June 24, 2024

Hiking enthusiasts can get their chance to ascend the highest peak in Luzon during the “Holy Climb in Mt. Pulag” on April 6 to 7 organized by Kabayan, Benguet.

Climbers will pass through the Ambangeg Trail to reach the summit of the famed hiking destination during the event, which is part of the celebration of the 14th Ecotourism and Bindiyan Festival next month.

HOLY CLIMB — The municipality of Kabayan, Benguet will host the annual Holy Climb to Mount Pulag on April 6 to 7 as part of the town’s 14th Ecotourism and Bindiyan Festival. Registration costs P2,499 inclusive of three meals, night accommodation, DENR and local government unit fees, transportation from La Trinidad to Kabayan and vice versa, local tour guide, certificate of achievement, T-shirt, and a token — Harley Palangchao

Assembly area will be at the Capitol grounds in La Trinidad at 4:30 a.m. on April 6. From there, participants will proceed to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources station at Ambangeg, Bokod for orientation.

Participants will first have to take a side trip at the Badekbek Sulfur Spring in Daclan, Bokod then depart to the ranger station at Babalak in Barangay Bashoy where they may explore the area and rest for the night at the homestay for the early morning trek.

On day two, trekkers would start trek at 1 a.m. and expected to reach the summit of Mt. Pulag by 5:30 a.m. for the sunrise viewing. They will be given a chance to take in the beauty of the place and take photos and videos at the summit until 8 a.m.

Participants would then descend towards Camp 2 and Camp 1 then proceed back to the ranger station at the homestay to refresh and have lunch in preparation for departure back home.

Registration for the climb is at P2,499 with the inclusion of three meals, accommodation for one night, DENR and local government unit fees, transportation from La Trinidad to Kabayan and vice versa, local tour guide, certificate of achievement, T-shirt, and a token.

To register, contact Kabayan Tourism on Facebook.

Registration will close on April 2. – Ofelia C. Empian