Hiking Trails: Mount Pulag National Park

Mount Pulag National Park Travel Guide

Experience the “sea of clouds” phenomenon in the highest peak of Luzon, Mt. Pulag. Situated in the municipalities of Bugias, Kabayan, and Bokod in Benguet, Tinoc in Ifugao, and Kayapa in Nueve Vizcaya; Mt. Pulag, elaborates its rich biodiversity that makes it known to all. Being the third highest peak in the Philippines, standing at 2922 meters above sea level, the climate experienced in Mt. Pulag can range from a summer-like noontime to a December-like night time. Known as one of the premier national parks in the country, it is a sacred place considered by the ethnic tribes of Ibaloi, Kankana-ey, Kalanguya, and Ibanag. It is said to be the resting place of their ancestors and is a place for them to worship their gods.

Walking in the Sky in Mount Pulag photo by Shiny Bulotano
Walking in the Sky in Mount Pulag photo by Shiny Bulotano

Mt. Pulag is home to rare and endangered species. Some of which are the dwarf bamboo, dubbed as the smallest type of bamboo in the world, and the cloud rat which is a white rat native to the mountains which hosts the 4 species of it. Mt. Pulag boasts of its three ecosystems existent to the mountain namely the pine forest (foot of the trail), the mossy forest (middle part), and the grasslands (summit). It is surely a haven for the mountaineers and campers who consider Mt. Pulag as one of the most visited peaks in the country. It is perfect for hiking newbies (Ambangeg trail), and also a challenging climb for the hiking enthusiasts (Akiki trail).

Group Shot at Night photo by Paul Louie Serrano
Group Shot at Night photo by Paul Louie Serrano

Mt Pulag Trails
Mt Pulag Trails

TRAILS VIA BENGUET

  1. Ambangeg Trail – called as the easy trail/tourist trail, Ambangeg starts the foot of its trail in Bokod, Benguet. From the DENR Visitor’s Center and Protected Area Office, visitors can hike going to the park entrance in Sitio Babadak, Bashoy, or take the jeepney going to the Ranger Quarters.
  2. Tawangan Trail – one of the longest trail going up to Mt. Pulag. You have to pass by Mt. Ludok and Mt. Pupulag and it is commonly combined with the other trails like Akiki-Tawangan and Ambangeg-Tawangan.
  3. Akiki Trail – dubbed as the most challenging trail by climbers. It would take you 3 days to reach the peak of Pulag if you are to take this trail. This trail is commonly taken by climbers challenging themselves for a whole new level of trekking and camping.

Mount Pulag Travel Guide photo by Shiny Bulotano

Mount Pulag Travel Guide photo by Shiny Bulotano

HOW TO GET THERE

You can take a bus ride (P150) going to Kabayan via Dangwa Terminal. Buses bound to Kabayan leave Baguio at 10 am, last trip will be 12 noon. If you would go in groups, it is best to just hire a chartered jeepney, as it will be cheaper. You would take the Baguio-Bontoc en route via Halsema Highway.

Jump Shot in Mount Pulag photo by Paul Louie Serrano
Jump Shot in Mt Pulag photo by Paul Louie Serrano

REGISTRATION:

The DENR takes care of the overall preservation of Mount Pulag, thus every climber is to pay camping fee (P50), cultural fee (P30), and environmental fee (P200). Plus, tour guide fee ranges from P1,000 – P2,000 according to the arrangements provided.

The author at the Radar Station

The author at the Radar Station

TRAVEL TIPS:

  • Bring thick jackets, gloves, and warmers. It is also advised to bring raincoat and umbrella because sometimes, rain is expected.
  • Tents (good for two) and sleeping bags can be rented at the Ranger Quarters.
  • Bring empty bottles because you can encounter some spring along the way. And I can assure you, the water from the springs here are the best to drink on your way up! It is naturally cold and packed with minerals.
  • Always coordinate with your Tour Guide.
  • Bring a lot of trash bags because you would bring your trashes with you when going down the trail.
  • Start the hike early!

The Author at the peak of Mt Pulag
The Author at the peak of Mt Pulag

IMPORTANT NUMBERS:

DENR Park +63919 -631-5402

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