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).

Mt. Ulap Day Hike (with Baguio Side Trip) budget breakdown

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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