We arrived at the Mantalongon Market and asked the townsfolk for directions to Osmena Peak in Cebu. The locals advised to go straight and just turn left on the first intersection. Afterwards, they said we only needed to follow the path to get to the destination. We didn’t have a difficult time understanding the instructions as it is an easy climb.
Cebu Osmeña Peak: Two Hour Trek to the Peak
November 12, 2011
Osmena Peak Cebu
Osmeña Peak is a popular climb for mountaineers. These mountaineers normally traverse to Kawasan Falls after setting camp on the site. But you don’t have to be an expert to climb this mountain as it is a fairly easy climb even for beginners like me.
with other travel bloggers in Cebu
We started the trek and I could see a change of atmosphere. The more obvious one was greenery. Vegetable farms are aplenty and I could see pine trees and other plants surrounding the path. Along the way, we saw plantations which has become a source of livelihood for the townsfolk.
change of scene
It only takes an hour of walking if you’re in a hurry. But we stopped plenty of times to take photos of the place. It was a beautiful weather and the sun did not hurt which made the trek so easy for the eyes. How the rays of the sun complemented the background of green plants and blue & white sky.
Occasionally motorcycle drivers would pass by and ask if we would hire them to take us to the base of Osmena Peak. We would turn them down as we preferred to walk. You have the option to hire a motorbike so you can reach the base in a few minutes. From the base, you can simply climb about 20 minutes to reach the top.
climbing osmena peak
We would stop and see how the locals would go about their daily routine.
Daily Life in Mantalongon
Women carrying heavy baskets of vegetables and crops, old men with bolos (knives) for their farming duties, kids playing and sometimes joining us in the trek. The best part are the people who would respond with a smile when we would acknowledge their presence. Just a simple raising of the eyebrow or nodding of the head to greet each other a pleasant day. The people here are very friendly!
Osmena Peak – town in Mantalongon
I noticed so many fresh vegetables; huge ones too! Clothes hung on barbed wires for them to dry, and the occasional sari-sari store for those in need of a quick snack. We continued the the walk as the sun was still up high.
clothes hung dry
Edwin and the Cow that Could Not be Moved
Edwin was leading the trek and we’ve gone past a few hills already. I think it rained the other day as the soil was wet in some areas. While walking, we didn’t expect what was about to happen. We encountered a cow that was blocking the way. We tried to get past it by just walking from the side. However, it would also move to our direction so we couldn’t pass through. All the time the cow was swinging its head from left to right repeatedly.
My initial reaction for the head swing was that a part of its body was itchy and it needed to be scratched. Edwin was even trying to communicate with it by alien sign language (lol). But the cow stood firm where it was.
The cow who was telling us we were in the wrong path.
Its owner came by and we asked him how to get past it as we wanted to reach Osmena Peak. The owner then informed us that we were going the wrong way. He pointed us to the same direction to where the cow was pointing. It felt strange that the cow was signalling us how to get to the correct path. Mas bright pa ang kalabaw! hehe
Knowing that we were a little lost, one of the farmer’s told his son to take us to the top. How nice of his gesture to help us get to our destination. It seems that the people here are accustomed to travellers. For us hikers, we were lucky enough to have an instant guide to accompany us.
hiking in Cebu Osmena Peak
The walk became challenging as we were on our last steps. The sun’s colors deepened which signalled that it was setting. A few more treks and we were almost there. We were almost at the peak!
almost at the top
However, another unexpected thing happened, particularly to Doi. She suddenly couldn’t walk. I thought it was a minor case but she had difficulty with her leg. She felt a nerve popping and she had to sit down for a long time. She was even upset why her travelling feet gave up on her that she kept slapping them and nudging them to get well fast. We all took a break then.
We were getting tired from the climb so we stopped for awhile. Good thing we bought Pan de Coco bread from a bakery back at the intersection so we ate them while sitting down. The bread tasted so good! We downed them with water.
Dom eating pan de coco and a kid who accompanied us
Afterwards, we all continued our trek. Unfortunately, Doi was still in pain that she told us to get going as she still needed to rest. Dom and Edwin went ahead and brought my tripod while I accompanied Doi for a moment.
After a while, I realized that the tripod plate was still attached to my camera. Doi advised me that I should get going since Dom needed the tripod for his sunset shots. I proceeded and told her that I would come back.
To be continued…
Check out this Cebu Osmena Peak Travel series here:
- Part 1 – Cebu Osmeña Peak: Stopover at Boljoon
- Part 2 – Cebu Osmeña Peak: Two Hour Trek to the Peak
- Part 3 – Cebu Trip: Reaching Osmena Peak
- Part 4 – Osmena Peak Cebu: Descending in the Dark Night
- Part 5 – Cebu: Mantolongon Sunday Morning Market
- Part 6: – Cebu: Revisiting Kawasan Falls
- Last Part – Cebu: Afternoon in Basdako White Beach, Moalboal
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