Mt. Pulag – The Playground of the Gods

My friend Coi asked me to join him in hiking Mt. Pulag and who would say no to “The Playground of the Gods“? Mt. Pulag is home to the picturesque “sea of clouds”, stunning sunrise as well as the Milky Way view. It is the highest peak in Luzon and the 3rd highest in the Philippines. It is also the coldest place here in our country that I’ve been to (4 degrees celcius!).

We joined a group which he found on Facebook and paid 2800 pesos each. The package is inclusive of roundtrip transfers (Manila > Baguio > Kabayan, Benguet), lunch, registration and environmental fees, guide fee and a quick sidetrip to Ambuklao Dam.

We met the group at McDonalds in EDSA Shaw and around 12AM, boarded the bus going to Baguio and arrived around 5:30AM. From Baguio, we transferred to a jeepney going to Kabayan, Benguet. I thought it was just a short ride but it’s 5 or 6 hours away from the City of Pines! You can request for a quick rest room break from the driver and he’ll pull over to a diner or gas station.

Upon arrival in Kabayan, we took the orientation (history and current state of the mountain, do’s and don’ts, etc) and submitted the medical certificate. After the orientation, we again boarded the jeepney and went to the Ranger Station where we built our tent.

TIPS:
– Bring lots of snacks and trail foods!
– Bring 2 or 3 jackets / thermal jacket (it’s super cold there!)
– Bring meds just in case you get stomache ache / fever
– Take it easy, rest if needed.

Let the pictures do the talking! 😀

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetMy trail foods. I would like to thank my sponsors haha

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetMt. Pulag banner at the diner stop over. I should’ve signed here xD

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetOur jeepney, I just tried climbing, did not ride on top.

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetOur humble little tent 😀

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetCoi posing

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetView near the Ranger Station

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetBunch of tents

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetMeryenda Time

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetComfort Room Rates: Shower P20, Pee P5, Poo P10mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetOur Team

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetWe got invited for some shots

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetFoggy

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetOur jeeps and tents covered in fog

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetEnjoying the view

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetmt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetCoi

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetmt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetmt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetMt. Pulag Sunset

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetmt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetmt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetMore Tents

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetJust woke up! 1AM call time and ready to hike!

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetmt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetmt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetAssault!

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetSummit! Hoping for sea of clouds!

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetmt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetIt rained when we were at the summit. No sea of clouds and sunrise, sadlife.

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetmt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetmt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetTime to go down. Still foggy and drizzling.

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetThe path in Mt. Pulag is already set. It is really easy to climb this mountain.

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetWrong Turn? 😀

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetGrassland

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetIt’s so cold! Good thing I have my ear muffs!

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetat Camping Ground 2

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetWild berries, we picked and ate some 😉

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetmt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetRice Terraces!

mt. pulag sea of clouds ranger station kabayan benguetPacked up! Weather was fine when we left.

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