One of my personal goals this year is to climb Mt. Pulag. Mt. Pulag, as I understand, is the third highest peak in the Philippines. So when a friend organized the trip months ago, I jumped at the chance, not knowing what to expect.
It was mind-blowing.
It was a long walk to camp. We took the Ambangeg trail, around 5 kms. in 3 hours or so, the whole afternoon. Trekking to the summit in the early morning takes around 2 hours on a normal pace. Depending on what is normal.
And Mt. Pulag in November is very cold. At night, the temperature drops around 5-10 degrees Celsius and even colder with the winds almost dismantling our tents.
It was a struggle for me to climb Mt. Pulag. I will readily admit that I was not able to reach the summit, although I was very close. Perhaps it was the cold and the breeze, or me just being uncomfortable and tired. But I was very happy where I ended up.
So here’s my journey to the sea of clouds. I couldn’t have done this without my friend, my tour group and the guide who helped me reach Peak 2. (I was that close.)
Start point: Ranger Station
Start of trek: not even close to the camp
That tree along the path.
This is camp: foggy and cold. (And I look very haggard)
Waiting for Mr. Sun (Very, very cold)
I was in that sitting position for the longest time.
It was beautiful to see the sunrise this way. Hello God!
The sea of clouds. Amazing!
Indeed, I am very, very lucky. I survived Pulag! Thank you God.