Ill be honest, I dont really go trekking or climb mountains a lot but when I do, I always see to it to make the best out of it. I may not be a professional climber but I do know the basics and I always practice safety.
In this particular adventure thou, I was lucky enough to be trekking with one of the best trekkers there is in Cebu, and ill forever be grateful. For the chance and guidance they provided all through out the experience.
I must say, I was pretty much psyched to be climbing one of the highest mountain peak in Cebu and quite scared at the same time. But it all turned out fine, we may had experienced some bumps but nothing much that we cant handle and the event was a big success. Sure we do have some points to consider improving but overall it was an experience of a lifetime.
Mt. Kapayas Itinerary
4pm: Van Transfer to Compostela from Ayala terminal
5pm: Arrival at the beach. Set up tents, hommock and
Cook food for dinner
7- 9pm: LNT Workshop
9-11pm: Last and Light Backpacking
11.15pm: Awarding of Certificates
11.30pm: Lights Off
4.30am: Wake up call prepare breakfast per group.
6.00am: Enroute to Catmon
6.45am: Meet the Driver with our Permit.
Registration at Police Office. Last buy at 7-11 7.00am: Motorcycle ride to Jump off
8.00am: Jump Off, meet the guide and prayer and
Start the trek.
11.00am: Peak, pictures
12.30pm: Lunch, rest
2.30pm: Enroute to Falls
5.30pm: Enroute back to Cebu
The trail started easy, it was just like walking in the park but it gotten really hard with our backpacks and the heat of the sun. That’s where the lightbacking comes in places, never really bring stuff that aren’t necessary it’ll serve as a deadweight. (Not a big idea to bring lots of stuff).
The summit thou, it took my breath away! Quite literally but its really nice to have such exeperience. Some peaks are easy to reach, this one is not one of them. You have to climb your way up through the stone wall (cliff if not with trees that surrounds it). It was really challenging and nerve wrecking. But once I get to the top, it was really worth it. The view was so amazing, 360 degree view of the north, I was in awed for a couple of minutes. Not everybody gets to see this amazing creation, right at that moment I felt really blessed and humbled, and realized how such small space I occupy in this big big world. But that specific moment, I was on top of it, and I couldn’t be anymore prouder.
For a typical employee who works 5 days a week and gets the weekends for herself, it is always fun to be spending you rest day with friends on a weekend trip. So we packed our sleeping bags and camping tents and to Dalaguete we go. Our adventure for the weekend : A Social Climb to Osmeña Peak.
Approximately 1000 meters above sea level, Osmeña Peak is considered the highest peak in the province and island of Cebu. Located in Brgy. Mantalongon, Municipality of Dalaguete. Mantalongon is dubbed to be the Little Baguio of Cebu due to its cold climate and abundance of vegetables that grows in a cold weather.
Panoramic view of Osmeña Peak during sunset
Knowing the right stuff to bring is vital in this kind of escapade, or to any other adventure you are to experience in the future. So here are some details you need to know if you are planning to head to the south and climb Osmeña Peak.
Things to bring : It is a common knowledge that high altitude places tend to be very cold at night, here’s a list of things that you need to bring to make your overnight stay a very comfortable experience .
1. Camping tent – as you are to spend the night in the camping area near the peak, it is expected that you have to have a camping tent.
2. Sleeping bag – trust me, you need one. It can be very cold during the night, you don’t want to spend the entire night chilling yourself out not able to sleep. Trying to warm yourself.
3. Butane Stove and cooking stuff- making a bonfire is not allowed in the peak, so you better bring butane stove so you could cook your food for the entire stay.
4. jacket – You don’t really want to inconvenient yourself from the low temperature, you need jacket to keep you warm your body. But if you have someone special in your life, tag them along. Nothing beats body warmth. You can cuddle all night long.
5. Bluetooth Speaker – at some point you will find it boring if you wont bring with you a speaker, music trip can be very enjoying when you have nothing else to do. In my case, I brought with me my ever reliable Jam Plus Bluetooth Speaker, everywhere I go I have it with me and it never failed me since. Bought it at Amazon.
