Friday, February 1, 2013

Do-it-Yourself Mt. Pulag via Ambangeg: The Complete Guide and FAQs


Do you really need a big group, or a tour, to climb Mt. Pulag? Not at all! This article is an instructional guide for individuals and small groups who wish to do Mt. Pulag by themselves, that is, without availing of a tour. The itineraries that I will be offering in this article are completely dependent on public transportation, or at least, minimizing the need for jeepney rentals. Of course, it cannot be denied that chartering jeepneys or availing of tour groups make it much more convenient. However, for those who have extra time and willingness to take more stops and public transportation, here is a page for you.

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MT. PULAG BUDGET 
Manila-Baguio-Manila via Victory 920
Taxi to Slaughterhouse and back 100
Baguio-Bokod-Baguio via A-Liner 250^
Bokod-Babadak-Bokod via habal-habal 400*
Registration fee in Mt. Pulag 225
Guide fee (P1000/group)

PROJECTED EXPENSES
#pax
Transport
cost
1
Public
2895
2
Public
2395
3
Public
2228
5
Public
2095
7
Public
2037
7
Chartered
2387
10
Public
1995
10
Charatered
2045

^10 is the number of persons that would make chartering a jeepney almost as expensive than taking public transportation, assuming 1:1 ratio for habal-habal rides.
*It might be possible for two persons to take one habal-habal

Check out PinoyMountaineer's ten tips for a budget-friendly climb

CONTACTS NEEDED
Emerita Albas +639196315402 - Tell her you are climbing Mt. Pulag on these dates.

ITINERARY

Day 1
0100 Take bus from Manila to Baguio City
0700 ETA Baguio City Baguio City. Breakfast/Supplies
0800 Head to the bus terminal at Old Slaughterhouse
0900 Take A-Liner bus bound for Kabayan
1200 ETA Visitors' Center. Registration / Orientation / Lunch
1300 Set out for Ranger Station via habal-habal
1400 ETA at Ranger Station; secure guide; Start trek
1700 ETA Camp 2. Set up camp
1800 Dinner at campsite; socials

Day 2
0430 Early morning trek to summit for sunrise
0545 Arrival at summit just in time for sunrise
0700 Start descent from summit
0800 Back at Camp 2; breakfast
0900 Decamp; start descent to Ranger Station
1130 Back at Ranger; Settle guide fees; take
1200 Back at Visitors' Center. Wait for bus back to Baguio*
1600 ETA Baguio City.
1900 Head back to Manila

*Note: Be sure to ask for the last trip. If the Kabayan-Baguio last trip has already passed through it may be possible to ask the habal-habal to take you instead to the the Bokod junction (for an additional 50 pesos or less) and wait there for the Baguio-bound buses coming from Kayapa.

FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Do you have contact numbers of habal-habal drivers in Mt. Pulag?
I don't think you need them, because these vehicles are becoming somewhat of a major form of transport in the area, and thuse they are fairly common. As soon as you arrive in Ambangeg, make known your intention to take habal-habals on the way to the Ranger Station

2. Will taking the bus delay the itinerary?
It will delay the itinerary a bit, because you will arrive at the Ranger Station 2-3 hours behind the usual IT which uses chartered jeepneys. But because the hike in Day 1 is quite easy, it's not really much of a big deal. Just make sure you bring your headlamps (you'll need them anyway for the summit assault the next day)

3. I am a foreigner. Are the costs here applicable to me?
Yes they are applicable. The only possible difference is if the Mt. Pulag National Park charges you the foreigner's rate for the entrance, which I think is around US$10-$15.

4. Are guides really required?
Yes, it is the policy of the Mt. Pulag National Park to require guides. One way to go around this requirement is teaming up with people you meet at the Visitors' Center or Ranger Station: you may want to tag along and just share the guide fee with another group. This is a good idea for solo or duo hikers. Anyway, the trail is easy enough to follow without the constant attention of a guide. 

5. I still find this too expensive. Is there any other alternative?
If you are willing to night trek on the first day (or if you're a really fast hiker), you can possibly walk the entire length from Ambangeg to Babadak, which would take about 3-4 hours, and down, which takes 2-3 hours. This will save you P400 (if you're taking a habal-habal) but note that transportation options to Baguio begin to dim by mid-afternoon. So in general I do not advise this.

35 comments:

Bladz said...

I already did this IT twice, 2010 and 2011 for a solo climb.. Mas maganda yung IT na to.. Thanks Sir Gid.

momo said...

astig to, perfect para sa mga small groups, thanks sir

momo said...

astig to, perfect for small groups, Thanks sir

Rob Esgue said...

