Going to the foot of Mount Pulag is not free. We hired a jeep and had to pay P5,000. The amount will cover the back and forth rental of the jeep. In our case, the jeepney driver stayed overnight at the Ranger Station and waited for us until we came back. From Kabayan central, it took us almost 3 hours to reach the Ranger Station. It was a bumpy ride and the road going up the foot of the mountain is an adventure in itself. Rest assured that for men… they will understand the literal meaning of “scrambled eggs”.
Before reaching the Ranger station, everyone is required to register at the National parks Office which is one hour from the ranger station. The registration is P200 for “tourists” but if you are a local and a student, you can pay half the price. There was a short briefing, around 30 minutes explaining the history and do’s and don’t s of the park. Part of the short lecture was a film viewing about the things to know before going up the mountain. After the lecture, we bought our “we survived Mt. Pulag” t-shirts for P240 each.
The hike going to camp site 2 was hard for people who grew up in the city, that I had to admit that time. I had a powerful flashlight but it was not enough to cover the group, good thing most of the team brought their “miners” flashlight. By 9:00pm, after hours of climbing, we reached Camp site 2. We immediately boiled water for coffee as soon as we arrived. We were fortunate because at that time we were the only campers in that area. The wind was blowing wild, the night was dark and the sky was shinning with stars. It was mesmerizing. We also saw some of the small rat-kangaroo (I forgot how the locals call it but we saw them earlier on the video presented at the Parks office).
By 6:30 we were at the peak of the second highest mountain of the Philippines. It was a very fulfilling morning for all of us. We had a group prayer and after that were lots of photo-ops. The cloud formation for us that morning was unusual because of the heavy rains somewhere in the south of the mountains. Unlike those calm clouds oftentimes seen in pictures by Pulag adventurists, ours were different. The clouds were powerful, somewhat angry but colorful. It was like the clouds of the movies “titans” and “300″. But by 7:30 am, they became calm and bright. And by the way, we were looking down at the clouds. What they say is true, it is just like “walking in the clouds”.
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