Take a Peak at Mt.Pulag

click here for PART 1.

Off to Camp 2. The trail is much better. I really
felt I was in the middle of a forest. Temperature was colder too. Grasses and trees are green, unlike the trail I've seen going to Camp1, everything was brown and dry. I enjoyed trekking at Camp 2 more.

trekking inside the forest

I requested to rest twice. I felt it's getting hard to breathe. Im OK but I dont know how long this walking would take so I need to conserve the energy I have.

and more reminders for the trekkers

After an hour I think, I reached Camp 2! Woohoo!
It's not that hard after all. I overcome the cold and hot temperature and the pagod, combined all together. More than the endurance, it's the will power to finish the climb is the key.


Camp 2 - Woohoo!

The place is very foggy. All of us felt the fog
passed us. Temperature dropped to 10degrees!

Everybody panicked when it started to rain. We
haven't setup our tents yet. I just made sure my camera wouldnt be wet. Thank God the rain didn't last long, it only took 5 mins. Pinakaba lang kaming lahat. Hihi

All of us immediately setup
our tents.

it's warmer to pinch the tents near the grasses

At this time I put on my 2 jackets, my gloves, and socks. I stayed inside the tent and slept for 2 hours. After experiencing to sleep in the open without any tents at all, I dont have any difficulties sleeping anywhere now. Ü

I woke up and dinner was being prepared.
Everything was improvised. Galing!

dinner in the mountain

While waiting for dinner, all of us noticed the
sea of clouds near the other end of the camp site. Amazing! I only see these when Im in the airplane! Also, all of us awaited for the sun to set.

sea of clouds

majestic sunset in the mountains

The temperature dropped to 8 degrees while we
were eating. At 6pm it's already that cold. So after dinner I put another jacket which I bought in ukay ukay. Yung pang antarctica jacket na iniisip nating lahat kung sino bibili ngayong summer time. Well me! Hihi

I decided to sleep again right after dinner. I stayed warm under 1 shirt, 2 jackets, and 1 pang antarctica jacket. Im also wearing a bonnet, 2 mufflers, 2 levels of gloves, 4 levels of socks, and 3 levels of pants. Seriously, may ganito kalamig sa Pinas! I didn't use my camera too to conserve the battery. I wrapped it in a cloth, then put it inside a plastic, then I put it inside my bag. I heard everything gonna moist in the middle of the night, ayoko masira si Harvey.

Come night time, I still felt the cold but I
didnt mind. I was asleep from 7.30pm-2am I think. Tagos hanggang buto yung lamig but I dont care, mas ramdam ko yung antok. Btw, the word GINAW is insufficient to describe how cold it became. CHILLING is the right word. My lower body, hands, and feet became numb. My friend Jacq and all others werent able to sleep at all because they got fever and headache. Well, I heard almost everyone in Camp 2 complaining about the freezing temperature.

At 3am we started to prepare for the summit climb. 1 of our groupmate decided not to pursue the climb at all. Eto pa, my 2 flashlights batteries got drained! Omg, how am I gonna reach the summit with the steep trail without any light?! Good thing BJ and Rina helped me. Thank you talaga. You are very kind. Pati Gatorade mo shinare mo sakin. Sweet! Hihi


The trek to the summit is the hardest I think. Aside from I dont have a flashlight (dahil jan mga 10x akong nadapa), the temperature is very cold, mas nakakahingal na yung trek, at nakakapressure na umabot sa summit before the sun rises. Sukatan ng endurance and I think will power to reach the summit on time.


Thank God we reached Luzon's highest peak on time! My victory shot while wearing the hilarious levels of clothing. Ü

my first summit shot!

Okay, laugh out loud. I look funny and wasted. Haha But I dont care, Im having fun on top! Ü

Few minutes later, we finally saw the sunrise. Wow, ganito kaganda ang sunrise sa bundok!

Majestic!

who ways it's lonely to be on top?

It was a very fulfilling moment for all of the climbers specially those who took the killer trail, it took them 3 days of trekking to get on top. Whew! I may not understand their passion for mountain climbing pero saludo ako sa kanila. This is not easy.

big cheers to the mountain climbers!

