20 Mountains in Cebu that you should Hike in your 20s

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Captivating sunrise view of Jet Acido at Mt. Naupa

You have long bid goodbye to your teenage self, but here you are still unsatisfied with what you have accomplished in life, still asking what to do with your life. You have finally landed on the job you have always dream of having back when you were younger. You are now spending several anniversaries with the person you once deemed as an enemy, or a crush who’ll never notice you. You are now capable of visiting places which you never thought existed. You now have a place and vehicle that you can call your own. Technically, everything is happening the way you planned it. But why do you still feel empty inside? What’s the missing piece? Probably, you need some time to be at peace yourself, a moment of pure bliss, a place to recollect with yourself – the mountains.

You might think that it’s crazy. Why would you need to strain yourself when you are all taxed from all the engagements you have? Well, that’s part of the process. And you don’t actually need to strain yourself for there are a number of mountains around Cebu that does not require long and fatal trek.

Check out these 20 Mountains that can help you commune with nature and address your Quarter Life dilemma.

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LOCATION Mantalongon, Dalaguete
HOW TO GET THERE 1. From Cebu South Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound to Dalaguete.

2. Look for a habal-habal driver that will send you to the drop-off junction to Osmena Peak.

3. Hire a local guide or trailblaze your way to the peak.

EXPENSES
  • P100.00 – P120.00 Bus fare to Dalaguete
  • P100.00 – Habal-habal fare to Osmena Peak.
  • P30.00 – Entrance fee
  • P50.00 – Camping Fee

Total: P500.00 plus (Food and expenses to the traverse to Kawasan Falls has not been included)

TIPS 1. There is a bus that goes directly from Cebu City to Mantalongon, Dalaguete. This stations at Caltex Gasoline Station in Carbon. The fare is cheaper but no airconditioned bus is available as of the moment.

2. There is no fixed fee for guideship. You can use all haggling skills that you have with your dealings.

3. You can do the four to five hour (depends on the pacing of the group) traverse to Kawasan Falls after spending sometime at the peak or decide to go back to Dalaguete town proper.

DETAILS Click here: Osmena Peak: Conquering Greater Heights

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LOCATION Talamban, Cebu City
HOW TO GET THERE There are several trails that you can use in going to Sirao Peak. You can check the link below for your options; but the easiest and most accessible is the backdoor via Ayala Heights and then a short hike to the peak.

1. From JY Square Mall, Lahug, Cebu City, ride a habal-habal bound to the base of Sirao Peak.

2. Start the 5 – 20 minute hike to the peak.

EXPENSES On my first hike to Sirao Peak, I only spent P20.00. The second time I went there, I spent P15.00! But if you’d be taking the easiest route as mentioned above, you have to pay P75.00 – P150.00 per habal-habal.

Total: P150.00

TIPS 1. If you’d opt for the other trails, you can visit the famed heart-shaped pools, Budlaan Falls and Tinisig-uwang Falls. Click link below for detais.

2. You can proceed to the “Amsterdam of Cebu” or the Sirao Celosia Flower Farm just few meters away from the peak for awesome and breathtaking photoshoots.

3. You can pitch your tents and stay overnight at the peak. As of the moment, no entrance fees are collected in the vicinity.

DETAILS

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LOCATION Barangay Bocaue, Cebu City
HOW TO GET THERE There are several routes that you can take in going to the peak. You can even ride a habal-habal from the city to be able to reach this peak. But to add challenge, you can opt for:

Route A (Spartan Trail)

1. Meet-up at Convergys, Banawa.

2. Hike to Good Shepherd.

3. Direct assault to the mountain ranges and then proceed to Buhisan Watershed with sidetrips to Bocaue Creek and Badiang Falls.

