One of my hobbies is climbing mountains. It’s hard in the beginning, but once you reach the summit, the feeling is amazing. It’ very fulfilling not to mention the calories you burned (additional bonus).
You can shout at your heart’s content, and let all the burdens out. The view of the sunset and the sunrise were addictive.
Mt. Pulag is located at Kabayan, Benguet, Philippines. Kabayan is the site of centuries-old Ibaloi mummies burried inside caves scattered in its villages.
Mt. Pulag has been named as the third highest mountain in the Philippines and second in Luzon, located in tbe teritorrial boundary of vegetable farming town.
From Baguio, it takes 3 to 4 hours ride to Kabayan. There are two camps where you can choose to stay overnight before going to the summit to witness the breathtaking sunrise at the peak of Mt. Pulag. The Camp 1 and Camp 2. Since our guide told us that the weather is cooler at the camp 2, we chose to stay overnight at camp 1. But still, the night is cold. I’m glad I have brought with me my sleeping bag.
I set my alarm at 3:30 AM to eat breakfast with hot coffee in preparation for climbing. It will be a long walk and the surroundings is still dark. We will be needing flashlights in climbing for sure.
At exactly 4 AM, we started the trek. Two and a half hours hiking (normal pace) before we reach camp 2, the guide told us. Along the way, there are a lot of cute and mesmerizing flora, still wet with morning dews. It will be very interesting taking pictures with them.
After a long walk, we finally reached camp 2, we take rest and take our trekking foods from our back packs. We also wear our rain coats since the weather is not good and the sky is a little bit dark. There is a big possibility of rain, will this mean we will not be witnessing the sunset today at the summit? Come what way, we are near the summit so we have to continue trekking. Wether the sun will be visible or the clouds will cover it.
From camp 2, one and a half hour more trekking to reach the summit. All of us are excited, there are also other groups who are climbing with us.
Here’s a picture taken while climbing from camp 2 going to summit.
A picture of the forest and a flora. Inspiration while taking the trek.
At last, we reach the summit. We are hungry but excited to take photos even when our hands are freezing. The guide said, the temperature is estimated ar 1 to 2 degress at the summit. The sky is still dark because of the clouds, but thank God there is no rain.
At the summit. This is me still wearing my raincoat even without rain just to help me get over the cold wind. Hoping that the raincoat will keep me warm since I’m freezing and it’s giving me a headache.
THINGS MUST HAVE IN CLIMBING MT. PULAG
- Food and water (suggested: chocolates, hard boiled eggs, bread)
- Extra clothes
- Thick jacket
- Thick socks ( in the summit, it drops from 1 to 5 degrees from December to February)
- Rain coat (in case it rains)