Haay, the worst part is walking through that same trail again to go back. Kakapagod na adventure indeed. Wala bang giant slide pabalik ng Ranger station? *winks*

Now meet my new found friends: Mt.Pulag edition
.

Jacq, Me (unattentive), Rina, Bj, Ms.Tata, Sir Cheeks, Ms.Joy, and Ms.Pam

Nice meeting all of you. Im lucky kayo nakasama ko for this climb. Nabusog ako sa dami ng food! Ü

And opcors, I wont leave the summit without making a memorable shot. Since it's too risky to do a jumpshot, I thought of something else. I removed the layers and layers of clothing to feel the breeze on top of Luzon's peak. Tagos hanggang buto na lamig! Astig!

summer breeze on top of Luzon's highest peak
3rd highest mountain in Pinas
mind-freezing temperature with nothing but 1 level of clothing
palakasan ng trip! ♥

44 responses:

Chyng said...

Wala munang mag-iinvite sakin for another mountain climbing please. Ü

pusang kalye said...

talagang girl power to...and ganda naman pala Chyng e so I think worth it talaga ang pagod....gusto ko rin makakita ng mga ganyang clouds...i dont care kung malamig---pero yung pag-akyat---pwede ba magpahulog nalang sa chopper tapos deretso na sa summit? lol

at talagang pang-antarctica suit with matching flying positioN? feeling mo eroplano ka o ibon?lol

Kurapengpeng said...

nice one chyng. nabitin ako sa part 1 mo e. buti heto na sya ngaun. My officemate went there siguro mga 1 month before ka nagpunta at super ganda nga daw ng view. pwede ka ng magtayo ng sarili mong Travel Agency nyan. Promise. Like it!

caloy said...

minsan talaga, may mga taong nakakainggit. :)

jimbo said...

ehem. talagang adventurer ka na jan. sarap ng hobby natin ha? :)

Dea said...

Hi Chyng! Naiihi ako sa inggit, super! Ang tagal ko na ring pangarap to, as in!


I'll check out the tour group you tried, mukhang mahirap nga 'tong i-DIY.

prinsesamusang said...

wow ang cool naman! your photos are so good too! parang ang saya, after all the pagod. go go go!

Chyng said...

@anton,
yes i was worth it. nabitin lang ako kasi almost an hour lang kami nagstay sa summit.
how i wish merong giatn escalator para madali mapuntahan di ba? pero sympre mawawala yung adventure pag ganun na. hihi

@maricar,
hello girl! gala tayo minsan. tagal mo naman magsetup. MoA lang ha. Ü

@caloy,
ako ba ang isa sa mga tao na yan? *winks*

@kuya,
mabuhay! san ka nakasagap ng connection ngayon? hehe

@dea,
may mas murang travel group. hanap ka lang sa multiply o sulit. have fun!

@prinsesamusang,
kapagod lang talaga. kelangan ng very long weekend for this, para makapahinga paguwi, hihi

gillboard said...

ang cool naman... gusto ko yung view from the top... ang ganda!!! parang sa ibang bansa lang...

Misalyn said...

Mukhang talagang nag enjoy ka. Astig ng mga shots mo ganda. At wala akong ma-say sa lakas ng trip mo. Kung ako yun hindi ko kakayanin na magpapicture na iisa lang ang damit. Super nakaka-inlove yung sunrise,sunset at sea of clouds.

Gets ko kung gaano kalamig sa taas. Halos ganyan din naramdaman ko ng pumunta ng Jebel Hafeet dito sa Al Ain.

docgelo said...

i envy you for being so adventurous! ang galing mo, chyng!
sobra!

pansin mo kinapos ka ng hangin sa trek? the air becomes thin up there that why (naks, akala mo naman mountaineer ako, LOL!) seriously, kaya prone sa anemia (less O2) ang mga nakatira sa bundok unless mag acclimatized sila.

carlotta1924 said...

ganda talaga sa mt. pulag! natutuwa ako sa may grassy part, ako'y napapakanta ng the hills are aliiiiiiive, with the sound of muuuusiiic...

pero parang hindi ko yata maaakyat yan ever. hehehehe.

asteeg ah, dami mo na napuntahan hindi pa nangangalahati ang taon! cheers chyng!

