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Mar 21

Getting High at Osmena Peak

Some 85 kilometers away from Cebu City, in the town of Dalaguete, is the Mantalongon Mountain Range. Part of this ridge is the province’s highest point, standing at around 1,000 meters above sea level – the Osmena Peak.

osmena peak

Osmena Peak got its name from one of the province’s prominent families, the Osmena’s. Taking pride of its uniquely spiked hills stretching to the shoreline of its neighboring town, Badian, Osmena Peak has become a must-climb spot not only for pro mountaineers but also for amateur hikers.

We were halfway there.

We were not there yet.

osmena peak

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How To Get There

From the Cebu South Bus Terminal, take a bus or van going to Bato or Oslob or Liloan, Santander and get off at the Dalaguete Public Market. A habal-habal will take you to the peak’s foot from there.

Travel Time

The bus/van ride from the City to the town’s public market will take around 2 hours. Travel time from Dalaguete to Mantalungon is approximately 45 minutes.

Expenses

Fare from Cebu City to Dalaguete is around Php150-Php200.👦👦 The fare for a habal-habal ride is negotiable, but paying Php100 per passenger per way is pretty fair. 

Onsite, an environmental fee of Php30 will be collected from each adult hiker (children are free).

Not a mountaineer?

No worries! Young tour guides are eagerly waiting for you there. They won’t charge you. They will only ask for a tip.

The guide, giving Pierre a piggy-back ride

The guide, giving Pierre a piggy-back ride

Best Time To Climb

While Osmena Peak is accessible all year round, it is best to be up there when the sun is up for two reasons – safety and optimum photoshoot session.  It was a little cloudy when we went there. The trail wasn’t slippery but the foggy weather gave us a murky view. Still, the peak’s magnificence prevailed.

mountains are beneath us, clouds behind us...we are on the top of the world

mountains are beneath us, clouds behind us…we are on the top of the world

 

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