Bad news for those thinking of climbing Mt. Pulag: the Park Management has advised trekkers not to climb Mt. Pulag without reservations. On top of that, camp sites will be closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays due to rainy weather on the mountain.
The news was announced on the Facebook page of the Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera Admininstrative Region, where it also states that those who break the rules will risk facing fines.
Instead, those interested should camp at the Babadak Area or in village homestays.
Mt. Pulag is the third highest mountain in the Philippines and the highest in Luzon. It is a popular trekking site for both beginners and veteran hikers, but because of its rising popularity, experienced hikers say that the trails are being affected and the camp sites are overused.
Below is the complete post:
1) All trekkers with no reservations are advised not to come on weekends. The management will be constrained to redirect trekkers or refuse entry for those who have no reservations aside from the administrative penalties that may be imposed.
2) 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.
3) All trekkers are advised to camp at the Babadak Area or sleep at the Village Homestays.
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