Mt. Ulap and the Ocean of Clouds | BHM on 6th

Mount Ulap
Mount Ulap is situated in Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon Benguet. It is one of the highest peaks of Cordillera regions with amazing flora and fauna. Because of its temperature, the trees, grass and flowers looks so healthy making the mountain looks gorgeous. 

Instead of public vehicle, we chartered a van for our transportation to the North. 13 of us met at Crossing, including Rio, our Chinese visitor. From Manila to Baguio City took us six hours travel so instead of getting bored, while on the road and the rains are dropping, it was filled with stories of our previous hikes.
Restaurants in Baguio City
We arrived in Baguio City past eleven in the morning. We had our breakfast/lunch at Emil Rose. The ambiance inside Emil Rose Restaurant is amazing, no air conditioner but the temperature is cool, and the foods taste good and served elegantly. After the sumptuous lunch, we continued traveling to Itogon, Benguet.
Tourist Spots in Benguet
From Baguio to Itogon, Benguet is more than an hour travel, but was a bit challenging because the weather was unwell. The rain and the wind were strong and the roads were covered with fog making a zero visibility. It was past one in the afternoon when we arrive at the covered basketball court. Took a short break and processed the registration and guides.

 The management did not authorize us to continue a day hike because of the bad weather condition. Instead, we set up a camp at the covered court, other groups followed, and started preparing our dinner. After dinner, we had our socials and rested at around two in the morning. Three quarters of the basketball court is covered but the temperature is really cold.

Mountaineers in the Philippines
Woke up at five in the morning; prepared coffee, noodles, and bread with cheese for our breakfast. While having our Breakcamp, five familiar faces arrived, including our very own Iosif. The last time that we met Iosif was two years ago, during our Mount Mabilog hike, so it was a long long long chit-chat, while we were also preparing for our ascent to Mount Ulap.
Mount Ulap Trail
Seven in the morning – we left the court. The first part was walking on an ascending concrete road, then followed by trekking. The terrain of Mount Ulap is clean, with grass on the ground, pines trees, and gorgeous flowers. The trail is considered as gradual but our hike was a bit challenging because of the bad weather condition. The trails are wet, muddy, and slippery. Surroundings are also covered with thick fog making us to not to witness its natural beauty. Photos below will describe how the bad weather condition affected our hike.
Mt. Ulap
Mt. Ulap Trail
Mount Ugo Trail
Mount Ulap Sea of Clouds
Mount Ulap Camp 1
Last photo above was captured at the first camp. The area is wide and open, but was still covered with thick fog; rocks balancing were also created to add art on the background. We waited for few minutes at Camp 1 hoping for the weather to settle but no changes at all, so we continued ascending.
Mount Ulap
It took us almost two hours from Camp 1 to Gongal or the Camp 2. Upon arrival, there were hikers having their photo ops on top of the boulders. The same scenario, the area is covered with thick fog, the wind is strong and the rain drops are like blades slashing our skin because of its cold temperature. We stayed here for an hour and descent.
Mount Ulap Sea of Clouds
Mount Ulap Trail
Mount Ulap Summit
 Exactly twelve noon, we reached the jump off. The same weather condition. Rested. Tidy up and left Itogon. Our next destination was Baguio City for our meryenda at Good Taste. We were all tired but while on the road, everyone was energetic especially when we talked about peanuts. May mga nahugasang peanuts, may dry na peanuts, may wet na peanuts, pero kahit kelan wala pa akong nakitang pa-horizontal na peanuts.

This is Batang Hamog Mountaineers' 6th Year Anniversary! I am happy to see these people again. Sabi ko nga: "kahit hindi matuloy ang akyat sa Mount Ugo, basta kasama ko ang mga indibidwal na ito, masaya na ako at hinding-hindi ko pag-sisisihan. Hangang sa susunod!"