Never in my wildest dreams did I ever see myself climbing mountains. 😅 Yet miracles do happen! Here I am, writing about my very first mountain climb experience.
Osmeña Peak is a popular trekking spot in the Philippines located in the Municipality of Dalaguete in the province of Cebu. It is famous for its unique mountain appearance where the hills are jagged and uneven. The highest of these hills is the Osmeña Peak named in honor of the famous Osmeña clan in Cebu.
The peak is approximately 1,000 meters above sea level making it the highest peak in the island of Cebu.
Honestly speaking the climb wasn’t so hard, in fact I would categorized this as a beginners kind of mountain trek or something . It only took me and my friends 30 minutes to reach the top from where the starting point of the climb was.
The 360 degree view from the top + the sunrise was breathtaking. We purposely chose to climb the mountain as early as possible so that we could see the crack of dawn 🌅 and also a little surprise came a long the way when we were traveling on the road from 3am-5am, we witnessed the milky-way.
There is a 30pesos entrance fee before you climbed and there are local trekking guides (optional) you can hire to take you to the peak. We hired one and she was an amazing guide.
She was very entertaining, full of information about the peak and about the area. I really love supporting people who are passionate in doing their jobs, despite earning little and only through tips.
Ate (the guide) was also really good with cameras. She taught us where to post and what to do, in fact we were the ones who got tired of posing and yet she still told us ” ISA PA!” (one more). 😂
What To Bring:
For me I really love to travel light. The lesser things the better. In my backpack was just a face towel, extra shirt, hand sanitizer, water bottle, wallet, shades and phone.
You don’t need to bring so much and make your climb miserable by carrying stuff that you don’t need.
What To Wear:
Comfortable clothes and good shoes. 👍
Most people would suggest to bring jacket but from what I experienced, I wasn’t cold before or after the climb. However just to be safe you could bring one.
How To Get To Osmeña Peak:
- Take a bus at the South Bus Terminal traveling to Oslob or Bato (Travel Time 3hrs). Bus Fare 164.00php one way and the earliest departure time is 2am.
- Ask the driver to dropped you off at Dalaguete junction.
- Hire a Habal-Habal going to the wet market in Mantalongon. (20 minutes)
from here you can either Trek to the market to the peak for about 2 plus hours or hire another motorcycle going to the based of the mountain about 15-20 minutes.
Another OPTION would be hiring a multi-cab. If you are traveling with a large group and have huge backpacks then the cheaper and more comfortable option would be this.
From Oslob my friends and I hired a multi-cab that fits 7 -8 people at 500php/each. They took us to Osmeña Peak and to Kawasan Falls (another beautiful nature destination in Cebu).
Here is the contact number who arranged our ride to Osmeña Peak +639223608100 (sun) – AJ’s Place.
Depending on the time of the day you want to climb, it’s not easy to find a habal2x on the road. To top it off, they charge expensive per person (500-800php/one way) and the haggling takes FOREVER. So I definitely would recommend hiring a multi-cab or van.