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Mt Bulusan Volcano, Bicol, Philippines

Mt Bulusan Volcano, Sorsogon.


Mt Bulusan Volcano & Twin Peak Treks...


Bulusan Volcano is an active volcano surrounded by verdant natural rainforest. It is just one of many Philippines volcanoes. Here you'll encounter a variety of different plants, birds, and wild animals, which makes it a great area for trekking, with the help of one of the local guides. During such a trek, your guide may show you how to seek out edible mushrooms, fruits & berries, and other plants, which you can enjoy at one of your meals.

During the treks you will visit areas that the local government is re-foresting and you may be invited to assist by planting a tree. Before this region acquired the protection of becoming a national park, there was a lot of illegal logging on the slopes of Bulusan volcano. Today, the Bulusan rainforest is recovering and becoming an even more attractive and diverse eco-system.

Tip: All Mt Bulusan Volcano Treks can be combined with a Mt Mayon Volcano Trek, to give Twin-Peak Treks of between 3 and 7 Days. Please enquire.


Mt Bulusan Volcano, PhilippinesMount Bulusan Volcano Treks


Treks run with a minimum of 1 person (plus local guide)


Trekking to Bulusan Summit - 5 Days/ 4 Nights


Day 1 - Transfer from Legazpi to Bulusan. Lunch on arrival at Bulusan Lake. Registration and pre-trek medical check-up.

Start of trek up Bulusan Volcano. Arrival at Sharp Peak, (a remnant of an old volcano) and set up of camp. Here you can look down over a spectacular view of Sorsogon province and its border with the Pacific Ocean. Also the volcano's 2 lakes - Bulusan Lake and Agingay Lake.

Dinner, and overnight camping on the volcano.


Day 2 - Trek for 3 hours to Agingay Lake. Set up camp and have lunch. After lunch, proceed to Bulusan Volcano summit.

After conquering the summit, head back down to the campsite for dinner. Relax and enjoy stargazing, when the skies are clear. Overnight camping on the volcano.


Day 3 - Wake and enjoy the Agingay Lake, which is surrounded by forest, and is therefore the perfect place to see endemic birds, as well as monkeys and wild boars. After breakfast, head back down to Bulusan Lake, and the visitor centre for lunch, drinks, and maybe a quick foot massage from the locals.

We next head to a local guest house where you can see how the community lives.

Dinner is served and overnight stay is at the guest house.


Day 4 - Breakfast, followed by a trek to the Bayugin waterfalls. (Bring some swimwear and a towel!) Next stroll around the community to see how locals make the goods that they sell to the city. These include Pili Nut products, Karagumoy goodss (Karagumoy is a type of grass, dried and woven into mats, bags, and other attractive items). Take lunch during the trip. Dinner, and overnight accommodation at the guest house.


Day 5 - After Breakfast, travel back to Legazpi.


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Mt Bulusan Lake, PhilippinesMt Bulusan Exploration - 4 Days/ 3 Nights


Day 1 - Transfer from Legazpi to Bulusan. Lunch on arrival at Bulusan Lake. Registration and pre-trek medical check-up.

Start of trek up Bulusan Volcano. Arrival at Sharp Peak, (a remnant of an old volcano) and set up of camp. Here you can look down over a spectacular view of Sorsogon province and its border with the Pacific Ocean. Also the volcano's 2 lakes - Bulusan Lake and Agingay Lake.

Dinner, and overnight camping on the volcano.


Day 2 - Trek for 3 hours to Agingay Lake. Set up camp and have lunch. Agingay Lake is surrounded by forest, and is therefore the perfect place to see endemic birds, as well as monkeys and wild boars. After breakfast, head back down to Bulusan Lake, and the visitor centre for lunch, drinks, and maybe a quick foot massage from the locals.

We next head to a local guest house where you can see how the community lives.

Dinner is served and overnight stay is at the guest house.


Day 3 - Breakfast, followed by a trek to the Bayugin waterfalls. (Bring some swimwear and a towel!) Next stroll around the community to see how locals make the goods that they sell to the city. These include Pili Nut products, Karagumoy goodss (Karagumoy is a type of grass, dried and woven into mats, bags, and other attractive items). Take lunch during the trip. Dinner, and overnight accommodation at the guest house.


Day 4 - After Breakfast, travel back to Legazpi.


Trek to Mt Bulusan Summit - 3 Days/ 2 Nights


Day 1 - Transfer from Legazpi to Bulusan. Lunch on arrival at Bulusan Lake. Registration and pre-trek medical check-up.

Start of trek up Bulusan Volcano. Arrival at Sharp Peak, (a remnant of an old volcano) and set up of camp. Here you can look down over a spectacular view of Sorsogon province and its border with the Pacific Ocean. Also the volcano's 2 lakes - Bulusan Lake and Agingay Lake.

Dinner, and overnight camping on the volcano.


Mt Bulusan Volcano, PhilippinesDay 2 - Trek for 3 hours to Agingay Lake. Set up camp and have lunch. After lunch, proceed to Bulusan Volcano summit.

After conquering the summit, head back down to the campsite for dinner. Relax and enjoy stargazing, when the skies are clear. Overnight camping on the volcano.


Day 3 - Wake and enjoy the Agingay Lake, which is surrounded by forest, and is therefore the perfect place to see endemic birds, as well as monkeys and wild boars. After breakfast, head back down to Bulusan Lake, and the visitor centre for lunch, drinks, and maybe a quick foot massage from the locals.

Transfer back to Legazpi City.


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Overnight Bulusan Trek - 2 Days/ 1 Night


Treks run with a minimum of 1 person (plus local guide)


Day 1 - Transfer from Legazpi to Bulusan. Lunch on arrival at Bulusan Lake. Registration and pre-trek medical check-up.