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

siguro dalawang beses palang akong nakaranas umakyat ng bundok...umakyat ako nun,at sumigaw ng malakas na pabulong.

tama ka chyng, nakakapagod pa nga yung pababa na, kasi parang ayaw mo na umuwi, lalot tanaw mo ang buong paligid sa ibaba. top of the world ika nga.

hay nako.. makapaglaba na nga muna.may namiss lang ako nung umaakyat din ako sa bundok...pinakamasayang araw ko yun...:)

Ibyang said...

ang galing galing mo naman. what a lovely sight. i can imagine what you must have felt while you were there. kung ako yan, baka naiyak na ako hehehe (drama queen ako pagdating sa nature chuvaness).

at natawa naman ako as "pang-antartica" jacket :). when i saw your jacket, waaahhhh ganyan lang ang jacket ko pag winter dito hahaha. but i feel you my friend. kung hindi sanay sa lamig, nakakangatog talaga sa bundok na ganyan. siguro yung mga foreigners kaya nila kasi sanay sila pero tayong laki sa tropical country, mahirap para sa atin.

Chyng said...

@gilbert,
better kung sabihin mong "maganda talaga yung Pinas!" Ü

@misalyn,
i dont know the place pero i think mas malamig jan. hehe
thank you!

@doc,
thanks sa explanation. uve been hearing a lot of "numinipis ang hangin sa taas" but I dont know what does that mean or how can that affect our breathing. hehe

@carlotta,
who would have thought kakayanin ko yun? lakasan lang ng trip. cheers!

@ever,
natawa naman ako, big time ka tapos ikaw naglalaba?! isama moko jan bilis, ako magwawashing machine ng damit mo. hehe

@ibyang,
definitely correct! di naman tayo sanay sa lamig, at least kami hindi sanay. ikaw sanay na sa sydney. sa manila kasi it was 36deg! jinets! pag akyat ng pulag spbrang lamig naman..

princess_dyanie said...

haneeeep! eh di ikaw na nga si ms.adventure haha! natupad din teh yung pang antartica mong jacket! haha!

mjmenor said...

ang GANDA!:D

buhayprinsesa said...

nice chyng! nainggit naman ako gusto ko din makakita ng sea of clouds hehe

dyosa said...

Ang tapang, 1 layer of clothing. Asteeg!

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

super adventurer ka talaga..sky diving kailan kaya..

the donG said...

Aside from I dont have a flashlight (dahil jan mga 10x akong nadapa), the temperature is very cold, mas nakakahingal na yung trek, at nakakapressure na umabot sa summit before the sun rises.>>> delikado nga lalo na pag madilim.

buti at narating mo na ang tuktok. sa mt apo naman tayo! (going against your first comment) hahaha...

Sendo said...

whew...ang ganda naman sa tuktok!!!! naman! gusto ko pumunta diyan! ang ganda rin ng mga kuha mo...wahhh amazing! gustko ko ung lavender ah galing talaga..wow..in fairness nakakahiya naman nang mabasa ko tong post mo hahaha....tingin ko eh experienced mountaineers na talaga kayo ah hehe...tsaka...ang tents!! T_T huhu haha....anyway, sabay tayo sa mt. apo! hehe

Allen said...

amazing experience for an amazing woman. Next time, Apo naman te chyng!

vanny said...

parang ang ganda. pero wala pa tlga akong lakas ng loob subukan yan. baka di na ako makauwi ng buhay sa sobrang pagod. haha.

Chyng said...

@dyanie,
te! imushu na!
gusto mo pahiramin kita ng jaket ko? hihi

@mj,
pero mas magaling ka!

@buhayprinsesa,
konti lang yung sea of clouds pero at least meron! Ü

@bley,
tapang tapangan lang. hihi

@arvin,
lapit na!

@doms,
ay doms! next year na yan..

