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A Guide to Mount Ulap Cloud Mountain Ampucao Itogon Benguet

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Ampucao Itogon Trail Views Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ampucao Mt. Ulap Cloud Mountain Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Name: Mt. Ulap or Cloud Mountain 
Jump Off: Ampucao Itogon Benguet
Exit Point: Sta. Fe Itogon Benguet
Elevation: 1846 MASL
Difficulty: 3/9 (according to Pinoy Mountaineer)
Features: Grassland and Pine ridges. Scenic views of the Cordilleras. Burial Caves.
Ampucao Barangay Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Arrived here by jeepney ride at the crossing of Ampucao Barangay. Itogon, Benguet. 
Public utility jeepneys can be accessed at Lakandula Mercury Drug beside Baguio Center Mall, Baguio city. 
Fare Php31.00 going to Barangay Ampucao Elementary School
Friendly Locals Ampucao Barangay Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Friendly locals and playful dogs (they don't bite unless provoked).
Signages Ampucao Barangay Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
You won't miss this sign ... just follow ...
Ampucao Barangay Hall Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
A MUST! Once at the Ampucao Barangay Hall
REGISTER! 
Pay the environmental fee 
trek / guide fees 
As of Jan 2017

-Registration Fee Php100 

Guide Fee @ P600/5 pax- Php120/pax

Signages Ampucao Barangay Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Proceed to the starting point with your guide.
Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
My first image of the trail. Err to the side of comfort and safety by traveling light. 
One DSLR camera (1 wide and 1 telephoto) ...
Mt. Ulap Welcome Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Second stop over ... You won't miss this ... 
Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
 Also photo sessions / selfies,  (for posterity purposes, etc.)
Mount Cabuyao viewed from Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Mount Cabuyao Tuba, Benguet Viewed from Mount Cloud
Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Whilst laying on the ground, i took a moment feeling the fallen pine needles, abundant ferns on the ground and just surrounded by Pine trees with the sound of cool wind passing through. Included taking the image the other trekkers enter the frame as I was enjoying a detached observer in this peaceful place.
Cow Barricade Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Trekkers Over Cow Barricade 
Trekkers Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Trekkers 
Ampucao Trails Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Respect the cows grazing. 
Trekkers Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Near Ambanaw Paway 1st Peak 1788 mASL 3.6 km
Uphill Ampucao Trails Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Uphill Climb
Benguet Views Ampucao Trails Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Benguet Views
Ampucao Trails  Landscape Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Ampucao Itogon landscape views
Ampucao Itogon Trails Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Navigating downwards 
Ampucao Itogon Trail Views Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Whilst taking pockets of rest during the eco-trail trek, 
here's a relaxing view which removes physical/mental "tiredness" away. 
Little House Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Little House Mt. Ulap Cloud Mountain Ampucao Itogon Benguet 
The One and Only Home Ampucao Trails Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Home Amongst Beautiful Scenery
Ampucao Trails Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
More Mountains ...
Ambanaw Paway First Peak Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Ambanaw Paway 1st Peak 
1788 mASL 3.6 km 
Ampucao Itogon Benguet
Ampucao Trails Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Downhill then up again ...
Mount Cabuyao Viewed from Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Mount Cabuyao (left) and Baguio City on the (right)
Ampucao Trails Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
"Petrified" tree ...
Mount Cabuyao Viewed from Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Mount Cabuyao (left) and Baguio City on the (right)
Ampucao Trails Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Mount Cloud Flora 
Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Meditation at Mount Cloud
Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Photo extract...
Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Balance ...photo extract
Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines

Ampucao Trails Porter Guide Livelihood Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Porter cum guide as local livelihood
Ampucao Gungal 2nd Peak Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Made it at the 2nd peak
Ampucao Itogon Local Guides Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
 Eco-Trail Local Guide cum Porter Livelihood 
In this image are hardworking and skilled local mountain trek guides. There exists an association of local guides in Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet and this is one of the livelihoods where disposable income derived goes to family expenses, food, clothing, utilities, school allowance, etc., There were an estimated 100+ guides who assisted trekkers last Sunday's trek.Local guides are indispensable partners when trekking mountains esp. for newbies. They make sure you follow trek rules/guidelines and most importantly begin and finish the trek safely.

Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Trekkers doing Posterity shoots ...
Ampucao Itogon Benguet Cordillera Administrative Region Philippines
Behind the scenes ...


My personal photo-documentation 
When: 22 January 2017 
Unplanned trek ... serendipity ... 

A Photographer's Guide to Mount Ulap Cloud Mountains Ampucao Itogon Benguet Part Two Going Back coming soon ...



~AvianQuest~




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