Mt. Ulap

Ampucao Seven Peaks, Itogon, Benguet

Mt. Ulap
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Roegan T.
4.0 Stars
10

After a 6-month hiatus in hiking, I told myself that I should at least hike 4 more mountains before the year ends. Mt. Ulap has always been a choice but I couldn't find a good schedule for it. 128148

But when I checked out my go-to tour group, Kaladkarin MNL, they had one scheduled for this past Sunday -- so I quickly reserved a slot and then paid all the fees needed to join!

We left QC at around 9:30PM and then arrived at Ampucao, Itogon at around 4AM. It was supposed to be a shorter drive but our driver decided to take the McArthur Highway route since that's what Waze recommended us to take.

I feel like we should've taken SCTEX -> TPLEX instead. We could've avoided those inconsiderate jeepneys and trikes hogging the "fast" lane of the highway. 128168

Anyway, after preparing our bags at the jump-off and the orientation, we started our hike at around 4:45AM. The first steep parts of the entire hike involves a paved road that eventually leads to the trail.

I can't remember how long it took us but we reached the first peak in a jiffy. It was still foggy when we got to the first peak so I had a hard time taking decent photos.🌫

We continued the hike so that we can reach the 2nd peak, Gungal Rock, so that we can take "crowdless" photos. I must say, that Gungal Rock looked like a flat and safe surface to stand on. But when I saw it in person, it was angled at maybe around 45 degrees. One wrong move and you'll slip! 128128

We were advised by the locals and the our guides to not do anything "buwis buhay" on the Gungal Rock. I wanted to do my jump shot but they said that the most adventurous pose that they'll allow is the one-leg standing yoga pose. I just went with the usual sit-down-and-try-not-to-slip pose.

After taking more photos, we then went to the 3rd peak, Mt. Ulap. We got there at around 8 or 9AM. There were lots of cows along the way. A lot of shit too so try to not step on one. They're huge..both the cows and their shit.128169

The Mt. Ulap summit is a plain hill of fine grass and a couple of trees. Not much shade so I highly recommend wearing sunblock or UV-protected sleeves! 127774128293

We then went to the so-called "7-eleven" of Mt. Ulap to eat our packed meals. The store has a lot food and drinks to offer. No wonder they call it 7-eleven. 🤣

Here's the fun part: so right after eating, I asked our guide how long it will take us to reach Sta. Fe (traverse from Ampucao). She said if we do some trail running, we can reach it in just under 30 minutes. But if we choose to just do a chill hike, it would take 1 - 2 hours.

So we ran.. and we ran RIGHT AFTER eating. I loved my baon that day (SPAM + corned beef + brown rice) but the early parts of the trail running? Not so much. lol

But I'm still glad that we decided to run since we got to Sta. Fe early -- which means no lines for the shower room! After showering, I rewarded myself with one of the best cheese ice creams that I've tried + a bottle of Coke lol.

Will I go back? Not anytime soon. But if I do go back, I'll make sure to spend the night there. They have 2 campsites which looked really nice especially campsite #2! 128077

Notes:

1. Ginny B. was right about bringing 1L of water. I couldn't finish my 2L of water even after the climb!

2. Shower fee costs Php20 (unli timba / water).

3. The ice cream costs Php25. They also have a buko + melon ice cream at Sta. Fe which costs Php15.

4. If I remember correctly, the local guides were paid Php600 each. 1 guide = 6 hikers.

5. Place reminds me of the beautiful rolling hills of Mt. Batulao. Bring your camera! 📸

6. The terrain is very noob-friendly. No wonder A LOT of people hike this mountain.

As for the difficulty, it's not as hard as Mt. Daraitan. But it's definitely not as easy as Mt. Batulao. It's almost comparable to Mt. Pulag's Ambangeg trail. Overall, I'd give it a difficulty of 2/9 or 3/9! 🏔

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Danielle M.
5.0 Stars
5

If you are looking for adventure and adrenaline but with a tight budget, Mt. Ulap is perfect for you! It is just 40 minutes away from Baguio City. Mt. Ulap Eco-Trail is not an easy hike. I tell you! Most of parts of the trail are ups and downs, twists and turns (like our lives or lovelife?? hahaha) There are tourists/hikers backing up in the middle of the hike but if you have reached the summit, you will be amazed and moved by the nature's gift! I'm not kidding. You might want to live here and never leave this place. Hahaha! You will definitely love it. And because it is cheap, it is perfect for #bfftravelgoals! This could be your #relationshipgoals with your loved one as well. So, what are you waiting for? #loolooweeklychallenge

