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Experience the extreme, complimented with cool weather at Tree Top Adventure Baguio

Experience the extreme, complimented with cool weather at Tree Top Adventure Baguio

I and my friend Jinky had the chance to personally experience the extreme rides that Tree Top Adventure has to offer and the experience was awesome. No wonder why Tree Top is on the top list when it comes to main attractions in Baguio City.


We arrived is Baguio City on March 13 at 4:00am. Since it was too was too early we decided to have our breakfast first to the nearest fastfood. Then we went to Burnham Park to have sight seing and spent the rest of our time there as we wait for 8:00 am. (Since Tree Top Adventure  opens at 8:00am to 4:30pm daily including holidays) We arrived at camp John Hay 15 minutes before eight in the morning. We waited until Tree Top officially opened. We were welcome with such nice staff. Renz assisted us as we go through the the registration and briefly gave us an idea what to expect. I asked her some questions about the place and operation and I'm happy that she was able to give me satisfactory answers.

The park is located inside camp Jihn Hay it is full of trees that will surely make you feel closer to nature. All their rides are definitely Safe. Protective gear are also provided to ensure the safety of their guests. The staff will give you a short briefing before they let you in inside.
If you want to experience all the activities, allot around two hours. This will also depend on the number of guests present. The more guests, the more waiting time it will take. Luckily we arrived early plus it's a weekday so we are able to finish all the rides in less than two hours.
You have the option to choose weather you just want to try the individual rides or choose from there packages. They have total of 5 attractions which are devided into slow paces and fast paces. Below are there rates and the packages.


INDIVIDUAL PRICES
Php 250 - Canopy Ride
Php 300 - Superman Ride 
Php 150 - Tree Drop
Php 100 - Trekking and Skywalk
Php 200 - Silver Surfer

ADVENTURE PACKAGES
Php 400 - Canopy + Silver Surfer
Php 500 - Canopy + Superman Ride
Php 700 - Canopy + Superman + Silver Surfer
Php 900 - All activities


CANOPY RIDE
Travel through trees 100 feet above the ground using a network of five motorized cable rides, and see nature from an entirely new perspective.


SUPERMAN RIDE
Take off from a tower to a zip line adventure that can launch you into a superhero flight, face first (alone or with another rider) from an elevation 70 feet high in Subic and 150 feet high over a ravine in Baguio.


SILVER SURFER
Surf into the wind with a fellow rider, and glide from one treetop to another, while seeing an unmatched view of the forest wilderness.

TREE DROP ADVENTURE
Are you brave enough to experience the ultimate rappelling adventure down the side of a 60-foot tree? This is definitely the biggest Treetop free fall thrill!

TREKKING ADVENTURE
The Treetop Adventure experience aims to promote a greater appreciation of nature in its rugged beauty, and native ecosystems.


TREKKING AND SKYWALK
Enjoy the cool Baguio weather while strolling through pine trees in the park’s own “yellow road” which takes you right in the middle of nature, lending amazing views of Baguio’s peaks and mountainside 100 feet above the ground.

Superman Ride and Tree drop were my favorite. It will really be a challenge for people who have fear of heights.  Jinky even backed out for the Tree drop.

I asked her her about the experience and here's what she can say : "I been to Baguio many times but this is our first time in Tree Top Adventure in Baguio. The place was so nice.  Quiet, Calm and through the cool breeze you can relax and shout your heart at the same time. This is what I really want.  The rides were so nice except “skywalk” very disappointing (boring). We really had fun especially with the “superman” but sadly, I never tried “treedrop” because when kuya hanging me up little by little my heart started to beat so fast hahahaha. Overall, it was fun and thumbs up for all the staff who were very friendly and very accommodating. Keep it up! By the way, don't wear shorts when you go there coz' they will not allow you to take the rides and never complain about it. Just relax and enjoy the rides as well as the place with full of nature."



HOW TO COMMUTE GOING TO TREE TOP ADVENTURE

1. From Manila, take bus going to Baguio
Victory Liner and Genesis bus are the most common. There are other bus lines going to Baguio that you can easily find in there terminals in Cubao.