4. Direct assault to Pamutan and then proceed to Barangay Bocaue.

Route B (Babag –Napo Trail)

1. Meet-up at Guadalupe Church.

2. Habal-habal ride to Barangay Napo.

3. Trek to Babag mountain ranges and then proceed to Bocaue Peak.

Note: Both routes are not recommended for beginners. But if you’d like to test your limit, why not. Just don’t forget that I warned you. These mountain ranges serve as practice grounds for mountaineers for their major climbs.

EXPENSES P50.00  for habal-habal fare
TIPS 1. It would be best if you’d join practice hikes of Cebu-based mountaineering groups. They are more familiar with the routes and can be very good moderator and facilitators during these kinds of events.

2. Bring plenty of water with you. Both routes are directly heated by the sun; thus, making the trek really strenuous.

3. Water sources are available on the route; however, if you have a very sensitive stomach, better bring liters of water with you.

DETAILS

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LOCATION Barangay Babag, Cebu City
HOW TO GET THERE 1. Meet-up at Guadalupe Church.

2. Habal-habal ride to Barangay Napo.

3. Trek to Babag mountain ranges and then proceed to Bocaue Peak.

EXPENSES P50.00 for habal-habal fare
TIPS 1. It would be best if you’d join practice hikes of Cebu-based mountaineering groups. They are more familiar with the routes and can be very good moderator and facilitators during these kinds of events.

2. Bring plenty of water with you. Both routes are directly heated by the sun; thus, making the trek really strenuous.

3. Water sources are available on the route; however, if you have a very sensitive stomach, better bring liters of water with you.

4. You can opt to proceed to Chalet hill or Sirao Peak via Malubog trail if you want to add more pain to your jaded body.

DETAILS

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LOCATION Barangay Busay, Cebu City
HOW TO GET THERE The easiest trail to this beloved campsite of many mountaineers is from JY Square. You can take a habal-habal that would directly send you to the base of the hill. No trek required. But if you’d like a little challenge, you can opt for the Babag route or walk from JY to Chalet like many hikers do.
EXPENSES P50.00 fare to Chalet Hill from JY Square.
TIPS 1. Chalet gives an overlooking view of the city; thus, making it a little lovelier at night because of the city lights – the reason why a lot of people camps here.
DETAILS Trails and Tales to Sirao Peak

 

LOCATION Naga City, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE 1. Ride a jeepney bound for Tungkop, Minglanilla. This is the boundary between Minglanilla and Naga City. Landmark: Tinong’s Bakery on the right and Julie’s Bakeshop on the left.

2. Ride a habal-habal bound to Cogon Chapel.

3. From the chapel, you can do the 45 to 60 minute hike to the summit.

Note: The perfectly-coned peak is Naupa while the other mountain where Mt. Naupa peak can be viewed is Mt. Luisa. This is what a teacher living in the vicinity shared to us during our hike.

EXPENSES P10.00 – Fare to Minglanilla

P25.00 – Habal-habal fare to Cogon Chapel

TIPS It would be best to take an afternoon hike to this beautiful sanctuary for it gives a beautiful sunset view to sunset chasers. Moreover, the night trek going back to the chapel gives a wonderful view of the stars that gives light along the way.

Recently, we just had a late night trek and camp at Mt. Naupa, then witnessed the marvelous rising of the sun at the summit. One of the most memorable camping experiences I had so far and truly worth the experience. You may try it as well.

DETAILS

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LOCATION Liloan, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE 1. Take a bus or jeepney bound to Liloan.

2. From Jollibee, Liloan, take a habal-habal bound to Barangay Lanigid or Barangay Mulao.

3. Register at the Barangay Hall and pay P10.00 for registration fee.

4. Start the 500m trek to the peak.

EXPENSES P15.00 – fare from SM to Liloan

P50.00 – motorcycle fare to Barangay Mulao

TIPS To make the most of your adventure, you can proceed to Mulao River for a river trek and to witness the astounding rock formation along the trail where you can see the enchanting Stone Ark and Malingin Rock.
DETAILS

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LOCATION San Fernando, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE 1. From Cebu South Bus Terminal, take a bus bound to San Fernando proper.

