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Kabayan Things to Do

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    by monina_c Updated May 20, 2011

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    Mt. Pulag is the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines surrounded by the provinces of Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino. It is famous for its vegetation and the cotton candy clouds viewed early in the mornings.

    There are several routes you can take to get to the summit f Mt. Pulag.
    1. Ambangeg-Ambangeg trail or the so-called Executive Trail - the easiest trail which can be handled event by non-climbers. Some people call it the touristic trail.
    2. Akiki trail or the Killer TRail - this is for the more experienced climbers who are looking for a thrill.
    3. Tawangan Trail - no info on this one as i haven't had a chance to talk to anybody who has taken this trail. I think that this is for longer trips

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    by purplefeet Written Feb 20, 2010

    Mt Pulag is the 2nd highest peak in the Philippines. Best to climb between Dec-Mar because of the dry but cold season. It has the best sunset and sunrise I have ever seen. Sunset from the camping ground 2 felt surreal while the sunrise from the peak is really magical. We were also very lucky to witness "moon rise" from the mountains behind our camping ground and rainbow on the morning of our hike down.

    Mt Pulag is a sacred mountain to the dwellers of Kabayan so it is important to show utmost respect reducing noise while cimbing and on the camp grounds. Do not leave garbage and other markings on the trees, stones or paths. In Mt Pulag I felt the enormous universe enveloping me and how microscopic my woes were.

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    by purplefeet Written Feb 20, 2010

    Reaching Baguio at around 530am from Manila by bus, I recommend hopping on to a jeepney at once going to Benguet. You can catch an early breakfast at the last bus stop en route to Baguio and take an in-between snack at one of the jeepney stops near or after the Ambuklao Dam. The road to Benguet is really zig-zag and rough at times so take your meds.

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Kabayan Local Customs

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    by monina_c Written May 20, 2011

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    The local tribes that call the foot of Mt. Pulag their home believe that the mountain is a mystical one. They believe that any wrong doing committed while up in the mountain will have consequences (bad weather, death and bad harvest). Loud noises, crass behavior and the like are frowned upon.

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Kabayan What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: Be sure to use a backpack with rain cover because the weather up in Mt. Pulag is very unpredictable! If your backpack has no rain cover, you can use large garbage bags to weatherproof your backpack's contents.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: This should be part of your packing list:

    1. Headlamp
    2. Flashlight
    3. Sleeping Bag
    4. Fleece jacket - (alternative - arm warmer and/or leggings)
    5. Waterproof jacket or raincoat
    6. 2 sets of gloves
    7. 2 sets of thick socks
    8. Trek Shoes - close shoes
    9. fleece blanket

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Your first aid kit should contain not only the basics but also any specialized medication you will need. The Ranger Station has no facilities to supply your needs in case there is an emergency.

    There is no shower facilities up on the mountain so you will have to settle for wet tissues and hand sanitizers up there. The last chance for shower is at the ranger station.

    Photo Equipment: Be sure to weatherproof your camera equipment!!! Take time to charge all batteries as there is no electricity up on the summit!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tents should be ones with flysheet because of the condensation (or rain) and the cold weather during nighttime . Earthpad or insulation sheet will also keep body heat from dissipating during the nighttime when the temperature drops suddenly.

    Miscellaneous: You must bring:
    1. Cook Set & Stove
    2. Tent
    3. Earthpad - (cheaper alternative insulation sheet )

    Be sure to bring garbage bags for the trash because it is prohibited to leave any garbage on top of the mountain.

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    by purplefeet Written Feb 20, 2010

    Luggage and bags: backpacks that you can comfortably carry for the hours-long hike

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: hiking shoes preferred but I have climbed 2x using my cross-trainers :) since we went there on a dry season. hiking sandals, too as back up.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: insect repellants, anti-vertigo meds, large zip locks, large garbage (transparent) bags to put your backpack in for the night,

    Photo Equipment: of course your reliable camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: flashlight, headlamp, winter jackets, tents, sleeping bag, trail food and water

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    by jayjayc Written Mar 22, 2012

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    Favorite thing: -Best thing to do after a long and tiring trek is to sit, chat and have coffee with friends
    -Coupled with the BEST views of mountain ranges and the sky
    -We group to see the great views @ past 12 Noon, not even one noticed it was past 4 PM already

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    by monina_c Written May 20, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The cost of an weekend trip to Mt. Pulag varies according to the number of people in your group. Here is a basic costing to give you an idea of the cost involved.

    1. Jeepney Rental - P10,000
    2. Environmental Fee 200/pax
    3. Local Guide Fee 200/pax
    4. Bus Fare 900 (RT from Manila)
    5. Porter Fee - P250/day (the porters are hardworking people they would appreciate extra tip from clients)

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