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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Osmeña Peak down to Kawasan Waterfalls, Cebu Philippines

Eight Hours Trekking

Osmeña Peak is considered as the highest peak in Cebu and it is approximately 1,000 meters above sea level.

Terminal: Magallanes Street in Carbon Market beside/inside Caltex Gas station
Mini-Bus fare (Cebu-Mantalongon Market Proper): 100 php
Travel time: 2.5-3 hrs
Bus Schedule- 6am-8am-1pm (0% guarantees) we asked different drivers but they don't have a fix schedule for it. They based it on the number of commuters and when the bus is full off they drive the road.

Or you can take another route:
Terminal: South Bus Terminal
Ceres Bus: take Cebu to Dalaguete/Bato-Oslob: 150-170 php
Get off at Mantalongon-Dalaguete junction and take the habal-habal or motorcycle to Mantalongon Market Proper.

In Mantalongon Market Proper you can your ingredients for your meals and remember to prioritize your drinking water. You can actually ask the kids there to go with you and take with them some water which you can use to cook your food and wash utensils. Kid with Water fee: 20 php, they actually ask for more sometimes, try to joke around and you'll get your discount. You can even ask them to come back tomorrow morning for another gallon of water. Be friendly and they'll be at your service.

Buy Supplies Food and Drinks at Mantalongon Market Proper:
Budget: 700 php ( 100 php each climber is enough ) , with these amount we were able to buy 1 1/2 kilo of rice, adobo ingredients, 2 kilo of pork cubes - ( be sure to slice it into small pieces to cook it faster and save your butane), 1/8 dried fish, canned  goods, noodles, juice pack and a few liquors. Remember to drink moderately, you're alone there and it’s a long way down if something happens. We bought Butane ahead of time for our cooking, which can be bought in Ace Hardware around 70 php (burner price: 1,000 php up).

Mantalongon Market Proper to Osmeña Peak Travel Time: 2-3 hours, depends on your pace.

We passed by a prayer place along the way try so we say a little prayer for guidance and the group's safety. There's no turning back once you started climbing up the mountain. Breathe and watch your steps, be alert for sturdy stones and avoid stepping on pebbles to have better grip. Avoid heading there late in the afternoon; manage your time to reach the peak before sunset. While waiting set-up the tent, your trash bin, cooking area and scout for pee and poo spots.

Here are some important things to bring:
-Tent is a must! Sleeping bag will not get you through the night. The weather is not stable despite it was March and it’s already summertime, the tents were dancing the Harlem Shake like crazy and we were having Harlem Shiver.
-Sleeping Bag for each person will help with the cold night.
-Jacket with hood, without hood then just bring along your bonnet, Thick Socks and Scarf’s
-Flashlight, there's no trace of electricity out there and the houses are distant from the peak.
Eating and Cooking Utensils, Optional: Gummy bear’s ahahaa it’s a great sweet when you're chatting in a circle and somewhat a great pair with liquor too.
- Camera, I don't advice to bring with you your DSLR. It would rain anytime and the moist inside the tent and in your bag is not good for the DSLR camera.

We cooked our dinner, thanked our butane for such a lovely meal and each one of us for being resourceful enough, because only a few, including me forgot to bring the most important thing needed for eating. We had a one gallon of water so we cut it into half and used as plates and small plastics for our hands. It’s not like we are complaining of getting our hands dirty, remember there's scarcity of water. We had our drinks paired with some cheap chips and gummy bears. 

The fog started to envelope us, so before the night ends we headed to the peak for a quick glance. The flashlight is necessary to guide you through the way, watch each others back and walk slowly to avoid tripping. The fog was getting thicker when we go down to join our tents; it felt like I can almost taste the fog around me. Before we get lost in this thick cloud suspended in the air we decided to call it a night. We had a rough rainy night and the dawn welcomed us with shivering winds and continuous rainfall. It all equates to a sleepless night in the peak of Cebu.
I was glad to see a glimpse of light outside the tent, so we we're all up at 5 o'clock in the morning. It was still a bit dark so the girls run to take a leak at the far end spot away from the tents. It was the best feeling to release all those liquid-provoking-shivering-sensation that kept me up all this time; and I have only realized that in the morning. We packed our things and decided to have breakfast at the very first Sari-Sari store we pass by when we go down the mountain. We still have available butane and rice however, we run out of water for washing and drinking. Kenneth, the friendly kid who brought us water woke up late yet; he was kind enough to take our pictures.

The Fog was incredible, the mountains were still covered and the sun was starting to make its way up there. I took a shot of the Osmeña Peak from left and right views which shows like a woman lying down with a long hair and whistling in the air. I was delighted to see such a wonderful morning full of promises, it's not everyday you see fog in Cebu unless you're living on top of the mountains or in Baguio. Packed your things properly you don’t want to be bringing unbalanced backpack going down. Place the water bottle outside your bag, wallet in reach and prepare your hats and sunglasses for an agonizing, exciting hour of trekking.

Check out: 4 hours trek to Kawasan Falls from Osmeña Peak.

If you need a guide contact my friend Dudez at +63 9226038329. Be sure to mention you've found his number in this blog. Have fun and be Safe! ^__^


  1. I wonder if we had a different route to Kawasan from Osmena. It took us 5.5 hours. Maybe it was just because of our pace.

    Leandro at Osmena peak

    1. I guessed we were just pretty hungry and less stop overs, my friend also told me that there seems to be new tracks perhaps that helped too.

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  3. Hi,
    Me and few friends are planning to go Osmena peak. Is it possible for us to do it dayhike? Do you have contact person there who can actually ask questions and inquiries?
    Thanks so much. Hoping for a reply from you.

    1. Hey Shirlyn!

      As of the moment I'm not in the Philippines. I don't have access to my phonebook in Cebu. I'm sorry about that.

      You can check they have a few topics about climbing the peak and safety tips before you get there. I recommend making your way there in Summer.

      The view up there is worth every sweat you make. Have fun and be safe!

    2. @ Shirlyn Mae Vailoces
      my fellow traveler/climber have contact number of kenneth, the child tour guide

    3. Hi Konrad,

      I think that's the same child who brought us fresh water in the morning,a close friend of our fellow climber. He lives nearby the place so you can ask for water to cook your rice and wash your face.

  4. Hey nice post. I was in Osmena peak last august 6 to 7..our climb/tour guide was also KENETH(the same impressions we have he is kind and love to take pictures), who approached us with his Tuxedo..

    we have contact number of Kenneth..just pm me

    1. Hey there!

      It's nice to hear from people who has been up there in the peak. I hope the weather was at your favor, during our time the weather gone mad for a while. However, that made the experience more extreme and memorable.

      This boy has just gone viral for Osmeña Peak climbers, that kid sure got his charm work out.

      Thanks for checking out my blog post.

  5. HI, good morning.. i want to have a day hike to osmena peak via mantalungon,, is it possible to have the contact no, of kenneth,, im planning to do it on tuesday,, please advice, thanks


    1. Hello Bijam,I'm sorry for the late reply but I don't have Kenneth's number and his not really an official guide. I hope you had a wonderful time at the peak. Thanks for dropping by. Cheers!

  6. After watching the movie a walk in the woods, me and my daughters are now planning na to go to Osmena Peak. Is it SAFE for 3 ladies? (ako, og duha ka girls nga anak).

    Please reply.

    1. Hello Joy, I'm sorry for the late response. I hope you got there safe and sound. If you did manage to check out the peak I hope you had a blast. Thanks for checking out my post. Cheers!

  7. t one point, there was a dance contest where anyone could join in. Best Philippines Vacation Guide


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