An Overnight Trek to Tinagong Dagat in Mt. Mandalagan via Patag – Campuestohan Traverse

See below the ITINERARY AND EXPENSES, story to follow.


Day 0
Permit/Fax: Php300

The Adventurers before leaving the camp.

Roll Call (from Left):
Harold, Pete, Kathy, Alfred, Rhea, Kring, July, RJ, Jill, Van, Carl, Andoy, Shie, Guide 1, Guide 2, Gil

17:00 North Bus Terminal
– Be early to secure a seat.
17:50 Departure to Toledo
– Fare/Pax: Php375 via Ceres (w/ CR)
20:30 Toledo City
20:45 Get off the bus
– Told to be back at 9PM so we just bought take out at Mcdo.
21:00 At the Ferry
21:30 Departure to San Carlos City
– Ticket and terminal fee was provided by the Ceres conductor before leaving the bus. Things were left at the bus too.
23:15 Arrival in San Carlos City
23:30 At the bus, departure to Bacolod

Day 1

02:00 Bacolod Old Terminal
02:45 To Ceres Northbound Terminal
– Fare/Pax: Php30 via tryke
03:00 At Terminal
– Sleep until 5:00 AM (Preps)
05:30 To Silay
– Fare/Pax: Php16 via Ceres Bus
06:00 Poblacion Silay City
– Breakfast @ #Hugot Sizzlers
– Wait for Alfred. Permit was forgotten.
– CR breaks
– Buy lunch pack at Mercado.
07:30 At jeep to Patag (Commute)
– Fare/Pax: Php45 via passenger jeepney
– Waiting for other passengers
08:15 Jeep Departure
09:15 Hospital – Tourism
– Guide Fee: Php750/day
– Guide Fee/Pax: Php250
– Entrance: Php10
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Platform
16:30 Tinagong Dagat
18:00 Dinner Preps
20:00 Dinner
20:30 Socials
22:00 Lights Off

Day 2

05:00 Wake up call
06:00 Breakfast Preps, Break Camp
08:30 Breakfast
09:30 Left Tinagong Dagat
13:00 Campuestohan
– Food Share/Pax: Php87
15:00 ETD to Bacolod
16:00 ETA in Mercy’s Talabahan, Bacolod
16:30 ETD to Ruins
– Fare/Pax: Php150
17:00 The Ruins
– Entrance/Pax: Php100
19:00 ETD to Ceres Terminal
– Fare/Pax: Php25 via Tryke
– Dinner
– Fare/Pax: Php410 from Bacolod to North Bus via Escalante – Tabuelan
21:00 ETD to Ferry
23:30 ETA Ferry Port
– Fare/Pax: Php130
00:00 ETD to Tabuelan Port
03:00 ETD to North Bus Terminal
05:30 Home Sweet Home

Permit/Fax: Php300 paid 1 to 2 weeks before the trek
Fare/Pax: Php375 from North Bus to Bacolod City via Ceres (w/ CR)
Fare/Pax: Php30 from Bacolod Bus Stop to Ceres Terminal via tryke
Fare/Pax: Php16 from Ceres Terminal to Silay City via Ceres Bus
Fare/Pax: Php45 from Silay City to jump-off in Patag
Guide Fee/Pax: Php250 paid at Hospital
Entrance Hospital: Php10 paid at Hospital
Food Share/Pax: Php87 group food sharing (Day 1 Dinner, Day 2 Breakfast, Lunch)
Fare/Pax: Php150 from Campuestohan to The Ruins
Entrance/Pax: Php100 The Ruins
Fare/Pax: Php25 via Tryke from The Ruins to Ceres Terminal
Fare/Pax: Php410 from Bacolod to North Bus via Escalante – Tabuelan
Fare/Pax: Php130 Ferry from Escalante to Tabuelan

Day 0 Dinner Php100
Day 1 Breakfast Php50
Day 1 Pack Lunch Php50
Day 2 Snacks Php100
Day 2 Late Lunch Php150
Day 2 Dinner Php50

GRAND TOTAL: Php2500 (total estimated max budget. Just bring Php3000)

GUIDE DETAILS (Guide is provided by Tourism office on the day in Hospital, Patag, Silay City)
Note: 1 guide per 10 pax, in excess mandatory add 1 guide
– Guide Fee: Php750/day/pax

Summit to Sea Adventure in Biliran, Eastern Visayas (Day 3) – The Sambawan Paradise

This is the last post of the Tres Marias series but I’m planning to post some realizations and other tips blog soon. Hang in there friends. Hope you had fun reading as much as I had fun writing while re-visiting the lovely memories that we had on this adventure. The husband and I would be on a hiatus this July and August as we will be preparing for our 11-day trip to Southeast Asia come August 20-September 1. We were quite excited as that trip would be our 2nd trip abroad following our Anniversary trip in Hong Kong & Macau last March. Wish us luck friends!!! Till the next post!

