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Ultimate Hiking Guide: Mountains and trails to hike in cebu (Updated 2020)

Despite it’s tropical island vibe, Cebu is also a home to a number of mountains and peaks that are best to hike over the weekend. You might think that it’s crazy. Why would you need to strain yourself when you are all taxed from all the engagements you have? Well, that’s part of the process. And you don’t actually need to strain yourself for there are a number of mountains around Cebu that does not require long and fatal trek.

Mountains to Hike in Cebu

Check out these mountains in Cebu that can help you commune with nature and address your  dilemma or whatever it is that you are feeling right now.

1. Osmeña Peak

They say you your life as a beginning mountain climber won’t be complete without having to climb what is considered as Cebu’s highest peak. Osmeña Peak is probably one of the mountains that every Cebuano must include in their list not only because it provides a beautiful view of neighboring mountain ranges, it also offers wonderful side trips to Kawasan Falls, Casino Peak, and many other nearby tourist spots that can also be visited.

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Osmena Peak
LOCATIONOsmena Peak can be easily accessed through Mantalongon, Dalaguete but it is politically and geographically bounded by the town of Badian.
HOW TO GET TO OSMENA PEAK·       From Cebu South Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound to Dalaguete.
·       Look for a habal-habal driver that will send you to the drop-off junction to Osmena Peak.
·       Hire a local guide or trailblaze your way to the peak.
EXPENSES
  • P100.00 – P120.00 Bus fare to Dalaguete
  • P100.00 – Habal-habal fare to Osmena Peak.
  • P30.00 – Entrance fee
  • P50.00 – Camping FeeTotal: P500.00 plus (Food and expenses to the traverse to Kawasan Falls has not been included)
TIPS1. There is a bus that goes directly from Cebu City to Mantalongon, Dalaguete. This stations at Caltex Gasoline Station in Carbon. The fare is cheaper but no airconditioned bus is available as of the moment.

 2. There is no fixed fee for guideship. You can use all haggling skills that you have with your dealings.

3. You can do the four to five hour (depends on the pacing of the group) traverse to Kawasan Falls after spending sometime at the peak or decide to go back to Dalaguete town proper.
DETAILSClick here: Osmena Peak: Conquering Greater Heights

2. Sirao Peak

Sirao Peak is another favorite hiking destinations among many climbers in Cebu. It is easy to access and is located within the heart of Cebu City. There are numerous trails that lead to this peak – with difficulties varying from easy to difficult.

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Sirao Peak
LOCATIONTalamban, Cebu City
HOW TO GET TO SIRAO PEAKThere are several trails that you can use in going to Sirao Peak. You can check the link below for your options; but the easiest and most accessible is the backdoor via Ayala Heights and then a short hike to the peak.
1. From JY Square Mall, Lahug, Cebu City, ride a habal-habal bound to the base of Sirao Peak.
2. Start the 5 – 20 minute hike to Sirao Peak.
EXPENSESOn my first hike to Sirao Peak, I only spent P20.00. The second time I went there, I spent P15.00! But if you’d be taking the easiest route as mentioned above, you have to pay P75.00 – P150.00 per habal-habal.
Total: P150.00
TIPS1. If you’d opt for the other trails, you can visit the famed heart-shaped pools, Budlaan Falls and Tinisig-uwang Falls. Click link below for detais.
2. You can proceed to the “Amsterdam of Cebu” or the Sirao Celosia Flower Farm just few meters away from the peak for awesome and breathtaking photoshoot.
3. You can pitch your tents and stay overnight at the peak. As of the moment, no entrance fees are collected in the vicinity.
DETAILS

3. Bocaue Peak

If you are up for more challenging routes, then you’ve probably come across Bocaue Peak. This is situated still in the highlands of Cebu City and has become a camping favorite to many outdoor enthusiasts and weekends hikers.

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LOCATIONBarangay Bocaue, Cebu City
HOW TO GET THEREThere are several routes that you can take in going to the peak. You can even ride a habal-habal from the city to be able to reach this peak. But to add challenge, you can opt for:
Route 1: Spartan Trail
Meetup at Convergys, Banawa. Hike to Good Shepherd. Direct assault to Monterraza’s. Then down to Buhisan Watershed with sidetrips to Bocaue Creek and Badiang Falls. Final assault to Pamutan before proceeding to Bocaue Peak.
You can pitch your tents and stay overnight at the peak. As of the moment, no entrance fees are collected in the vicinity.
Route 2: Babag-Napo Trail
Meetup at Guadalupe Church. Hike or ride a habal-habal to Barangay Napo. Hike up to Babag and then proceed to Bocaue Peak.

