MANILA — It’s no doubt that Mt. Ulap rose as a new hiking destination in upland north. Roofing at 1,846 MASL it peaks through the Lingayen gulf in Pangasinan in the west, Mt. Arayat in the south and the some of the famous Cordillera mountains on the east.
Average temperature here ranges from 10 to 15 Celsius with time to time wind chills that brings the temperature down to 7 degree Celsius specially during December to January.
PinoyMountaineer rated the mountain with a Difficulty level of 3/9 and Trail class of 1-3. The 8 kilometer minor climb can be completed within 4-6 hours trek. The trail feature dense pine trees and grassland ridges with amusing views of the Cordilleras. And most notable spot is the Gungol Rock that hangs on a 60-70 ft. high cliff.
The jumpoff is located at Barangay Ampucao, only 40 minutes jeep ride away from Baguio City and most would choose day trips.
According to Barangay Ampucao officials, on average there are 400 to 500 dayhikers that visit the mountain every weekends, making it one of the most popular hiking destinations up north. And that transcends into long ques in scenic spots for photo ops and congestion in some parts of the trail.
However, those who choose to stay for a night has enough time to enjoy the scenery.
For your camp, it will be necessary to bring enough warmers and tent that would withstand sudden strong winds. Water source is available in the campsite so you wouldn’t need to bring many water supplies with you. Toilets are also a few meters away.
At night, the clear sky would give you a stunning look of the milky way with your naked eyes.
0330 ETD Victory Liner (Cubao Terminal)
0830 ETA Baguio City
0830-0930 Breakfast / Buy supplies at Public Market
0930 ETD Jeepney Terminal (Shopper’s Lane near Center Mall)
1015 ETA Barangay Ampucao / Register
1030 Start trek
1200 ETA Ambanao Peak / Packed Lunch
1300 Resume trek
1430 Gungal Rock / Picture Picture
1600 ETA Campsite / Pitch tent
2000-2130 Socials / Stargazing
2200 Lights out
0500 Wakeup call
0500-0600 Assault Summit / Sunrise viewing
0830 Break camp / prepare for descend
0900 Start descend
1030 ETA Sta. Fe Jumpoff / clean up
1230 ETA Baguio City / Lunch
1300 ETD Baguio City
1830 ETA Manila
Expenses (for two person):
Cubao-Baguio : Php450
Baguio-Ampucao : Php35
Registration fee : Php 250 (Overnight)
Guide (Required) : Php 400
Ampucao – Baguio : Php 35
Baguio-Cubao : Php 450
Restroom/Shower fee : Php 20
Food : 250
TOTAL: Php 1,890
ViajeroMNL (Viajero Manila) is a lifestyle blog site that features different pop culture, travel, and food destinations in the Philippines. This article was written by Gillian Gacuma.