2. Ride a habal-habal that would send you to Barangay Bandilaan.

3. Start the short trek.

EXPENSES P30.00 – bus fare to San Fernando

P30.00 – habal-habal fare to Barangay Bandilaan

TIPS 1. Bandilaan Peak is directly heated by the sun because it doesn’t have vegetation along the way; thus, it’s best to visit the place early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

2. There are two caves that you can visit after spending some time at Mt. Bandilaan. Both are difficult to locate but the locals are very much willing to give a helping hand on your trailblaze.

DETAILS Mt. Bandilaan

 

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Photo by: Lakbay Lawin
LOCATION Toledo City, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE 1. Ride a bus bound to Lutopan Landing, Toledo.

2. Hire a habal-habal that will bring you to the jumpoff area. Most locals are familiar with the trail to the summit of Puting Bato.

EXPENSES P40.00 – Bus fare to Lutopan Landing

P10.00 – Habal-habal fare to Puting Bato jumpoff

*Guide fee is negotiable.

TIPS Toledo offers a lot of tourist attractions near the vicinity of Puting Bato. You can include in your itinerary Atlas’ Mining Pit – Biga Pit, the Maze Garden located at Capilla Santa Ana in Sitio Santa Anaand the nearby Seven Caves of Campo Siete.
DETAILS Putingbato

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LOCATION Boundary between Minglanilla and Toledo
HOW TO GET THERE 1. From South Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound to Lutopan Landing Bus Stop in Toledo.

2. Hire a habal-habal bound to Campo Otso (Camp 8).

3. Ask locals or contact Sir Enie of BASO team for guideship.

EXPENSES P40 – bus fare to Toledo

P20 – habal-habal to Camp 8

*Guide fee is negotiable.

TIPS From Mt. Calbasaan, you can opt to return to Toledo Proper and then proceed to Barangay Cantabaco for rockclimbing experience. You can as well proceed to Camp 7 for a caving experience at the grand White Cave.

*NOTE: A different trail has also been established from Minganilla proper. However, it entails longer hike and familiarity with the trail.

DETAILS
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Photo by: Foureyedlaagan
LOCATION Argao, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE 1. Ride a bus bound for Argao.

2. Go to the municipal hall of the town and ask for a guide that will give you directions.

EXPENSES P80 – P100.00 – bus fare to Argao
DETAILS

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LOCATION Taloot, Argao, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE 1. Ride a bus bound to Taloot Wharf, Argao.

2. Ask locals for directions in going to Liki Spring. You can also opt to ride a tricycle in going to the jumpoff area.

3. Start the uphill trek.

EXPENSES P60.00 – bus fare to Argao

P10.00 – tricycle fare to Liki Spring

TIPS 1. You can actually ask a habal-habal driver to bring you directly to the base of Tiposo Peak. On our case, we just want to trailblaze and make the most of our trek that’s why we started at Taloot and then trailblazed to Tiposo Peak.

2. From the highway, there are lots of accessible springs where you can rehydrate yourselves. Just have the courage to ask the locals and they’d be more than willing to help you.

3. To fill your empty stomach, you can proceed to the Sutukil Restaurant near the wharf. They cook dishes from fishes that are caught from their fishpens.

DETAILS Tiposo Peak: Trailblazing to the Heart of Argao

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LOCATION Alegria, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE 1. Ride a bus to Alegria town proper.

2. You can choose between the two trails that lead to the summit of Mt. Lanaya – Legaspi trail or Lumpan trail. In our case, we were badly out of time, thus, we took the Lumpan trail which only takes an hour to trek. You can ask habal-habal drivers to send you to the base of Mt. Lanaya via Lumpan trail and then ask the locals for direction.

3. A lot of restrictions are followed at the Legaspi trail. Hikers are required to hire a guide and pay P50.00 for environmental fee. Guide fee ranges from P500 and above depending on the number of hikers.