Note: Both routes are not recommended for beginners. But if you’d like to test your limit, why not. Just don’t forget that I warned you. These mountain ranges serve as practice grounds for mountaineers for their major climbs.

EXPENSESP50.00  for habal-habal fare
TIPS1. It would be best if you’d join practice hikes of Cebu-based mountaineering groups. They are more familiar with the routes and can be very good moderator and facilitators during these kinds of events.
2. Bring plenty of water with you. Both routes are directly heated by the sun; thus, making the trek really strenuous.
3. Water sources are available on the route; however, if you have a very sensitive stomach, better bring liters of water with you.
DETAILS

 4. Babag Range

Beware if you’re a beginning hiker and your friends would invite you to climb Babag. Babag is considered as a killer trail among many hikers because of its steep and directly heated trail. Depending on your pace, the hike to Babag can range from two hours to a whole day.

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LOCATIONBarangay Babag, Cebu City
HOW TO GET BABAG1. Meet-up at Guadalupe Church.
2. Habal-habal ride to Barangay Napo.
3. Trek to Babag mountain ranges and then proceed to Bocaue Peak.
EXPENSESP50.00 for habal-habal fare
TIPS1. It would be best if you’d join practice hikes of Cebu-based mountaineering groups. They are more familiar with the routes and can be very good moderator and facilitators during these kinds of events.
2. Bring plenty of water with you. Both routes are directly heated by the sun; thus, making the trek really strenuous.
3. Water sources are available on the route; however, if you have a very sensitive stomach, better bring liters of water with you.
4. You can opt to proceed to Chalet hill or Sirao Peak via Malubog trail if you want to add more pain to your jaded body.
DETAILS

 5. Chalet Hill

Why stress when you can still enjoy the mountains of Cebu without hiking for hours? This is the reason why Chalet Hill is a common favorite among many campers who would just like to stay away from the crowd of the city and enjoy the companion of selected few. It offers a perfect view of the city lights which is best for late night conversations and self-introspection.

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LOCATIONBarangay Busay, Cebu City
HOW TO GET TO CHALET HILLThe easiest trail to this beloved campsite of many mountaineers is from JY Square. You can take a habal-habal that would directly send you to the base of the hill. No trek required. But if you’d like a little challenge, you can opt for the Babag route or walk from JY to Chalet like many hikers do.
EXPENSESP50.00 fare to Chalet Hill from JY Square.
TIPS1. Chalet gives an overlooking view of the city; thus, making it a little lovelier at night because of the city lights – the reason why a lot of people camps here.
DETAILSTrails and Tales to Sirao Peak

6. Naupa

Mt. Naupa is a perfect hiking destination for those who want to witness the wonderful sunrise and sunset. It also has a big camping site and not so stressful trail that can be hiked in an hour or two.

LOCATIONNaga City, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO MT. NAUPA1. Ride a jeepney bound for Tungkop, Minglanilla. This is the boundary between Minglanilla and Naga City. Landmark: Tinong’s Bakery on the right and Julie’s Bakeshop on the left.
2. Ride a habal-habal bound to Cogon Chapel.
3. From the chapel, you can do the 45 to 60 minute hike to the summit.
Note: The perfectly-coned peak is Naupa while the other mountain where Mt. Naupa peak can be viewed is Mt. Luisa. This is what a teacher living in the vicinity shared to us during our hike.
EXPENSESP10.00 – Fare to Minglanilla
P25.00 – Habal-habal fare to Cogon Chapel
TIPSIt would be best to take an afternoon hike to this beautiful sanctuary for it gives a beautiful sunset view to sunset chasers. Moreover, the night trek going back to the chapel gives a wonderful view of the stars that gives light along the way.
Recently, we just had a late night trek and camp at Mt. Naupa, then witnessed the marvelous rising of the sun at the summit. One of the most memorable camping experiences I had so far and truly worth the experience. You may try it as well.
DETAILS