The hype of Sambawan wasn’t just a hype, it’s real. It’s the sort of beauty that even a photograph cannot do justice. It’s a paradise that I don’t mind waking up to every single day. The island is peculiarly shaped but since I was rather unadventourous that morning I’ve only visited the main viewpoint. The husband however went to the other end. Ryan, our guide urged us to visit the opposite end. I think  no one went. Next time I really would. Gotta come back and stay for more than a night.

4 of the picture-perfect views of Sambawan! The husband’s view is overlooking to where we camp. Liz’s in orange is facing the other end of the island where I didn’t go. My view is to the sea. The last pic w/ Analyn is the cogon-covered path way to the view point.

Day 3
We agreed to wake up at 4 AM but when my alarm sounded, it was still too dark. I noticed that I was sweating so I opened our tent to welcome the morning breeze. After I did so, the cold air put me back to sleep. I woke up just in time for the orangey glow of sunrise. I then called on the others so that we could go together.

The camp site early in the morning.
Early morning views.

To my surprise, the view point is just very near. Ryan told me it was a short trek but I didn’t think it was that short. Haha! There was even a stairs on the way up.

Pictures on the way to the view point.

And of course, Sambawan didn’t disappoint. From the view point, you could see the entire island shaped like a C. The husband said it is a snake shaped island so instead of Sambawan, it would have been better if it was called the Snake Island. But of course, I disagree. An island named after a beast I loathe wouldn’t be a must for me. Haha! I would think that it’s named such because snakes are abundant in them. Lol

I went back ahead of the husband as he wanted to explore the other end of the island. I wanted too as well but I worried that if I stayed too long, we wouldn’t be able to achieved leaving the island as planned.

The husband’s attempt to pose! This is so rareeeeee before but nowadays, it just amazed me how he makes an effort to pose for pictures now. 🙂 He has changed indeed. And I love that change. 🙂
Pictures of the husband’s buddies in exploring the other end of the islands.

When I went back, we started cooking breakfast. Since we had tons of foods left, we had a feast. We had dilis, spam, corned beef and eggs. While we were cooking, the others were breaking up the camp. Over our cooking busyness, we played a game of “Kuan”. Gamz who went in late didn’t get the joke right away. She had the most “Kuan” counts. As for me who’s normally talkative and talk fast had to tone down my speech. I didn’t want to have any “Kuan” count. Haha!

Breakfast time!!!

After breakfast, we gathered up our things and arranged it to the boat. We left just in time. On the way, as promised Ryan took us to 2 spots. The first was a cave. We just caught a glimpsed of it though so everyone wasn’t that hyped. The 2nd was Dalutan Resort. We paid an extra Php20 for entrance but it’s worth it. Some had the time to swim and the others just enjoyed a brief time’s up from the unforgiving heat of our open boat.

Photo ops before we left the island of dreams!
Our partner of adventure – our open boat and some views along the way!

We were supposed to have lunch back at the harbor but as we were not famished yet, we decided to just went to the terminal directly. We declined Ryan’s offer to change at his house. Since all of us wouldn’t fit in at a single van, Liz, Pong, the husband and me rode together at the next van. We were in Ormoc by 4 PM. After a sumptuous meal of lechon, we waited for our ride back to Cebu. =) At 8 PM, we were home. It was time to say goodbye to the new faces who have been our companions for the last 3 days. All we have were pics and a life time of memories that would be cherished forever. 🙂

This is the last post of the Tres Marias series but I’m planning to post some realizations and other tips blog soon. Hang in there friends. Hope you had fun reading as much as I had fun writing while re-visiting the lovely memories that we had on this adventure. The husband and I would be on a hiatus this July and August as we will be preparing for our 11-day trip to Southeast Asia come August 20-September 1. We were quite excited as that trip would be our 2nd trip abroad following our Anniversary trip in Hong Kong & Macau last March. Wish us luck friends!!! Till the next post!

Tres Marias Series:
Day 1
Day 2 – Part 1
Day 2 – Part 2
Day 3

Thank you for reading and I’d love to hear from you. Comment away!!!

NCR Trekker’s Multi-Peak Escape in Kandungaw, Maloray, Dalaguete

On the edge of Kandungaw's Peak!
On the edge of Kandungaw’s Peak!

In preparation for a major climb this June, NCR Trekkers went back to one of the countable town to town trek in Cebu – Maloray, Dalaguete to Sohoton, Badian with an overnight camp at the foot of Kandungaw Peak. 25 adventurers joined the trek, 13 of which were NCR trekker members. Compared to the “foggy” visit in November 2015 with no clearing, this time the great Kandungaw finally revealed all of it’s splendor.

