For data recording purposes, you can fill up this form by the barangay local government unit of Ampucao before going to Mt. Ulap.
Alright! So, assuming you’ve already done your research about Mt. Ulap, read the Pinoy Mountaineer entry, and saw pictures of the place, you are now in the running towards becoming Mt. Ulap’s next top model.
—– In Baguio City, ride a jeepney bound for barangay Ampucao, municipality of Itogon. Jeepney signage would usually be “Baguio Plaza Ampucao” or “Baguio Samoyao” (Samoyao is a sitio of Ampucao). The terminal is near Jollibee Magsaysay, Baguio Center Mall, Orion Drug (Figs. 1 – 3), along Lapu-lapu Street and Rajah Soliman Street.
Figs. 1, 2 & 3. Reference points for locating the jeepney terminal to Mt. Ulap.
—– Fare is 31 pesos, travel time between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
—– Assuming you already talked with the driver to drop you off at the registration area, take note of the following rates (as of March 2018):
> Registration fee: PhP 100 per head
> Local Guide Fee (1 guide: 7 people):
—–> Day hike = PhP 600.00
—–> Overnight Camping = PhP 1,000.00
> Campsite fee (Overnight Camping for group of 10 persons and below): Php 800.00
> Porter fee for senior citizens, disabled, lazy ones, and those with over-packed bags:
—–> Dayhike = PhP 500.00
—–> Overnight Camping = PhP 800.00
— Assuming again, that you would take the Sitio Ampucao – Sitio Sta Fe traverse, then you would be hiking through 9 kilometers of uphills, some leveled stretches of terrain, and steep to knee-throbbing downhills.
— You would probably take around 5 to 7 hours for the whole hike.
— A jeepney would be waiting at sitio Sta. Fe (still a part of barangay Ampucao) to Baguio City. The fare would now be PhP 50.00. Travel time more or less an hour.
- The trail is not a trash bin, it’s a trail for refreshing your soul.
- If on a day hike and assuming (yet again) you are properly hydrated and had a decent meal, I’d say that all you would need is a liter of water and some light snacks. That, aside from garments for sun/rain protection, camera, and cash for more water and food at the latter part of the hike.
- If on a peak day, a lot of people would be on queue at the Gungal Rocks (a protruding rock formation popularly used as foreground for that IG/FB photograph).
- Itogon, a 1st class municipality, is one of the 13 municipalities of Benguet province.