Today, PACKERS with friends set off to accomplish the said traverse.
The group was divided into two, 10 pax left Manila around 9:00 Friday night while Sir Erwin and I left Manila at exactly 6:30 Saturday morning.
After 6 hours and 31 minutes we reached Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya. From here a Van will route commuters going Kayapa, the Jumpoff for the said climb. We reached Kayapa around 2:32 pm and was greeted by our guide.
Had a courtesy call and registered at the Brgy. Hall then ate our late Brunch and at exactly 3:00pm the hike started.
We had few 3mins breaks in between before reaching Indupit Village by 4:15pm. Thick cloud enveloped the area by the time we were there.
Photo © Sir JohnJay
Still covered with fog, Sir Erwin described what's supposed to be seen behind those haze. Such a dismay...
By the time we passed "Welcome to Ansipsip Elem. School" signage, I requested to take the lead and started running to cut the hike short. At 6:15pm we started the descent going to the village then by 6:30pm we reached the Elementary School where the rest of the team were waiting.
Ate our dinner then shared some spooky stories (Sir Erwin saw a boy behind me during our trek earlier, he has this extra ability to see things normal people do not have). Before we hit the sack, briefing was conducted for tomorrow's trek. Half of the first group scaled the summit earlier, the other half and I will scale it early next morning.
The temperature was not that cold until early morning and the group was again divided into two, the first half will scale the summit while the second half will cook breakfast/lunch and will meet at the exit fork on the traversed side.
I led the first batch, 2 guides and 5 girls. By the time we reached the fork (just below the assault trail to campsite), one of our guide stayed to guard the backpacks of the 5 girls. It was agreed back at the school that they will leave their bags at the fork and the second batch will carry those until reaching the other side of the trail. With this strategy, the first batch will be able to reach and descend from the summit quicker.
Mt. Purgatory and Mt. Pulag can be seen from the trail. Hikers from BSP (Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas) had their overnight stay at the camp site and started packing up by the time we reached the area.
We arrived first at the fork, lied down and took a nap while waiting for the second batch. Recharged by the time the second batch arrived we then hiked all the way to Lusod Village for Lunch.
Also, the traverse trail had post signs/markers painted in yellow with indicators in 0.5 KM intervals. The summit was marked as 15KM while the Jump off point (waiting shed at Sitio Cawayan) marked as 0.0 KM. I think these markers were installed during the Trail run activity conducted by R.O.X.
Another water source awaits just below the open area with slope terrain, this water source is called Anawang, a pink-painted water tank.
The day ended at Tinongdan Barangay Hall with a Certificate issued by the Local Government indicating that we had successfully traversed Mt. Ugo.
06:30 am - Left Manila
01:06 pm - Arrived at Bambang
01:27 pm - Left Bambang via Van
02:32 pm - Arrived at Kayapa
(Register, Brunch, Final Prep)
03:00 pm - Start Trek
04:15 pm - Reached Indupit Village
06.30 pm - Reached Domolpos Village.
(Stayed at Elem. School)
04:00 am - Wake up call / breakfast
05:45 am - First batch, trek to summit
07:40 am - Summit
08:00 am - Descent
08:40 am - Junction / Waiting area
11:40 am - Lusod village
11:55 am - Lunch
12:40 pm - Resume trek
01:25 pm - Anawang Tank
02:11 pm - Sitio Cawayan
02:45 pm - Regroup
03:10 pm - Bengueng Bridge
03:30 pm - End of Trek
04:00 pm - Brgy. Tinongdan, Itogon
05:35 pm - ETD for Baguio
06:45 pm - ETA Baguio
Day 0 Friday, 22 March
8:00pm Assembly Victory Kamias Terminal
9:00pm ETD Manila to Aritao
Day 1 Saturday, 23 March
3:30am ETA Aritao (Pick Up Chartered Jeep)
5:30am ETA Kayapa (Breakfast)
7:00am Start Trek
9:00am ETA Indupit Village
10:00am ETA 1st Waiting Shed
11:30am ETA Last Waiting Shed (Lunch)
12:30pm Resume Trek
5:00pm ETA Campsite (Set Camp, Prepare Dinner) Classroom
10:00pm Lights Out
Day 2 Sunday, 24 March
4:00am Wake Up Call (Prepare Breakfast)
5:00am Break Camp
7:30am ETA Summit (Photo Ops @ Mt. Ugo Marker)
8:00am Start Descent
9:00am Saddle Ridge
10:00am ETA Old Sawmill
11:00am ETA Sitio Lusod (Lunch)
12:00pm Resume Trek
3:30pm ETA Bengueng Bridge (Hanging Bridge)
5:00pm ETA Tinongdan Brgy. Hall (Shower)
6:00pm ETD Itogon to Baguio
7:00pm ETA Baguio (Mass/Dinner)
10:00pm ETD Baguio to Manila
5:00am ETA Victory Cubao