I've wanted to climb this peak for a long time, so it's nice to see some information.
Is there any peak you didn't want to climb yet? Anyway the only challenge with Mt.Pulag is to get there. Logistics is difficult. The rest is just a simple walk - if you are not with a slowly moving Philippino group. If you are with a local group, then the whole tour becomes disturbingly slow.
The nice thing with this peak is that it is different from the rest of the peaks in the Philippines. Most of them are covered with tropical forest. This one is gives a small Alpic flavour with the grass-covered slopes
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get to the ranger station from Baguio for one person in first week November 2011? It sounds kind of tricky if you're not in a group....
Also, where can guides be hired?
You have 4 opportunities:
1) You travel by a night bus from Manila to Baguio. You can arrive to the Baguio bus terminal around 2 a.m. There is a high likelyhood that between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. you will find a group of local hikers that you can join. They will have hired jeepny. I did the same method and it worked! There were 3 groups on that February Saturday morning when I started the climb. I guess that it's important that you are in Baguio on Saturday morning
2) You take a local bus from Baguio to the foot of Mt. Pulag. For me it was not obvious how does it work, but there are resources that it's possible. But I think that without any local you can't know where to get off the bus, and how to get to the house of the Nationl Park. And finally at the house of the national park anywas you should join a group. This is easy, becaue normally there are 5-6 groups there. All these groups have a rented jeepney that takes you to the ranger station (or you can walk the distance - I estimate it for 12 km - the climat is moderate here). Guide is given by the National Park
3) You hire a jeepney on your own from Baguio to the ranger station, with a 3 hours long stop at the house at the National park (mandatory). It's very expensive
4) On internet you find contact with a local mountaineering club, and join their tour - if they have any. Mountaineering is relatively popular in the Philippines. But going to Pulag is expensive for locals, and so it's not an every-weekend activity for them. So you need luck, too