Doc Gid'

Papanu po kaya kung solo-scale naman sa Akiki-Ambangeg... Galing DENR pwede kaya makipag arrange din ng habal-habal hanggang dun sa jump-off... then habal-habal ulit from Ranger Station to DENR?

salamat po...

-Rec

Anonymous said...

when we did AKIKI back in 2011, yun bus na kabayan na sinakyan namin passed by the jump off.. so no need to take habal habal..

Gerald said...

Hi Sir Rec,
Regarding sa Akiki-ambangeg, pwedi ka ng dumiritso sa jump off.

Na gawa ko ng magsolo hike Akiki-ambangeg last December 30,2012.

Pero need mo talaga ng guide before hand, kasi di lagi na bibisita ang Akiki-ambangeg trail, pag regular seasons.

Thanks,
Gerald

Gerald said...

Doc Gid,

May mga van na din papuntang kabayan as an alternate option sa bus.
Van station ay sa slaugther house din.

Thanks,
BP Gerald

Rob Esgue said...

Sir Gerald and Anonymous'

salamat po sa reply... Pwede pala diretso na sa jump-off... Pero siguro kailangan ko pa rin mag courtesy call sa DENR at maka secure na rin ng guide...

Pwede po ba makahingi ng IT nyo nung nag solo-scale kayo last dec 2012... Plan ko po sana ngayung March eh... Salamat po...

rob.esgue@gmail.com

Fredd said...

Doon po sa mga solo at duo climbers na nakikisabit sa ibang groups, Nasusunod pa po kaya ang guidelines ng PAO:

"To improve the service and visitor management of the park, please be advised that all climbers/visitors should make early reservation to the protected area office at Ambangeg, Daclan, Bokod, Benguet. This is to maintain the required carrying capacity of the camping grounds and the refuge buildings at the Babadak ranger station in case of bad weather or thunder storms." - (Mt. Pulag Visitor Information Kit)

Gerald said...

Hi Fredd,
Yes, it is needed to inform first PAO to have your reservation.

But for my climb tomorrow Feb 9-10, 2013, our guide Sir Teddy talked to Ma'am Ermita to let us climb coz I haven't reserved in advance for this climb.

I'll be doing Mt. Timbak traverse + Mt. Pulag Akiki-Ambangeg traverse.

Thanks,
BP Gerald

Anonymous said...

I'm planning to climb Mt. Pulag po sana this coming April. Weekdays climb po. Ask ko lang po sana kung hindi po ba mahirap ang byahe sa mga ganung time o katulad din ng weekends na maraming umaakyat? Solo climb po sana. Salamat -fred Garcia

vincent mendoza said...

im planning to climb mt. pulag on april 15... im from mindanao, will arrive in manila on april 14, den to baguio 2 1am, apr 15... could i possibly get a slot for solo climb? all that i had inquired shared climbs are fully booked... my cdo-manila flight will not be re-scheduled... salamat...

Anonymous said...

im planning to climb mt. pulag on april 15... im from mindanao, will arrive in manila on april 14, den to baguio 2 1am, apr 15... could i possibly get a slot for solo climb? all that i had inquired shared climbs are fully booked... my cdo-manila flight will not be re-scheduled... salamat...

i am a farmer said...

panu pag d nakapag pareserve, they wnt allow u to climb, kaht solo or duo hiker?

Anonymous said...

How much all in all na gastos pag solo ka lang? How much money do i need. I travel alone lang kasi e.

Gerald said...

Sir, dependi na po sa contact ninyong guide kung paano siya maki usap sa DENR.
Katulad sa duo hike namin na biglaan, tinawagan ko agad ang guide namin at sinabing climb kami sa weekend na, siya na mismo ang tumawag sa DENR at nakiusap.
By the way sa Akiki trail pala yung ginamit naming trail.

Thanks,
Ganado Gerald

catherine_lasbacan@yahoo.com said...

edexbotwe encourage every individual who intends to climb Mt. Pulag to keep in touch with the Protected Area Office for scheduling of climb, we discourage walk in.

you may have contact here in the area but please be considerate to others who have their reservations already and have pity to the mountain also, if you want your son or grand children will enjoy the same mountain you are climbing today.... please help in the preserve the mountain

fellow local guides;
let's also think about tomorrow, not only today. true, you have brought many visitors to Pulag today and you were paid much,,,, but how about your the next generations? will they enjoy what we have now...

i was so distracted on what i've seen during my last visit at the grassland,,,, the trail going up to the Summit is already widen,,, naging tatlo na po yong dating nag-iisang trail... and this was due to the flocking visitors that meet up along the way... they have no choice but to make another trail to give for those whom they met along the way...

please!!! let us help Mt. Pulag regenerate itself.... let us avoid flocking visitors every weekend!!! PAO be strict and observe the carrying capacity of the mountain!

from a Mt. Pulag grown mountain guide ... catherine_lasbacan@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

May oras po b ang a-liner bus.. Ksi may ngsbi po smin na isang beses lang daw po un sa isang araw.. Mga anung oras po kaya yon..
Ty po

D'Artagnan said...

