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Mt. Pulog Climbing Guide
Conquering the Mighty Mt. PulogFollow a path through alpine grassland, highland meadows and elfin forests with low trees, whose trunks and branches are heavily overgrown with thick layers of moss, lichen and ferns. Scale MOUNT PULOG which towers to a majestic height of 2,934 meters above sea level and dominates the northeastern skyline between Baguio and Ambuklao. It is the second highest peak in the Philippines, next only to Mt. Apo in Mindanao.
The ascent starts from the vicinity of Ellet Bridge, four hours away from Baguio City by bus. Prior to the actual climb, scan the area above: a narrow trail snakes upwards across camote patches and rice terraces with another path cutting through the mountain slopes and following a creek strewn with boulders.
Abukot is the first major stop along the way. From this vantage point, the narrow valley of Kabayan lies nestled about 915-m below.
The cool, refreshing waters of Lebang Lake is a very tempting sight to trail-weary bodies but the summit beckons. Further ascent leads to the transition line where dwarfed trees and dense undergrowth give way to grass-blanketed ridges.
The distance to the peak diminishes step-by-step over the thick sprawling carpet of bamboo grass. Around another bend and the peak is within sight. Finally you're at the summit where you take in the beautiful vistas from the top of the Cordillera Central mountain range.
The descent via Ambangeg, although still quite exhausting, becomes strangely easy with the elating experience of conquering the mighty Mt. Pulog behind you.
Typical Four-Day ScheduleDAY 1
0600 Catch bus at Dangwa Bus Station in Baguio for Ellet Bridge.
1000 Arrive at Ellet Bridge. Take refreshments.
1015 Start hike.
1130 Reach Barrio Ellet. Contact Barrio Captain and hire guide for climb. Take lunch.
1300 Proceed to Abukot Lumber Mill.
1530 Arrive at Abukot. Find suitable area for campsite outside lumber mill premises.
1800 Dinner by campfire. Lie beneath tall, whispering pine trees. Feel the gentle mountain breeze and relish the fragrance of rich earth and fresh pine needles.
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