A climb for beginners like me. You sometimes would have to hold on to vegetation or rocks to pull yourself up but it’s just like 5% of the time. And when you’re almost to the top.
How to Get to Osmeña Peak
Getting to the top of Osmeña peak from Cebu city is simple. Take a bus going to Bato, Santander in Cebu south bus terminal and tell the konduktor you’ll drop off at the corner going to Mantalongon, Dalaguete. Fare is about a hundred pesos and that’s aircon. Travel time is over two hours.
Once you’ll reach Dalaguete, ride a habal-habal that would cost you 50 pesos and 30 minutes of your time going to the Mantalongon public market. Be prepared holding on to your seat or to the driver for a bumpety ride. And don’t forget to take pictures of the scenic habal-habal drive.
At the public market, you can start the trek by following a road and ask people you meet if you’re still in the right direction. Don’t worry, the trail is easy as it’s mostly passable by vehicles. You may not need a guide going up to the top.
About 4/5th of the way, you’re going to climb clinging on to rocks and plants. During the rainy season it will be slippery and muddy, so take extra caution. Good shoes may help. I used Merrell and I can say it was pretty much fit for the terrain.
You’ll reach a sort of wooden gate welcoming trekkers. That’s not the tip yet. It’s usually where locals collect from the hikers an entrance fee of 15 pesos. A few steps more and you’ll reach the summit. It’s not really obvious that it is as there are many peaks you can find around the vicinity.
After an hour of walking, probably two if you keep on stopping along the way and take pictures, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of Cebu. Moalboal and Pescador Island can be seen in a fog-less afternoon, as well as its neighboring towns.
Here’s some of the scenery you can expect once you reach the top.