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Mount Pulag

Written by Patrick

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Hikers on Mount Pulag

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With its peak at 2,928 meters above sea level, Mount Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the country after Mount Apo and Mount Dulang-dulang in Kitanglad Range.  It borders the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya.  

It is most known for its sea of clouds and the breathtaking view of the sunrise, sunset, and Milky Way Galaxy at dawn therefore attracting several mountain climbers and hikers.  Not only that, the mountain is also home to a large diversity of flora and fauna so that makes the climb more interesting.  It is home to several species endemic to the mountain including the Philippine deer, giant bushy-tailed cloud rat (bowet), and Koch pitta bird, the largest pitta in the country.

Aside from the views, another attraction of Mount Pulag is the burial caves of the Kabayan mummies, the mummified Ibaloi people of Benguet.  The mummies were believed to be made as early as 2000 BCE.  In addition to the Ibalois, other ethnic groups inhabiting the mountain include Kalanguya, Kankana-eys, Karao, and Ifugaos.

Mount Pulag has four major trails ranging from easy to moderate. Know that the peak can be reached in 3 to 4 hours so you be sure to prepare physically and mentally if you intend to conquer the country’s most popular hiking destination.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Mount Pulag
Type of Attraction:
Website:
Phone:
+63-(961) 249 9071
Hours:
Always Open
Closed:
None
Best Time to Visit:
December to April
Food & Drink:
NO
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
Cost per Person:  $15+
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
P175 ($3.5 USD) – Entrance fee for non-local residents during weekdays
P350 ($7 USD) – Entrance fee for non-local residents during weekends and holidays
P25 ($0.5 USD) – Admin fee for local residents during weekdays
P50 ($1 USD) – Admin fee for local residents during weekends and holidays
P1,200 ($24 USD) – Guide fee for 1-5 pax
P240 ($4.8 USD) – Additional fee for every exceeding number of pax
P150 ($3 USD) – Environmental and cultural heritage fee
P1,000 ($20 USD) – Porter fee for 15 kilos and below
P100 ($2 USD) – Additional fee for every exceeding kilo
P50 ($1 USD) – Camping fee per person per night during weekdays
P100 ($2 USD) – Camping fee per person per night during weekends and holidays
P130 ($2.6 USD) – Medical certificate per person
P3,400 ($68 USD)- 2Day/1Night package tour per person
Notes:
Slots allowed per day are limited so make sure to pre-book early.

Attend your pre-climb meeting or orientation for information, tips, and reminders about the hike.

Ensure that you are physically fit before the hike. Exercise and see a doctor to obtain a medical certificate as it is required to find out if you are fit to hike.

Bring appropriate clothing, gear, and equipment for the climb. Your shoes should be comfortable yet durable and bring cold-weather clothes to protect you from the cold weather at the mountain. Bringing raincoats/ponchos and flashlights is also recommended.

Bring water and trail food.

Mobile reception is weak in the mountains.

Don’t kill or take anything from the mountain. Shouting, littering, and vandalism is also prohibited.

MAP

This attraction is located on Luzon Island with Baguio City as the nearest city.

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How to Get to Mount Pulag?

From Manila

Option 1

1.Ride a bus going to Baguio.

Victory Liner has terminals for buses going to Baguio in:

Travel time is between 4 to 6 hours depending on which part of Manila you’re coming from.  Fare starts from P126 for ordinary and can go as high as P800 ($16) for first class.

Joy Bus is the most popular choice for luxury travel.  Their 28-seater buses offer comfortable chairs and onboard restrooms.  Fare starts from P650 ($13 USD) to P720 ($15 USD).

Option 2

If you are traveling by group, you can drive your car or rent a van to the city.

From Baguio

  1. Ride a bus or jeep to Kabayan or Ambangeg, Bokod, Benguet.  Travel time from Baguio City to Benguet is about three hours.
  2. Proceed to DENR Visitor Center Pulag where you will register your name, submit requirements (including medical certificate), and pay the fees.  It is also where the pre-climb orientation is conducted.
  3. From the DENR Visitor Center, ride a habal-habal to the Ranger Station where you can hire a guide.

The airport closest to Mount Pulag

Loakan Airport (BAG) in Baguio City is the airport nearest to Mount Pulag. 

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction is from December to April.  The attraction is not crowded as the number of hikers allowed per day is limited.

Closures

 This attraction is always open except during circumstances deemed by authorities necessary to close the mountain.

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

WHERE TO STAY

Hotels and resorts near Mount Pulag:

TIPS & HACKS

The following are recommended items for this experience: 

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Photos

The following are some photos of this attraction.

Videos

The following is a video of this attraction.

NEARBY

The following are other points of interest nearby:

  • Kabayan Mummy Burial Cave 
  • Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Park
  • Daclan Sulfur Spring
  • Timbac Caves 
  • New Highest Point Philippine Highway System

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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