at Ranger Station
1300 Start trek
1430 ETA Camp 1
1600 ETA Camp 2
1800 Dinner at campsite / Socials
2400 Light Out 

Day 2: February 26, 2012
0330 Wake Up Call
0410 Early morning trek to summit for sunrise
0530 ETA Summit
0700 Start descent from summit
0800 Back at Camp 2
1000 Start Descent
1300 Back at Ranger
1430 Back at Visitors' Center / DENR 
1530 Head back to Baguio City
1830 ETA Baguio City
2200 Head back to Manila

Day 3: February 27, 2012
0500 ETA Manila

Essential Things to Bring: 

1.     Male   -         3 litters Water (trail water not included)
        Female     -       2 litters Water (trail water not included)
2. Lighter & wood matches
3. Head Lamp (w/ batteries PLEASE)
4. Trash Bags
5. Zip Lock/ Plastics
6. Bag cover
7. Jacket/ Extra Socks/ Slippers/ Sandals
8. Bonnet/ Cap/ Shades
9. Umbrella/ Raincoat / Poncho
10. Extra Shirt / Jogging Pants
11. Trail Food (jelly ace, chocolate, raisins, etc.)
12. Trail Water
13. Mini Towel
14. Warmer/ Arm Guard / Leggings
15. Insect repellent (off lotion)
16. Medicine Kit
a. Alcohol, Betadine, Ointment
b. Band Aid
c. Cotton
17. Mess Kit
a. Spoon & Fork
b. Tupperware
c. Tumbler/ Bottled Water/ Cup
18. Kikay Kit
a. Wet Wipes & Tissue
b. Moisturizer / Lotion
c. Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Mouth Wash
d. Make Up,  etc.
19. Camera (MOST IMPORTANT.. haha…)
20. Extra Money
21. ID/s (w/ pix please…) – for security purposes of your bags/things
22. Rice ¼ kilo

Proper attire:               Jogging pants and T-shirt
                                   Trek shoes (no wearing of slippers during trekking)
5 Layers of clothing is advisable (Camp Site)

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5 What is your take?:

I want this mountain pero the stories of storms, negative temperature and crowd that can reach to hundreds.. nakakalungkot na nakakaproud, mixed emotions. Achievement pa rin ang maakyat yan.

@Dee Quixotic: grabe ang croweded talaga sa summit sir lalo na if weekends. Sinuwerte lang kami at hindi bumuhos and ulan kung hindi frozen kami.

Oohh... Really getting excited! Crossing my fingers, sana makajoin sa ibang bagets in April. Hope to trek with you someday too!

i would be the happiest person to trek with you Gay :) Sana nga sa April makasama ka. Gusto ko ngang subukan via Akiki..

Wow! How many people were there when you climbed?

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