The next morning our guide woke us up for the summit hike and eased ourselves with warm cup of hot choco drink. Ten minutes later, we started our hike and donned our head lights to see in the darkness. Frigid winds easily penetrated my hands making my knitted gloves useless and my lips were quite numb as we make our way to the summit. As we go nearer, the trail gets steeper and was about to quit but through positive encouragement from my hubby, I continue and remove the context of quitting or derailing the summit climb.
We finally reach the summit of Mt. Pulag just before sunrise. I was almost out of breath and simply exhausted but I'm glad because we made it to the top. The sun was not yet up, but the sky was slowly growing brighter. It was very cold, so we tuck ourselves into a group of endemic dwarf bamboo plants to cover us from the wind. Few minutes later, the sun peeked through the horizon and gradually lit the summit with yellow and orange rays. Immensely breathtaking!
THE SEA OF CLOUDS
It's our first time to witness the sea of clouds and the view didn't disappoint us. With a sea of clouds below us, you really feel like you're on top of the world. The "sea of clouds" phenomenon is not a permanent feature and you need luck to be in your side when you visit Mt. Pulag.
Such an awe to see Mt. Pulag's breathtaking views . The gentle yellow glow of the sun painted the hills like a highway.
I picked up a stick to help my way through the steep portions of the summit during our descent. We encounter some frost patches and some ice crystals that is formed in humid air in cold conditions, usually overnight. I think the temperature drops near zero the night before we summit. We trekked back to our camp, uninstall our tents and had a quick breakfast before we trek back to the Ranger Station which is 3 to 4 hours away. By the way bring your trash with you and don't leave anything behind that can disrupt the growth of vegetation.
We arrived in DENR office in Kabayan for check out around 1:00 pm and walked for 10 minutes from DENR office to the van terminal bound for Baguio City. It's a small terminal and I'm pretty sure the habal-habal drivers, locals and DENR staff can point you to the right direction of the terminal.
Trekking Mt. Pulag is one of the best experience I had for the year 2016. It's a utopia for adventure seekers, outdoor lovers and landscape fanatics.We have been dreaming to climb this mountain and finally we did. I'm not use to hiking because my feet sore easily but I'm glad I was able to survive Mt. Pulag and I'm sure everybody can. You can click here if you missed our first part of the post.
The next morning our guide woke us up for the summit hike and eased ourselves with warm cup of ho...