Mt. Pulag Reverse Traverse (Ambangeg-Akiki)


Major jump-off: Ranger Station via AMBA to Akiki, Kabayan, Benguet
LLA: 16°34’58″N 120°53’15″E, 2922 MASL
Hours to summit / Days required: 10-11 hours / 2-4 days
Specs: Major Climb, Difficulty 7/9, Trail class 3

The Akiki trail is a more challenging route to Mt. Pulag, dubbed as the “Killer Trail” by mountaineers because of its steep slopes. It requires 10-11 hours to reach the summit from this trail, whose up-and-down paths pass by Eddet River (2 hours) where one can camp, rest, and bathe, and continuing across steep, scenic pine-covered slopes to what is dubbed as Marlboro Country (4-hours), so-called because its brown, wide landscapes evoke those seen in the cigarette commercials. Just like the other trails to Pulag, this trail would then pass by the montane forest (3 hours) until reach the grassland area. After the challenging trek, the summit views are rewarding, and the saddle campsite affords a closer access to the summit, being just 15 minutes away.


Day 0

21:00 Assembly time at Victory Liner Cubao/Pasay
22:00 ETD to Baguio.

Day 1

04:00 ETA Baguio City; Breakfast then proceed to Jeepney Terminal/Chartered Jeep.
05:00 ETD Take Chartered Jeep to DENR-PAO
08:00 ETA at DENR-PAO for Briefing and Orientation/ Registration.
09:30 ETD Take Chartered Jeep to Amba Jump Off.
12:00 ETA at Amba jump-off; Commence Trek on steep trail. Register. Secure guides/ porters. Take lunch.
13:30 Start 3-Hour Trek to Grassland / Saddle.
16:30 ETA Campsite (Saddle); Set up Camp.
18:00 Dinner/Socials

Day 2

04:00 Wake up call. Prepare Breakfast
04:30 Breakfast/Optional
05:00 ETD Assault to Summit.
05:30 ETA Peak of Mt. Pulag. Explore Summit (Sunrise).
06:30 Breakfast, Break Camp. Leave no Trace.
07:30 ETD Start Trek to Forest/ Malboro Country (Water Source )
12:00 ETA Malboro Country Campsite; Set up Camp and Prepare lunch
16:00 Prepare Dinner / Socials
21:00 Lights off. Early rest for long trek to EDDET RIVER- Akiki Side

Day 3

04:00 Wake up call. Prepare Breakfast
05:30 Breakfast
06:30 ETD Start Descent 4-5hrs trek to EDDET River.
09:00 ETA EDDET River to Wash up.
10:30 Prepare Lunch
11:00 ETD Start Descent 3 hrs. Trek to Akiki Ranger Station.
14:00 ETA Akiki- Ranger Station. Tidy up.
15:30 Post Climb and Miryenda Time (Optional )
16:00 ETD Ride Jeep back to DENR-PAO.
17:30 ETA DENR-PAO (log out), ETD to Baguio City
18:00 ETA Baguio City.
23:30 ETA Manila

Budget: 3,000 Php


  • Roundtrip Manila- Bagiuo, Bagiuo,Akiki Jump off point V.V.
  • DENR Reg Fee, Camping Fee, Green Fee, Guide Fee
  • 6 meals

Not included in Package:

  • Porter fee

Target Participants: 18 persons

Must Bring:

  • Trek pole
  • Gloves
  • Warmer/Sun block
  • Whistle
  • Headlamp/Flash Light
  • Drinking water/Trail food
  • Camera (optional)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Jacket /Warmer (Strongly Advised)
  • Utensils – (Plate, Spoon, Fork, Cup)
  • Extra Clothes, thermal wear
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medical kit
  • Poncho (Rain Gear)
  • Garbage bag
  • Slippers / Sandals
  • Malong
  • Tent with Extra Pegs
  • Stove and Cook set (Per Group)
  • E-Food
  • First Aid Kit

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4 thoughts on “Mt. Pulag Reverse Traverse (Ambangeg-Akiki)

  1. Pingback: Mt Pulag Reverse Traverse (Ambangeg-Akiki) | Manong Lakwatsero

  2. Hi Po Manong Lakwatsero,
    Balak po namaeng umakyat ng Pulag Via Ambangeg-akiki trail, prob is 4 lang kame, baka po meron kaung slot pa para samen, target date namen is April 14-16.
    Thanks for the reply,
    John G

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