Pulag 2019 FAQ!
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Early last May, NUS Rovers kicked off our first Summer trek in Philippines! . 12 adventurers hiked up to Luzon's highest peak, Mount Pulag where we witnessed the stars filled skies transform into a majestic sun rise 🌄 . In Sagada, we trekked through Marlboro Hills and Blue Soil, enjoying the wonders of the flora and unique blue soils. We then relax in the cool waters of Bomod-ok Falls & had a cultural expedition about the Hanging Coffins. Finally, we had 4 amazing hours spelunking in Cave Connection 🏞 . We ended off by exploring the emerald green UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banaue Rice Terrace 🌾 . We would like to thank everyone who have joined us on this adventurous journey and made this journey possible!
When is the trip?
This is a 7 days trip from 07/05/19 to 13/05/19. We will be meeting at Changi Airport on 07/05/19 at 1230HRS. We will arrive back in Singapore on 13/05/19 at around 2330HRS!
Where are we going?
We will be climbing the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines and the highest mountain in the Island of Luzon. Standing at 2,922 metres above sea level, Mount Pulag is famous for its sea of clouds and viewing of the Milky Way! FUN FACT: Mt. Pulag literally means Mount Bald
Aside from Mount Pulag, we will be visiting the Banaue Rice Terraces, Bomod-ok falls, Marlboro Hills, Blue Soil, Hanging Coffins and spelunking at Cave Connection (Sumaguing Cave). We will end off the trip with a day spent in Manila.
Will the trek be difficult?
We are rating this trip 2.5/5! While we will be taking the Ambangeg Trail which is the easiest way to ascend Mt Pulag, it does not mean that you should not condition yourself for the trip. We will be trekking for 4 HRS on the first day to our campsite while on the second day, it will be a 2 HRS sunrise trek to 2922m above sea level.
But really, the difficulty level of the trip depends on your fitness level so make sure you are well conditioned and prepared to not make this a 5/5 trek for yourself and others!
How much is this trip? What does it include?
This trip will cost $720 for NUS Rovers Members and $757 for non-members. (Learn more about membership here if you would like to sign up!)
The price includes return airfare, accommodation, guide fees, entrance fees and local transportation in the Philippines. No meals are included on this trip.
What is not included?
VISA – Some of you might need to apply for a visa to enter the Philippines.
Travel Insurance – NUS provides minimal insurance coverage for NUS students ONLY. Hence, NUS students with pre-existing medical conditions are advised to purchase their own travel insurance for more coverage if they require it. Non-NUS Students are responsible for getting their own travel insurance.
You might want to consider getting a vaccination for childhood diseases (Tetanus and Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps and Rubella) as well as cover against food and water borne diseases, including Typhoid and Hepatitis A.
Anything else that are not mentioned in the itinerary such as food, shopping expenses, tipping for the guides and transport during R&R.
Medical screening – it is COMPULSORY for all hikers to have a valid medical certificate stating that you are physically fit to ascend Mount Pualg.
What is the brief itinerary?
07/05/19 (Day 1)
Flight from Singapore to Manila and travel to Baguio
08/05/19 (Day 2)
Before heading to Mount Pulag, we will visit the Ambuklao Dam, Jang Jang Hanging Bridge and Daclan Sulfur Spring. Today. we will do a 4 HRS trek up to Camp 2 on Mount Pulag
09/05/19 (Day 3)
We will wake up early for the Mount Pulag Sunrise Trek. Thereafter, we will descend and head to Banaue for the night.
10/05/19 (Day 4)
We will do a 4 HRS trek to see the Banaue Rice Terrace before traveling to Sagada for the night.
11/05/19 (Day 5)
In the morning, we will do the Marlboro Hills Sunrise Trek and visit Blue Soil thereafter. We will then spend our afternoon spelunking at Cave Connection Adventure.
12/05/19 (Day 6)
In the morning we will visit the Bomod-ok Falls. Before heading back to Manila in the evening, we will visit the Saint Mary Church, Echo Valley and Hanging Cliffs.
13/05/19 (Day 7)
On the last day, we will have half a day in Manila for R&R before our flight back from Manila to Singapore
Where will we spend the nights?
3 nights at a local homestay
2 nights in our van
1 night camping on Mount Pulag
How’s the weather like?
Manila: High/Low, 34°C /25°C
Mount Pulag: High/Low, 25°C /13°C (Temperatures can hit below 10°C!)
Sagada: High/Low, 25°C /16°C
Will there be a local guide?
Yes, there will be English speaking trek guides from the trek agency.
How many participants will be on this trek?
You will be traveling with 8 other participants and 3 committee members. There are only 9 slots for this trek. Slots are limited, so sign up NOW!
Important things that I need to take note before signing up:
- You MUST be able to produce a medical certificate (closer to the trek) to certify that you are physically fit to climb Mount Pulag otherwise you will not be allowed by the authorities to ascend.
- Even though no meals are covered under this trip, the trek company is UNABLE to confirm that we can get halal and vegetarian meals.
- Bring some warm clothes because it CAN get very cold.
How is this trek different from the others?
While the trek is relatively easier, this trek offer views that rival tougher ones! Also, May is one of the last months to visit the Philippines before the rainy season kicks in fully so join us if you want to start off your Summer with more luck from Pulag!
How do I find out more information?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries
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