Start of trek up Bulusan Volcano. Arrival at Sharp Peak, (a remnant of an old volcano) and set up of camp. Here you can look down over a spectacular view of Sorsogon province and its border with the Pacific Ocean. Also the volcano's 2 lakes - Bulusan Lake and Agingay Lake.

Dinner, and overnight camping on the volcano.


Day 2 - Trek for 3 hours to Agingay Lake, which is surrounded by forest, and is therefore the perfect place to see endemic birds, as well as monkeys and wild boars. As you enjoy the area, lunch will be prepared. After lunch, head back down to Bulusan Lake, and the visitor centre for lunch, drinks, and maybe a quick foot massage from the locals.

Transfer back to Legazpi City.


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Twin Peaks Volcano Trek - Mt Bulusan & Mt Mayon Combination - 5 Days/ 4 Nights


This trek first climbs Mt Bulusan Volcano, over 3 Days and 2 Nights. Following a night in Legaspi, we embark on an overnight trek on Mt Mayon Volcano.


Challenging - Adults only. Treks run with a minimum of 1 person (plus local guide)


Days 1 & 2 - Mt Mayon Trek Section


Legazpi Pick-Up and Transfer to Jump-off point for Mt Mayon Volcano

Jump Off Point to CAMP SITE

The Camp Site is located at 450 meters above sea level. The walk is on a trail through a forest and you will get to see a variety of trees and fauna endemic to the Bicol province and the Philippines – like the Pili Tree and the Calamansi (Philippine Lemon) tree. While walking up to the Camp Site, you will get to pass by the 1980 Lava and the Water Source. The water source is a natural spring which the locals rely on for their water supply.

Camp Site to BASYAW

The walk from the Camp Site to Basyaw will have pass through the plantation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Here you will see the nursery for hardwood trees like Narra and Agoho and also a separate plantation for rattan. Basyaw is the local term for bathtub. The reason this place was named Basyaw is because the 1814 eruption caused bathtub-like formations in this area. These bathtubs have a depth of about 4 feet, 6 feet long, and 4 feet wide and are filled with water. You can swim and freshen up here. There are 10 of these different Basyaws. Basyaw is at 1100 meters above sea level.

Basyaw to LOOSE ROCK POINT

The trail from Basyaw to Loose Rock Point will be trough rocks and gullies. This is an upward climb and can be quite challenging, but your guides will definitely be at your side the whole time. Loose Rock Point is at 1600 meters above sea level and you will have a magnificent view of the towns surrounding Mayon Volcano, Albay Gulf, and the Pacific Ocean. This is part of the famous Knife’s Edge and you will not be able to go any higher because there is no trail safe to trek on. Do not make any loud noises since loud noises can cause the rocks to fall.

Loose Rock Point to JUMPOFF POINT

Jump Off Point to Legazpi Hotel. Overnight in Legazpi Hotel.


Day 3 - Bulusan Trek. Transfer to Mt Bulusan Staring Point


Transfers from Legazpi to Bulusan using public transportation. Your guide will be with you the entire time. Total travel time will be about 3 hours. Lunch will be ready for you upon arrival at Bulusan Lake.

The Bulusan Lake is also where you find the visitors center where you will need to register and do the pre-trek medical check-up. After eating and a little bit of rest, you will start your trek up Bulusan Volcano. Bulusan Volcano is not only an active volcano but it is a lush natural rainforest. Your guide will be describing the different trees, plants, birds, and animals that you will see along the way. There will be times where your guide will find some edible mushrooms, ferns, fruits, or berries which he may gather for one of your meals. Along the way, you we visit an area which the local government is re-foresting and you will be planting a tree there.

Prior to the Bulusan area becoming a protected national park, there was a lot of illegal logging operations on the volcano. With your help, we wish to have the Bulusan rainforest bloom into an even more beautiful and diverse ecosystem.

After about 4 hours of exploring Bulusan. You will start to set up camp at Sharp Peak. Sharp Peak is what scientists call a fomma (a remnant of an old volcano). This is probably the most scenic place on the entire Bulusan Volcano. Here you can see the moonrise and the sunrise. And when you look down, you will see the contour of the land of the Sorsogon province with the Pacific Ocean, Sorsogon Bay, and Albay Gulf displayed very distinctly. And if you look down the slopes of the Bulusan Volcano, you will have a picture perfect view of the the volcano's 2 lakes - the Bulusan Lake and the Agingay Lake.

Dinner will be prepared at the campsite. You will be camping on the volcano.


Day 4 - Mt Bulusan Trek


The wake-up call will be at 0600H and you will traverse for about 3 hours to Agingay Lake. You will set up camp here and have lunch. After lunch, you will proceed to summit of Bulusan Volcano. The summit of Bulusan Volcano is at 1565 meters above sea level. The trek to the summit will be about 3 hours. You will only be staying at the summit for a maximum of 20 minutes for safety reasons. After conquering the summit, you will head back down to the campsite where you will have dinner and rest for the evening. When the sky is clear, the Agingay Lake area is the best place for stargazing.

Dinner will be prepared at the campsite. You will be camping on the volcano.


Day 5 - Mt Bulusan Trek


It is recommended to wake up at about 0500H or when the wild roosters start to crow. Agingay Lake is surrounded by a lush forest and is a wonderful place to see birds endemic to the area doing their morning routine. You will also have the chance to spot monkeys and wild boars while you are here.

After breakfast and when all your things are packed, you will head back down to Bulusan Lake. This will be about a 2 hour descent. Expected arrival time back to the visitor center grounds will be at 1100H where you will be welcomed by the friendly locals with lunch, drinks, and then someone to give your feet a quick restful massage.

After a bit of rest, you will transfer back to Legazpi City. End of Trek.


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