Mt. Ulap Eco-trail Day Hike Guide, Itinerary and Expenses

With only a Mt. Maculot day hike experience, I can’t believe I survived Mt. Ulap. Though it is good for beginners, I am still amazed that Mt. Ulap is my second hike ever.

Mt. Ulap

Itogon, Benguet
From Pinoy Mountaineer

  • 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

Mt. Ulap Eco-Trail

The trail is around 8 kilometers through several peaks along Ampucao-Sta. Fe Ridge and it can be completed for around 4-6 hours so it is feasible for a day hike. Since we took our time to take pictures, rest and eat, we finished the trail in 8 hours. Hehe.

Mt. Ulap

The start of the trail is already amazing. Photos are not enough to describe how beautiful the scenery is. I’m dumping a lot of photos here, but these aren’t everything you see!

Mt. Ulap

Mt. Ulap

Mt. Ulap

Ambanao Paoay (1788 mASL)

The first peak welcomes you with Pine trees, grassland, hills and slopes, and a view of Cordillera.

Mt. Ulap Ambanao Paoay Peak

Gungal (1814 mASL)

The Gungal peak is popular for the huge Gungal Rock where taking photos is a must. Take note that to organize taking pictures, there’s a time limit of 10 seconds per person. It’s quite short, but I think it’s better that they have this regulation so that everyone will get a chance to have their photo taken. While waiting for our turn, we had our lunch first.

Mt. Ulap

There’s no clearing when we went so that’s all just fog in the photo. I wanted to do a revenge when the sky is clearer but I have to think about it. I don’t think I would be able to survive the trail if the sun is out. Haha

Mt. Ulap (1846 mASL)

This is the last peak, but the scenery is getting better. On Camp Site 2, there’s a huge grassland where you can see cows. Do you think this view can be compared to what you can see in New Zealand?

Mt. Ulap

Mt. Ulap

Mt. Ulap


The descent was difficult for me because it’s a trail of very steep terrain with pine trees. If not for the make-shift stairs, I can’t imagine how I would be able to go down. Halfway through, my knees start to feel weaker. Haha.

Mt. Ulap


This is a DIY itinerary created by the same group (TEAM BES) we’re in during our Mt. Maculot Day Hike. Not everyone were able to join this time but it’s good that there are new friends. :)

Mt. Ulap

Take note that this is not the exact itinerary we followed when we went there, because we got lost on our way so we started late at 8:00 am. But feel free to use this itinerary or make some adjustments. :)

Day 0

  • 11:00 PM – Meet-up Cubao
  • 12:00 AM – ETD Cubao to Benguet
  • Breakfast along the way


  • 04:00 AM – ETA Baguio
  • 05:00 AM – ETA Brgy. Ampucao,Itogon,Benguet
    • Registration
    • Secure local guide
    • Warm up and prayer
  • 06:00 AM – Start trekking
  • 09:00 AM – ETA Gungal Rock
    • Photo ops
  • 10:00 AM – Proceed to Summit
  • 12:00 PM – ETA Summit
    • Lunch/Rest
  • 02:00 PM – start baguio tour
  • 05:00 PM – Dinner at GoodTaste (Own expense)
  • 06:00 PM – ETD Baguio to Cubao
  • 11:00 PM – ETA Cubao

  • You may need sun protection if the weather is sunny. When we went, it’s a bit cloudy so there’s no need to apply sun block creams.
  • Ampucao and Sta. Fe both have showers, restrooms and stores available.
  • Burial Cave is closed when we went so we finished the hike a little earlier.
  • There are no water/food stations along the trail so make sure to bring water, trail food and packed lunch.
  • Observe Leave No Trace policy. Let’s keep the mountain clean. Keep your garbage and dispose them properly after the activity.
  • For the photo ops in Gungal Rock, think of your desired poses beforehand. There’s a time limit of 10 seconds per person on taking pictures, so that everyone will get a chance to have their photo taken, without consuming too much time.
  • Mt. Ulap Eco Trail Tourism is now limiting the number of hikers to maximum of 500 people for Saturday, Sunday and holiday hikes and 150 people for Monday to Friday hikes. Each group (organized or not) is also limited to maximum of 20 persons only.
  • Mt. Ulap also requires reservation prior to your hike. You may check their Facebook Page for more details.


This is a DIY hike organized by our group, TEAM BES. We were 15 persons in the group and the total amount we paid is 900 per person.

