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Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet (Ultimate Dayhike & Budget Guide) – [UPDATED 2019]

Mt. Ulap Dayhike | Detailed itinerary

If you are a close friend of mine, I guess you would know how much I love Mt. Ulap in Itogon Benguet that whenever someone is asking me what’s the best mountain to climb, the answer is an instant ‘MT. ULAP’ with a big smile on my face, reminiscing my magical, foggy, and cold hikes.

I have been to this mountain twice already (see blog here) and it still feels like my first time! Maybe because of the cold weather, New Zealand feels, the pine trees, or maybe because she heard my prayers during my first hike. Haha!

Weird but I feel like I have a deeper ‘connection’ to this mountain that I can’t explain and understand. Yes, you can call me a weirdo! Haha.

Really glad that I went out of my comfort zone and decided to climb mountains (because I wanna try something new because, hello heartbreak! LOL!) last May 2017 in Mt. Maynoba! My bucket list is rejoicing!

Anyway, if you are looking for a chill hike, cold weather, beautiful green mountain ranges, and rolling hills, YOU.NEED.TO.SEE. Mt. Ulap


If you are up to a challenge, definitely Mt. Ulap dayhike is for you. Here are some details of Mt. Ulap together with the itinerary and things to expect so you can prepare for your climb.

    Itogon, Benguet
    Entry point:
     Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon
    Exit point: Brgy. Sta. Fe, Itogon
    LLA: 16.2904 N, 120.6312 E, 1846 MASL (Mt. Ulap)
    Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3 hours
    Specs: Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3,
    Features: Grassland and pine ridges, scenic views of the Cordilleras, burial caves
    Source: Pinoy Mountaineer
Mt. Ulap Summit

My mountaineer friend organized a Mt. Ulap dayhike since he also wants his friends to witness the beauty of this mountain. Fortunately, I got slots for me and my friend, Arlyn!

We are 15 in the group and since we divided the expenses, we only paid P860 each. 

Mt. Ulap Dayhike Expenses and Rates

Below are the inclusions for our 860 pesos DIY hike to Mt. Ulap.

Inclusions for P860 
– Rented Van Service 18 seater (Roundtrip)
– Environmental Fee
– Trail Head Registration Fee
– Local Guide Fee

Here’s also a breakdown of Mt. Ulap rates from our Tour Guide, Edu Losnong, if you are planning to do Mt. Ulap dayhike

Registration Fee
– 18-59 yrs old: P100
– 13-17 yrs old: P20
– Student with vaild ID: P50
– 12 yrs old and below: FREE
– Senior Citizen: FREE

Guide Fee
– Mt. Ulap Dayhike: P600
– Camping: P1000
*1 guide to 7 pax

Camping Fee
– P800 (Good for 10 pax)

Porter Fee
– One way: P500
– Two way: P800

Parking fee
– Mt. Ulap Dayhike: P50
– Mt. Ulap Camping: P70

You can also message Kuya Edu directly if you have questions. Please let him know that he’s highly recommended. 😉

Things to Bring

  • Head lamp/flash light
  • Trail water (2-3L)
  • Trail food
  • Packed lunch
  • Extra set of clothes
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Sun/rain protection
  • Jacket
  • Plastic bag for your garbage 🙂
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Mt. Ulap DIY Itinerary


09:00PM – McDonald’s Greenfields District / Edsa Central (Beside Teleperformance) 

Since this is a Friday (Dec 23, 2017), Arlyn and I met at around 7PM at Greenfields. We ate dinner, talked and laughed about so many things, and bought snacks.

10:00PM – Departure from McDonald’s going to Ampucao, Itogon Benguet via rented van 

We waited until 10PM until we were complete. Since the other participants are from Zambales, they agreed to be picked up in Tarlac.

02:00AM – Arrival Sison, Pangasinan breakfast at Leeza’s restaurant, secure and buy food. 

I really don’t wanna go down and eat because I am so sleepy. I think I was not able to sleep in the van. Haha! But then, since Arlyn wanted to go and check the place, I accompanied her and ate breakfast. Leeza’s Restaurant is big but some employees were masungit na. Maybe because they’re tired and sleepy already.

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03:30AM – Arrival at Brgy. Ampucao | Registration | Secure Guides

And then, we finally arrived at Brgy. Ampucao! 🙂

It’s so cold! I know though that we will be having clear skies because there’s no fog in this area because comparing to my first hike, the place is full of fog, like 50% visibility only. I also love the vibe then! But this is a totally different experience.

We registered, bought tungkod (which I left somewhere afterwards), prepared our bags, and food. Don’t forget to use the comfort room! You don’t want to pee along the way, right? Hehe. I think they are getting 5 pesos per wiwi.

