From the top of Mt. Pulag, seeing the sun rise above a sea of clouds is truly an awesome sight to behold. But perhaps people have over-romanticized climbing the Philippines' third highest mountain and have downplayed how hard it really is to get all the way up to the summit.
It took us 11 hours, starting from our 1 am jump-off from the Ranger station, to reach the summit and back. Here's our story...
Mt. Pulag Hike (Photo Essay)
12:27 am: Our alarm clocks were set at 12 midnight and we were ready at half past 12.
#ootd tips for Mt. Pulag Hike:
- The cold temperature at Mt. Pulag peak is brutal, so have layers of thermal wear, sweater, winter jacket, and rain coat at the ready just in case it rains.
- Make sure you have bonnet, gloves, and scarf.
- Have a neon color on your outfit, which is very helpful to see in the dark.
- Bring a reliable headlamp for lighting. Don't buy the cheap LED ones.
- Bring tried and tested hiking shoes. We had a lot of soles that were ripped off; good thing someone brought duct tape.
Ranger Station Jump-Off
2:40 am: I was with the trailing group and we were able to catch up with the rest of the team after an hour's hike to Camp 1.
3:01 am: I decided to join the leading group with a faster pace through the mossy forest.
4:04 am: We could feel the weather getting colder. At this point, you can change your drenched shirt and put on additional layers of clothing.
Tip: Bring diatabs if you want to control your bowel movement because it's such a hassle to poop in the mountains.
6:11 am: Make sure to look back and witness the unfolding scene with that pinkish glow above the clouds.
6:16 am: So blessed to be able to successfully climb with this group.
7:08 am: The group was determined to reach the summit. The trail was muddy but the heat from the sun energized us to go for it.
Mt. Pulag Summit
8:06 am: So happy to be part of this group who reached the summit of Mt. Pulag!
Related Blog Post: Mt. Pulag Climb: The Day before the Climb (Part 1)
Live an Awesome Life,
Disclosure: We paid for our Mt. Pulag Experience. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.
P.S. Make sure to bring 2 liters or more of water and Gatorade to sufficiently hydrate you throughout the hike.