On Top of Mt. Ulap and Mt. Pulag #AlohaCara

It is okay to sometime doubt yourself, but make sure you’ll do something about it. Challenge yourself. Prove that you can do things that you thought you can’t.

That’s what I’ve learned from this climb. It was my second time to climb Mt. Ulap and I must say that this is my favorite Mountain. I climbed it twice, and I would love to climb it again and again and again.

My group and I met each other at Quezon Avenue by 10 in the evening last February 19, 2016, and left Manila by 11 pm. It took us 4 to 5 hours of driving until we’ve reached Baguio. We started our trek to Mt. Ulap from the Ampucao jumpoff at around 6 am reaching the first peak by 8 in the morning.

Mt. Ulap is considered as Minor Climb with 3/9 difficulty. It can be climbed half day, depending on the group’s pacing. It has 1,846+ MASL with the best view of Cordillera. What I liked about this Mountain is that it’s so easy to climb plus you get a chance to enjoy beautiful scenic views. Pine trees are everywhere, the trails are not too stiff. You can also visit the famous Burial Cave situated on the Mountain. I remember the first time I climbed this mountain, I was awed by the view. I even told my friends “para Photoshop-ed!”

By the time we’ve reached the exit point, it was already 1 pm. We had our lunch at Baguio and because of some delayed we’ve reached Ambangeg Ranger Station at around 7 pm. We pitched our tents and had our dinner right after.

We had 2 hours of sleep and by 2 am the following day we started our night trek to Mt. Pulag Summit. It was really cold! I had 3 sets of clothing in me already and 2 more jackets but I needed to wear jeans! Yes. I climbed a Mountain wearing jeans. Blue Jeans. Classic Cara.

Here’s some background of Mt. Pulag from Pinoy Mountaineer

Majestic Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon (2,922+ MASL) and one of the most beautiful mountains in the Philippines. Its fabled views, of winding slopes of dwarf bamboo, and distant peaks surging like islets in the ocean of lofty clouds, comprise perhaps the most breathtaking sights in Philippine mountaineering. The native tribes say that Mt. Pulag is the “playground of the gods”. In Luzon, it is the closest to heaven that mountaineers can get!

But, it was all worth it. Because that climb was my turning point, that climb made me decide to climb more mountains. Thanks to that Blue Jeans! 🙂

ITINERARY (Gulong Mountaineers)
Day 0 Feb.19
2000 MCU Jollibee
2100 Departure
Day 1
0500 ETA Brgy. Ampucao. Head to Barangay Hall. Register / Secure guides
0600 Start trek
0730 ETA Gungol Rock
0930 ETA Mt. Ulap summit
1030 Visit Burial Caves
1200 Arrival at Sta. Fe exit point.
1300 Back in Baguio City/ Lunch
1600 ETA Visitors’ Center. Registration / Orientation / Seminar
1700 Set out for Ranger Station
1715 ETA at Ranger Station/ Secure guide/ Set up camp
1800 Dinner at campsite/ Socials
Day 2
0000 Early morning trek to the summit for sunrise
0500 Arrival at the summit just in time for sunrise
0700 Start descent from the summit
0900 Back at Ranger/ Breakfast
1130 Back at Ranger/ Settle guide fees
1600 ETA Baguio City/ Dinner
1900 Head back to Manila