6. Power Bank – You wouldn’t want a battery drained cellular phone, it keeps you connected to the outside world and in case of emergency you can just contact your families and friends back home. You could also charge your bluetooth speaker when it runs out of battery.
7. Camera – yeah sure, point and shoot camera will suffice, but if you do have a DSLR might as well bring it too so you could really capture the Sunset at its best. But if you have a Gopro, that’d be great, it will capture the breath-taking view in a wide lens, it would be awesome.
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8. Water (Lots of them) – It’s best you bring your own water. 1 liter bottled water is enough unless you’ll stay in the peak for 2 days or so. And bring extra water so you could boil some water for coffee or tea.
9. Canned goods, noodles, bread – when you’re on a camping trip it is very necessary to only bring food that can be easily be opened and cooked, tray of egg will also come in handy.
10. Liquor – Yeah you read it right!!! There’s no better way to warm your chilling body than to drink liquor with your friends. (Moderately, though), with good old talks, jokes and stories, surely your evening will be memorable. Playing cards, would be great if you were able to bring those Power bank generated LED light bulbs. In our case, we hadn’t brought one so we ended up chatting the entire evening. (Till dawn).
Now be a good person and prepare these stuff the next time you climb Osmeña Peak.
Lets jump to itinerary, although this is a very short and simple trip, having an itinerary can even more make it simpler. (Check out our itinerary below):
Saturday (March 7, 2015)
12:00 NN – Meet up at Cebu South Bus Terminal
1:00 PM – Departure from the terminal 4:00 PM – Arrival at Poblacion, Dalaguete
4:05 PM – Departure on a Public Utility Motorcycle (Habal-habal)
4:35 PM – Arrival in the foot of Osmeña Peak
5:15 PM – Arrival in the Osmeña Peak camping site (Put up camping tents) 5:20 PM – Ascend to the peak ( in time for the sunset)
5:25 PM – pictorial, appreciating the view, capturing the moments
6:00 PM – Descend back to the camp site, Prepared food for dinner
7:00 PM – Dinner time
8:00 PM – Music trip, bonding, more shenanigans
12:00 AM – It’s a wrap!
Sunday (March 8, 2015)
4:00 AM – Wake up time, Coffee time (the other campers woke up at around 2am)
5:00 AM – Ascend to Osmeña Peak, appreciating the foggy Sunday morning, more pictorial
6:00 AM – Break fast, pictorial, camp out
9:30 AM – Descend from Osmeña Peak, trek to Mantalongon Market
10:30 AM – Departure from Mantalongon Market on a utility Motorcycle (habal-habal)
11:00 AM – Arrival in Dalaguete Proper
The trip was very cheap and I know for a fact that the experience was more than worthy of the budget we allocated. We were a group of 7 pax : 3 boys & 4 girls
Budget for the trip:
Bus fare – Php105.00 (Cebu South Bus Terminal to Dalaguete proper)
Motor fare – Php100.00 (Dalaguete proper to Foot of the mountain, via habal-habal)
potluck – Php100.00(food and water)
Motor fare – Php50.00 (Mantalongon Market to Dalaguete proper)
Bus Fare – Php105.00 (Dalaguete proper to Cebu South Bus Terminal)
You can either wait for the hourly bus to pass or you can side a trip to the nearest beach. In our case, we headed straight to the Dalaguete Beach Park and enjoyed the rest of our weekend trip at the beach.
It was a fun filled experience, and yeah we were all exhausted even before the day ended due to our trekking. But it was all worth it, in fact it was more than what we expected. It was a budget-friendly trip, the best way to welcome my 2015 summer. Shout-out to my friends: Yasmin Michelle (Yami), Hanny Lyn, Cecile, Ramil (moy-moy), Ian, Frandee, and of course to sir Nat for the effort😁😁
It doesn’t really matter how far or how popular the places that you’ve been to, what’s more important are the memories you shared with the people you’re with.
Osmeña Peak : A Social Climb For a Weekend Trip, It’s a wrap! #03782015