Mount Pulag

Kabayan, Benguet

Mount Pulag (Pulog) is the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines. It is Luzon's highest peak at 2,922 meters above sea level.

The mountain hosts 528 documented plant species. It is the natural habitat of the endemic Dwarf Bamboo, and the Benguet pine which dominates the areas of Luzon tropical pine forests found on the mountainside.

Among its native wildlife are 3 ...

3 bird species and several threatened mammals such as the Philippine Deer, Giant Bushy-Tailed Cloud Rat and the Long-Haired Fruit Bat. Mount Pulag is the only place that hosts the 4 Cloud Rat species.

It has one of the most diverse biodiversity of the Philippines, with the newly found (since 1896) 185 grams Dwarf cloud rat, Carpomys melanurus, a rare breed (endemic to the Cordillera) and the Koch pitta bird among its endangered denizens.

On February 24, 1964, a large part of the mountain was designated as a National Park with Proclamation No. 56. This act aims to preserve the environment around the mountain due to threats from increased development such as conversion to agricultural lands, timber production, hunting, and increased tourism.

The Ibaloi people of Benguet mummify their dead and house in caverns in the mountain. The Kabayan mummy burial caves, one of the main attraction of the site, is considered as Philippine National cultural treasures under Presidential Decree No. 432.

There has been trouble in the paradise of Ibaloi lore. Large parts of Pulag's mossy forest where the dwarf cloud rat was found last year had been logged over in the 1960s, and only a few large trees remain standing today.

Mount Pulag National Park News

  • Rain Wind Close Down Mount Pulag Trails

    Rain Wind Close Down Mount Pulag Trails

    The Philippine Information Agency of Cordillera on Sunday announced that hiking and trekking on Mount Pulag through the Akiki trail will temporarily be not allowed due to the inclement weather.

    The Akiki trail is temporarily closed to the public while those tourists our mountaineers heading via Badabak trail or Ambangeg were advised to stay put at the Ranger Station.

    "Habagat [is] causing strong winds and heavy rains in the vicinity of the park," the PIA said.

    The state weather bureau earlier said Tropical Storm Domeng is no longer affecting the country but it continues to enhance the ...

  • Hiking Matters 594: Akiki-Ambangeg Dayhike Of Mt Pulag

    Hiking Matters 594: Akiki-Ambangeg Dayhike Of Mt Pulag

    Two and a half years after doing an Akiki-Ambangeg dayhike of Mt. Pulag (see Hiking matters #441), I returned to do the same thing, this time with a different set of friends and colleagues. The trail has actually been open for several weeks now but no one really goes up because the campsites are still closed in the wake of the recent fire.

  • Mount Pulag Reopens To Hikers Trekkers

    Mount Pulag Reopens To Hikers Trekkers

    Foresters urge hikers who plan to climb Luzon's highest peak to be extra careful because the ecosystem remains fragile.

    Mount Pulag, Luzon's highest peak, is again open for hiking and trekking.

    Forester Victor Gorinto, the new superintendent of the protected area, announced on Tuesday, April 24, the lifting of the temporary closure of the Akiki Trail as well as the summit flagged at 2,922 meters.

    Mount Pulag which borders among the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya had been closed to the public since a massive fire destroyed part of its crown last January 20.

    Because ...

  • MjRToM Adventures - Mt Pulag Benguet Philippines

    Mount Pulag is Luzons highest peak at 2,926 metres above sea level. The borders between the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya meet at the mountain's peak. Wikipedia

  • Benguet Folk To Appease Mount Pulag Spirits

    The people in Kabayan, Benguet led by indigenous leaders and elders are set to perform rituals to appease the spirits at Mount Pulag after a fire destroyed about 5.9 hectares of grasslands there last month.

    Clarita Prudencio, Benguet tourism officer, said the revered Mount Pulag is considered the playground of the gods guarded by spirits called "tinmongao."

    It is sacred ground to the indigenous peoples here. The Ibalois of Benguet believe the souls of their departed loved ones go to this sanctuary.

    "With the fire, the sacred grounds have been desecrated and the spirits in Mount Pulag ...

  • Elders To Hold Rituals For Mt Pulag

    Elders of Kabayan want to appease spirits in the playground of the gods. Kabayan folk are seeking to administer appropriate rituals to appease the spirits of the sacred mountain following the torching of the 5.9 hectares of grasslands of Mount Pulag last month.

    Provincial Tourism officer Clarita Prudencio said Mount Pulag, which is considered as the playground of the gods has been desecrated.

    "In the belief of the Ibaloy, once they passed away, their soul goes to Mount Pulag. A desecration of our cultural beliefs has been made because we consider the mountain sacred and playground of the ...