Why you should include climbing Mt. Pulag in your bucket list

by Carissa Garcia

Group photo at Mt. Pulag summit

 Situated in the borders of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya provinces, Mt. Pulag has been one of the famous hiking destinations in the Philippines. Good thing about the 2926 meters above sea level (MASL) mountain, it is good for beginners and long-time hikers.

 Before hiking, they require mountaineers to submit a medical certificate and have an orientation with Department of Environment and Natural Resources regarding the dos and don’t in climbing Mt. Pulag. Mt. Pulag is a protected area and is well maintained and they are hoping that visitors will respect and continue nourishing for this beaut. So permits are secured first beforehand. 

Cold breeze and fresh air will welcome you once you are already in jump-off area. I remember being there at 4 in the morning with 4-degree Celsius temperature, and it’s only at the foot of the mountain. You will really enjoy eating Sinigang to make you feel warm. 

Scenic views of grasslands

The place was peaceful and quiet. The neighborhood was warm and welcoming. You can buy fresh fruits and veggies at very low price. 

Hike usually takes 7 to 10 hours depending on the hiker’s pacing. Also, you may have to stop and several spots to take photos on its scenic trail. It is basically huge grassland with magnificent views. 

There are trails you can choose from depending on what challenge you want to get into or how adventurous you are. The Ambangeg, Akiki, and Tawangan trail. Easiest one is the Ambangeg trail. As altitude goes high, the views become more beautiful. You’ll surely be left in awe, upon seeing the famous sea of clouds. 

Scenic views of grasslands

Why you should include Mt. Pulag in your bucket list? It’s a once in a lifetime experience to visit such a lovely place. Aside from a fulfilling hike, you won’t forget that once in your life, you’ve stepped on this beautiful creation.