Trekkers advised to avoid climbing Mt Pulag
MANILA, Philippines – Trekkers hoping to scale the popular Mt Pulag in Northern Luzon may need to find alternative peaks, according to the Mt Pulag Park Management.
In a statement released on Tuesday, December 1 on the Facebook page of the Office of Civil Defense - Cordillera Admininstrative Region, the Mt Pulag Park Management said trekkers without reservations should not attempt to climb the mountain on weekends or risk facing fines.
The management also announced the closure of camp sites on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays due to rainy weather on the mountain.
"Considering the unpredictable weather condition and the state of the camp sites, the management is closing the park camp sites for camping on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It has been raining in the park for the past days," the statement said.
Trekkers are advised to camp at the Babadak Area or sleep at the Village Homestays.
With an elevation of 2,992 meters above sea level, Mt Pulag is the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines and the tallest in Luzon. It is located between the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya.
It is a popular trekking site for both beginner and veteran hikers. Due to Pulag's popularity, however, the more experienced mountaineers say the mountain's trails are heavily impacted and its camp sites are overused. – Rappler.com