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.
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How to Get to Mount Pulag?
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).
If you are traveling by group, you can drive your car or rent a van to the city.
- Ride a bus or jeep to Kabayan or Ambangeg, Bokod, Benguet. Travel time from Baguio City to Benguet is about three hours.
- 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.
- 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.
This attraction is always open except during circumstances deemed by authorities necessary to close the mountain.
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.
Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.
Pets are not allowed at this attraction.
Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.
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WHERE TO STAY
Hotels and resorts near Mount Pulag:
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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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