EXPENSES P130.00 – bus fare to Alegria

P100.00 – habal-habal fare to Barangay Lumpan

P100.00 – guide fee

TIPS Lumpan trail is beginner-friendly; however, if you think of safety and insurance, it’d be better to take the Legaspi trail.
DETAILS

 

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Photo by: Wanderingsoulcamper
LOCATION Balamban, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE You can either bring a private vehicle direct Mt. Manunggal via Transcentral Highway (Baranggay Gaas) or trek from Barangay Tabunan to the summit of Mt. Manunggal.
EXPENSES V-hire to Barangay Gaas – P120.00

Habal-habal to Barangay Tabunan – P135.00

TIPS You can either start or head after to Mt. Mauyog after conquering Mt. Manunggal. It has been recently discovered that aside from the statue of the late president Ramon Magsaysay and the engine of the C-47 Pinatubo plane, Mt. Manunggal has actually a peak which is quite similar to Mt. Mauyog’s.
DETAILS

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LOCATION Balamban, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE See Mt. Manunggal
EXPENSES V-hire to Barangay Gaas – P120.00

Habal-habal to Barangay Tabunan – P135.00

Entrance fee to Mt. Mauyog – P10.00

Guide fee – (Negotiable)

TIPS 1. There are two options when you are planning to do sidetrips after conquering this “shaky mountain” – traverse to Mt. Manunggal or visit Gining Falls.

2. Unlike Mt. Manunggal, Mt. Mauyog requires permits and local guides as prerequisites before conquering the peak.

DETAILS

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LOCATION Boundaries between Carmen, Danao and Tuburan
HOW TO GET THERE 1. Ride a jeepney bound to Carmen, Cebu.

2. From Carmen Public Market, ride a habal-habal to Barangay Santican. You will pass by MLhuillier’s vast farms and horse ranch.

3. Register at the Barangay Hall of Barangay Santican and ask locals for guideship to the summit of Mago.

*NOTE: According to locals, Mago is not actually the name of the place where the boundaries of the three municipalities can be found. Mago actually refers to the tree that has been standing on the peak which can be clearly seen from any points of the three aforementioned places.

EXPENSES P30.00 – Bus fare to Carmen

P80 – P100 – Habal-habal fare to Barangay Santican

*Payment for the guide is negotiable.

TIPS From Mt. Mago, you can take sidetrips sto Mangitngit Falls or Durano Ecofarm. Just ask the habal-habal driver to send you whichever you desire to visit.
DETAILS

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LOCATION Catmon, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE PRE-REQUISITES:

1. Contact guides that have been certified by the municipality of Catmon.

2. Process documents for Environmental Fee and other registration forms.

HOW TO GET THERE?

Mt. Kapayas is a mountain located between the realms of Carmen and Catmon. If you’d like to take the longer and more challenging trail, traverse via Catmon is suited for you; however, if time does not permit you, you can take the easier and shorter trail from Catmon. Either way, you’ll reach the same peak.

*NOTE: Mountaineers are strictly prohibited to hike and camp in Mount Kapayas without notice and permit from the municipal hall. Better be safe than sorry.

EXPENSES P650 – Processing of forms and registration fee

P20 – Campsite fee

P50 – habal-habal fare to jumpoff site

P150/ head – guide fee

TIPS From Mt. Kapayas, you can take sidetrips sto Mangitngit Falls or Durano Ecofarm. Just ask the habal-habal driver to send you whichever you desire to visit.
DETAILS Mt. Kapayas: A Letter from the Mountain

 

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Photo by: Almeira
LOCATION Danao City, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE 1. Ride a bus bound to Danao City.