Ps. Cold weather here. Perfect for a great cup if coffee. 128157128157

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Rian K.
5.0 Stars
7

MT. ULAP ECO-TRAIL DAYHIKE ⛰127811127794
Located in Brgy. Ampucao Itogon, Benguet
It is 40mins away from Baguio City, spanning around 8km through several peaks along the Ampucao-Sta.Fe Ridge. It showcases of what cordilleras has to offer; pine trees and grasslands with stunning views of the mountains.

The trail begins in the Barangay Hall of Ampucao to register and to secured guide (required). Hikers have a 10 mins orientation regarding the rules & regulations. Registration fee is Php 100.00/each and Guide fee is Php 600.00/group of 10. Sulit na bes.

How to get there?
- Ride a bus from Cubao to Baguio City (450.00)
- Ride a jeepney to central mall (8.50)
- Ride a jeepney to Philex Mines and tell the driver to drop you off at Brgy. Ampucao (50.00)
- Walk until you see the barangay hall

So what are you waiting for? Lets go hike! Make sure you have a reserved a slot before going there specially on weekends. 10024128077🏻

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Mc S.
5.0 Stars
8

It was never a dream for me to climb and hike a mountain. I have never imagined myself doing it. Thinking about the exhaustion and muscle pain i would endure after the event makes me feel hesitant to try climbing. Since my friend was really persistent in convincing me to join her with her team. I decided to join. When we get there we were provided short reminders and things to bring while we do the trekking. I had a stick to help me hike and indeed it was really helpful! You can buy it upon registration. Bring some water because it would help you sustain the trail. The trail is clear so it was really easy to walk on. To reach the first stop you will be challenged by a 3-KM uphill walk. It was deadly literally breathtaking. I was gasping for breath when i was near the first stop/peak (Ambanaw-Paway) which is 1788 mASL. When we started our hike we thought of just having a one peak stop but when we have reached the first peak we decided to conquer the two other summits. It was an easy hike to the next peak (Gungal) 1814 mASL, since it consists of uphills and flat and downhills. And finally the last summit, Mt. Ulap! (1846 mASL). When you would like to climb the three peaks make sure you are well prepared.

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Nunca fue un sueño para mí y caminar una montaña. Nunca he imaginado a mí mismo hacerlo. Pensando en el dolor muscular y agotamiento perdurara después de que el evento me hace desmotivado. Bueno mi amigo era muy persistente en convenciéndome para unirse a ella con su equipo. Cuando llegamos allí nos proporcionamos breves recordatorios. Compré un stick que me ayude a caminata y de hecho fue muy útil! Etiqueta a lo largo de agua que le ayudaría a mantener el camino. El sendero es claro por lo que era muy fácil caminar sobre. Para llegar a la primera parada ser desafiado por una caminata de 3 KM cuesta arriba. Fue mortal literalmente impresionante. Yo estaba jadeando para la respiración cuando estaba cerca de la primera parada/cima (Ambanaw-Paway) que es 1788 msnm. Cuando empezamos nuestra caminata pensamos en tener a sólo una parada de un pico pero cuando llegamos el primer pico decidimos conquistar las otras dos cumbres. Siguiente pico (Gungal) 1814 msnm. Fue una caminata fácil a la cima siguiente puesto que consiste en subidas y planos y bajadas. ¡Y finalmente la última cumbre, Monte Ulap! (1846 msnm). Cuando quieres subir los tres picos se debe informar a la guía y término como Mt. Ulap atravesar.

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Hazel A.
5.0 Stars
4

An 8-hour day trip hike that's one for the books! Definitely a go to destination for adventurers out there!

We went there via jeepney during the holy week and luckily it was not raining. The fare costs 50php and they'll be dropping you at the registration for orientation, fees and tour guides. We were 5 girls and they charged us 1200php for registration and tour guide fee. Btw, there's a canteen at the registration but I suggest you to buy food before going there.

We started hiking at around 9am. There are 3 peaks that you have to go through if you'll finish the traverse. Namely: Ambanaw, Gungal and Mt. Ulap. The tour guide is also very friendly and she knows how to take pictures as well. That's a plus for us since we do love taking groufies. 128513

The heat of the sun will kill your skin so you better put those sunscreens or longsleeves before you cry. Good thing the wind is really refreshing so you can keep up with the weather.

