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

  • Ecotourism As Key To Sustainable Development In The Cordilleras

    Ecotourism As Key To Sustainable Development In The Cordilleras

    Trekkers have this to say: the day you watch the sun rise above the clouds atop Mt. Pulag, Luzons highest peak, is the day you fall in love with the rest of the world.

    The stunning vista of a new day rising at a unique vantage point from 2,922 meters above sea level has drawn thousands to the scenic Cordillera highlands that straddle the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya. Hundreds of thousands more are going to visit in the next days, weeks and months that the years ahead may prove extra challenging for the local communities to sustain.

    The Department of Environment and Nat ...

  • Mount Pulag Closed To Trekkers Due To Gorio

    Mount Pulag Closed To Trekkers Due To Gorio

    Mount Pulag and other mountain climbing destinations in southern Benguet are closed to trekkers until the weekend due to bad weather.

    The Environment department in the Cordillera said the shutdown could help avoid accidents.

    Severe Tropical Storm Gorio has intensified, bringing an expected moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the western section of Luzon, including Metro Manila, and light to moderate rains over the rest of Luzon and Visayas, PAGASA said in its 5 a.m. severe weather bulletin on Friday. "Gorio" is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Monday next w ...

  • This DOT Cordillera Campaign Is Perfect For The Heartbroken

    This DOT Cordillera Campaign Is Perfect For The Heartbroken

    Where do broken hearts go nga ba, tita Whitney?

    If your answer to that question is Sagada, then you can blame it on that 2014 sleeper hit film That Thing Called Tadhana, the charming indie rom-com that cemented Antoinette Jadaones status as master storyteller of all kilig-fests, while showing picturesque landscapes of the Cordilleras.

  • Mount Pulag Ambangeg Trail Guide And Itinerary

    Mount Pulag Ambangeg Trail Guide And Itinerary

    Mount Pulag ??" I'm sure that every veteran mountaineer, newbie hikers, trekker and travel enthusiast here in the Philippines had once a "Mount Pulag" on their bucket list. Mount Pulag is probably the most visited mountain here in the Philippines because of its undoubtedly magnificent scenery, marvelous grassland, the sea of clouds and the Milky way galaxy that you could actually see at the dawn by the naked eye even if you don't have a DSLR camera. The beauty of this Majestic mountain is ineffable. Mount Pulag is Luzon's highest peak and country's third highest mountain with an elevation of 2 ...

  • Hiking Adventure 5 Pulag 2.0 Ascension To The Playground Of The Gods

    Hiking Adventure 5 Pulag 2.0 Ascension To The Playground Of The Gods

    Finally, after almost four months since our failed assault to the summit of Mt. Pulag last December 2016, we've gone back for the promised "Revenge Climb".

    I wanted something new with this climb that's why I insisted to our group that we take the more difficult route to the summit, the notorious Akiki Trail aka "Killer Trail" because of its terribly exhausting and leg-numbing continuously ascending 8-km long trail. It is only one of four routes leading to the summit of Mt. Pulag, besides Ambangeg, Tawangan, and Ambaguio Trails. Unlike Ambangeg Trail which we previously took on our first cl ...

  • 9 Things I Wish I Knew Before Trekking Mt Pulag

    9 Things I Wish I Knew Before Trekking Mt Pulag

    A hike to Mt. Pulag is a definitely must-try to all outdoor and adventure-lovers out there. Mt. Pulag is one of the most sought out trail in the country with it being the 3rd highest peak in the Philippines. People who love hiking, trekking and mountaineering are gushing over the amazing trail and views one can experience at the summit. As a 'novice' myself, I did not fully see the excitement everyone else was getting. I've never even heard of Mt. Pulag before I started my so-called 'mountain adventures'. But all of this changed when I saw the real beauty Mt. Pulag offers, hence the 9 Things I ...