Year Starter Hike to Mt. Pulag via Akiki-Ambangeg

Hi everyone! Last January 7-8, my friends and I were trekking Luzon’s highest mountain and the Philippines’ third highest mountain – Mt. Pulag. It was also January of 2016 when I first ascended this mountain via the “killer trail” Akiki and descended via Ambangeg. At first, I was still hesitant to join because I already scaled the mountain via the same trails and second, I could not forget how I was extremely bothered by the cold temperature at the top (Sorry Queen Elsa. Lol.). When I was really conflicted, this conversation with my friend helped me decide:

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Big words from a little guy. Jk hahaha

Mountain Stats:

Elevation: 2922 MASL (old), 2,926.047 MASL (new)

Location: Akiki Trail – Kabayan, Benguet

Difficulty: Akiki Trail – 7/9

Trek to Summit: Akiki Trail – 10-11 hours

(Edit: Mt. Pulag’s elevation is now at 2,926.047 MASL as declared by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority or NAMRIA last April 4-14, 2016. As proof of this, a new summit marker can be found beside the old one.)

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New Summit Marker

 

While there were moments along the trail that made me question my decision of joining, I regret nothing because seeing my mother major mountain again brought back so many happy memories. And like what they say, it will always be a new experience in the mountains no matter how many times you have been there.

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Overnight Hike to Mt. Pulag via Akiki-Ambangeg Traverse

Hi everyone! Wouldn’t you agree that one of the best feelings in the world is being able to accomplish something you once thought was impossible? This was what I felt as soon as I got back from my recent hiking trip last January 30-31 in Mt. Pulag which is my 13th mountain and my first major climb.

Mountain Stats:

Elevation: 2922 MASL

Location: via Akiki Trail – Kabayan, Benguet, via Ambangeg Trail – Bokod, Benguet

Difficulty: via Akiki Trail – 7/9, via Ambangeg Trail –3/9

Trek to Summit: via Akiki Trail – 10-11 hours, via Ambangeg Trail – 4 hours

*Please note that our group used Akiki Trail to ascend

I have been talking about wanting to climb Mt. Pulag in some of my previous posts and in this one; I can finally share my firsthand experience in conquering Luzon’s highest mountain and the Philippines’ third highest!

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