Mt. Pulag National Park

Mt. Pulag National Park is the third highest mountain in the Philippines and the highest in Luzon. Standing 2,922 meters above sea level, the National Park is a favorite trekking destination and considered to have the most beautiful cloudscape and summit’s landscape of all the Philippine mountains, thus tagging it as “Playground of the Gods”.

The rolling plains of Mt. Pulag

Also called as Mt. Pulog, the Park sits in the Cordillera Mountain Range and bounded by the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya.

Aside from its enticing beauty, the park has widely acknowledge ecological importance for being a significant watershed and habitat for a huge diversity of endemic flora and fauna.

Breath taking sunrise

The sea of clouds, rolling plains, endemic plants and animals, cold temperature, eye soothing greens and the thrill of conquering its beautiful peak attract a lot of mountain climbers of all levels and purposes to trek the mountain all year round through its five known trails – Ambangeg (the easiest), Akiki, Eddet and Tawangan trails from Benguet and the Ambaguio  (Lusod) trail from Nueva Vizcaya

The sea of clouds

How to Get There

The easiest and most common route of going there is via Ambangeg Trail in Kabayan, Benguet. The usual jump-off point is Baguio City, four to five hours away from Manila.

At Ambangeg Trail

From the capital, most bus companies heading to Northern Philippines have trips to Baguio. But Lakwatsero prefers Victory Liner. Their Baguio bound busses leave their terminals (Manila, Pasay, Cubao and Caloocan) every hour. Fare is at P460.00 (~$10). The most ideal time to travel is around 10:00 PM to 12:00 midnight to reach their Baguio Terminal before 5:00AM the next day. Other bus lines that ply to Baguio are Dagupan Bus (EDSA cor. New York,  Cubao , Quezon City/ Contact No: (02)727-2330) and Philippine Rabbit (Rizal Ave., Sta. Cruz, Manila).

From Baguio, one can hire a jeepney or take the public bus at Northern Bus Terminal in Magsaysay Avenue bound for Kabayan, where the trek starts.

Jeepneys like this can be hired from Baguio to Benguet

When to Get There

Mt. Pulag is open all year round, but the best time of the year to trek the summit is during dry season, specifically from November to early March when the sea of clouds is well defined.


While mountaineers consider the trek to Mt. Pulag a major climb, it is in fact an easy climb. A Basic Mountaineering Course is not required although would be of great help. To date, several mountaineering and travel groups offer package tour to the National Park.

At Camp 2

But a Mt. Pulag trek can be done on a DIY way with the help of the Mt. Pulag National Park Office who are more than willing to help in arranging guides and transportation (trekking Mt. Pulag requires a guide). Contact Ms. Emerita Tamiray, Park Superintendent at +639196315402 for this.

For more information, Pinoy Mountaineer’s site will surely be a big help 🙂


  1. Cassandra

    We’ve been in Mt.Pulag for so many times. And we are only trusting one group to handle our tour.
    It is really hassle free and very cheap. Name of the group is HideOut Travel and Tours. I am not

    connected with them but I am 101% sure that they can provide you a hassle free and safe service. I booked

    my pulag,calaguas, baler and ilocos with them as well Sagada.

    this is the website where I am booking my Mt.Pulag tour package

    Talked to Ms. Nisha and Sir Louie they are so kind that they sometimes give free of charge on one of

    participants specially for big groups. And sometimes with free drinks and meals pa!

  2. […] beautiful cloudscape, the rolling hills, the freezing climate and the eye soothing greens make Mount Pulag a favorite climb for many. At 2922 meters above sea level, it is the roof of Luzon and the third […]

  3. germie

    ask lng po f my shortcut trail ba frm sagada to kabayan trail?tnx

  4. Thank you for this post Angel. 🙂

  5. Hi there , may plano kami this last week ng april ., okey pa kaya yung contact’s nyo dun ? like Ms. Emerita Tamiray? thanks po much!! this blog is Awesome

  6. lil

    nice blog….i borrowed one of your pics and posted it on my fb wall…ganda…you’re very blessed to have this kind of view…

    1. thanks lil!

  7. Panalo yung sunrise shot. ANG GANDA! Galing.

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  9. You must be more than on top of Pulag these days. I heard you won in the Wondering Juan travel blog contest. Congrats!

    1. Hehehe! Thanks Dennis!

  10. toni protacio

    super nice talaga ng mga pictures mo.. you always gives justice to the beauty that the places you visit beholds.. i miss mt. pulag.. all i have are good memories of it.. i hope someday i could come back kahit retired mountaineer na ako… (“,)

    1. Wow! Thanks Toni 🙂 The mountains are just there waiting for your return 🙂

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