2. Hire a habal-habal or ride a jeepney to Barangay Masaba.

3. Ask locals for guideship in going to Mt. Manghilao.

EXPENSES P40 – Fare to Danao City

P20 – P50 – habal-habal fare

TIPS You can trailblaze to a densely populated cave near the summit or opt to visit Durano Ecofarm after going to the peak of Manghilao. According to some outdoor enthusiasts, there are caves that are well-hidden from visitors; if interested, you may contact local officials from the Barangay Hall.
DETAILS Mt. Manghilao

 

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Photo by: Lornzy Jumao-as of Laagan Pilipinas
LOCATION Balamban, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE 1. Ride a v-hire/ habal-habal bound to Barangay Cansomoroy.

2. Contact local officials or go directly to Barangay hall for registration and assistance for guideship.

EXPENSES P120 – fare to Barangay Cansomoroy via Transcentral Highway

*Guide fee is negotiable.

TIPS You can ask the guide to visit the nearby cave and waterfalls hidden among the vegetations of Cansomoroy.

Camping and hammock party can be very much accommodated in the area. Just make sure to keep in mind the LNT principles at all times.

Since it is already in the vicinity of Balamban, might as well pay a visit to Canso X, West 35, or Cambuhawe Spring.

DETAILS Cansomoroy Mountain Range

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LOCATION Ginatilan, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERE There are two options on how to go about this trip: easy and hardcore way.

*Easy

1. Ride a bus bound to Samboan.

2. From Samboan proper, hire a habal-habal  to bring you to the chapel of the Divine Mercy which is actually located at the peak of Mt. Hambubuyog.

*Hardcore

1. Ride a bus bound to Ginatilan.

2. From Ginatilan proper, ride a habal-habal to Inambakan Falls.

3. Start the trek from the first level (Inambakan Falls) until the third level (Kampael Falls) of Inambakan falls and then proceed with a direct assault. An established road is waiting for you at the top and you can follow the road which directly leads to the Divine Mercy chapel; however, following this route would take a traverse unto three mountain ranges (approximately 5 – 10 hours). No worries though, the locals are very much familiar with the shortcut to the chapel (requires only 3-4 hours depending on the pacing. You only have to pass the main water source of Barangay Hambubuyog, pass by a mini-forest and then proceed to the Calvary Trail.

EXPENSES P150 – bus fare to Ginatilan/ Samboan

P75 – habal-habal to/from Divine Mercy Chapel

P50 – habal-habal to Inamabakan Falls

P10 – Inamabakan Falls entrance fee

TIPS From the summit of Mt. Hambubuyog, you can choose between two roads that diverge from one another – one leading to Oslob and the other leading to Samboan.

To Oslob: You can visit the Salamanca Hills and Tumalog Falls

To Samboan: You can take a sidetrip to Candayvic Falls and Dau Falls

DETAILS Mt. Hambubuyog: Stereotypes of Women on Hikes

There’s a quite longer list of mountains that you can visit around Cebu that has not been thoroughly described on the list including Mt. Kabayoan, Mt. Kangbulagsing, Mt. Lanipga, Mt. Taklian, Mt. Montaneza, Pung-ol Sibugay, Manuel’s Peak, and recollection sites that are located on hills and mountains of Cebu (Don Bosco, San Carlos Heights and Tabor Hills) that can offer the same reflective experience to hikers and visitors alike. Try visiting some of these places. Who knows? Maybe nature knows the answer to your conquest, your never ending list of inquiries.

PS. Feel free to message me on Facebook, comment below or send me a private message at marjgabuya@yahoo.com should you have further inquiries. If you have a mountain around your area that you want to be discovered or conquered by Dakilanglaagan, feel free to tell me. To more mountains to hike! Cheers!

 

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29 thoughts on “20 Mountains in Cebu that you should Hike in your 20s

  1. I am thankful I dropped here in your blog. I was feeling more determined to discover more mountain peak here in Cebu. This really a big help of my new found hobby “exploring & adventures”.

    Asa dapita sa San Fernando monaog ig padung sakay habal-habal pra bandilaan?

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