If you want to try a day hike away from the usual heat of the Philippines, Mt. Ulap will suit you well. Situated in Itogon, Benguet, this mountain is known for its scenic view of the Cordilleras while trekking the grassland and pine tree ridges. If lucky with good weather, one can even see the Mt. Arayat, Mt. Ugo and Mt. Pulag.
Teachers Kobi and Cris along with their friends were adventurous enough to take on the challenge. They were so excited to see what this side of the earth has to offer.
Let’s go with them! You can do it, teachers! Best of luck!
First, let’s try to know the basic info of this beautiful place we are about to visit.
Name: Mt. Ulap or Cloud Mountain
Jump Off: Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet
Exit Point: Sta. Fe, Itogon, Benguet
Elevation: 1846 MASL
Features: Grassland and Pine ridges. Scenic views of the Cordilleras. Burial Caves. There are 3 peaks in this destination. The Ambanao Paoay, Gungal and the Mt. Ulap.
The 1st peak, Ambanao Paoay (1 hour and 15 minutes from the starting point)
Teacher Kobi in Ambanao Paoay Peak!
With a height of 1,788 meters above sea level, the Ambanao Paoay Peak is the first peak on the ridge. It can be reached at around 2 hours or so, depending on your hike pace. The terrain is mainly grassy, many young pine trees thrive in the area and the vegetation is quite rich – a perfect place to graze some cows. Upon reaching the summit of Ambanao Paoay, some rock formations start to appear.
The 2nd peak, Gungal Rock (30 minutes to 1 hour from the 1st peak)
On Gungal’s summit, you can find stone stacks that have been done by previous climbers. You can make your own stone stacks there and see a panoramic view of Philex Mines, Mount Sto. Tomas, Mount Cabuyao, Mount Ugo and Pulag from afar, and Baguio City. You can also see the Lingayen Gulf straight ahead if the skies are clear. The summit of Mount Ulap can also be seen from this peak. Locals also said that you can make your own rock formation on this peak while making a wish.
Behind teachers Cris and Kobi is the famous Gungal rock. As you can see, many people have lined up to step on the rock formation for a photo opportunity. From there, you can overlook the view of Baguio City and the other mountains surrounding Mt. Ulap.
Do you think teacher Cris and teacher Kobi are afraid to go up there?
Hmmmm, we think so too!
The 3rd peak, Mt. Ulap
(30-45 minutes from the 2nd peak)
Teacher Kobi and Teacher Cris together with their friends on the summit of Mt. Ulap!
Mount Ulap was surveyed by a man named “Mr. Lagman” sometime in the 1930s and named it ‘Ulap’ because there were many clouds when he came up to survey the place. In the Filipino vernacular, “Ulap” means ‘cloud’ in English.
As you can see, they are actually posting with the clouds! What an amazing view, isn’t it?
So if you plan to visit Philippines, please consider going up to Mt. Ulap. We bet it’s going to be fun and exciting!
今回、パロッツ君の先生たちが訪れた Mt.Ulap は