Philippines, Mount Pulag
Mount Pulag is the third highest peak in the Philippines and the highest mountain of the island of Luzon (2922 meters). It is located at the junction of three Luzonian regions – Benguet, Ifugao and Nueva Viskaya. The climate on the mountain is temperate, it often rains here. Up to 4.5 thousand millimeters of precipitation falls annually! August is the rainiest month. Interestingly, over the past 100 years, at the top of the mountain has never snowed.
On the territory of Pulag 528 plant species grow, including the endemic dwarf bamboo and Benget pine. 33 species of birds and several rare species of animals live here – the Filipino deer, the giant brush-tailed rat and the shaggy little rat. The biological diversity of the Pulag Mountains is one of the most striking in the Philippines – there are often discovered species previously unknown in science. And the locals consider the mountain sacred.
In 1987, most of Mount Pulag was incorporated into the eponymous national park to protect its amazing nature, including from the increasing flow of tourists. Since Pulag is the highest mountain of Luzon, all mountain climbing enthusiasts rush here. 4 paths lead to the summit: in Bengueta, the paths of Ambangheg, Akiki and Tawangan begin, and from Nuevo Visca they set off along the path of Ambagio. The ascent can take from 1 to 4 days, during which surprisingly beautiful mountain forests will open up to the gaze of tourists, and on the grassy summit you can see the so-called “cloudy sea” phenomenon with your own eyes.