Mt. Ulap

Inclusions are the following:

  • Registration: Ampucao Barangay Hall Complex (100 per person)
  • Tour Guide: 600 a day for 7 persons (as of March 2017)
  • Transportation: Van (Cubao to Benguet and vice versa)
  • Bag tag
  • Driver’s food expenses

Here are some contact information:

Ms.Celine Palubos
Mt.Ulap Council
0918 278 8625

Ate Tina and Kuya Lito
Mt.Ulap Tour Guide
0910 342 4194

Van Rental
0995 322 4063

Mt. Ulap

I highly suggest Mt. Ulap for beginners, because even if I only have a Mt. Maculot day hike experience, I was able to survive Mt. Ulap. I think it also helped that the weather is chilly and a bit cloudy because I don’t think I can survive that trail if the sun is out. Haha. It was a long trail but the scenery all throughout was amazing. Everything is instagrammable and you wouldn’t believe that these photos are not enough for all the beautiful spots we’ve seen. Take your time appreciating its beauty! :)

You may also watch our travel vlog here:

It’s your turn!

  • Have you been to Mt. Ulap? How was your experience?
  • If not, are you planning to hike Mt. Ulap? :)

Some photos and information are from TEAM BES.



  1. Reply


    May 2, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your hike. I can only admire the view from photos (for now, at least). My knee is kind of weak so I can’t do too strenuous activities especially hiking. But someday, I will. I need to get well soon and start working my knees out. :)


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      July 8, 2017

      Hoping you get well soon! Safety first, of course :) But I really hope you could try this once you’re fully recovered :)

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    Richel V.

    May 7, 2017

    I liked the photos you posted on IG. Glad to read about the whole hike now! I would probably do Mt. Maculot first before Mt. Ulap. Need to practice my legs first haha.

    xx, Richel V.

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      July 8, 2017

      Mt. Maculot lang din experience ko bago ako nag-Mt. Ulap haha Mt. Maculot is good for beginners :)

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    May 8, 2017

    Oooh. Going to add this to my list. But I won’t be climbing anytime soon because it’s summer. I want to spend more time at the beach.

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      July 8, 2017

      Of course summer is for the beach! Haha you can climb on the other months, just not the rainy season hehe

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    Elaine Dogelio

    May 8, 2017

    Love your photos from this trip, Mei and nice vlog! :)

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      July 8, 2017

      Thank you Elaine :)

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    May 9, 2017

    Wow, congrats on conquering Mt. Ulap! The view on the three peaks is stunning!
    I would also love to hike but my friends and I keep cancelling our plans due to our busy schedule :( Thank you btw for your hiking tips! Will definitely keep them in mind whenever I go hiking :)
    And the hike only cost you 900 per person? That’s amazing! This is surely one of the first mountains I’ll try to hike :)

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      July 8, 2017

      Yes, it’s because we’re 15pax in the group so the cost is divided into smaller one :) Hope you could try hiking too! :)

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    November 5, 2017

    Hi. thank you for sharing and congrats sa Hike! :) My BF and I are planning to go to baguio on Nov 24-26 and one of our things to do is to hike at Mt. Ulap. We’re both beginners and wala rin kaming kasama umakyat. Meron ka bang masasuggest na group na open for joiners? Or meron bang nagoorganize doon na hike tour,parang gnern? Hehe DIY lang kasi kami and sa Baguio na kami manggagaling. Thanks in advance! :)

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      November 8, 2017

      Hello Jodie,

      I think meron mga nag-oorganize dun, kasi parang tourism office yung pinuntahan namin kung san namin mineet yung guide. Pero para sure, punta na kayo beforehand to check. Or try nyo contacty yung tour guides namin, nilagay ko dito sa blogpost number nila Ate Tina at Kuya Lito. :)

      Marami din nag-oorganize ng hike sa FB. Dun lang din kami nakahanap before. :) Enjoy your hike! Super worth it sya! :) Pwede sya sa beginners, since ako 2nd hike ko palang yang Mt. Ulap :)

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    Dette Pangilinan

    November 20, 2017

    pwede kaya maghike sa dec 24?

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      November 28, 2017

      Hello Dette,

      You can contact the tour guides for the schedule :)

      Thank you.

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    January 24, 2018


    Ask ko lang kung pwedeng mag put up ng tent for over night?


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      January 29, 2018

      Hello Roger,

      As per checking, overnight camping is allowed. But to be sure, you can ask your tour guide or contact. :) Enjoy and safe travels!

      Thank you.

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    January 30, 2018

    Hi. Just to clarify… basednon your itinerary you arrived at the summit by 12nn then you were able to go down right away to Baguio at 2pm?

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      February 12, 2018

      Hello Christina,

      As I mentioned on the blogpost, we weren’t able to follow our itinerary because we arrived late since we got lost along the way. But I still included the itinerary for your reference. :) It would actually depend on your pace, you can descend early or late. :)
      Thank you.