After some reminders from Drew and Kuya Edu, we said a little prayer and started our journey!

04:00AM – Start Trek (witness sunrise along the trail) 

The trek started with a long walk to the first ascend. Even though it’s cemented, the slope is still high and we were breathing heavily already. Haha!

For me, this spot is the very start of the hike. The wind was already starting to blow really hard and cold. Love it!

We had a couple of rests and photos. I also love how the sun starts to say hello to us.

This is my favorite trail — the trail to Amabanao Paoay! You will get to experience the rolling hills, how the sun kisses the mountains and all the pine trees. I love how the wind kisses my face as well..

Everything is really perfect that I just want to go back.

Super ganda nito sa personal. Can I just go back? Huhu.
Mr. Sunshine’s peaking already!
Dito ko narealize na matchy matchy ang cap ko at jacket ba ‘to. Haha.
Medyo nakakatakot ‘to. Konting push pa ng hangin, sa baba na ako pupulutin. Haha!
Wag na wag kakalimutang mag picture dito. Nakakatanggap, promise! Haha!

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07:00AM – Arrival Ambanao Paoay Peak 1

Contrary to the itinerary, I think we arrived at Ambanao Paoay Peak a little later then 5:30AM. I think Arlyn and I arrived at the peak at around 7AM since we are at the tail of the group, savoring every peaceful scene.

Love all the trees and trail along our way to Ambanao! One of my faves!

On our way to the 2nd peak, we got lots of New Zealand feels. Good thing we’re really at the tail of the group because the sweeper (Kuya Edu) is with us! Arlyn and I got lots of photos together as well because of Kuya Edu!

Yey! We’re here!
With our Kuya Edu.. Edu-Wow!
Wild berries!

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08:00AM – Arrival Gungal Rock Peak 2 | Rest | Photo ops

Because of the picturesque views and spots along the way, and we really love taking photos, we arrived at the Gungal Rock at around 8:00AM.

Mt. Ulap Gungal Rock
Mt. Ulap, Itogon, Benguet

09:30AM Arrival Mt. Ulap Summit Peak 3 | Full Rest

Mt. Ulap 3rd Peak

After around 9:30AM, we reached Mt. Ulap’s 3rd peak and got a really great view!

Mt. Ulap
Mt. Ulap

09:58AM | Start Descent to Brgy. Sta Fe

If there’s one thing I learned from my Mt. Ulap climb, it is we are sometimes too focused on the trail that we often forgot to stop, look around and appreciate the beauty of the trees, the cold wind, the flowers and the mountain. We always rant how tired we are already that we just want the climb to end.

Just like in life, oftentimes, we are too focused on the difficulties, of how hard our every day life is, of how we struggle so much with our work and with our relationships that we forgot how blessed we are still.

Anyway, it’s getting emotional already! Haha! Going back to the descent, there was one time when we stopped for over 15 minutes because we were waiting for some in the group. We sat on a big rock and just talked about life and how God made such wonderful trees, beautiful flowers, and perfectly made mountains.

Definitely God loves us so much that He created all these for us to enjoy and of course, to take care of.

12:30PM | Arrival at Sta. Fe Jump off, wash up, tidy up then travel to Baguio

At around 12:30PM, we already arrived at Sta. Fe. Arlyn and I together with Ate guide were the very first to arrive at the place! We quickly looked for our van to get our things, rested for a while and took a very cold bath afterward. Grabe, parang may yelo ang tubig nila! Haha! Very cold but very refreshing.

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1:30PM | Arrival Baguio City lunch at Goodtaste, City Tour, Buy pasalubong

After everyone’s ready already, off we wento Baguio for our sidetrip! Yey!

Of course, just like our first Mt. Ulap, we also ate at the Good Taste. If you’ll be going to Baguio never leave without eating out at Good Taste! Mabubusog kayo ng sobra without really spending much!

After lunch, we dropped by at the Burnham Park. While everyone’s busy buying pasalubongs and all, Arlyn and I opted to stroll around the park, bought strawberry taho and seated on the grass of their grandstand.

Burnham Park

05:30PM | Departure from Baguio, travel back to Manila

I love how this climb went and ended. Taho in my hand, green grass everywhere, a friend who is ready to listen with how cruel I am.. Haha! Love you, Arlyn!

Honestly one of the best climbs to date!

Burnham Park | Baguio after Mt. Ulpa day hike

11:00PM | Arrival back to Manila

This may be my second climb to Mt. Ulap but still, this mountain never fails to fascinate me.

