Trekking : MT. ULAP & MT. PINATUBO WEEKEND TRIP

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MT. ULAP

Aside from the mountain ranges surrounding Baguio, there are other peaks around the city that students can explore. In Benguet, one of the popular mountains for a good day hike is Mt. Ulap. It takes 3-4 hours going up to the famously picturesque Gungal Rock and about the same time going down.

HERE’S THE ITINERARY FOR THE MT. ULAP WEEKEND TRIP:

06:30 AM Depart from Monol
07:30 AM Arrive in Ampucao Barangay Hall for registration and securing tour guides
08:00 AM Start trek
10:30 AM Arrive in Gungol Rock
11:30 AM Arrive in Mt. Ulap summit
12:00 NN Rest and eat lunch
01:00 PM Start descent to Sta. Fe Exit point
03:00 PM Arrive in Sta. Fe Exit point / Travel back to Baguio

Shuttle bus fee: PHP 200

Other fees:
– Registration fee: PHP 100 per person
– Tour guide fee: PHP 200 per person (1 guide is good for 4-5 persons)

What to prepare:
– Hiking clothes/gear/shoes
– Drinking water and snacks
– Packed lunch

MT. PINATUBO

Apart from the trekking activity, the sought-after attraction in the now-dormant volcano, Mt. Pinatubo, is its crater. To get there, students ride a 4×4 jeep towards the jump-off point and then hike for 1-2 hours to arrive at the crater. In the past, tourists were allowed to set up camp and take a dip in the emerald waters of the crater. However, due to safety precautions, these activities were disallowed to the public. Despite this, the view of the crater is still a fulfilling reward after an arduous climb.

HERE’S THE ITINERARY FOR THE MT. PINATUBO WEEKEND TRIP:

01:30 AM Depart from MONOL
05:30 AM Arrive in Capas, Tarlac base camp
Meet tour guide, orientation
Board 4×4 vehicles
08:30 AM Arrive in jump-off point for trekking
Relax, take photos, lunch
11:30 AM Start return trek
01:30 PM Board 4×4 vehicles
02:30 PM Arrive at base camp
03:00 PM Travel back to Baguio

Shuttle bus fee: PHP 600

Other fees:
– Tour cost: PHP 2000 per person

What to prepare
– Drinking water and snacks
– Packed lunch

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