Mountain Info

Elevation: 2922 meters (9587feet) above sea level

: intersection of the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao and Nueva Vizcaya

: Temperate with rains most part of the year. Rainy season fron June to October.

Major jump-off point
: Ambangeg in Kabayan, Benguet

pulag climb
Above the clouds - Photo taken by Andre Binondo - Feb 2010

Flora and fauna
pulag trek ayusep
lcoal flower called Ayusep
photo credit: Wendell Panganiban
21 February 2009
pulag trek moss
photo credit: Wendell Panganiban
21 February 2009

pulag climb pine
Benguet pine 
photo credit: Wendell Panganiban
21 February 2009
pulag climb vegetation at camp 2
photo credit: Wendell Panganiban
21 February 2009
The mountain is home to some 528 recorded plant species which include the endemic dwarf bamboo (Yushania niitakayamensis) and the Benguet pine  (Pinus insularis). There are about 30 bird species, several mammals like the Philippines deer, cloud rats and long-haired fruit bats.

Local tribes:
Kankaney and Ibaloi

Pulag Map 
pulag trekking map
Ambangeg trail

There are several major trails available to climb Mount Pulag all leading to the summit: Ambangeg, Akiki and Tawangan from the Benguet side; Ambaguio from the Nueva Viscaya side. Ambangeg trail is considered the easiest of the four. All trails are managed by Mt. Pulag National Park. The park is open the entire year. A permit must be obtained before trekking the mountain.

Altitude sickness
Please check this page to get more information on how elevation may affect your health while climbing Mt. Pulag and other mountains of high altitude

Mount Pulag National Park
On 20 February 1987, a large part of Mount Pulag has been proclaimed as national park. Below is a list of forbidden acts in the park.

  1. Bringing in of domestic or exotic animals. Domestic and exotic animals (animals taken from other places) are potential carriers of disease that could upset the wildlife, vegetation and the indigenous people in the park's surroundings.

  2. Taking a bath and washing in the park's spring waters. Bathing and washing using soaps and chemicals is detrimental to the park's vegetation and wildlife. The soap/chemicals can poison the microscopic organisms in park as well as the wildlife that could possibly drink the contaminated water. It could also contaminate the water springs of the local communities using it.

  3. Introduction or bringing in of exotic plants/plants taken outside the park. Introduction of exotics can possibly destroy the native or endemic species in the park that could lead to extinction. Some exotics are invasive such that it can wipe out the original species in the park.

  4. Smoking in the grassland. The grassland covers about 804 hectares and it is highly susceptible to fire. Cigarette smoking poses danger to the grassland ecosystem.

  5. Urinating and defecating in the park without using the comfort rooms. Visitors must use the comfort rooms provided in the Camp Site to avoid contamination and desecration of the sacred ground. Those traveling from the Akiki Trail must use cathole at least 200 meters away from water bodies. The depth of the cathole must be 8-12 inches.

  6. Leaving of biodegradable and non–biodegradable materials in the park. Leaving the biodegradable materials in the park will contaminate the park and can poison the wildlife who could possibly ingest the left-overs. Fruits and other spoiled foods left in the park can kill some endemic species. All biodegradable materials should be brought out of the park and be turned over at the Babadak Ranger Station for proper disposal. The non-biodegradable materials brought in the park should be taken out by all visitors in the park and be returned to its point of origin. 

  7. Spitting in the park. Spitting is one way of spreading disease. It can also contaminate the water springs of the indigenous communities where they derive water. The grassland and mossy forest is high such that during the rainy season the water drains from the grassland downhill and joins the natural springs where the indigenous communities directly derive their water.

  8. Building a campfire in the park. This will upset the vegetation in the park hence all visitors must have their own cook sets. Visitors with no cook sets are advised to stay at the Babadak Ranger Station where they can cook food.

  9. Hunting, destroying, disturbing or mere possession of any plant or animal or products derived therefrom without a permit, specifically authorizing such activity, from the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). 

  10. Dumping or otherwise disposing or any waste products detrimental to the protected area to the plants and animals or inhabitants therein.

  11. Use of any motorized equipment without a permit.

  12. Mutilating, defacing or destroying objects or natural beauty, or burial grounds, religious sites, artifacts or other objects belonging to cultural communities.

  13. Damaging and leaving roads and trails.

  14. Squatting, mineral exploration, or otherwise illegally occupying any land.

  15. Constructing or maintaining any kind of structure, fence or enclosure and conducting any business enterprise without a permit.

  16. Altering, removing, destroying or defacing boundary marks or signs. 

  17. Bringing in of prohibited drugs, hard liquors and gambling are not allowed within the park.

source: Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureaus, Mount Pulag National Park Visitors Information Kit