You can also have an over night camping but I guess the charges increases since your tour guide will have to carry your overnight essentials to the top.

We reached the peak of Mt. Ulap at around 2pm and we stayed there for an hour 'cause....girls just wanna take too much pictures! 128514 Our tour guide was able to actually sleep under her umbrella! Haha

Okay, so going down to finish the hike there were stores and canteens along the way. About two stores and an hour hike apart from each other. They also sell for an affordable price knowing they all bring up their stocks everyday.

And yey! We finished the hike at 5pm. 128522 we got very tired but still managed to have dinner out because we so hyper!

Thanks for the memories Mt. Ulap! :)

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Marvel T.
5.0 Stars
4

This was my first ever hike to a mountain. I'm not really an outdoor leisure sport lover or a enthusiastic mountain climber. But after surviving and traversing this mountain, I must say it, it changes my view. Now I'm itching to climb another mountain again.

Mt. Ulap is a popular hiking spots much like Mt. Pulag so expect alot of people during weekends and few people during weekdays.

I didn't know any fees since I joined a group and just paid about 1,700php ( complete package including the guide and other misc. fees. )

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Ginny B.
4.0 Stars
9

Been wanting to day hike somewhere cool so Mt. Ulap in baguio it is! Joined a hiking group and just paid Php1,200 for everything- transpo, tourguides, and a quick city tour.

At 1,846 MASL, it's quite an easy hike. A good mountain for beginners as the trail isn't too steep and the chilly weather really helps keep you going. Our hike started 4am before sunrise thus we weren't able to see much of the trail save for our descent. The trail reminded me of a lot of mountains! The pine trees and flowery plants were like that of Mt. Pulag, the grassy and 'hilly' slopes with cows 128052128052 at the summit was like that of Gulugod Baboy, and the semi steep way down reminded me of Mt. Maculot.

For clumsy people and those afraid of heights, be extra careful and courageous because you'll be walking (in the dark) alongside the bangin. 128517 Better hike early and fast as lines could get long for a photo op on the famous Gungal rock.

Side note: i think Mt. Pulag Ambangeg trail is easier than Mt. Ulap

Sample itinerary:

10:30pm - 03:30am MNL to Baguio
04:00am - 06:00am jump-off to Gungal rock
07:00am - 07:30am Gungal rock to campsite
07:30am - 08:45am bfast
08:45am - 10:00am descent
10:00am - 11:30am freshen up (shower area is very basic and water will be ice cold)
11:30am -12:30pm travel back to city
12:30pm onwards city tour and travel back to MNL

Things to bring:

Headlamp
At least 1L of water
Wet wipes/tissue
Snacks
Change of clothes + toiletries

What to wear:

Long sleeves + jacket it'll be cold in the morning but 20mins into the hike you'll start warming up; it'll be breezy at the summit so jacket on again for those who are lamigin

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Tricia P.
5.0 Stars
8

Are you an adventure seeker? Then try to trek Mt. Ulap in Itogon, benguet!

We went through a package under Adventure Passport for P1200 inclusive of van transfer, environmental fee,guid plus a side trip to Baguio.

We left Manila 9:30pm, Nov.6 and arrive at Benguet 1:30am,Nov.7

We started trekking around 3:30am after the orientation.
Finished the trek at around 11am at Sta.Fe, Nueva Vizcaya.

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Ig Plummer S.
5.0 Stars

It was fun a 9 hours up and down the mountain.

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Jeanne Stephanie E.
5.0 Stars
2

Another adventure with the weekend explorers. It took us 4 hours to reach the summit. Never been to Mt. Pulag but my friends says that this is a harder trek than Pulag because it's slippery, too steep and a lot of obstacles but it was all worth it. The views are amazing, you will also pass by some goats and cows by the summit the some views are like the ones in Batanes.