From L-R, T-B: (1) Group pic at the front of the wall (see the star). (2) Our tents with the great Kandungaw’s back in the background. (3) The husband posed at the heart of Kandungaw. (4) Me on top of Kandungaw.
Up close with the 2nd peak connected to Kandungaw.
Up close with the peak opposite Kandungaw. It’s the best peak of all for the brave at heart. Getting up on a loose soil while scrambling your way to the top and getting down on a vertical descent with rocks. Must climb!

Kandungaw, like it’s neighboring peak, Osmeña can be accessed via Mantalongon, Dalaguete. From the bus stop at Mantalongon Market, you will have to hail a habal2x (motor) to the jump-off at Maloray, Dalaguete. The hike to the peak is short but coupled with mostly ascents. On a clear day, you can see the tip of Kandungaw on the ride to the jump-off and in the ascent. With our usual pace and picture stops in between, we reached the peak after an hour.

The manmande steps to Kandungaw. A view of the wall. And climbing through the entrance of the campsite.
One more ascent and finally, hello campsite.
From L-R, T-B Peaks surrounding the camp site: (1) Not fit for climbing. (2) For the brave peak. (3) Connected to Kandungaw Peak. (4) Kandungaw Peak – it does look like a lion to me!

Hiking up the trail to Kandungaw, you will be amazed at the wall-like mountains that would greet you after enduring the oversize man-made steps. Beyond the wall where Kandungaw stands as it’s highest point, is the campsite conveniently tucked at the heart of 3 other smaller peaks. 2 of the peaks offered amazing views and should not be missed. A stone-throw away from the camp is a house.

Climb-able peak’s view at night!

Like every other NCR trek, there were socials and this time, everyone participated. After dinner, the usual get-to-know-you and #hugot lines started, with Lanz (NCR Trekker’s Most Active Villager on our first ever Werewolves game in Lanigid) kicking it off. The favorite game of “Werewolves” followed with 24 players. AJ, the club president, moderated the game which ended at 12 AM where 4 all women villagers emerged as the victors defeating 3 women and 2 men werewolves.

NCR Trekker’s group: The riches led by AJ, the squatters led by Lanz and the free spirits (Me, Migo & Liz) and all of us gathering together for the socials!

The night was peaceful with no rains but the fog covered the peak at 5 AM. It drizzled a bit as well stopping us to see the sunrise at the peak. We were afraid not to catch a clearing so we decided to bring our breakfast to the top while waiting.

Breakfast at the peak achieved while waiting for the clearing! Yayyyyy!
The adventures of Migo&Miga! Thanks to our photographer, Liz of!
Playing with the sun at the peak opposite the main peak of Kandungaw!

We broke camp and left Kandungaw around 9:30 AM just in time for a strong rain to fall. Unlike last November’s climb, we didn’t backtrack, we traversed to Badian led by an NCR member who’s a local in Maloray. After an almost 4 hours trek, 2 of which were under the rain, we arrived at Nanay Rosa’s house just 5 minutes away from Sohoton Elementary School. We left Nanay Rosas’ at half past 3 and were exhausted. Pressed for time, the planned side trip to Lambug Beach did not push through.

And continuing our goal, the sign ready to be posted at the shed on the peak’s shoulder. Lanz’s group owned the task!
The adventurers!!!

To end this post, we will be inviting everyone to participate in the National Cleanup Day wordwide led by PinoyMountaineer on June 4, 2016. A lot of groups in Cebu will be adopting a mountain. Don’t miss this opportunity to give back to nature. We will be adopting Mt. Babag on that day. It’s a day trek only. If you wanna join, drop me a comment below or see “Get Involve“.

Do more than appreciate the beauty around you. Don’t be a freeloader, take time to care and give back to Mother Nature. Book your calendar, June 4! Please pass the word to all adventurers. Let’s join our hands together!!!

* The main group composed of 18 pax followed a different itinerary. This was the “apas” group itinerary composed of 7 pax (me, migo, liz, jane, didit, barbs, kara).
Day 01
10:30 Assembly in Osaka Terminal
* The long wait is due to the bus.
* Late arrival and departure.
13:00 ETD to Mantalogon
16:00 ETA in Mantalongon
16:30 ETA in Maloray (Jump-off)
17:30 ETA in Kandungaw Camp Site
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Socials & Game of Werewolves
00:00 Lights off

05:00 Call Time
05:30 Breakfast Preps
06:00 Breakfast at the peak
07:00 Photo Ops
09:00 Break Camp
09:30 ETD to Sohoton, Badian
13:30 ETA in Sohoton
15:30 ETD to Badian Proper
16:00 ETD to Moalboal
16:30 ETA in Moalboal v-hire Terminal
18:00 ETD to Cebu City via hired v-hire
20:30 ETA in Cebu City

