My first time to join a trek. The highest point in Luzon – Mt. Pulag at 2,922 meters above sea level.

From Baguio, we took a jeepney and rode two and a half hours to this local restaurant where we had early breakfast at 5:30 AM.

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On our way to the mountain, we dropped by the Ambuklao Dam, which is the primary water source in the Mountain Province.

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We stopped by DENR (Department of Environment and National Resources) for an orientation on the Do’s and Don’t’s inside the Mt. Pulag National Park.

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We stopped at the Ranger Station to meet with our guide. We found out that you can pay porters (locals in the area) to carry your backpack for you. We hired one to help with our stuff for the 5km climb.

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Here’s Jersey, our very patient tour guide who let us take several stops to catch our breath on the way up. We took the Ambangeg trail, which is also called the Executive trail because it was the easiest of the 3 trails going to the summit. However, for a beginner like me, it was still a difficult climb.

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We passed by several springs, which are clean water sources where we can refill our bottles.

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Late lunch was served by our trek organizers, Vagabond Pinas.

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Before the day ended, we walked around. We are still 2 km away from the summit. We will climb the remainin 2km in the morning to view the sunrise.

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We missed the sunset because of the rain and the clouds. But I got this nice shot instead of the clouds and mountains around us.

 

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The next day, Jersey woke us up at 3:00 AM to get ready for the one hour climb to the summit. We had a quick coffee prepared by our Vagabond Pinas friends, then we were on our way.

Almost missed the glorious sunrise because of the difficult and slippery climb. We made it in time!

 

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