Mt ulap
Benguet,  Hiking Itineraries,  Mountains

Mt. Ulap in Itogon, Benguet
DIY Hiking Guide & Itinerary

The Cordillera region has been known for its promising cordillera mountain ranges, pine trees, cool weather and warm-hearted locals. One of its well-known provinces for mountain hiking is Benguet; I went to Itogon to personally experience the beauty of one of the most famous mountains for hikers, Mt. Ulap or Mt. Cloud. From the word itself, you can really experience a vast scenic view of the sea of clouds up there in the summit!

With an estimate elevation of 1846 MASL, and a trail difficulty of 3/9 according to Pinoy Mountaineer. You can finish this day hike for about 3-6 hours depending on your hiking level experience. Let’s now begin our hike to Mt. Ulap Itogon, Benguet via Eco trail!

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During this time, my friends and I rented a van from Manila going to Benguet; but if you opt to take the public transport and be adventurous, here are some DIY guidelines you can take with you: 

Ride a Victory Liner bus going to Baguio either from Pasay EDSA, or Cubao EDSA for around P485 pesos per head. Travel time is around 5-6 hours. From Baguio City, take a jeepney going to the jump point which is Brgy. Ampucao via Philes-Bound route; travel time is around 40 mins, just prepare around P30-50 pesos per head.

You may also rent a taxi from Baguio City to take you all the way to Brgy. Ampucao and back if you want a more hassle-free ride. Fare would vary from time to time, I suggest you to ask the taxi driver yourself when you get there. 

If you are taking a private car with you, you can open your Waze app and search Baguio City from your current location, then take the road to Itogon/Philex and make a left turn to Brgy. Ampucao. 

Going back to Manila, take a jeepney from Sta. Fe Jump Point to Baguio City – around P50 pesos per head. Then take a bus to Manila – Victory Liner – around P485 and up per head.

Registration at Mt. Ulap

From the barangay hall, log in your details and pay for the registration fee of P100 pesos per head. Tour guides are required for P400 pesos for day hike and P800 pesos for an overnight stay for a group of 5 pax. These guides can accommodate 5-10 persons per group, so you may divide the budget and expenses depending on your group’s headcount.

I strongly suggest to bring your own snacks and water so you can replenish yourself as you move along the trail; but to give you a heads up, there is a sari-sari store near the summit where you can buy some snacks, the famous Filipino instant noodles “pansit canton” with rice and “inihaw” like bbq’s and hotdog.

Note: If you’d like to stay overnight and camp, take note that there is P500 pesos charge per group for the camping fee. You can contact the representative at Brgy. Ampucao Tourism before heading to Mt. Ulap at 0998-9589549.

Hiking Expectations

The trail is basically grassland and pine ridges with breathtaking scenic views of the cordillera mountains. You will be amazed and awed with its majestic beauty! Mt. Ulap is an easy hike since there are no difficult assaults on this ECO-TRAIL. I felt like I was in the Twilight series! Although it will take roughly 6 hours of hike but the way up isn’t that difficult and stressful at all.

Instead, all your worries and stress will be relieved in every spot you will lay your eyes on and set your feet onto! If you are planning to hike the famous Mt. Pulag, the second highest mountain in the Philippines, Mt. Ulap is the best mountain to get your momentum started. 

Mt. Ulap Eco-Trail, aside from its accessible location from Baguio, it is the perfect day hike among any beginner friendly mountain as you get to experience to hike almost 2000 MASL of its height, feel the cold breeze of the cordilleras, wander under the sea of clouds, without any hard assaults along the trail.

There are 3 peaks and 1 summit. In one of the peaks you get to experience the New Zealand vibes: vast grassland-ridges and you will be welcomed by some cows living in that area!

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Your Mt. Ulap hike wouldn’t be complete without having a photo op in the Gungal rock. Brace yourself and get ready to stand on a slanted rock. Be careful with how you support your whole body as you stand, because you will really feel like you’re going to fall off. It is one of the best highlights of Mt. Ulap that you shouldn’t miss! 

As you move along the trail, you will be welcomed by this vast grassland summit and you’ll get to experience closer the sea of clouds! The sari-sari store I mentioned earlier is located near the summit so you can have your lunch there.

This trail is a traverse trail, so jump off would be at the Sta. Fe exit. Shower and restrooms are also available with a fee of 20-30 pesos either hot or cold bath.