PHP100 Bus fare from Osaka to Mantalongon
PHP50 Habal2 from Mantalongon to Maloray
PHP60 Habal2 from Sohoton to Badian Proper
PHP15 Tryke from Badian to Moalboal
PHP180 V-hire to Cebu City
Total: PHP405

Lunch – eat at Osaka Terminal
Dinner – cooked rice & hungarian usage

Breakfast – noodles, milo, bread & fruits
Lunch – cooked rice & corned beef

5 Reasons Why Trekking in Mt. Naupa, Naga, Cebu Rocks!

Last year I started the year trekking in Mt. Naupa for the first time with BRB on the 3rd weekend of January. This year was the same but I’m with NCR Trekkers last weekend, January 30-31, 2016 while last year was spent on a challenging weekend traversing to Kawasan from Osmeña Peak.

Group picture at Sto. Niño Chapel labeled in groups. No labels are day trekkers.

My 2nd time in Naupa was no longer wet. I’ve loved Naupa on my first visit but it was sweeter the 2nd time around. Here are my reasons why trekking to Mt. Naupa rocks every (damn) time.

1. Wet and dry, Mt. Naupa is very accessible.
The mountain can be accessed via Tungkop, Minglanilla or in Lanas, Naga. Both of my visits started in Minglanilla and ended in Lanas.

Views to Naupa!
Views going down to Lanas!

How to reached Mt. Naupa via Minglanilla
From Our Lady of Lourdes in Punta, ride a jeepney bound to Tungkop, Minglanilla. The last stop of the jeepney is the corner where you can hail a motorcycle to Sto. Niño Cogon chapel. Fare is Php35/pax or Php70/motor.

2. The trek is short but still gets your heart pumping. On our first visit, despite some lost moments, we were able to reach Mt. Naupa from Cogon Chapel in 45 minutes. The trail was mostly ascent. Last trek, the trail was a bit different. It was shorter but still have some parts where you will have to catch your breath. Just my type of trail ’cause I can talk in between walking. Haha!

Going up to Naupa!
The pave road leading to the highway in Lanas!

3. Big or small group is not a problem in Mt. Naupa. We were the only campers last year but this time, there were 27 other tents aside from our 15 tents.

Views of the camp from all angles including a bird’s eye view of the camp at the foot.

4. Day or night trekking is possible. Because of its accessibility, you can start your trek in Naupa as late as 5 PM or if you’re pretty adventurous, go on a night trek. I haven’t tried night trekking to Naupa yet but last weekend, we saw a group who arrived around 7 PM. We were already preparing our dinner then.

Going down the peak!

5. You can camp in the peak (though I don’t recommend it)! Yes you READ it right! Only a few mountain in Cebu allows you to do that. On our first visit, we camp in the foot with the peak as the background. This time, we CAMP in the peak. I was VERY hesitant at first. We were around 30 campers and I never thought it could accommodate us all. But it did. A total of 15 tents were accommodated.

Upon going up, one of the trekkers from the group who arrive first warned us about camping in the peak. We were told that the winds would be strong and it’s not a good idea to camp. But when I arrived at the peak, some tents were pitched already. It took me a while to settle down and accept the decision that we would camp there.

Do I recommend camping in the peak?
Unfortunately, NO! Despite the nice experience of camping at the peak, it is not recommended. For me, it was like denying the other campers an immaculate view of Mt. Naupa. If I was camping in the foot, I wouldn’t want all my pictures to have a view of a peak with a camp. I feel for the campers who walk up to see and capture the view from the peak and was (maybe) having a hard time taking a perfect angle without the photo bombers. I actually heard some saying “Selfiesh! Selfiesh!”

On the other hand, camping in the peak was sort of a good decision that time too because the campers below were very noisy. There were 27 tents in the below camp plus our 15 tents, there was a total of 32 tents in Naupa last weekend.

But of course there are a lot more reasons why climbing Mt. Naupa rocks but as always every mountain trekking is a rocking adventure no matter where you are especially if you share it with equally rocking people. 🙂

My amazing group! Group Binay ’cause we have the NCR Trekker’s VP on our Team. Yay!

How ’bout you? Have you been to Mt. Naupa? How was your experience? Do tell. See you in the mountains!

See below our itinerary and major expenses:

Itinerary w/ day & overnight options.

