Mt. Ugo is a major climb located in Benguet together with Mt.Pulag, Mt. Amuyao and Mt. Napulauan. At first, I was a bit shock to know that “Ugo” means “beheading someone”. Scary isn’t it? They said that during the Spaniards era, native people used the mountain as their hiding place and at the same time this is where they beheaded their Spanish or American captives.
Nueva Vizcaya and Benguet
Jump-off points: Kayapa, N. Vizcaya; Brgy. Tinongdan, Itogon, Benguet
LLA: 16.31916°N, 120.80166°E, 2130 MASL
Days required / hours to summit: 2-3 days, 9-10 hrs
Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 5/9, Trail Class 1-3
Features: Pine forests, highland villages, views of Cordillera peaks
Another interesting story was how the mountain was discovered. It was when an aircraft – PAL bound to Baguio crashed in the slopes of Mt. Ugo last June 26, 1987. It killed all people on-board. To cut it short, with all the operations happened in search of the aircraft it paved the way for trails, and soon, becomes a new hiking destination among mountaineers.
The original plan was to to hike Mt. Amuyao, but because some of our friends can’t make it. Me, joy and Ivann decided to join our other friend who organized a traverse hike to Mt. Ugo. We just paid for a reasonable amount for the transportation, tour guide and registration.
We left Manila at 10:00 PM and arrived at Kayapa, Benguet around 5 AM the next day. Pretty early to start the trek, so we decided to eat breakfast and have some coffee while our friend was looking for a tour guide.
Start of the hike:
After praying and a short instructions from our guide, we are now ready to start the trek.
Hiring for a tour guide is actually one way of helping the locals. Kuya said that since there’s not much hiker for Mt. Ugo, they usually can get an extra (being guide) once every 2 weeks. So please be more kind to them. Some of them make this a living and this is one of their source of income aside from being a farmer.
Going back…. the first part of the climb is an open trail. We really took our time because we weren’t in a rush since the goal was to reach Indulpit Village any time in the afternoon.
Our first ever group pic 🙂
See that fog behind us. 🙂 It took us 4 and a half hours to finish the first part of the climb. The weather isn’t stable at that time. When we found out that there’s a greater chance of raining in the evening, we decided to stay at the elementary school for the night than camping at the campsite.
Ten minutes before we reached the school where we will stay for the night. We passed by a small waiting shed where they sell very tasty native coffee. I honestly like it and was thinking to go for a second cup but when they said it’s from the poop of alamid, I passed. 🙂
The area is so wide that we can see the summit from a far. But we are not heading there yet. We will spend our afternoon and night at the school few meters down this area. Then ascend the day after to the campsite and the peak.
Resting early for day 2 of hiking. Some of us, decided to check the area and look for a good signal to play Mobile Legends. For us? we chat, listened to music, eat and sleep. Nice. 🙂
At night, there’s no electricity. After eating dinner, all of us took a rest.
And because we have enough rest, we woke up early the next day to start the trek going to the summit.
Mt. Ugo Campsite/Summit:
It was raining on our way ascending plus the fact that the oxygen level is low at this height, we encountered a little difficulty in breathing. So, we took baby steps going up. We didn’t rush.
After 3 hours of hiking we were able to reach the campsite and it was raining. We passed by a mossy forest and after 30 minutes we reach the summit.
Descending was a lot more fun because of the beautiful view we passed by. The sun started to show up. We really enjoyed the magnificent view.
This is the Itogon bridge, the last part of our Mt. Ugo trek.
Mt. Ugo ITINERARY
2200 ETD from Cubao
0500 ETA Aritao or Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya,
0530 ETD for Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya
0700 ETA Kayapa, Registration, secure guides, breakfast
0800 Start Trek
1200 ETA Indupit Village / Lunch
1300 Resume trek to Domolpos
1700 ETA Domolpos Village. Stay in the Elementary School
0300 Wake up call, breakfast
0330 ETD to the summit
0600 ETA Mt. Ugo Summit
0800 Start descent on very steep, ridge-like pine forest trail
1100 ETA Lusod Village, lunch, register at Brgy. Hall
1300 Resume trek
1600 ETA Itogon Village; take pictures at Itogon bridge
1630 End of trek
1730 ETD for Baguio
1800 ETA Baguio, Dinner
2000 ETD Manila
It was an amazing journey for me. 2 days of hiking is no joke but it was worth every pain. I will definitely wanted to go back.
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