I wouldn’t consider our Mt. Ulap adventure a budget trip, since there are a lot of cheaper alternatives to our transportation and accommodation choices. We deliberately chose to spend a little more to ensure comfort and relaxation before and after the hike (which is no joke).
The Edelweiss Team’s Mt. Ulap package includes the following: Baguio – Mt. Ulap – Baguio transportation (via jeepney), entrance fee, guide fee, lunch (Good Taste Restaurant) and a coordinator who will accompany your group from start to finish.
I initially wanted to plan a DIY trip to Mt. Ulap to lessen our expenses. But as our group grew to 10pax, I thought it would be safer get a packaged tour instead. Here are some important points I considered: 1) The winding roads of Benguet are no joke. It is best to have a driver familiar with the place; 2) Two trail guides from Brgy. Ampucao might not be enough for a big group composed of mostly first timers, it was good that we had an additional coordinator/guide from the Edelweiss Team; 3) We couldn’t risk not preparing something important just because we didn’t have anyone trustworthy to orient us before the trek.
On a tight budget? Take an aircon bus to Baguio and stay at a transient house instead. From Lakandula Street in Baguio City, you may ride an Ampucao-bound jeepney and get down at Ampucao Elementary School.
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