Php13 Fare via jeepney from Our Lady of Lourdes Punta to Tungkop
Php35 Fare via motorbike from Tungkop to Sto. Niño Chapel
Php14 Fare to Naga from Lanas
Php18 Fare from Naga to Our Lady of Lourdes Punta
Total: Php80 (for fares only)

Meal Plan for a group of 13 people:
Saturday Dinner:
– Buwad Kinamatisan
– Tuna with Cabbage
– Inasal Manok (Palit lang daan. Snr. Pedro)

Sunday Breakfast: (American breakfast)
– Bread, hotdog, Egg w/ cabbage, tuna w/ cabbage, coffee/milk/milo

To Bring:
Kresia: 1 Cookset, 1 Burner, 1 Butane, 2 packs Buwad, 1 Loaf bread with spread
Diana: 1 Butane, 2 Tuna (Flakes in oil)
Phoebe: 1 Butane, 1 Inasal manok
Nadia: 1 Cookset, 1 Inasal manok
Elijah: 1 Burner, 12 pcs eggs
Alquine: 1 Loaf Bread with spread, 1 kg Hotdog
Analyn: 1 Burner, Magic sarap, Oil, Onion, Garlic, Salt, Kamatis, 1 Cabbage

Everyone: 1 cup rice,
2 liters water,
Your choice of drinks (coffee/milo/milk/others),
Noodles (sa katong ganahan)

GRAND TOTAL: Php80 for fares + Php85 for food = Php165


OsKaTrav 3!

Last October 17-18, we visited Osmena Peak again. It was my 5th summit and my 3rd traverse to Kawasan. It was another trail compared to my other 2 traverses. It was the easiest & shortest but might be the harshest since my legs are still in muscle pains 3 days after.

We still have errands on the morning of Saturday so we decided to just left in the afternoon aboard the 1:15 PM bus bound directly to Mantalongon, Dalaguete. We went with 1 other couple, Elijah & Ads. 3 hours after, we were at Mantalongon Market. The others who were already at the peak said the wind was so strong and asked us to buy straws or small ropes.

Because we were told to hurry, we just decided to take habal2 to the foot of Osmena. It was a first. Now I have an understanding of the people who rides them. It was quick and sweat free but very uncomfortable. Walking is still the best.

The wind was indeed strong when we finally arrive at the peak. We were having a hard time setting up our tent. Yet despite the winds, there were no rains. We were able to cook, have dinner and socialize with the group.

We were 14 in all. 4 new guests. Almost half of the group were first timers in Osmena but that didn’t hinder us from reaching the chapel before Kawasan at 12 PM on Sunday. We were able to cook, have lunch & enjoy Buko at the chapel. Our meals were yummy too, courtesy of Analyn of Simple Life I Live, the official meal planner of the trek. Yay!

Our trail was short with no super steep ascent. Some of the path downhill was rather slippery but tolerable. Our long stops were countable as well. And most of all, we weren’t lost. Thanks a lot to our very enigmatic guide & father of the trek, AJ of Wandering Souls Camper. It was another happy and enjoyable trek with NCR Trekkers. Yayyyy!

One of the many reasons why I love to trek! Migo & I can practice being somebody elses. Haha! We are “cookers” here. Just so happy he got out of his tent and decide to help. Million thumbs up, my migo my lab so sweetestttttt! +Migo&Miga back in Osmeña.+ October 17-18, 2015. Migo’s 6th & Miga’s 5th camping in Osmeña. Thanks for the pic Wandering Souls Camper!!!
Taking our group pictures before leaving the foggy Osmena!
Foggy or not…POSE!
From L – R: Cooking on the fog. Holding our tents in place due to the winds. Dinner time!
From L – R: Posing at the pic. Leaving Osmena. The crowd!
Finally, our group picture with NCR Trekker banner!
What you can see on the trail…
Coke stop at the store!
Migo&Miga time!
More picsss!
Lunch time at the chapel!
Ligo time!
Kawasan time!

Pics from me but more from Wandering Souls Camper!

National Cleanup Day 2/3 Climbing Mt. Kapayas, Catmon, Cebu

Different pose points at the peak!
Kapayas peak is very big compared to Mauyog with the same rock peak. I was actually worried that all 24 of us wouldn’t fit in. But I think it can accommodate 30. But tourism only allows 20 in the peak. 🙂

The beauty of Mt. Kapayas’s peak is famous so are tales that scares neophytes from wanting it on their “to climb” list. Last Sunday, I must have been thinking too much about how hard it is that I was a little disappointed. Contrary to how I thought it would be, Kapayas was just perfect. It’s harder compared to other peaks in Cebu but it was tolerable. There were parts where you will need to crawl or rock climb but that’s just it. 🙂

The other half of the camp was awake at 3 AM preparing breakfast because the call time was too early, our group had to improvised. We cooked the rice at night so that we could focus on cooking what’s on the menu. We had spam & misua. By 4:00 AM, we were ready for breakfast.

