When is this trip?
The trip is from 20 to 25 May 2015 (6D5N). We will be meeting at Changi Airport on 20 May at 3pm, our flight leaves at 5pm. We leave Manila on 25 May and return on the same day at around 3pm.
Where will be visiting?
We will be visiting the country of Philippines, 2 cities (Sagada and Baguio), and 1 mountain, Mt Pulag. Baguio is a city in Northern Luzon known as the gateway to Mt Pulag National Park . Mt Pulag is the highest peak on Luzon island at 2922m and the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines. Sagada is famous for it’s rice terraces and hanging coffins. We will be going spelunking (caving) in a nearby cave formation and trekking to a waterfall.
What is the difficulty rating of this trek?
3 out of 5 stars. The climb up Mt Pulag will be not be too physically challenging as it involves a minor elevation change of about 500m in total. The trail is mostly gentle with few steep sections and the cool temperatures will be a great blessing. The most challenging portion will likely be the timing of the climb as we have to leave our campsite at 4am in order to reach the summit for sunrise. The trekking in Sagada will be on mostly flat terrain, however the spelunking expedition is physically challenging and will involve using all your limbs.
How long are the various travel times?
Flight time from Singapore to Manila is 3 Hours 35 Minutes. The bus rides between Manila, Baguio and Sagada are 6 hours each. Travel time from the Baguio to Mt Pulag jump-off point is roughly 1.5 hours by jeepney.
How much does this trip cost? What does the cost include?
The estimated cost of this trek is $650SGD (dependent on airfare price). The money you pay will go into airfare, all land transport, the permits & guides, equipment for the climb up Mt Pulag (tents), meals within Mt Pulag National Park, and 2 nights accommodation in Sagada. Members of NUS Rovers are eligible for a $5 discount. You will however have to bring your own money for the rest of the meals and other expenses.
How many participants will there be on this trek?
There will be 15-20 participants on this trek.
What is the brief itinerary?
Day 1 (20 May): Flight from Singapore to Manila. Overnight bus to Baguio.
Day 2 (21 May): Arrive in Baguio. Jeepney to Mt Pulag village. After lunch in village, hike to camp 2. Rest early for summit attempt.
Day 3 (22 May): Rise early for sunrise summit of Mt Pulag. Return to Baguio by jeepney. Evening bus to Sagada then overnight stay.
Day 4 (23 May): Spelunking in the morning followed by hiking to visit Hanging Coffins and Echo Valley in the afternoon.
Day 5 (24 May): Rise early for trip to Kiltepan viewpoint to watch sunrise. Breakfast then hike to waterfall. Bus to Baguio, dinner then overnight bus to Manila.
Day 6 (25 May): Flight from Manila to Singapore.
Will there be a local guide?
We have enlisted a local agency to provide the guides, transport and accommodation (Trail Adventours).
Where will we be spending our nights?
Of the 5 nights, two will be spent on the overnight bus. Of the remaining 3 nights, 1 will be spent camping at Mt Pulag village and the other 2 will be in a Sagada hostel.
How and where will we be having our meals?
Certain meals (1 breakfast,2 lunches and 1 dinner) will be provided along the Mt Pulag trek. All other meals during the trek itself will be an opportunity for us to experience the wonders of Filipino cuisine! (We’ll have a guide to tell us what’s safe.)
Will there be shower facilities?
There will be a shower facilities after the Mt Pulag climb and in Sagada.
How is this trek different from the others?
Among our summer treks, this trip will be the coldest! Temperatures on Mt Pulag can drop below 10 degrees at night and Sagada is located in the mountains as well. For ardent peak baggers, we will summit Mt Pulag, the highest mountain on Luzon island at 2922m. Sagada is known for it’s coffins and world renowned rice terraces.
What will the weather be like?
May is during the dry season for the Philippines, however we must be prepared for rain at any time as we are still in the tropics after all. Temperatures will be mostly cool (15-20 degress celcius in the cities) to downright cold (10 degrees on Mt Pulag).