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Nowadays, most of millennials are getting more adventurous in terms of travelling. Hiking is now the most popular outdoor adventure activit...

Mt. Ulap | A DIY Dayhike

Nowadays, most of millennials are getting more adventurous in terms of travelling. Hiking is now the most popular outdoor adventure activity, beating out the more traditional thrilling activities like swimming, kayaking and surfing. Most of my traveler friends said that they most enjoyed hiking compare to other outdoor activities. It's easy and it will not blow all their budget.

Mt. Ulap is one of the best mountain destinations in the province of Benguet. Its jump off point or entry point is located at Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon. It has 1846 MASL with a difficulty of 3 out 9. Mountaineers or hikers consider it as a minor climb which can take it dayhike or overnight.

Mt. Ulap features grassland and pine ridges as well the scenic views of the Cordilleras. This mountain is like a mini Mt. Ugo. Both mountains feature pine and grassland ridges with stunning views of the mountains. Some of the trails are covered with trees (Pine trees) and most are exposed grassland slopes. You can find cows enjoying the fresh grass near the summit.

Before the trek, everyone needs to register in Brgy. Ampucao and pay the necessary fee and to secure guides. It's a mandatory to get a guide even you are  a hardcore mountaineer. Guide fee is P500 per day. All of the guides are the locals, which  some of them are students.

Most of the hikers/ mountaineers preferred dayhike. You can complete the trail around 4 to 6 hours (traverse). Even you are newbie or beginner, you can able to reach the summit and do the traverse. Please expect a long walk. 

Spots that you need to stop include the grassland slopes of Ambunao Paoay, Gungal Rock, Pong-ol Burial Caves and the highest point of Mt. Ulap.

Water resources are not available here. It's advisable to bring more water. Campsites is located in At the Ambunao Paoay.

I recommend to take the traverse instead of the backtrail. It's more fun to see what's on the other side of the mountain. You will pass along the Burial Cave where you can find here coffins made up of wood. Please be advised taking picture is not allowed here.

In Sta Fe, you can find here sari sari stores that sell meryenda like pancit, siomai, palamig, bilo-bilo, etc. They also sell mineral water, soda and juices. Going to the exit point, you will pass by in different hanging bridge which  made up of steel.

How To Get to Mt Ulap / ITINERARY

1200 Take bus (Victory Liner) from Manila to Baguio
0500 Take jeepney from Baguio to Brgy. Ampucao
0540 ETA Brgy. Ampucao. Head to Barangay hall.
0600 Start trek
0830 ETA Gungol Rock
0930 ETA Mt. Ulap summit
1030 Visit Burial Caves
1200 Arrival at Sta. Fe exit point. Wait for jeepney back to Baguio
1300 Back in Baguio City
1600 ETD Baguio City
2100 ETA Manila

Travel Tips

1. Do the stretching first to avoid injuries
2. Please bring sunblock to protect your skin from the direct heat of the sun
3. Please wear hat and rash guard (optional)
4. Please bring more water and trail food
5. If you will take  dayhike, please bring the important things (Trail food, water, rain coat etc)

If you have more more questions or any review about Mount Ulap that you would like to share, please leave a comment below. 


  1. Do we need to reserve ba kahit DIY lang gagawin namin?

  2. Yes, especially during holiday and peak season (summer). But, if you will go to Mount. Ulap during weekdays, no need to reserve.

  3. how much ung guide fee?

  4. pano po reservation?

  5. Pano magpareserve? Pwede po ba mag overnight? Or may malapit na hotel or anything na pwede pagstay-an near mt. Ulap?

  6. Hello, Paano po mag pa reserve sa mt. ulap. we plan to go this june? thank you

  7. How much po yung fare from baguio to ampucao?

  8. How much yung fare from baguio to ampucao?

  9. Please recommend a jeepney driver from Baguio to Mt. Ampucao. Thank you po.