Q: Is Mt. Pulag the highest mountain in the Philippines?
A: No, it is not. It is the third. The highest mountain in the Philippines is Mt. Apo in Mindanao. In Luzon, however, Mt. Pulag is the highest in the Island.
Q: When is the best season to climb Mt. Pulag?
A: Having been to Mt. Pulag, I can attest that there is no guarantee that you will have a perfect view of the sea of clouds, beautiful sunrise, sunset, etc. The weather is unpredictable every minute. A moment of all-sunshine can change in the next few minutes to drizzling; the moment of crystal clear atmosphere can change into foggy everywhere. So, please take this into account in scheduling your trip. By doing so, you will save yourself from any dissatisfaction due the weather condition.
- Dry Season: (March – May) 🙂
The weather is warmer. If you want to have a higher chance of experiencing the perfect sunrise and sunset, I highly recommend you to go during the summer months of the year. ^_^
- Wet Season: (June – October)
It’s almost raining all the time during this season
- Mt. Pulag at its coldest: (December-February)
These are the coldest months to go to Mt. Pulag when most of the frosts can be seen anywhere in the mountain.
When you climb Mt. Pulag, come prepared, expecting the coldest temperature and the most rain so that you are well-equipped
A: If you are traveling through a travel agency, you do not have to worry about this. The agency can take care of it for you. On the other hand, if you are traveling on your own, you have to inform the Protected Areas Office of the DENR at Ambangeg for your clearance. You’ll have to call or text them through: +63-919-631-5402 (c/o Ms. Emerita “Ma’am Mering” Albas, the Superintendent at the DENR-PAO). You have to provide details of your group and the total number of people involved.
i. Can anticipate the number of people going (so there will be enough guides)
ii. Can advise if the mountain can accommodate your group.
Maximum capacity (90-120 people per day)
iii. Can advise you if there are any security concerns
iv. Can advise you if the mountain is operational
If you are not sensitive, you can just bring 1 liter container of water because there is plenty of water to refill your container along the way to Mt. Pulag. The water is clean, and probably the sweetest water you could ever taste as it comes straight from the mountain. It can’t get any better than that. You can refill at the Ranger Station and at at least 2 spring water sources you will encounter along the way from the Ranger Station and towards Camp 2.
Q: What is the toilet situation in Mt. Pulag?
A: There’s only one real restroom located at the Ranger Station, a very basic one (I say it again, BASIC! as in SURVIVAL). 😀 In Camp 2, there is an open pit planked by wood you can step on and around you for a bit of privacy. And that’s as good as it gets. 🙂 You have to have your own wet wipes or tissue.
Honestly, this was the most challenging part of my trip haha 😀 But the perfect weather, sunrise and sea of clouds paid it off well (buti na lang!).
A: Never assume you will get the warmer weather when you go to Mt. Pulag. While some say the coldest was experienced at -4 degrees Celsius in months of December to February. Others say it has gone as low as -8 degrees Celsius. Regardless of the number, it’s still awfully cold so brace yourselves.
Q: Does it rain in Mt. Pulag?
A: Yes, yes, and yes. So bring a raincoat/light umbrella just in case.
Q: Can we drink alcohol in Mt. Pulag? And perhaps, smoke a cigarette or two?
A: No. Mt. Pulag is a sacred mountain and considered the dwelling place of the Gods of the natives there, as such, you are discouraged to smoke or drink alcohol. It is not only a sign of respect to the Gods of the mountain and of the native people, but also a measure to preserve the Mt. Pulag National Park which is a Protected Area.
Q: How many days can one stay in Mt. Pulag? How many days should we allot for a trip to the mountain?
Q: Is there any guarantee we’ll experience great weather and see a beautiful sunrise and be above the clouds when we get to Mt. Pulag?
A: There is no guarantee. The weather condition in the mountain is very fickle. But if you come with the right attitude and with great company, you are guaranteed to have a great time nevertheless. As they say, “It is the journey, not the destination.”
Q: What level of physical fitness is required to conquer a mountain like Mt. Pulag?
A: Physically fit climbers need not to worry on this but being prepared physically is necessary for this adventure. Exercise at least 2 weeks prior to the climb. The exercise only serves to give you a much easier time and more chance to enjoy the view instead of always having to catch your breath.It is recommended to get clearance from your doctor first especially if you have any medical issues.
Q: Are there any conservation efforts being done to protect Mt. Pulag and is there anything I can do to support it?
Mt. Pulag is a National Integrated Protected Areas Programme (NIPAP) site. The Protected Areas Office of the DENR where you register before taking a hike collects environmental and conservation fees to help in protecting and maintaining the park. The DENR pledged to strictly enforcing the maximum capacity rule.
Q: What is the Leave No Trace Principle about, and why should I care?
The Leave No Trace Principle teaches people how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Simply, it is captured in the nugget “Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time.” The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics actually promotes the ff. principles: (1) Plan Ahead and Prepare, (2) Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, (3) Dispose of Waste Properly, (4) Leave What You Find, (5) Minimize Campfire Impacts, (6) Respect Wildlife, and (7) Be Considerate of Other Visitors.
Ciao! Trailblazers ^_^
The HistoryMaker/The Official Traveler
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