Mt Pulag climb slated October 31-November 2
by SC Aro
La Trinidad, Benguet (25 October) -- Aside from experiencing the spectacular beauty and serenity of Mt. Pulag, a climb dubbed "Pasyal Mwan Shi Kabayan" slated from October 31 to November 2, 2008 is also a way of preserving the environs of the area.
The local government unit of Kabayan in coordination with the provincial government and the Department of Tourism - CAR is inviting adventurers and enthusiasts to join the trek described as a rejuvenating experience.
Kabayan Mayor Faustino Aquisan said it is not only the thrill in scaling the heights of Mt. Pulag, the second highest peak in the country after Mt. Apo, but will likewise be an opportunity to assess and gather feedback in sustaining its ecosystem. Comments or suggestions gathered will be referred to concerned agencies for appropriate action, he said.
The Pulag Ranger's Station, located at the southern part to the Pulag's ecosystem with a trail that is clothed with mossy forest, will be the main entry point in this trek.
From the Pulag grassland camp where trekkers will spend the a night, the trek will be en route to Tawangan via the Trappers trail - Halong Creek route which is blessed with breathtaking panoramic views and mossy forest and where the community of the Kalanguya tribe is found.
From Tawangan where the trekkers will spend the second night, they will visit the four mystic lakes namely Tabeyo, Bulalacao, Incolos, and Detepngepos described as icy cool and crystal clear water and lush green foliage that refreshes the soul.
The trek will culminate with a visit to the National Museum where the century old mummies are preserved and which showcases Kabayan's culture and history.
To join the trek, a registration fee of P2,000.00 will be charged to cover for meals, souvenir t-shirt, certificate, barangay entrance fees, green fees, token, personalized ID, tour guide fee and transportation for the whole duration of the activity.
Deadline of registration will be on October 27, 2008. Registration forms are available at the Provincial Capitol.
Things to bring include tent, sleeping bag, food for three meals, trail snacks, flashlight, extra batteries, water and water container, garbage bagh, first aid kit, cooking kits (optional), suitable clothing for cold weather and other camping gears.
For further inquiries, call or text 09084113560 (Mayor's Office), 09204452822 (Kag. Dots Sental) or 09154033211 (Engr. Berry). (PIA-Benguet) [top]