Also known as: Mount Pulog
Location: borders of Benguet, Ifugao and Nueva Vizcaya
Elevation: 2,922 m or 9,587 ft
Type: mossy forest, grassland summit
Prominence: highest peak in Luzon, third highest peak in the Philippines, ranked 106th out of 125 most prominent peaks in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
There are many mountains in the Philippines but if there is one that I would really like to climb, it’s Mount Pulag (or Pulog to some people). Exciting personal accounts, excellent photos from the summit, friendly people of Benguet— these suffice my eagerness to conquer this mountain.
Registration of participants at the terminal of the Victory Liner in PasaySo when Oki and I heard about pinoymountaineer’s Pulag Charity Climb we did not hesitate in joining. Immediately, we signed up. Oki is a frequent reader of Gideon’s blog so she practically knows the drill. Another come-on to this climb is that it will support charitable endeavors from donating medicines to the Kalanguya tribes in Mt. Pulag to helping improve the conditions in PGH Pediatric Wards.
The mighty jeepney that brought us to Kabayan, Benguet
Registration was held at the terminal of the Victory Liner in Pasay—the rendezvous for all the climbers. I was informed that there were 80 participants. Through a chartered bus, we left in batches going to Baguio City (6-hour trip). Early birds get to register and sit on the bus ahead of time.
The curvy road going to Ambuklao
In Baguio, there were jeepneys waiting for us going to Ambuklao. We signed up for the first batch to go. The group of Gideon rode with us. It was less than 4-hour trip from Baguio to Ambangeg, Bokod which is located at the based of the Mount Pulag. Off-road we passed by Ambuklao Dam, the biggest rock filled dam in Asia. The main source of water comes from the Agno River, the longest waterway in the Luzon. We stopped by an eatery to have our breakfast-lunch before heading to the DENR office.
We passed by Ambuklao Dam
We registered and secured our permit at the Mt. Pulag National Park Protected Area Office in Ambangeg. All climbers were required to undergo an orientation/briefing at the visitor's center/protected area office. Facilitating the orientation was Emerita "Mering" Basco Albas, protected area superintendent .
PAWB advisory for all climbers
DENR Information Office
Ms. Mering briefing the climbers after watching a video presentation
After the video presentation and an orientation of the DOs and DON’Ts, we headed to the Ranger Station—the jump-off point to Mount Pulag. On our way to the station, our jeepney got stuck in deep potholes that the driver had to try several times to rev up the engine.
Inside the jeep going to the Ranger Station, Oki looking at the camera
Alas, we reached the Ranger Station