The plan was to leave the camp for assault at 5:00 AM. Going to Kapayas peak was estimated to be 4 hours back and forth on a leisurely pace. We needed to be at the camp by 9:00 AM, and back at Kan-ampao by 11. Lunch would be at Macaas before the coastal cleanup.

When we left the camp 40 minutes late from the schedule, I started to be especially attentive of the time. It would not feel good to have the other group waiting too much. Unfortunately, I was enjoying the ascent I totally forgot about it. Good thing we were not that delayed. We reached Kapayas Peak at 7:15 and stayed until 8:00 enjoying the view and camwhoring.

As we were walking to the jump-off, the rain started. It must have been the reason why we reached the jump-off earlier than expected. By 11:55, we were on our way to Macaas with a growling stomach and on a roller coaster ride at the mini-dam. And as if the balancing and tree slapping weren’t enough to make our lives more challenging, the rain that has stopped when we reached the jump-off returned. Lucky for me, I was able to take cover immediately but not for the ones who were at the end of the mini-dam. Soaking wet and hungry. What a combination!!!

We were famished when we reached Macaas and was very happy with what we found. 🙂

01 cooking
Very early breakfast of Spam and Misua.
02 warm-up
Because we were having some muscle pains ’cause we skip this part the other day, we had to make amends! Warmp-up!!!
Group picture before climbing up the peak!
04 trails
15 minutes away from the camp, we got lost. This was us chilling while waiting for the guide who thought we were actually following him. Hahaha! When he got back, he was very sweaty and it makes us all laugh. Poor him!
05 foot
Girls vs Boys picture before assault!
06 peak
Emote views overlooking the beauty around the peak!
06 peak2
Group pic!
06 peak3
To the left. To the right.
06 peak4
More posessss!
06 to the foot
Climbing up and crawling!!!
07 breakcamp
Leaving the peak at a different trail, breaking up camp in a hurry but picture taking is non-negotiable.
08 rain
Our rides and the lucky ones who got wet…and wild!!!

But that’s for the next post. Lunch & the coastal cleanup – the reason why we were having this ultra amazing experiences. Stay with me alright? Rock ‘n roll…to the world!!!

Some pics are courtesy of Mr. Wandering Soul Camper.

4:15 NCR All In
5:30 ETD Capitol via Pink Kalunasan Bus
7:00 Catmon Municipal Hall
7:15 Police Station Registration
8:15 ETD Agsuwao
9:15 ETA Kan-ampao, Agsuwao
9:45 Trek to camp
10:45 Water stop at Sitio Lumanoy
11:30 Rest stop at Chapel
11:45 Lunch at the house before the camp
13:30 Setup Camp
14:00 Trek to Lumanoy Cave (15 mins away from camp)
14:30 Start to get inside the cave
15:30 Back at the camp
17:00 Dinner Preparation
18:00 Dinner Feast
18:15 Game Time
21:00 Lights off (early schedule to the peak)
Day 02
03:00 AM Breakfast Preparation
04:15 Breakfast
05:45 Start ascent to Kapayas
06:45 Foot of Kapayas
07:15 Kapayas Peak
08:00 Start descent (other trail)
08:15 Foot of Kapayas
09:30 Break Camp
10:00 Start descent to Kan-ampao, Agsuwao
11:45 ETA Kan-ampao, Agsuwao
11:55 ETD to Macaas, Catmon
13:00 Lunch at Macaas, Catmon
14:00 Coastal Cleanup
17:00 ETD to Cebu City
19:00 Cebu City

Climbing Lanaya Via Lumpan, Alegria to Montaneza, Malabuyoc

Everyone laughed as Ads did her bottle shake.
Everyone laughed as Ads did her bottle shake on the socials!

” ‘Cause your body resets after climbing a mountain”, answers one of the trekker on the socials’ question as to what’s their reason for climbing, last June 27-28, at the NCR Trekkers climb in Mt. Lanaya, Alegria, Cebu. His reason never crossed my mind but today I just realized how significant that was.

Hello again, Lanaya!
Hello again, Lanaya with my pink raincover bought at Brown Trekker!
Yun oh!
Yun oh!

Today I woke up without my alarm clock after an 8 hour sleep. I was feeling refreshed and almost forgot the adventure weekend if not for the muscle pains in my legs. Wew! It happened indeed. It was not a dream that I have been to Mt. Lanaya once again, the one mountain that had me fear for my life as I climbed it’s slopes with loose rocks and soil. It was a happy reunion made even happier by being with different people, on a different weather in a different trail.

Picture with G3 girls before the “habal2x” to Lumpan. From Left, Ads, Nalyn, Kat, Me, Nadia & Chaola.