 7. Lanigid Hilllanigid9

LOCATIONLiloan, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO LANIGID HILL1. Take a bus or jeepney bound to Liloan.
2. From Jollibee, Liloan, take a habal-habal bound to Barangay Lanigid or Barangay Mulao.
3. Register at the Barangay Hall and pay P10.00 for registration fee.
4. Start the 500m trek to the peak.
EXPENSESP15.00 – fare from SM to Liloan
P50.00 – motorcycle fare to Barangay Mulao
TIPSTo make the most of your adventure, you can proceed to Mulao River for a river trek and to witness the astounding rock formation along the trail where you can see the enchanting Stone Ark and Malingin Rock.
DETAILS

 8. Bandilaanbandilaan4

LOCATIONSan Fernando, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO MT. BANDILAAN1. From Cebu South Bus Terminal, take a bus bound to San Fernando proper.
2. Ride a habal-habal that would send you to Barangay Bandilaan.
3. Start the short trek.
EXPENSESP30.00 – bus fare to San Fernando
P30.00 – habal-habal fare to Barangay Bandilaan
TIPS1. Bandilaan Peak is directly heated by the sun because it doesn’t have vegetation along the way; thus, it’s best to visit the place early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
2. There are two caves that you can visit after spending some time at Mt. Bandilaan. Both are difficult to locate but the locals are very much willing to give a helping hand on your trailblaze.
DETAILSMt. Bandilaan

 9. Puting Bato

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Photo by: Lakbay Lawin
LOCATIONToledo City, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO PUTING BATO1. Ride a bus bound to Lutopan Landing, Toledo.
2. Hire a habal-habal that will bring you to the jumpoff area. Most locals are familiar with the trail to the summit of Puting Bato.
EXPENSESP40.00 – Bus fare to Lutopan Landing
P10.00 – Habal-habal fare to Puting Bato jumpoff
*Guide fee is negotiable.
TIPSToledo offers a lot of tourist attractions near the vicinity of Puting Bato. You can include in your itinerary Atlas’ Mining Pit – Biga Pit, the Maze Garden located at Capilla Santa Ana in Sitio Santa Anaand the nearby Seven Caves of Campo Siete.
DETAILSPutingbato

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LOCATIONBoundary between Minglanilla and Toledo
HOW TO GET TO CALBASAAN1. From South Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound to Lutopan Landing Bus Stop in Toledo.
2. Hire a habal-habal bound to Campo Otso (Camp 8).\
3. Ask locals or contact Sir Enie of BASO team for guideship.
EXPENSESP40 – bus fare to Toledo
P20 – habal-habal to Camp 8
*Guide fee is negotiable.
TIPSFrom Mt. Calbasaan, you can opt to return to Toledo Proper and then proceed to Barangay Cantabaco for rockclimbing experience. You can as well proceed to Camp 7 for a caving experience at the grand White Cave.
*NOTE: A different trail has also been established from Minganilla proper. However, it entails longer hike and familiarity with the trail.
DETAILS

11. Lantoy

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LOCATIONArgao, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO LANTOY1. Ride a bus bound for Argao. 2. Go to the municipal hall of the town and ask for a guide that will give you directions.
EXPENSESP80 – P100.00 – bus fare to Argao
DETAILS

 12. Tiposo Peaktiposo1

LOCATIONTaloot, Argao, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO TIPOSO PEAK1. Ride a bus bound to Taloot Wharf, Argao.
2. Ask locals for directions in going to Liki Spring. You can also opt to ride a tricycle in going to the jumpoff area.
3. Start the uphill trek.
EXPENSESP60.00 – bus fare to Argao
P10.00 – tricycle fare to Liki Spring
TIPS1. You can actually ask a habal-habal driver to bring you directly to the base of Tiposo Peak. On our case, we just want to trailblaze and make the most of our trek that’s why we started at Taloot and then trailblazed to Tiposo Peak.
2. From the highway, there are lots of accessible springs where you can rehydrate yourselves. Just have the courage to ask the locals and they’d be more than willing to help you.
3. To fill your empty stomach, you can proceed to the Sutukil Restaurant near the wharf. They cook dishes from fishes that are caught from their fishpens.
DETAILSTiposo Peak: Trailblazing to the Heart of Argao

