Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way! ~ Dr Seuss.
Osmeña Peak — the highest peak of Cebu is another place I scratched on my travel bucket list this year!!! We climbed the peak yesterday and I’m happy to share this travel guide for those who are planning to climb it.
Where is Osmeña Peak?
It is the highest peak among the Mantalungon mountain ranges. Nestled in the Municipality of Dalaguete, Cebu and rising approximately 1,000 meters above sea level, making it the highest peak in the island. It is named after the famous Osmeña clan of Cebu. It gives 360-degree view of Cebu coastline including the island of Bohol and Negros. Just a one to two-hour bus ride from the city.
How to get there?
Assembly time: 12:30am (Why so early? Because we wanted to see the sunrise at the peak.)
You have to be at the Cebu City South Bus terminal and catch the bus going to Bato or Oslob via Dalaguete. We caught the first bus trip at 1:30am and arrived at Dalaguete and Mantalungon junction at 3:30am. (It was very early so there was no traffic, so we arrived early, too.) The fare is only Php101. Tell the driver’s assistant (konduktor) to drop you off at Dalaguete-Mantalungon junction.
You will be greeted by a swarm of motorcycle drivers who will offer you a ride to Mantalungon Public Market for Php50. They can also drive you up to the foot of the peak for Php100 pesos each. Since we arrived early, we decided to walk from the market.
What to do there?
It is just a mountain peak, so there is nothing much to do there. But you will be captivated by the 360-degree view of the island and get to enjoy the sunrise with the foggy surrounding. (That is if you are early.) Prepare to be amazed how great is God’s creation. You can have range hopping if you want and just allow yourself to be one with the nature.
Others choose to camp there. There is a camping area set for those who wanted to stay overnight.
Where else to go?
Mantalungon is the vegetable basket of Cebu, so you can tour to the locals vegetable farms. In our case, we went to Dalaguete proper and proceed to Obong Spring.
Travel light and bring a lot of water. Wear proper climbing attire especially your footwear. If you plan to stay overnight, bring your own tent and make sure to bring a thick jacket or coat to protect you from extreme cold. Beware of the drivers asking you more than the exact fare.
The lot to the crest is privately owned, thus there is a Php30 entrance fee. You can hire a tour guide at the registration area, but the trail to the peak is pretty established so we prefer not to. Just watch your steps. Remember that you are climbing a mountain, some rocks are lose.
And one more thing, wherever you go, always keep in mind the hiking rules ‘Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time and burn nothing but calories.’
I hope you find this travel guide helpful. 🙂 Stay tuned for my next post about our epic adventure to the summit. Keep safe!