On the way to Alegria
The adventure started at South Bus Terminal Door 10. We rode a bus via Barili bound to Bato, like last weekend’s anniversary escape to Ronda. The assembly was 6 AM but I overslept and got there an hour after, enough for everyone to arrive. By 7:30 the bus left. It was dreamland for 3.5 hours until we took off at the corner to New Allegria Market, some steps way from the Stopover Bakeshop, the stop for my first trek to Mt. Lanaya.

Lunch at New Alegria Market
We were supposed to drop by at Cambais Falls. But as we negotiated the price, it was too costly. Back and forth to Cambais is Php 160. Everyone decided to just have lunch at the market. The hours that were supposed to be for Cambais was spent differently. Some slept while I enjoyed talking about anything under the sun, but mostly about the wedding & some tips for an adventure and photo filled relationship. One that would help create endless memories & pictures enough for an aisle runner. Haha! Thanking the “Grey Girls” for that. Lol Cambais hours were not wasted. Aside from yapping about my life, I was able to listen and have a peek of my companions lives as well.



The Trek to the Camp for the night
We were told that the camp for the night would be just around an hour walk from the motorbike stop. But since the last trek, I promised myself to be on constant guard. Looking back, the 15-minute “habal2x” ride to Lumpan was quite scary. The road was cemented but there were some steep areas where I feared that it would just gave in and eject Analyn, Kat & me. I was very happy when finally, I saw the other trekkers. Thankful that the scary ride was finally over. A word of advice: It’s better to ride the “habal2x” with just 2 passengers. 

On the way to Lumpan jump-off!
On the way to Lumpan jump-off!
Poses in the jump-off at Lumpan!
Poses in the jump-off at Lumpan!

When everyone arrived, we all gathered to officially start the trek with a warm-up exercise led by Elijah and girlfriend, Ads. By 3:15, we started trekking up a hill which turned out to be the wrong way. Haha! But we quickly find the correct path and after 30 minutes arrived at the campsite, to everyone’s surprise.

Up a hill…ended in a wrong way. LOL
The short trek to the camp!

The “Muffins” Camp
The camp was very beautiful with green grasses & trees lining up its perimeter. It would have been perfect without the bountiful “muffins” or cow dungs around. When I asked our guide what’s the name of the camp, someone jokingly answered that it must be the “muffins” camp. LOL Need Info: If anyone of you knows the real name of the camp, drop me a comment below. I would really love to know this beautiful camp. 🙂 

Setting up camp!

The sun was up but thunders were heard as if it was threatening to rain. My group wasted no time and setup camp immediately. Beforehand we expected a rainy climb already thus we decided to bring a packed dinner. It was also to minimize the use of water since there’s no water source near the area. By 4:25, my group had comfortably settled. It must have been the reason why when we were asked if we wanted to climb the summit, we declined. Much to my delight ’cause I was feeling lazier than usual too. 😀 While everyone was busy, someone suddenly exclaimed that there was a rainbow. I hurriedly took a picture of it. After a while, Nadia asked if I brought some games along. I didn’t ’cause I expected a bad weather and so was Analyn.

Hello rainbow!
Hello rainbow!
Rainbow in the camp!
Rainbow in the camp!

Playing Resistance
But of course, when there’s a will, there’s a way. I asked if anyone had cards. No one had it but someone had a pen & calling cards. Analyn & I proceeded on making the roles & the mission outcomes. When it was done, we gathered everyone to discuss the roles. Cris, one of the guide hesitated to play on the first round so there were 9 players only. 8 from my group and AJ. Before starting the next game, some trekkers passed by. We were called to take a picture with them. When they left, we continued the on the 2nd round where Cris decided to join and Ivan who just got back from the summit. Randy decided to give up his seat for Ivan to Nadia’s disappointment saying we won’t have anyone to bully anymore. What a girl friend, so much like me. Hahaha! We only had 2 games but it was evident that everyone was enjoying it as much as I do. But I was happier because I won twice being part of the Resistance. Yay!!!

Playing the resistance!
Playing the resistance!
Picture with the passing trekkers!
Picture with the passing trekkers! (pic from AJ’s cam)

Dinner & the Socials
Dinner was early that night. By 7:00, we were already munching on our packed dinner of dried fish, sardines, salted shrimp, chicken & more. We were given the choice to pick our own dinner. I was very delighted ’cause for the first time I had sardines, dried fish, salted shrimp & hanging rice for dinner. 😀

Dinner time!

This was my 2nd climb with NCR Trekkers but the first was so tiresome everyone retired after dinner. This time was different. Everyone gathered. Starting with our guides Nei & Cris, we each took our turns to introduce ourselves and was coaxed to drink a-not-so-favorite potion. I was actually planning to not drink but everyone before me seemed to have drank, so I did as well. By around 9 PM, we decided to call it a night. Analyn & I had some chat and was off to dreamland some 30 minutes or an hour after.

