The best moments are the unplanned ones that just happen but make your day perfect.
For the past years, I’ve been planning to scale Osmeña Peak. Unfortunately, it just didn’t happen for some reasons. But on my 31st birthday, no plans, no preparations – just simply told my childhood friend to prepare as we’re going to Mantalungon.
As early 5:30 am, we were already at the bus terminals. We departed around 7:30am and arrived around 9am. Though, you can hike from the public market up to the summit of Osmeña peak, but we choose to hire a motorcycle that would take us to the jump off point.
From there, we started the trek. No tour guide ‘coz I’m a badass like that. Kidding aside, hiring a tour guide is not necessary. The trek is manageable for a novice like me. Along the road, we’ve met some kids who offered to be our tour guide for a minimal fee of P50, but we declined.
We have to stop and took some break once in a while to catch our breath. Then there’s one kid whom we met on our way up, gave us some encouraging words an telling us that “duol nalang, maam” (we’re almost there).
Finally, we made it at the top in one piece! Wohhoooo! That undescribable feeling when you reach the top after all your struggles is absolutely an epic experience.
Then reality versus expectation comes in: The summit is full of local tourists. We have to take turns if we want to have our photos taken at one of the peaks. If you want to have the place all by yourself, don’t go there on weekends.
We then proceed to Alcoy’s public beach and set up our tent which has become our home away from home. Then the rest of the day is history! 🙂
- For direct buses going to Mantalongon, bus terminal is located at the Caltex gas station in Carbon market.
- Wear shoes and much better proper shoes for hiking or trekking.
- If you don’t plan to stay overnight, take a comfortable daypack or backpack large enough to hold the essentials.
- It’s not a race, so rest often for 5-7 minutes. That way you’ll reduce the lactic acid buildup (sore muscle) drastically.
- The trip going to Mantalongon is not for the faint hearted. The roads are narrow and steep.
- Bring lots of water or Gatorade to keep you hydrated.
|Bus fare going to Mantalongon from Cebu||100|
|Motorcycle fare going to jump off point (RT)||100 each (50/person/way)|
|Motorcycle fare going to Dalaguete proper||100/person|
|Motorcycle fare going to Alcoy from Dalaguete||50/person|
|Fee for overnight camping at Alcoypublic beach||150|
*Disclaimer: Tips are suggestions proven by me. What work for me, may not work for you.