Mount Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon situated in Benguet. It is known for its enchanting view of the Sea Of Clouds and Milky Way galaxy during sunrise.
This attraction is very popular so slots allowed per day are limited. Hence, it is best to book your climb ahead of time.
Mount Pulag is a famous mountain for its sea of clouds and Milky Way galaxy view at night, it’s a must-see experience in the Philippines. This mountain is also known for its diverse biodiversity with its pine forests, mossy forests, and grasslands. Its high elevation makes it a cool hike, surrounded by jaw-dropping views and fresh air.
The best time to go is from December to February, this gives you more chances of seeing the sea of clouds. But it is still possible to do a trek in other months, although it’s discouraged during the rainy season.
Overview of Mt. Pulag
Aside from preparing your body for the climb, it is also important to familiarize yourself with the trail you will take. Choosing the right route depends on your experience level and desired adventure. Beginners can start with the Ambangeg trail, while advanced hikers may opt for Akiki or Tawangan.
It is also advisable to check the weather updates before planning your trip. The temperature in the mountain can drop to a single-digit Celsius at night. Also, always follow the Leave No Trace principle and keep the mountain clean. It is not your place to make a mess!
How to Book Your First Mount Pulag Adventure
There are many ways to go to Mount Pulag including renting a private vehicle, commuting, and joining an organized tour. If you want to save time and hassle, booking through a travel agency is the best option. Most companies charter jeepneys from Baguio and will arrange your trek from the DENR visitor center to the ranger station.
There are many tours available but here are a few that include transport to the jump-off point, accommodation, and hosted meals.
Mt Pulag tours:
Agetyeng Travel & Tours: https://www.facebook.com/Mtpulagtourpackage/
Trail Adventours: https://www.trailadventours.com/philippine-mountains/mt-pulag
What it's like at camp
For Ambangeg trail which is the easiest hike for beginners, you are only allowed to camp during weekdays. For weekends, you will need to seek refuge or set up camp by the Rangers station. The option to camp on weekday hikes is also available if you would prefer that.
If you end up going on a weekday and camping in one of the basecamp sites, you need to prepare for temperatures close to zero degrees. Most first-timers have made the mistake of carrying too little warm clothes and have suffered through the cold nights.
What to bring on your hike
It’s important to bring plenty of water, snacks and warm clothes since it gets cold up there. A waterproof jacket is also important incase it rains. You may also want to bring a sleeping bag and extra blankets.
There are tents, floor mats and sleeping bags at the Ranger's Station, but they are for first come first served basis.
If you are joining a group tour, they will already prepare the main meals for the hike, but it is still important to bring enough water and trail snacks for your hike.