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Jeanne Stephanie E.
5.0 Stars
4

The view was amazing. It took us 5 hours to reach the last summit. Going down is harder than we expect because it rained so it was slippery and too steep. But overall, the place is so beautiful.. U will see a lot of cows and some dogs too. 128522

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Sharee A.
5.0 Stars
7

Several friends and I hiked this area when it wasn't being advertised as Mt. Ulap yet. Back then, it was known as Philex Ridge and not a lot of people knew about it yet. The trail back then wasn't clearly marked yet and we were just following grassy footpaths. Took us half a day as we leisurely walked about with me lagging behind taking lots of pictures. 128517 The view once we were midway thru was spectacular and breathtaking. We sat down for a few minutes just to soak it in and rest up a bit. The hike all the way thru was tiring but fun and very exciting! There were areas where we were traversing the side of the mountain and one wrong step would have had us rolling down the cliff side if we weren't careful. We slipped and slid our way down the mountain on the last stretch, being very careful on where we stepped on to avoid rolling straight down the mountain. Nervous laughter abounded whenever one of us slipped and landed on our butts! 128514 I had body pains and muscle soreness for a couple of days after the hike but definitely worth the experience and would be happy to do it all over again! So glad to have hiked this area when it was still relatively unknown.

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Ophalyn S.
5.0 Stars
5

I loved it.

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Julie L.
5.0 Stars
2

By far this is my favorite mountain to hike. I fell in love with the view and the weather (best time to hike in January and February).

It took us 3 hours to summit, it can be done within 2 hours but took some time taking photos haha and same time going back to basecamp. 128079🏼128522

I would like to share my sentiments regarding the first photo - can I just say that I'm extremely annoyed with the person who vandalized this rock at Mt Ulap. Whenever you climb a mountain or go to any place make sure to leave NO trace. Which means don't leave any trash or vandalize the area. We should take care of our natural resources because we destroying our country's beauty. 128532

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Allen Y.
5.0 Stars

I dunno what's with this mountain that every time I climb it, it's always fogged up. 🤔 Aside from the fact that it is in Benguet so you can always expect it to be foggy but there's something about it that is quite mysterious. Anywaaay.

My first encounter with Mt. Ulap was a few month ago for a dayhike. It was a rainy and damp climb to say the least. No clearing at the famous Gungal Rock yet there weren't many people waiting for their photos to be taken unlike now.

This time around we decided to do an overnight hike. Started late in the afternoon, around 4pm, reached the campsite almost full of tents after 2.5hrs. It was a night trek with all the nasty elements being thrown at us - rain, fog, wind.

Temperature dropped to a single digit during dawn. Come morning, it was bright and sunshiny.

We didnt do the traverse and decided to do the backtrail since some of my friends wanted to have their pictures taken at the Gungal Rock. We just had a group photo there and decided to push forward towards the smaller rock formations facing Baguio City.

While hiking, you can see nearby mountains such as Ugo and Pulag. You can also see the dam and the Philex community.

Foot traffic tripled or probably even quadrupled. Campsite has a latrin. It can be congested, kinda reminded me of Pulag's camp 2.

I just hope this mountain wouldn't turn out to be like Pulag - overcrowded to the point of being abused.

Please practice LNT. Always.

Photo credit: Ben Simon, Jr. during sunset en route to Mt. Ulap campsite.

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Kenneth Joy D.
5.0 Stars

1814mASL @ Gungal Rock 🤘🏻

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Zia M.
5.0 Stars

This year, I've decided to try climbing a mountain. Fortunately there's an available weekend to try one, and Mt. Ulap is the first summit I've climbed. #RoadToBeingBetter2016

Mt. Ulap is located in Ampucao, Benguet which is 45-1hr drive from Baguio City. It is one of the renowned mountain ridge and offers a lot of experiences, from the cold/hot weather, many uphill aggression, deathifying edges and slippery rocks. It was one hell of an experience for me.

It has 7 points and it would be really nice to take an overnight to experience stargazing while chilling (literally chilling because it was waaaaaaaay too cold during the night). There are several route options to choose from but one must register first (REGISTER FIRST) in the baranggay hall.

Absentmindedly, I confirmed to a group of climbers who will do the REVERSE TRAVERSE trail (I know nothing), in which, it's more difficult route due to the fact that the first 3-4 kilometers is a stretch of uphill. BUT it is fulfilling and you could see a better scenic view. Advisable for those who are physically fit, not advisable for beginners, although it is proven to be difficult, beginners can still survive this route (like us!!!). The first few trek where literally pure uphill although when resting, you will be amazed by the amazing view of the entire ridge.

