Wearing two socks, gloves, a scarf tied around my neck, and a bonnet on my head, I still felt cold. I pinched myself thinking that I was dreaming and realized I wasn’t. After a month’s preparation, I’m finally here at Mt. Pulag.
Even bone tired, I suddenly woke up and had a hard time getting back to sleep because of the excitement I felt deep inside. 4hrs had passed, and I was still awake and found myself looking at the beautiful sky full of stars.
It was pitch black, and all I could see was the light coming from
This journey was made even harder by the fact that I have asthma, and the temperature in the mountain was at least 5 degrees. I asked my best buddy, “Do you think I can do this?”
We hiked for almost two hours just to watch the sunrise and the sea
I was freezing, but I didn’t mind. Finally, this is Mt.Pulag hike
While resting, I looked at the sky. I was elated and amazed at the beauty that greeted me. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the stunning view that’s right on top of me. Finally, I got the chance to see an exceptional view that’s simply breathtaking – the Milky Way.
The organizer started calling us to start hiking again so we can reach the tower site, where we can see a sea of clouds, before 5:30 in the morning. Once again, I was nervous. I couldn’t find the guide who helped me carry my bag earlier.
Thankfully, a friendly guy named Wilson assisted me this time around. As we continued on our hike, I noticed that the air was gradually getting thinner, and I was getting less and less oxygen as time passes.
The trail was steep, but I forged on. By my calculations, we only had about 30 meters, and I had to fight to breathe properly. I tried to keep calm and continued to walk, but after five steps, I stopped. I called Wilson, and he quickly helped me retrieve my Oxycan (oxygen in a can) from my bag.
It saved me. I had to use this breathing device until we finally reached the Sea of Clouds.
I wanted to both yell and cry. And so I did. I wanted to dive head-first into the sea of clouds if only it were a real sea. That breathtaking view will forever be tattooed on my mind.
A gorgeous, peaceful view that we can’t often see in our lives.
Sitting on the grass,
Then I told my best buddy, “I still can’t believe that I’m here watching these clouds giving way to the sun.”
I took photos, videos and even did a time lapse. After an hour, the organizer once again gathered us to go on a higher spot where they cook and prepare food for the hikers.
At this point, the hunger, cold, and exhaustion were taking a toll on me.
I still couldn’t breathe well and just wanted to rest.
This lady named Quennette called me and gave me her remaining hotdog. I accepted it because I was starving. She asked for two more pieces, along with slices of bread, so she can again give it to me.
Before I started hiking again to reach the summit, I saw the guide
But stay with me until we reach the summit, just like what you did the last time we hiked.”
And mustering up all the will I have, I pushed on.
And then we finally reached our destination.
I was about to congratulate myself for overcoming this hike until I realized that we had to go back down.
So we started our journey back: my bag is with the guide, and all I have is my cellphone.
Fortunately, one of the ladies in my group named, Grace, let me use her trekking pole, which was a big help for me.
I decided to make it to the bottom quickly until I realized that I was all alone. Exhausted and no trail mix or anything to give me an energy boost.
I kept thinking that the guide probably needed to assist the other hikers going down. Convinced myself that I could do it.
So I walked for countless minutes and saw a lot of unfamiliar plants. To be honest, it felt like I was walking in circles.
So I stopped and observed my surroundings, listened carefully to nothing but silence, then I felt genuine fear. Started to walk again, almost out of desperation to get somewhere. Thirsty, and my knees were starting to buckle, and I was confused.
And then I saw something I didn’t expect –
the exact same corner of mossy
But I didn’t want to stop because I was afraid of being stuck in this unfamiliar place for who knows how long.
Once again, I took in my surroundings and told myself, “This place truly is magical.”