Note: If you decided to camp, please take the advice of your tour guide if you can light a small bonfire within your area. Many of my friends attested that camping in Mt. Ulap is really one of the best experiences they have had so far!

Sample Itinerary for a Day Hike

Day 0

10:00pm: ETA at Victory liner
10:30pm: ETD from Manila

DAY 1

03:00am: ETA in Baguio City
03:30am: ETD to Brgy. Ampucao
04:30am: ETA at Ampucao registration
05:00am: Start of trek
06:30am: Ambanao Paoay, photos ops
08:30am: Gungal, photos ops
10:30am: Summit of Mt. Ulap (Lunch)
01:00pm: Wash up Bound to Baguio City.
03:00pm: Baguio City; Explore baguio
06:00pm: ETD from Baguio to Manila
12:00md: ETA Manila

Estimated Expenses

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Prices might change without further notice. Please feel free to comment in this post to let us know of any changes in the price so we can update the article.

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*Group of 5

Why Should You Hike Mt. Ulap?

If you are a beginner and want to challenge yourself for a long day hike with breathtaking view of the mountains and warm welcome by the pine trees, then Mt. Ulap is really the one for you! I advise that you go there during weekdays as Gungal rock is a very popular stop over; it will spare you from having to fall in a long line!

Also, make sure to hike as early as 5 am, or 4 am if possible, so you can enjoy the sun rising while you are on the trail! You will witness it while you are on the pine trees. Perfect scene, perfect view.

De-stress and de-load from the city life. Mt. Ulap is the best way to breathe fresh air in the Cordillera Region! Will I get to hike with you soon?

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I'm an online freelancer who has a passion for hiking, traveling, and photography. Cham believes that having an adventurous life makes our soul happy and fulfilled. She travels with her super-old Nikon D3100 and her new baby boy, GoPro Hero 7 Black.

48 Comments

  • Ma. Michelle Palomar

    Hi! We’re planning a diy hike, meron po bang mapag iiwanan ng gamit before the ascent? Para po sana less ung dadalhin namin pag akyat. Thank you.

    • Cham Joven

      Hello! Pwede naman siguro sa Barangay, you can ask your guide kung kanino pwedeng ipasuyo yung mga gamit. Just make sure na dalin yung valuable items para safe! Thank you!

      • Cham Joven

        Yung P400 na bayad sa guide ay good for 5 persons na yon pero kung solo ka, you need to pay P400 pa rin. Yes, Barangay na magpoprovide ng guide. Or you can directly contact Ma’am Liza Asim at (0946) 709-0299, guide siya sa Mt. Ulap 🙂

  • CHRISTINE CLAVERON

    Hi cham.. sobrang blessed ako n nabasa ko yung blog mo na to mejo ilang buwan na rina kong nag hahanap online ng realiable blog about Mt. Ulap, since mag hike kmi ng boyfriend ko on december 24-25.. salamat ng mdami.. more power nd blessings to you..

    • Gianne

      Hello! Your blogs are very informative and encouraging.

      Just a question. May idea ka ba if they are open on January 1, 2020 or January 2? Do you have a contact number of the Brgy Hall?

      Thanks in advance

    • Marilou Napay

      super informative po.thanks for your mt.ulap blog.,planning this feb.,with my bday son 11yrs.old,.kaya po kaya nya yong trail?..thanks…

      • Cham Joven

        Hi po! Ang Mt. Ulap po ay classified as minor climb with 3/9 difficulty. Kung si bday boy po ay active naman po physically, like nag jojogging or sports, I would say na kaya po nya yan. Better po sana kung nakapag hike na sya sa ibang bundok so he’ll know what to expect po. Pero it still depends pa rin po sa inyo. Salamat po!

        • Marilou Napay

          Thanks ms.cham for the reply….kaya na madam
          ni bday boy, he already done mt.manalmon and.mt.gola in bulacan
          and recently in mt.parawagan in montalban, we did the shortcut way but purely assault from start to finish…thanks again for the info.love your blogs.
          .

  • Sherry

    Hi! May I ask if there’s no need to book in advance for the dayhike tour? Can we just go there anytime, register, and ask for a tour guide?

    Also, I tried calling the number you included on your blog but I couldn’t get through.