We started tour climb by almost 2pm and got to our campsite by almost 7-8pm, while eating Snickers, Mars, chocolates and more chocolates for sugar rush. The tour guides set up a campfire to provide heat for everyone because it was cold, freezing cold. Our water bottles were so cold it's like it was placed in the refrigerator! Hahaha That's how cold it is!

Stargazing while eating adobo and talking to strangers. It was great meeting people from different walks of life. Although we went to sleep early because my best friend and I were dead-tired.

First thing in the morning, we climbed to the summit to experience the sunrise, and it didn't disappoint. It was probably one of the best sunrise I've ever saw in my entire life. It was magical.

It was refreshing especially that there's heat from the Sun and at the same time it's cold and breezy.

By 9am, we decided to head back and now we did the TRAVERSE. It's the usual hike for beginners but it's a long hike. While the reverse is purely uphill, this one is the calmer hike. Although I suggest you wear a sunblock because you'll be exposed to great sunlight and you'll see much amazing view. We got on the road by 2-3pm, and we haven't had lunch yet, we just ate canned goods while resting up on the hill.

Tips to consider:

Bring a lot amount of energy (in which case you'll need chocolates, energy drinks and jellyace)
Water, water, water. Don't forget to hydrate.
Be mindful of your trash. Remember the old saying, "Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures."
There's no restroom up there, so prepare to be like nomads. Or hold it for a day or two. haha
Don't forget to take photos, videos, and a lot of selfies! Document your trip!

Good luck!

PS Thanks to |oolooapp for the gopro, now look how amazing my photos are (nuks yabang, lol)

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Abed M.
5.0 Stars

Imagine yourself on this rock formation... It's like from Norway or Ireland, nah! It's Mt. Ulap of Itogon, Benguet.

The peak rises 1,846 meters above sea level and has 4/9 difficulty level. It was a cold 17 degrees Centigrade morning when we arrived at Sitio Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet. You may settle registration fees and guides here at the baranggay hall. The group hired a van from Manila to avoid public commute and to lessen travel time. We left Pasay around 2100H and arrived at Ampucao around 0500H in the morning. Did I say they offered free native coffees? Haha! The residents are so generous here. Free CR, free shower, free food. 128516

After settling all permits and registrations, we started trekking around 0700H. You'll be treated with cool weather and hundreds or even thousands of pine trees along the trail, just like Baguio minus the overcrowded residentials. The views on the upper part are awesome too! I'm out of superlative words to explain. I can see the lowlands of Central Luzon, on adjacent side the Mt. St. Thomas and Baguio, the Sierra Madre mountain range and to the north the majestic Cordillera mountain range. From covered pine trees trail you'll pass the open trail grassland, just like in New Zealand. Wild cows roam the area but beware 'coz they chase anyone according to local guides. Then comes the steep rocky trail, now you really need those balancing and scrambling skills. Some parts of this trail is a steep cliff on both sides.

Arriving the summit is an achievement or somehow we were mitigated. There's this rock formation slightly attached to the solid summit where you can pose for an awesome picturesqe view at the background. (Dayum, somebody draw an illuminati sign at the rock) Who would have thought that there's a place like this. After some photo ops we descended back to jump-off, took a shower and headed back to Baguio for a bounty dinner, then finally back to Manila.

I thought we've save a lot from this day hike. We only paid P1200 all-in (food and transportation) to Mam Jho Esteban the organizer. Tranpo from Manila to Baguio normally costs P500 so that would be a thousand bucks already back and forth. I really suggest a private transportation here because the jeepneys to Baguio are also limited.

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Valerie Faye B.
5.0 Stars

When you feel alone, the nature always catches you, heals you and lift you up.
Being alone is not equivalent to loneliness.
I choose to be with the nature.
Self heal in a very natural way 128522

This photo was taken during our day hike in Mt. Ulap, commonly popular as Philex Ridge.
There is this tree alone in the middle of fine and green grass...
I am not the only one who tried climbing up this tree and taking photos on it..
The tree stands there beautifully, and amazingly captures the attention of everyone who passes by.
That tree is alone, but it shows how strong it is...

There are so much to feel and see in Mt. Ulap.
And so much to experience.

Mt. Ulap is 1770 MASL , located in Benguet.
The tour guide charges around 500 pesos good for more than 10 people.

We started climbing around 5am and reached the second summit by 8am.
The wind is so cold and the clearing that day, only passess by and you really need to wait for it.
Capture a moment that comes in while as it feels more rewarding.

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