13. Mt. Lanaya

LOCATIONAlegria, Cebu
HOW TO GET MT. LANAYA1. Ride a bus to Alegria town proper.
2. You can choose between the two trails that lead to the summit of Mt. Lanaya – Legaspi trail or Lumpan trail. In our case, we were badly out of time, thus, we took the Lumpan trail which only takes an hour to trek. You can ask habal-habal drivers to send you to the base of Mt. Lanaya via Lumpan trail and then ask the locals for direction.
3. A lot of restrictions are followed at the Legaspi trail. Hikers are required to hire a guide and pay P50.00 for environmental fee. Guide fee ranges from P500 and above depending on the number of hikers.
EXPENSESP130.00 – bus fare to Alegria
P100.00 – habal-habal fare to Barangay Lumpan
P100.00 – guide fee
TIPSLumpan trail is beginner-friendly; however, if you think of safety and insurance, it’d be better to take the Legaspi trail.
DETAILS

 14. Mt. Manunggal

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LOCATIONBalamban, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO MT. MANUNGGALYou can either bring a private vehicle direct Mt. Manunggal via Transcentral Highway (Baranggay Gaas) or trek from Barangay Tabunan to the summit of Mt. Manunggal.
EXPENSESV-hire to Barangay Gaas – P120.00
Habal-habal to Barangay Tabunan – P135.00
TIPSYou can either start or head after to Mt. Mauyog after conquering Mt. Manunggal. It has been recently discovered that aside from the statue of the late president Ramon Magsaysay and the engine of the C-47 Pinatubo plane, Mt. Manunggal has actually a peak which is quite similar to Mt. Mauyog’s.
DETAILS

 15. Mt. Mauyog

LOCATIONBalamban, Cebu
HOW TO GET THERESee Mt. Manunggal
EXPENSESV-hire to Barangay Gaas – P120.00
Habal-habal to Barangay Tabunan – P135.00
Entrance fee to Mt. Mauyog – P10.00
Guide fee – (Negotiable)
TIPS1. There are two options when you are planning to do sidetrips after conquering this “shaky mountain” – traverse to Mt. Manunggal or visit Gining Falls.
2. Unlike Mt. Manunggal, Mt. Mauyog requires permits and local guides as prerequisites before conquering the peak.
DETAILS

16. Mago Peak

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LOCATIONBoundaries between Carmen, Danao and Tuburan
HOW TO GET TO MAGO PEAK1. Ride a jeepney bound to Carmen, Cebu.
2. From Carmen Public Market, ride a habal-habal to Barangay Santican. You will pass by MLhuillier’s vast farms and horse ranch.
3. Register at the Barangay Hall of Barangay Santican and ask locals for guideship to the summit of Mago.
*NOTE: According to locals, Mago is not actually the name of the place where the boundaries of the three municipalities can be found. Mago actually refers to the tree that has been standing on the peak which can be clearly seen from any points of the three aforementioned places.
EXPENSESP30.00 – Bus fare to Carmen
P80 – P100 – Habal-habal fare to Barangay Santican
*Payment for the guide is negotiable.*
TIPSFrom Mt. Mago, you can take sidetrips sto Mangitngit Falls or Durano Ecofarm. Just ask the habal-habal driver to send you whichever you desire to visit.
DETAILS

17. Mt. Kapayas

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LOCATIONCatmon, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO MT. KAPAYASPRE-REQUISITES:
1. Contact guides that have been certified by the municipality of Catmon.
2. Process documents for Environmental Fee and other registration forms.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Mt. Kapayas is a mountain located between the realms of Carmen and Catmon. If you’d like to take the longer and more challenging trail, traverse via Catmon is suited for you; however, if time does not permit you, you can take the easier and shorter trail from Catmon. Either way, you’ll reach the same peak.

*NOTE: Mountaineers are strictly prohibited to hike and camp in Mount Kapayas without notice and permit from the municipal hall. Better be safe than sorry.

