A Piece Of Heaven on Earth- Mt. Pulag (Part 1)

I recently joined a trip to Mt. Pulag, Akiki-Ambangeg trail which happened last January 16-19 and Ambangeg-Ambangeg trail last June 12-14, 2015. The Akiki trail was my first climb and the one that triggered my passion for the mountains even though I experienced the worst in that first ever climb. The difficulty level of Akiki-Ambangeg according to Pinoy Mountaineer is 7/9 while 3/9 for Ambangeg trail.


Here are the photos take on my first trip to Pulag (Akiki-Ambangeg trail):

the jump-off point (photo credits to Noah Bolasoc)

the jump-off point (photo credits to Noah Bolasoc)

The group taking photos on the trail :)

the bridge in Eddet River

the Eddet River (photo credits to Arric Duran)

the Eddet River (photo credits to Arric Duran)

jump shot at  Marlboro Country (photo credits to Arric Duran)

  Marlboro Country (photo credits to Arric Duran)
 (photo credits to Arric Duran)

 Montane forest (photo credits to Arric Duran)

taking some photos while resting :)

Foggy and strong wind at Grassland 

It was raining hard when we arrived at saddle camp

The Pro-Pahinga team all smiling and jumping despite of what we've experienced. :)

We weren't able to have our tents assembled in saddle camp since it was raining hard due to a typhoon that Sunday afternoon so our group proceeded to Camp 2 to have a safer shelter. I remember that temperature dropped to -7 degrees during that time. It was freezing cold that we decided to just go home early in the morning because we can no longer expect the sea of clouds with that kind of weather. 

So yup, we we're not able to reach the highest peak in Luzon but for me, it was still a successful climb for the trail itself was already worth it! 

Here's the video of our Akiki-Ambangeg trail last January! Enjoy! :)

Video credits to RS 
The supposedly itinerary for the Akiki-Ambangeg:
Day 0 - January 16 (Friday)
2300 Bus from Manila to Baguio City

Day 1 - January 17 (Saturday)
0500 ETA Baguio City. Breakfast then proceed to jeepney terminal/chartered jeep.
0700 Take chartered jeepney to Akiki, Kabayan. Early lunch at any stopover.
1200 Arrival at Akiki jump-off; commence trek on steep trail.
1300 ETA Ranger Station. Register. Secure guides.
1330 Start 2-hour trek to Eddet River
1630 ETA Eddet River; set up camp.
1800 Dinner / socials

Day 2 - Januray 18 (Sunday)
0400 Wake up call. Prepare breakfast.
0430 Breakfast
0530 Break camp
0700 Start 3-4 hr trek to Marlboro Country
1100 Have early lunch at Marlboro country (water source)
1200 Commence 3-hour trek through montane forest.
1430 End of forest line (2600 MASL); Reach Grassland.
1600 ETA Saddle campsite; set up camp.
1730 Assault to summit. Sunset.
1900 Dinner / socials

Day 3 - January 19 (Monday)
0530 Early morning trek to summit
0545 Arrival at summit just in time for sunrise
0630 Back at campsite; breakfast
0730 Break camp
0800 Start descent via Ambangeg trail
0900 From Camp 2, resume descent to Babadak Ranger Station
1130 ETA Ranger Stn; Settle guide fees; jeepney descent
1230 At DENR-PAO; tidy up and log out.
1400 Head back to Baguio City
1700 ETA Baguio City. Buy return tickets. Dinner.
1900 Head back to Manila

Bus (Manila - Baguio and vice versa) - 900php
Jeep - 9500 (negotiable)
Entrance - 100php per pax
Camping - 100php per pax
Water - 100php per pax
Guide - 1800php
Porter - 1500php (15kgs max)

Here's the list of essentials for this climb:
1. First aid kit and personal medicines (those with asthma or other pulmonary conditions should consult their physicians first to ensure they're fit to climb)
- alcohol
- bandages
- cotton buds
- iodine solution
- biogesic
- pain killers (ibuprofen, etc.)
- diatabs
- bonamine
- epinephrine (for allergic reactions)
- ben gay or omega

2. Body warmers
- Thermals, muffler/scarf, bonnet, gloves, thick socks (it's freezing cold in the night)
- Sleeping bag or earth pad/inflatable pad (if you don't have one, you can bring blankets)
- Jackets, layers of clothing (up and down)
- Disposable raincoat (optional; just in case it rains or if your jackets are not water-resistant)
3. Tent
4. Back Pack - 25L to 50L
5. Hiking shoes (you can wear rubber shoes, though the grip is not as efficient)
6. Headlamps or flashlights (preferably headlamps since it's advisable to have your two arms free when you're hiking)
7. Waterproofing for your clothes and other stuff (ziplocks or big transparent plastic bags used for vegetables na mabibili sa palengke)
8. At least 2-3L of water (may mga water sources dun pero ingat lang din sa mga sensitive ang tyan).
9. Trail food
- nuts, chocolates, and raisins for energy
- jelly ace (most mountaineers have this in their packs. di kasi nakakauhaw kainin)
- energy bars/carbohydrate gels (optional)
10. Disposable spoon and fork
11. Disposable plastic plates/microwavable containers for food
12. Baby wipes and/or tissue
13. Toiletries
14. Towel (preferably aquazorb or viscose towel para lightweight)
15. Trek pole (optional)
16. Plastic bags for dirty clothes and trash