2. Go to Camp John Hay
Its Main Gate is now located on Loakan Road, a 5-minute drive from its old location at the Upper Session Road-Loakan Road-South Drive rotunda.

A. Tale a Jeepney.
You can take jeepneys going to Scout Barrio or Loakan or Kias-PMA with all three routes having their terminal at the east side of Burnham Park across Tiong-San Department Store, Harrison Road.

B. Take a taxi/cab
But my recommendation if you’re going to John Hay is to take a taxi or cab instead as this is more convenient than taking jeepneys. John Hay is a wide forest reserve and there are no jeepneys going inside.



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How I Question GOD?


Last year (2016), I have questioned God before the year ends: What have I done so bad to deserve all these misfortunes?
Now before the year 2017 ends, I'm asking Him again : What have I done good to deserve all these blessings?
Grateful is the only word that I can think of as I look back with my life this year. I am so much overwhelmed and filled with joy with all the things that happened to me.
2017 made me feel so alive. 
This is a year that I can say that I have live my life.
I did not found love though I found an inspiration through him.
I had heartbreaks but I was able to manage it.
I have enjoyed and relive my independence.
I have challenges but I faced and conquered them.
I have discovered new things about myself.
I have found new friends and considered them family.
I have broaden my network.
I have relive my passion.
I have gained my confidence back.
And most of all,
I have learned to love myself.
Thank you Lord for everything!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 

📷 Mark Joseph Dequito

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The Mt. Ulap Experience


After two months of work-home routine finally I had a chance to go out of town and immerse myself with nature. It was just an on the spot invitation and I don't know what happened but I just immediately said 'yes'. So then I joined as a joiner for the Mt. Ulap dayhike with LiveMore Adventures Travel and Tours. Mt. Ulap has always been one of the destination that I always long to hike. Aside from hearing good reviews I have fell in love with the weather of Benguet and rest of the Cordillera provinces.


Disclaimer!


I don't have enough words to describe how amazed I am with the beauty of nature that I have experience so I decided to just fill this post with photos. :-)

Our meet up was at KFC Shopwise in Cubao by 11:00 pm, Saturday. We departed by 12:00 mid night. We were at Sison, Pangasinan by 4:00 am to have a short stop over for breakfast. Before 6:00 am we reached the jump off located in Brgy. Ampucao, Itogon, Bengue.


As you exit the van you will immediately feel the cool weather. It wasn't to cold during that time so I decided not wear wear jacket and stick with just a short pants. By 6:14 am I got my stamp which means I am officially registered. After registration and orientation we started our trek about 6:30 am.


As we go along the way you can feel the cool wind covering the place as the warm sunlight kisses your skin. It just felt so good to me. By 7:00 am we reached View Point were you can  take photos. The beautiful sceneries starts here.



I saw immediatly the green mountains and the clear blue sky. My heart started pumping quickly out of excitement. I told myself silently, "This hike is going to be awesome", and it was.

Compare with my previews hikes, I decided not to rush. So I decided to be part of the sweepers together with Ren, one of our coordinators and Billy our tour guide. Good thing that most of the participants were beginners. Some of then infact first time hikers so there is absolutely no pressure. Just pure fun!

I can't stop myself from taking photos as I see the beauty that surrounds me. 

I don't normally converse with our tour guides but since its like we have all the time in the world, I did so. Billy is very nice he answers your questions and gives you some trivias. I normally get shy to asked anyone to take photos of me but with Ren and Billy I didn't had any minute of hesitation. 

After a few hours of a good trek. I have reached the first peak - Ambanaw Pway before 9:00 am. The sun is starting to show his greatness but the air remains cool and calm. As the sun rises, its light exposed the beauty that was hidden in the dark. Now that we reached the first peak, this is also a sign that we will going to trek in an open trail.

At first I thought of using an umbrella to protect myself from the sun but it hussles me when the wind blows so I decided to just put it back in my backpack. 

The view here is fantastic. The view is like is the movie The lord of the rings. You would think right away that it looks like New Zealand. Mixture of green and golden brown grasses. 'It was a pecfect spot to conduct picnics', that exactly cane to my mind that time.