    Thank you in advance. 🙂

    Btw, you’re blog is very helpful. 🙂

    • Cham Joven

      Hello Sherry! No need na para mag-book ng slots in advance. Sorry kung hindi gumana yung number, pero you can try reaching out to Ma’am Liza Asim at (0946) 709-0299. She’s a local tour guide and please let her know when kayo aakyat para ma-assist nya kayo. 🙂

      Thanks so much for reading the article! Let me know if you have other questions ha 🙂 Enjoy kayo!

      • Cham Joven

        Hello Sandy! Masarap umakyat sa Mt. Ulap ng ber months para dama mo yung lamig! Haha! Or January and February. 🙂 Baka lang mas maraming tao compared as other months.

    • Cham Joven

      Hi Laarni! Sorry sa late reply, nasa galaan kasi ako lol! Yes, 400 ang bayad sa guide kahit 2 lang kayo. So kung mameet nyo yung 1:5 ratio, mas makakatipid kayo. Pero kung bet nyo na 2 lang kayo, push na yan! 🙂

      • Cham Joven

        Hi Angie! Yes, pwedeng pwedeng umakyat sa Mt. Ulap. Contact nyo na lang si Mam Liza Asim at (0946) 709-0299 kasi guide sya run. Thank you!

  • Marcel

    Fascinating! we’ll be hiking/camping with my family there in Mt. Ulap on January 2020. It would be very exciting for the rest of us to experience the breeze and cool weather in the mountain. It would also be a good new year’s resolution for my kids to minimize exposure from too much gadgets.

    Thank you Ms. Cham for sharing your amazing experience wit Mt. Ulap.

  • raf

    Hi! i’m actually looking for mt ulap tours at mag solo joiner sana ako hehe, glad i found your blog po. im considering to go alone na lang hehe, it would be my first time to hike kung sakali kaya im a little anxious hehe. keri lng naman po solo with a guide? thanks!

    • Cham Joven

      Hi Raf! Oo, okay lang naman na mag-solo hike sa Mt. Ulap. Yun lang eh solo mo rin ang guide fee hehe Pwede mo contactin si Ma’am Liza Asim at (0946) 709-0299, guide sya sa Ulap. 🙂

      • Ruen

        Hi Ms. Cham im glad nkita ko to very informative but 1 question, if magoovernight, sila na mgpprovide ng tent or ano ang tutulugan? Thank you!

        • Cham Joven

          Hello Ruen! Bring your own tent po para makapag overnight 🙂 Ang hindi ko lang sure kung may narerent sa Ulap na tent pero I would like to think na wala haha better na meron kayong sarili para at least alam nyong maayos yung matutulugan niyo. Hope this helps!

        • Alma Mae P. Padilla

          Hi Ms. Cham,
          Ask lang po kung need po ba ng registration or pwede po walk in?

          Ano po ang preferred start ng oras of dayhike and if night camp?

          Salamat po

          • Cham Joven

            Hi Alma! You can start your day hike at 4am or 5am. Kapag overnight naman, siguro mga 3pm or earlier para maabutan ang sunset. Pwede mag walk-in. Thank you!

      • raf

        Hi ms. cham! climbed this Feb 4 lang with a friend. finally ticked mt. ulap off my bucket list (first of hopefully more climbs haha ambisyosa eh) no small thanks to this blog. it sure was haaaarrd for a first timer like me, took us 8 hrs haha pero very fulfilling naman. (mejo bad, pero i actually take pride in knowing from our guide na may inabot ng 14 hrs, thankfully we did not suffer the same fate haha kahit first 2km pa lng hapung-hapo na ako) and thanks for recommending mam liza asim din po super nice and encouraging niyang guide.

        • Cham Joven

          Hello Raf! Thanks for sharing your experience. One down, more mountains to climb! Hehe! Sana magkasabay tayo sa next na hike natin! 🙂

  • Miguel

    Hi po!! I would just like to ask what is the process of getting a guide :))

    can i just walk in and hire a guide? or do we have to book him/her prior to the climb? Thank you!!!

  • Lunalyn Cagan

    Open po kaya ang Mt. Ulap ngayon for hike? Closed kasi ang Mt. Pulag, I am just wondering kung pati Mt. Ulap. Salamat!

    • Cham Joven

      Hi Lunalyn! Honestly, I’m not sure about this pero possible na ipa-close rin ito soon. You can contact Ma’am Liza here, (0946) 709-0299. Tour guide sya sa Mt. Ulap. I think she can answer our question 🙂

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