Hi, sino po ang gusto sumama samin sa pag akyat sa Mt. Pulag via Akiki-Ambangeg trail this October 18 - 21, 2013.. we are 5 in a group kaya need namin ng iba pang kasama to lessen the cost of transpo and para din mas masaya. contact me if you are interested 09057776947.

anjj said...

hi, this is anjj. my partner and i are planning to climb pulag - ambangeg this coming oct 26 27. meron bang aakyat sa mga araw na yan? pls. text us. pra mkaless sa cost. :)
09336704442.

Gerald said...

To Ma'am Catherine,
By the way the trail we used was Akiki Trail which is rarely visited, unlike to Ambangeg trail which is in a form of commercialize.
As I remember with my last hike on that Trail "Akiki" it is regular weekend not a long weekend, there's no group of hiker at that day or previous days.
You know what's the request of the Guide "to help them promote Two Days hike for Akiki Trail for their income", Akiki trail is only in a seasonal hike.
By the way if you want to help Mt. Pulag regenerate then ask PAO to close Ambangeg trail and Promote Akiki Trail that would be sounds reasonal only determined hiker will complete the hike.

Gerald

Anonymous said...

I am coming from overseas.I want to join hiking Mt. Pulag via Akiki trail on April 26 & 27(maybe even 28,if neccesary) next year 2014.I could meet the group the earliest hour of 26 in Baguio.

Anonymous said...

mga mam/sir, meron po ba aakyat, amba-amba lng Nov. 23-24? dalawa lng po kc kami, bka pede sumabit. \m/ Grace. Thank you.

venedictus said...

We're planning to try this IT ngayong darating n Jan 10-11. Mejo mas aagahan lng namin ang alis s Cubao pra ms flexible ang time. Need lng sna nmin ng confirmation dun s A-liner bus kung anu ang travel schedules nun or kung totoo man n my van n anung oras dn po kaya byahe nung mga un?

TIA!

April Esparas said...

Ask ko lang po kung pwede ang kids ages 7 and pwede din po ba ang dogs? May sasakyan po kami pero ok din po ba yun para makatipid kami. kasi plan namen maghike by April po. thanks

jocas said...

see you mt pulag april 17-19 2014

Precious Memory Sualog said...

Ask ko lng po kung nagpapa rent ba kau ng tent and magkano po? We are planning to do this on first week of june po.. thanks

Philip Estrada said...

I want to climb pulag through ambaguio trail, I was raised in nueva Vizcaya and I wanna explore that part, those who plan to but got no booking like me, maybe we can set a game plan to lessen the cost, text me at 09993556763

Anonymous said...

Hi. This is randell. Sino po aakyat ng pulag(ambangeg-ambangeg) sa May 16-17 or May 17-18,2014? Baka pwede kami sumabit ng mga friends ko. 4 po kaming sure na. Eto po number ko: 0933-3700068

Thank you

Philip Estrada said...

When you did solo climb, pumunta ka ba ng summit at kung iniwan mo yung tent mo, safe bang mag-iwan sa camp 2, like when u need to visit the cr, or wander around for a pic,

Randell De Mesa said...

Hi. This is randell. We secured a permit for Mt. Pulag on dates: May 16-17, 2014(Friday-Saturday) and we already reserved a jeep. For those who want to join our group kindly text me at 0933-3700068. Budget breakdown is on our fb event. Note: Hindi po ito negosyo climb. :). Currently we need pa 6-10 persons.

Thank you

Thank you PM. The best!

Marilou Galing said...

Hi Mountaineers,

May akyat po kami sa Mt. Pulag April 12-13 2014 baka may gusto sumabay o meron kaming sasabayan we have more slot pa pls contact me 0927-7791379 :)Thanks mga mam & sir ^_^

Anonymous said...

Gud am sir randell. Plano nmin umkyt s mt.pulag s may 17-18. Bka pi pwede mkuha ung # n tinwagan for reservation...gusto sna nmin mkpg p reserv dn. Tnx

Anonymous said...

Hello po may climb po kami sa Mt. Pulag on the said dates may30-june 1 via ambangeg-ambangeg trail. We need at least 10 more participants para po makahati sa renta ng jeep. Text niyo lang po ako kung interesado po kayo 09158895253

Maria Abad said...

Hello,

Anyone interested in climbing Mt Pulag weekend of July 11-12. Please let me know (abadmaria01@gmail.com)

Thank you

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