I have reached Gungal before 10:30am. Here you will be amazed by rock formation. You will find a lot of Instagram worthy views. Your own imagination can be your only limitation.



I have reached Mt. Ulap peak around 12:00 pm. Some of us have already felt the hunger since just like myself I did not bring lunch. However there are stores just a few minutes away where you can eat and rest. I still have all the energy that I need. Plus I still have a lot of trail food in my bag.



As we decend there are stores about 30 minutes away from the summit where you can by some snack and drinks and souvenirs as well. They sell soft-drinks and drinking water. They also have coffee, instant pansit canton and cup noodles. We had our lunch there and took some rest there.

Officially end the trail by around 2:30 pm


Thanks to our kind tour guides Ate Nadia and Billy for leading us along the trail.







There different flower and wild berries are scattered along the way. I even had a chance to taste that sweet-sour favor of those tiny berries.















Don't be fooled with the beauty of its sceneries. Always practice caution as you  take your steps along the way. The beauty of nature of nature can capture your eyes and heart but can be deadly at times.














Nature will never fail to amaze you if you look at it the right way. You can find beauty in the leaves of every plants and trees weather dry or fresh. They comes into different colors, sizes and shapes. Beauty can be found in every rock formation. Beauty can be found in the trees no matter tall or short they are. weather its alive nor dry. Beauty can be seen in the trail, weather narrow or wide. Beauty can't only be seen with the naked eye. It can also be felt through the cool breeze of the air while the warm ray of the sun touches your skin. You can also taste the fresh sweet scent of the air through the pines. You can find the beauty through the people that you meet along the journey.






































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Travel Guide : Mt. Ulap (Cloud Mountain) Eco-trail of Itogon, Benguet



Mt. Ulap Eco-Trail in Itogon, Benguet is the perfect dayhike from Baguio City. The eco-trail features grassland and pine ridges, scenic views of the Cordilleras and burial caves. It is very feasible for dayhike or even half-dayhike that can be complete from 4-6 hours. This is one of the more scenic climbs that you can have in this region of the Philippines. Some people describe Mt. Ulap as New Zealand of the Philippines.






The Jump Off is located in Ampucao Itogon Benguet while the Exit Point is in Sta. Fe Itogon Benguet.


The trail have three peaks, namely Ambanaw Paway 1788 mASL (3.6.km), Gungal 1814 mASL (5.4km) and Mt. Ulap 1846 mASL (6.5km).











How to get to Mt. Ulap?

Commute
1. Take bus from Cubao/Pasay to Baguio City.
2. Take jeepney headed to Central Mall.
3. Take another jeepney from Central Mall to Phillex Mines and get off at Ampucao Elementary School

Private 
1. Take NLEX continuing to SCTEX taking the exit to MacArthur Highway.
2. From MacArthur Highway turn right to Kennon Rd continuing to Loakan Road then to Balatoc Road until you reach Ampucao Elementary School.

Rates:
1. Registration fee = 100 pesos per head
2. Local Guide Fee (1 guide: 7 persons) : Dayhike = 600.00 Overnight Camping = 1,000.00
3. Campsite fee (Overnight Camping for group of 10 persons and below) = 800.00
4. Porter fee (OPTIONAL) : Dayhike = 500.00 Overnight Camping = 800.00


Contact number : Brgy. Ampucao Tourism – 0998-9589549

Facilities at jumpoff:  
- Sari-sari stores
- Restrooms
- Parking

Campsites: At Ambunao Paoay

What to Bring in Mt. Ulap?

- Jacket
- Weather gear (gloves/bonnet)
- Extra Clothes
- Toiletries
- Insect repellent
- Umbrella
- Trekking Pole
- Poncho/Raincoat
- First Aid Kit including personal medicines
- Trail snacks
- 2L Trail Water
- Packed Lunch

For Over night,
- Tent and Sleeping Bag
- Portable butane stove
- Utensils
- Canned goods/ Easy to prep food
- Dry bag

Important reminders :
- Always practice caution
- Make sure to Enjoy very step of the trail and its scenic beauty. Don't rush! 

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