@sendo,
hello saw your post too. ikaw namna di kayo nagdala ng tent. hehe adik. next time inform kita. Ü

@allen,
dare devil indeed! Ü

@vanny,
yep di para sa lahat. kapagod. pero must try kahit once. Ü

outonvacation said...

nice shot ng sunrise..never knew ganun pala kaganda ang sunrise sa bundok..nakakainspire naman :) Wishing you more travels ;)

Sendo said...

haha..o nga eh TT huhu....mag-aabang lang ako rito sa blog mo..at saka talagang kinokonsidera ko na yang mount pulag na yan...gano ba kalayo base nyan sa maynila hehe..naman..hehe

lechua said...

bravo!!! well done.. must have felt great up there... and freezing in the last photo. how long did it take you in total to reach the summit?

Chyng said...

@outonavacation,
thank you. wish you more seoul entries! Ü

@sendo,
from manila, sakay ka baguio bus. from baguio 3 hours na jeep. then lakad na. kayang kaya mo!

@lechua,
thank you! it took me 1.5 mins I think from camp2 to the summit. it's harder to climb because idont have a headlamp.

Christina said...

Wow... I have been wanting to do mountain climbing but I guess I have to forget this as for sure di ako aabot sa tuktok..

Nice mountain and lovely scenery!!

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outonvacation said...

Hi Chyng :) thanks for the comments in my blog..really feast on Thai food when you are in Thailand..It's a must..Your in AV industry pala..parang alam ko na kung saan ka nagwowork..is it red and white? hahaha..if ever you stop by Singapore..drop me a note..baka I can show you around basta ba I'm free :)

Regarding Seoul pala...DIY..di masyadong masakit sa budget..I'll be doing my Seoul series including ung mga expenses.Medyo backlog dami kasing work..keep reading my blog na lang :)

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

You do made me laugh with the way you describe your trekking/camping outfit. Pang-Antartica nga hahaha!

kg said...

i love your storytelling chyng! naalala ko din nung umakyat kami, lalo na sa pic nyo na kumakain! haay...

mishi said...

ganda nmn sunrise pics! Kulit mo chyng...u always have something pangsurprise sa readers mo!haha! Looking forward to more of ur adventures! ;)

FLIP'N TRAVELS said...

kawawa naman si harvey kung mag-temp shock! si antonio ko nag fail ang flash before the kinabalu summit, kept him inside my jacket ayun gumana din.

i also put silica gel sa pouch to prevent condensation.

CONGRATS!!!

RON

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KRIS JASPER said...

Hi Ms Chyng! Those pics were cool! Natawa ako dun sa isang pose na parang tatalon ka. May frend kasi akong ganyan ang signature pose. LOL! Anyhow, mas cool sana kung may pose kayong nagpaplant ng RP flag para kunwari eh Mt Everest expedition. lol!

Sendo said...

salamat chyng...collecting information ako ngayon eh..parang andami ko na gusto puntahan sa luzon! ^^

Jakey Junkie said...

I really hate to be off-topic here, ma'am. But, I've been looking forward to have an escapade in Subic. I'm eyeing for something like zipline and/or bungee jumping. Do you have any info regarding those? Thanks a lot, ma'am. Cheers. :)

Happy Trails said...

wow! grabe ang power mo at narating mo ang peak ng mt. pulag. galing ;-) congrats. nice adventure =)

ShatterShards said...

Wow, parang ang liit ng group ninyo. Nung pumunta yung ilang friends ko before it was with a large group of about thrity people.

Di pa ako ready sa Pulag. Baka next year na. haha!

MJ said...

bookmarked!! I stumbled upon your blog when I Googled for a cebu trip, after nun eh binalik-balikan ko na! love your blog! daming useful travel info. sana makasama ako sa next na i-oorganize mong travel..

Chyng said...

^ hi MJ!
thank you. sama ka apr6-9 apo reef! lesgow

Cherryl said...

Hi Chyng! Nakaktuwa naman to, I know Ms. Pam, I just can't remember if teacher ko siya nung HS or College. :-P

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