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Mt. Ulap Traverse

From: Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

To: Benguet, Philippines

Travel Date: February 03, 2018

1 day travel

Posted by Karenthewanderer

A day hike in Mt. Ulap

It’s probably one of the easiest and favorite trail of mine with a perfect view where ever you look. Well, that is my personal opinion and may vary depending on each of our experiences. I actually thought it would be hard for me to traversed Mt. Ulap since I had a problem with my breathing but It was a total opposite because it was very easy. I'll rate the difficulty from 10, it was just in a level of 3. The trail consists of pine and grassland ridges with a stunning view of cordilleras. Another point of attraction is the so-called Ambanao Paoay and the famous Gungal Rock which can be very populated during weekends for pictorial taking of the hikers. We can’t blame anyone, why? It’s perfect up there! Just make sure to take extra caution when standing on the rock.

So here is our itinerary for Mt. Ulap that can help you to go there and enjoy the astonishing view fr Mt. Ulap.

How to get there:

Mt. Ulap is 40 mins away from Baguio while Baguio is 3-4 hours drive from Manila. It will be very easy if you join some group that is organizing a hike to Mt. Ulap and you can actually search some of them to facebook.

Otherwise, if you are someone who's in a moving on process chaar! Here is the DIY sample itinerary for you.

πŸ“For public transportation from South, ride a bus or MRT/LRT and drop off to Cubao, Araneta where you can find the bus terminal going to Baguio. From Baguio (Central Mall) ride a jeepney going to Ampucao via Philes-bound route.
Ask the driver to drop you off to Ampucao Barangay Hall because that is where you need to register before you start the trail.

πŸ“ Private vehicle, Proceed to Baguio from Manila, then take the road to Itogon/Philex and make a left turn to Brgy. Ampucao.

DIY Budget

βœ” Bus to Baguio from Manila VV - 450php - 900php total
βœ” Baguio City to Brgy. Ampucao via Philes-Bound route VV - 50php - 100php total
βœ” Registration Fee: 100php each
βœ” Guide Fee: 600php 1:10 (as per my contact, guide fee will be increase to 600 starting Jan 21,2017)

βœ” Other fees: Camping site fee, 800phph for 10pax and below

βœ… Contact details:

βœ” Brgy. Ampucao Tourism – 0998-9589549
βœ” Van rental (from Manila) – 09182463659

βœ… DIY Itinerary:

➑ 11:00pm Take bus from Manila to Baguio
➑ 04:00am Take jeepney from Baguio to Brgy. Ampucao (P50)
➑ 04:40am ETA Brgy. Ampucao. Head to barangay hall. Register / Secure guides
➑ 05:00am Start trek
➑ 07:30am ETA Gungol Rock
➑ 09:30am ETA Mt. Ulap summit
➑ 10:00am - 1100 Rest and enjoy the view from Summit.
➑ 14:00pm Arrival at Sta. Fe exit point. Wait for jeepney back to Baguio
➑ 14:30 Back to Baguio City (and then to Manila)

You can do a sidetrip to Baguio if you want and if you still have time to do so.

βœ” Minesview Park
βœ” Burnham Park
βœ” Botanical Gardem
βœ” Buy a pasalubong

Weather gear (gloves/bonnet)
Extra Clothes
Trekking Pole
First Aid Kit including personal meds
Trail snacks
2L Trail Water
Packed Lunch

πŸ“ Itogon, Benguet
βœ” Entry point: Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon
βœ” Elevation: 1846 MASL
βœ” Exit point: Brgy. Sta. Fe, Itogon
βœ” LLA: 16.2904 N, 120.6312 E, 1846 MASL (Mt. Ulap)
βœ” Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 3-4 hours depends on how you wanted to traversed the mountain.
βœ” Specs: Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3,
βœ” Features: Grassland and pine ridges, scenic views of the Cordilleras, burial caves

βœ… Special note:

βœ” We had not seen a single trash anywhere along the trail or anywhere in Mt. Ulap that even those tiny cigarette butts and candy wrappers were nowhere in sight. Let’s keep it that way.
βœ” There is no comfort room among the vicinity. Do a magic for that matter
βœ” There is a sari-sari store that was 15mins away from the summit.
βœ” Don’t let the cool weather fool you. Wear sunscreen to protect your skin.
βœ” Mt. Ulap is now limiting hikers to 500 heads on weekends and 150 on weekdays. Everyone is asked to make reservation prior to your hike.

βœ” Our tour was organized by Juliene Ebreo. And it cost us 1,300php that includes exclusive van, environmental fee, guid fee amd registration fee.

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