Mt. Ugo Traverse | Nueva Vizcaya to Benguet

Mount Ugo
Mount Ugo is one of the giants, located in Northern Luzon. Our traverse was a two-day itinerary, from Brgy. Kayapa, Nueva Vizacaya to Itogon, Benguet. This mountain has a cool ambiance, covered with relaxing green surroundings and absolutely beautiful. Ugo bears colorful ornaments spread on the trails and hanging on the trees. There were birds singing and other creatures made this mountain as their own paradise.

Trail Mount Ugo

Mt. Ugo

Mt. Ugo

Trail Mt. Ugo
The Trail | Mount Ugo has a very long trail up to the summit, but from the summit to descent is longer. From your first step at Brgy. Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya to the summit is literally an uphill. It has a moderate to heavy trail and few meters assault to the campsite. It took us 9 hours and 30 minutes trek (including breaks and photo ops) from the jump off to the campsite. While walking on the trail, I can say time is just a number, we even don’t care about it because what we were seeing are absolutely stunning, from the slopes, the trees, flowers and hearing the birds singing – wow! Everything seems to be remarkable.

Mt. Ugo Campsite

Mount Ugo Campsite
 The Campsite | Mount Ugo has clean and wide campsite, covered with grass and shrubs. The famous ‘dead tree‘ is still standing and gives a perfect shadow on the background. This mountain is a huge and wide pasture for the cows, so please keep your belongings before sleeping, they eat shirts not just grass.

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Mt. Ugo Summit
The Summit | It’s a 15 to 20 minutes ascend from the campsite. Its summit measures 2,150 MASL. The famous mark on the summit is still intact, it’s the exact location where the plane crash happened few years ago.

Mount Ugo Summit

Mt. Ugo Trail

Mount Ugo Trail

Tourist spots in Benguet

Banaue Rice Terraces
 Last part of our descent was walking on the pilapil of Benguet Rice terraces. This area is comparable to Banaue Rice Terraces; the ambiance is cool, the air is fresh and surrounded by luscious green plants. The newly planted rice seedlings added an amazing art on the muddy ground.

Tourist destination in Benguet
 Hiking Mount Ugo traverse can be considered as a success if you were able to pass on the hanging bridge; this bridge connects the village to the highway. Tidy up at the store by the jump off area, already in Benguet. Departed and headed back to Baguio city, then Manila. 

How to Get Here | We rode in a Victory Liner bus bound for Santiago, Isabela but alighted in CCQ bus terminal, Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya. Then, we chartered a van to Brgy. Kayapa market, in Nueva Vizcaya. Expenses | Victory bus to CCQ – 317 pesos. Van to Brgy. Kayapa – 2500 pesos (group). 2 Guides – 2000 pesos  (group). Jeep from the jump off (Benguet) to Baguio – 2500 pesos (group). Brgy. Registration – 200 pesos per head. Victory bus bound for Manila – 450 pesos per head.