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If you are looking for cheap hotels, inns, or lodges in Baguio, please refer to this blog list as we listed the cheapest hotel stays in Baguio City.

But see below some list of Baguio hotels:


Mt. Ulap will always be my forever love! I will never get tired of going back to this mountain. I promise myself that the 3rd time I’ll be going back here, I will bring a tent and stay overnight under the sky full of stars, cook Sinigang na Baboy (yes, I will!), and witness the sunrise.

Excited to go back! Will you come with me? Tara!

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Mt. Ulap: Traversing Heaven on Earth

Mt. Ulap, known for its beautiful ridges of grassland, endless skies, and pine trees, has captured my heart deeply.

Although I know God will still bring me to more beautiful mountains, this one in particular stays in my heart for more than I could remember.

Maybe because I am particularly fond of pine trees, cool breeze and green ridges, I guess? I don’t know. But there is really something in Mt. Ulap that keeps me wanting back to him.


  • Itogon, Benguet
  • Entry point: Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon
  • Exit point: Brgy. Sta. Fe, Itogon
  • LLA: 16.2904 N, 120.6312 E, 1846 MASL (Mt. Ulap)
  • Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3 hours
  • Specs: Difficulty 3/9, Trail class 1-3,
  • Features: Grassland and pine ridges, scenic views of the Cordilleras, burial caves

Mt. Ulap Day Hike

Drew Rivera, the team lead of my first hike at Mt. Maynoba, informed me that he has a new event in Mt. Ulap in Benguet which really got me excited! I asked some of my friends and luckily, Michael Ranola and Erica Poyauan (together with her friend Lady and cousin Marlon) joined me in this trip.

After almost 5 hours travel time from Manila to Benguet, our team started the hike with reminders from our team lead and local tour guide Edu Losnong and also a prayer for everyone’s safety.

At around 4AM, we started the trek and I cannot contain my happiness! That feeling of, ‘Yes, yes! Ang saya saya mag lakad ng madilim pa. Tapos malamig, tapos, tapos. Haha!’ Okay, overacting. But yes, I was really excited. Haha!

Very dramatic.
Love this spot. Huhu.
We saw rocks along the way and of course, photo ops in the dark!

The Team!

Glad that they’re with me in this trip! <3
We are the tres marias! <3
Long-legged girls! <3

I was just so happy that my friend Erica was with me because she also loves taking pictures. Glad that our local guide is an expert photographer as well! I so love this team!

Ambanao Paoay

Ambanao Paoay, as our local guide said, means vast ridges of grassland and endless skies of blue.

I don’t know if I should be sad because we don’t have clearing that day because I really love how foggy the place is.

Ambanao Paoay with the Team

Here are some of the photos from Erica on our way to Gungal Rock.

Gungal Rock Peak

After a couple of hours, we reached Mt. Ulap’s Gungal Rock.

Some of them went up to for the photo ops but I just feel like I’m gonna roll there anytime since I don’t have my eyeglasses with me so, I just took some of their photos.

After some picture taking, we moved forward and took our lunch alongside Gungal Rock and we saw how ‘buwis buhay’ those photo ops are!

But aside from our hearts racing for the other hikers taking photos on the rock, I am more fascinated with all the greens around me. It’s like God was saying that, ‘I know what you love. And here it is. This is my precious gift to you today.’ He is the sweetest!

Before we reached the summit we encountered a number of assaults. Nakakapagod but those gave us opportunities to take photos as a group.

The Summit

The Descent

Mt. Ulap Dayhike Itinerary and Expenses


  • 09:00PM – McDonald’s Panay Ave.
  • 10:00PM – Departure from McDonald’s going to Ampucao, Itogon Benguet via rented van

Day 1 – MONDAY 

  • 02:00AM – Arrival Sison, Pangasinan breakfast at Leeza’s restaurant, secure and buy food.
  • 03:30AM – Arrival at Brgy. Ampucao | Registration | Secure Guides
  • 04:00AM – Start Trek (witness sunrise along the trail)
  • 05:30AM – Arrival Ambanao Paoay Peak 1
  • 06:45AM – Arrival Gungal Rock Peak 2 | Rest | Photo ops
  • 08:30AM – Arrival Mt. Ulap Summit Peak 3 | Full Rest
  • 09:00AM – Start Descent to Brgy. Sta Fe
  • 10:30AM – Arrival at Sta. Fe Jump off, wash up, tidy up then travel to Baguio
  • 11:30AM – Arrival Baguio City lunch at Goodtaste, City Tour, Buy pasalubong
  • 05:00PM – Departure from Baguio, travel back to Manila
  • 10:00PM – Arrival back to Manila (Uwian na)