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Mt. Pulag: Journey to the Playground of the Gods

Mt. Pulag, the third-highest mountain in the Philippines and Luzon's highest peak, is a bucket-list destination for hikers across the country. Standing at 2,926 meters above sea level, Mt. Pulag offers breathtaking landscapes, a unique cultural experience, and the famed "sea of clouds" phenomenon that makes it all worth the effort.



The Trails and the Challenge

There are four trails leading to Mt. Pulag's summit:

  • Ambangeg Trail (The Easiest): The ideal choice for beginners, this trail offers a gradual ascent through pine forests and rolling grasslands.

  • Akiki Trail (The 'Killer' Trail): Steep and challenging, Akiki rewards experienced hikers with stunning views of mossy forests.

  • Tawangan Trail (A Challenging Alternative): Another difficult option, with beautiful forests and unique rock formations along the way.

  • Ambaguio Trail (From Nueva Vizcaya): The least crowded, reaching the summit from the opposite province.


Choosing the right trail depends on your fitness level and hiking experience. Regardless of your path, prepare for a moderately challenging adventure.


The Sea of Clouds and Other Sights

Reaching Mt. Pulag's summit just before sunrise is the ultimate goal. Witnessing the clouds spread below you like a fluffy white ocean, illuminated by the vibrant colors of dawn, is a magical experience. Aside from this, here's what awaits:

  • The Milky Way: On clear nights, experience an awe-inspiring view of the galaxy from the campsite.

  • Dwarf Bamboo Forest: Traverse a unique, bonsai-like bamboo forest near the summit, particularly stunning on the Ambangeg Trail.

  • Indigenous Culture: Interact with the friendly locals and learn about their culture, intertwined with the mountain.


Planning Your Mt. Pulag Adventure

  • Best Time to Go: The dry season (November to March) offers the best chance for clear views.

  • Join a Tour or DIY?: Tour groups provide easier logistics but you can organize a DIY trip for more flexibility.

  • Booking in Advance: Secure permits and accommodations well ahead, especially during peak seasons.

  • Prepare for the Cold: Temperatures can drop near freezing, so bring warm layers, sleeping bags, and a tent.


Important Reminders

  • Mt. Pulag is a National Park; respect its ecology and the local community.

  • Follow Leave No Trace principles to ensure a pristine experience for future hikers.

  • Acclimatize properly before your hike to avoid altitude sickness.


A Journey You Won't Forget

Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a nature enthusiast seeking a new challenge, Mt. Pulag won't disappoint. The journey, the views, and the satisfaction of reaching its peak make it an unforgettable adventure.


Check out my adventure to Mt Pulag here!



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If so, share your photos and stories with me! Tag me on The Travelling Foxes Instagram! Need help planning your Mt. Pulag trip? Feel free to ask; I'm here to help!

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