Hiking Notes: Mt. Pulag


General Information:

  • Here is the official advisory from DENR-CAR regarding climbs at Mt. Pulag National Park.
  • Medical Certificate is required in getting permission to climb Mt. Pulag so it is advisable to get it ahead of time so as not to delay the itinerary. Just a simple courtesy to those who do so prior to the day of the climb. Here’s sample provided by Dr. Gideon Lasco (Pinoy Mountaineer): Climb health: Sample Medical Certificate for Hiking.
  • The best time to climb Mt. Pulag starts with November to March.
  • There are lot of event organizers in facebook offering climb in Mt. Pulag. Be extra wary of the inclusions and price you are paying. If it’s worth it, go for it. Try to compare each packages as well.


These are the lessons and suggestions I learned through our climb:

via Ambangeg-Ambangeg Trail:

  • If you want to set-up camp at Camp 2, schedule your hikes during weekdays as it is not allowed on weekend.
  • This is the beginner-friendly trail, however, proper preparation and conditioning of the body is still required.
  • Bring trekking pole. Optional.
  • Watersource: Yes.
  • Trusted organizer for this trip is: Mark Julius San Juan of Mt. Pulag Yapakanz, 09158382639.
  • Sidetrips: Longest bridge in Kabayan, Daclan/Badekbek Sulfur Spring, Ambuklao Dam.

via Akiki-Ambangeg Trail:

  • Dubbed as the “Killer” trail. Be prepared for assaults as the trail starting from Eddet river is steep.
  • It’s best to start the hike early so you’ll get to Saddle camp earlier too. You may set-up camp at Marlboro as well.
  • Watersource: Yes.

via Ambaguio-Tawangan Trail:

  • Ambaguio trail – longest trail to Mt. Pulag. Did I mention that this trail is much more difficult than the famous Akiki Trail in terms of assaults and distance? This trail is so underrated. Proper preparation is required.
  • Tawangan trail: limatik-infested trail characterized by ravines and mossy forest.
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