Anyone living in Cebu is familiar with the highest peak in the island of Cebu which is approximately 1000 meters above sea level. The peak is known to be one easy trek that you can always visit over the weekend. I’ve visited the place at least once and I am still in awe. This are the 5 things you should be missing if you haven’t been to Osmeña peak.
The jagged hills. These picturesque view is something that’s very common to the people who have reached Osmeña peak. Common, yet, everyone is always mesmerized even if it’s not their first climb on this peak. The multiple jagged hills looks like a rugged version of the infamous Chocolate Hills of Bohol, grouped together, overlooking Badian shorelines. This breathtaking view will welcome you right after you reach the summit.
The amazing sunset. I may have talked about sunsets for most of my posts but I can’t get to miss this one out. We were planning to stay overnight and were decided to start trekking around 4 pm, I guess. We’re lucky enough to still see the sunset view bidding us goodbye for the day.
The camping experience. They usually say that it’s zero visibility when you go camping at the peak. Thick mist will be all over the place, making it so freezing at night. We brought the right things to prepare but we were greeted by stars and an ample amount of cold breeze. With the stars right above us, I can say that everyone were happy campers for the night. 🙂
Hello morning sun! You could have the best of both worlds on Osmeña peak. Aside from the dramatic sunset, you will also witness the sunrise! Hitting two birds in one stone if you go camping. This is a very easy trek so you can always choose to just stay for a while and pick the day’s highlight. Some will went too early to catch the sun and some will do the trek later during sunset time. You choose, but you can always have both. 🙂
The guides. Well, seriously you won’t need a guide. haha! There’s a clear path to follow to reach the summit, although you can’t just say no to the kids offering to be your guides. They won’t asked for a specific amount, they would just let you decide how much will you compensate them. haha! They’re too helpful to offer us a hand with some of our things. You can also asked them to buy something from the foot of the mountain (In case you forget something), before they leave. It’s amazing how they’ll just breeze through the rocky path and run all the way down.
How to get there:
- Ride a bus from South Bus terminal and asked to be dropped off to Mantalungon junction. (Php 105.00)
- Motorcycles will be in line on the junction, willing to dropped you off at Mantalungon market (some wanted to start trekking from there) or at the foot of the mountain (the easier and faster option). (Php 100.00/person)