Lately, Mt Ulap is making a noise on social media filling my feeds with scenic views of the mountains, clouds and people enjoying the hike. When my friend beep me up to accompany her and to split the cost of the tour guide, I didn’t hesitate and welcome the challenge to hike this beast. This 1846m mountain in barangay Ampucao Itogon, Benguet is for beginners according to a group of professional mountaineer group, but in my own honest experience I DON”T THINK SO. I suggest you be ready for your loads of chocolates, liters of water and energy that would last for at least 5 to 6 hours.
How to get there!
Take a jeepney to Ampucao, Itogon Benguet from Baguio City. The first trip leaves at 7:30 am. Get down to Ampucao barangay hall for the registration, orientation and for your tour guide. You will also pay Registration fee (Php 100 per person) and guide fee (Php 400 per group maximum of 10 people per group). After a 10-minute orientation the hike begins.
Mt. Ulap has 4 stations and 4 stops. These are Ambanao Paoay, Gungal , Mt. Ulap (peak) and Pong-ol Burial Caves (Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see this because it is under research by some archeologists when we went there so it is temporary closed).
You can buy your souvenirs in this station. There are t-shirts, key chains and ref magnets available.
8:00 am: jeepney left going to Ampucao Itogon, Benguet from Baguio (it normally leaves at 7:30 am but since we went there on Weekday, there are few passengers so we kinda wait a for a while.
8:45 am: arrival at Ampucao Barangay Hall for registration, payment of necessary fees and orientation.
9:00 am: Start of hike.
10:30 am: reached Ambanao Paoay (took a short rest and water break)
11:20 am: reached Gungal (had early lunch, short break and proceed with the hike at 12 nn)
12:45 p.m: reached the peak Mt. Ulap
1:30 p.m: start to descend to Santa Fe
2:00 pm: finally reached Santa Fe, end of trek and took a jeepney to Baguio.
Breakdown of Expenses
*Food not included, we brought our own.
Jeep to Ampucao from Baguio: Php 30
Registration Fee: Php 100
Guide Fee: Php 400 divided by 2 so Php 200
Souvenir t-shirt: Php 200
Jeepney from Philex trail to Baguio: Php 60 (it is supposed to be 50 but in our case, the jeepney was not full so we have to pay extra Php 10 which we agreed for the jeepney to leave)
Total: Php 590