The Morning After
The camp was alive at 5 AM. Target time to leave was at 7 AM. Estimated time to arrive at Mainit Spring was 5 hours after. Like the dinner and our Hambubuyog breakfast, we just had bread & hot water for noodles & beverage. My breakfast was a loaf of bread w/ mayo, sausage, egg & coffee. On average, I am a slow packer so I always want to pack ahead of the others to have ample time for packing and documentation.

The beautiful morning cloud!
Just loving the clouds!
And this is why I need to pack early to camwhore. 😀
Group pic from AJ's cam!
Group pic from AJ’s cam!

To The Summit
From the camp, it was an uphill climb to the summit. Like always, I was out of breath and managed to stay afloat by enjoying the view and capturing it. After a while, I saw a familiar clearing. And just as I thought, we separated with our pack and proceeded to the summit. From the clearing, we could see the quarry at Lumpan. Sir Jay opt to stay behind to watch our packs. We stayed in the summit for a while taking in the view. After picking back our pack, we resumed trekking only to find out that we went into the wrong path. It wasn’t wasted since we were able to see the camp in the trees. Some picture taking then we headed to the right path.

Sir Jay poses for AJ while going up to the summit!
Sir Jay poses for AJ while going up to the summit!
AJ captured it well!
AJ captured it well!
Group picture at the summit!
Group picture at the summit from AJ’s cam!
Group pic at the camp from my first visit!
Group pic at the camp from my first visit by AJ!

Going Down to Windows XP
Climbing Lanaya the first time via Legaspi was unpleasant. We had been reading blogs that it would be hard but our group somehow thought it would just be possible with pure will and determination. It was indeed possible ’cause we made it through but not as pleasant as what I experienced in today’s climb. Last time I almost lost balance in going up. This time, we had ropes to hold on to in going down so it wasn’t that scary anymore.

Chaola managing her way down while holding on to the rope.
Jane & Mich’s turn!
The queue!
NCR Trekker leader posed as soon as he is done helping.
The queue!
Analyn in action!
Dan holding on to the twig. Still smiling. 😀

And on both climbs, I wasn’t able to visit & camwhored at the windows xp camp. Last time I didn’t because I was already too tired when I reached it. I had to regain my strength at the house. This time, all of us didn’t ’cause we were evading the Php 50 exit fee. It was sad but paying Php 50 for passing is unreasonable much like the exorbitant price of guide fees and entrances when you start at the Legaspi trail. 😦 No offense to the Legaspi government but they should really do something about it. Lanaya is one, if not the best mountain Cebu has.

Passing the windows xp camp! From AJ’s cam!
Ahhh! Such a nice view. Caught by AJ!

Hello Malabuyoc
It is such a shame that despite being very active in travelling & trekking in Cebu, I haven’t really memorized all the towns & municipalities. So I was quite amazed when a local told me that the windows xp camp or the mountain is the boundary of Malabuyoc and Alegria. Glad they were especially chatty when I went for refill. From them, I have also known that Mainit Spring & Montañeza Falls is already part of Malabuyoc. Silly me thought that they are still part of Alegria. 😀

Stop after the windows xp camp! Time to refill!
Getting comfy while the others are busy getting water!

Buko break and a peek of Mainit Springs
Now I was so impressed. The first time was good but this one was EVEN better. I shouldn’t get used to this. 😀 And like in Hambubuyog, I had 2 bukos but all the meat were put into my drinking bottle. 😀 The bukos were so sweet it didn’t really matter that we missed our target time. It was already 12 PM when we left the kind locals who served us buko for only Php 10/piece. 15 minutes of leisurely walking, we reached a river and just beyond it was our target destination – Mainit Springs & Montañeza Falls. Hurray!!! Lanaya climb officially ends here. 🙂

While waiting for the bukos!
Thanking these guys for spending the weekend with us. 🙂
Buko train driven by Tats!
And AJ caught me while putting in the coconut meat to my drinking bottle. 😀
Buko girls & AJ!
And Sir Jay broke the buko for us again. He has an assistant now. 😀
‘Cause Nei Jamz asked me to take this photo. LOL
Off to Mainit spring!
Crossing the river.
Finally, we have arrived!!!

Up next will be the story of just how amazed I have been to have experienced the over coldness of Montañeza Falls and the super hotness of Mainit Springs. Plus the itinerary & the budget details.

Have you been to Lanaya, how was your experience?
What trail did you take?
Do you want to go back?
Which is better starting at Lumpan or Legaspi?
Share your story by commenting. Looking forward to be hearing from you. 🙂

Hoping to see you in the mountains,

Academ PTA

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