Mt. Ulap (also known as Cloud Mountain) is a relatively new hiking trail in Itogon, Benguet. The hiking trail was first opened in 2015 and sits next to Mt. Pulag. This is one of the more scenic climbs I’ve had in this region of the Philippines. You will see huge Pine tree ridges, plush grasslands, views of Mt. Pulag as well as 360 degree stunning views of mountain ranges in all directions. The Cordilleras is beautiful and a sight to see.
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How Difficult Is It to Climb Mt. Ulap (AKA Cloud Mountain)? 3/9
Elevation – 1846 MASL
Jump Off point – Ampucao, Itogon Benguet
Exit point – Sta. Fe Itogon Bengue
Directions to Mt. Ulap from Manila
- First you should board a bus for Baguio City.
- If you are staying in Baguio City be sure to check out our Baguio City Tourist Spots (will be added soon) for budget trips, hotel recommendations, itinerary suggestions and more.
- Mt. Ulap is an ideal dayhike from Baguio. You get on a jeepney at Burnham Park and can take you to the jump off point of Ampucao, Itogon Benguet. The jeepney ride is about 40 minutes to Mt. Ulap.
How Long Does The Mt. Ulap Dayhike Take? – You can climb the mountain in four to six hours. The difficulty level is rated 3/9 so if your in reasonable shape you shouldn’t have any trouble hiking “Cloud Mountain”.
Mt. Ulap Trailhead – Before you enter the trailhead on the road to Philex in Brgy. Ampucao you need to register at barangay hall. It is now required that you register and trail guide. When you go up the trailhead you will become surrounded by pine trees. It doesn’t take long before the hike becomes very scenic. You will begin to see views of Mt. Sto. Tomas and an overlook of Baguio City. The Cordilleras usually has a tranquil mist like cover that adds to the atmosphere of the hike. To the south you will be able to see Mt. Arayat.
Burial Caves – Some like to stop at the Burial Caves on the descent from Mt. Ulap. You will se in a pine forest with a hanging bridge with a cemented walking path. Be sure to to add time to your itinerary to include the Burial Caves.
On your ascent up the mountain you will reach Ambanao Paoay about 2 hours into the hike.
According to the guide, Ambanao Paoay is the term that Filipino’s use for the endless skies, acres of grasslands and pine ridges. At Ambanao Paoay you will have plenty of photo opportunities. You then continue your hike and will reach Gungal rock (the photo at the beginning of this blog post is “Gungal Rock”. Great place to take a photo and capture the memories!)
The Summit – When you finally reach your summit you will most likely want to sit down and take in the majestic beauty of Mt. Ulap.
The descent – When we did the descent, we faced some challenging 80% drops. Locals have added wooden bars for support, but they are still a challenge when you are tired from the climb to the top of Mt. Ulap. Fortunately, there are only a few places where you their is such a steep decline in the trail.
Mt. Ulap Tips
- While the hike isn’t incredibly grueling, there were times when I was definitely out of breath and had to take a breather. Pace yourself and stop when you feel the need to. You should be fine, just remember to stay at a pace that everyone in the group is comfortable with. It’s not a race to the top! Take your time and enjoy the beauty! 🙂
- I have hiked many mountains in the Philippines. Many of the trails are well kept and clean. Others are not. Mt. Ulap is very clean. You will rarely see any form of trash on the Mountain. Please do your part to keep this up so we can enjoy Mt. Ulap’s beauty for years to come! Bring a bag to dispose of any of your trash. Leave no trace behind!
- Bring sunscreen. Yes, Baguio has a cooler climate, but on the sun is still beating down on you. A 4-6 hour climb is more than enough time for the sun to leave it’s mark!
- Be sure to book your reservation in advance. Mt. Ulap has a limit of 500 heads on the weekends and 150 on the weekdays. We would hate for you to travel all the way there to be turned away because the Mountain is too crowded that day.
Directions to Get To Mt. Ulap :
- Take bus from Cubao/Pasay to Baguio City.
- Take jeepney headed to Central Mall.
- Take another jeepney from Central Mall to Phillex Mines and get off at Ampucao Elementary School
How Much Will Your Trip Cost – Budget Itinerary
- RT Fare Bus from Manila to Baguio – 900 php
- RT jeepney fare Central Mall – P16
- RT Fare Jeep Ampucao – P70
- P50 registration fee that is required for anyone to hike Mt. Ulap
- Guide fee @P600 x 2 – P120
Things We Recommend to Take :
- A change of clothes
- A good walking stick or trekking pole
- First aid kit
- 2 liters of water
- Pack yourself a lunch. You will work up an appetite 🙂
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