EXPENSESP650 – Processing of forms and registration fee
P20 – Campsite fee
P50 – habal-habal fare to jumpoff site
P150/ head – guide fee
TIPSFrom Mt. Kapayas, you can take sidetrips sto Mangitngit Falls or Durano Ecofarm. Just ask the habal-habal driver to send you whichever you desire to visit.
DETAILSMt. Kapayas: A Letter from the Mountain

 18. Mt. Manghilao

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LOCATIONDanao City, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO MT. MANGHILAO1. Ride a bus bound to Danao City.
2. Hire a habal-habal or ride a jeepney to Barangay Masaba.
3. Ask locals for guideship in going to Mt. Manghilao.
EXPENSESP40 – Fare to Danao City
P20 – P50 – habal-habal fare
TIPSYou can trailblaze to a densely populated cave near the summit or opt to visit Durano Ecofarm after going to the peak of Manghilao. According to some outdoor enthusiasts, there are caves that are well-hidden from visitors; if interested, you may contact local officials from the Barangay Hall.
DETAILSMt. Manghilao

 19. Cansomoroy

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Photo by: Lornzy Jumao-as of Laagan Pilipinas
LOCATIONBalamban, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO CANSOMOROY1. Ride a v-hire/ habal-habal bound to Barangay Cansomoroy.
2. Contact local officials or go directly to Barangay hall for registration and assistance for guideship.
EXPENSESP120 – fare to Barangay Cansomoroy via Transcentral Highway
*Guide fee is negotiable.
TIPSYou can ask the guide to visit the nearby cave and waterfalls hidden among the vegetations of Cansomoroy.
Camping and hammock party can be very much accommodated in the area. Just make sure to keep in mind the LNT principles at all times.
Since it is already in the vicinity of Balamban, might as well pay a visit to Canso X, West 35, or Cambuhawe Spring.
DETAILSCansomoroy Mountain Range

 20. Hambubuyoghambubuyog6

LOCATIONGinatilan, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO MT. HAMBUBUYOGThere are two options on how to go about this trip: easy and hardcore way. *Easy Route to Mt. Hambubuyog
1. Ride a bus bound to Samboan.
2. From Samboan proper, hire a habal-habal  to bring you to the chapel of the Divine Mercy which is actually located at the peak of Mt. Hambubuyog.
*Hardcore Route to Mt. Hambubuyog
1. Ride a bus bound to Ginatilan.
2. From Ginatilan proper, ride a habal-habal to Inambakan Falls.
3. Start the trek from the first level (Inambakan Falls) until the third level (Kampael Falls) of Inambakan falls and then proceed with a direct assault. An established road is waiting for you at the top and you can follow the road which directly leads to the Divine Mercy chapel; however, following this route would take a traverse unto three mountain ranges (approximately 5 – 10 hours). No worries though, the locals are very much familiar with the shortcut to the chapel (requires only 3-4 hours depending on the pacing. You only have to pass the main water source of Barangay Hambubuyog, pass by a mini-forest and then proceed to the Calvary Trail.
EXPENSESP150 – bus fare to Ginatilan/ Samboan
P75 – habal-habal to/from Divine Mercy Chapel
P50 – habal-habal to Inamabakan Falls
P10 – Inamabakan Falls entrance fee
TIPSFrom the summit of Mt. Hambubuyog, you can choose between two roads that diverge from one another – one leading to Oslob and the other leading to Samboan.
To Oslob: You can visit the Salamanca Hills and Tumalog Falls
To Samboan: You can take a sidetrip to Candayvic Falls and Dau Falls
DETAILSMt. Hambubuyog: Stereotypes of Women on Hikes

21. Mercado’s Peak

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LOCATIONBadian, Cebu
HOW TO GET MERCADO’S PEAKThe peak is part of the Osmeῆa Peak Range. This is a common camping site for locals and hikers who have frequented the area.
1. From Cebu South Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound to Dalaguete.
2. Look for a habal-habal driver that will send you to the drop-off junction to Mercado’s Peak.
EXPENSES
  • P100.00 – P120.00 Bus fare to Dalaguete
  • P100.00 – Habal-habal fare to Mercado’s Peak.
TIPS1. There is a bus that goes directly from Cebu City to Mantalongon, Dalaguete. This stations at Caltex Gasoline Station in Carbon. The fare is cheaper but no airconditioned bus is available as of the moment.
2. There is no fixed fee for guideship. You can use all haggling skills that you have with your dealings.

22. Casino Peak/ Lugsangan Peak

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LOCATIONBadian, Cebu
HOW TO GET LUGSANGAN PEAK/ CASINO PEAK1. From Cebu South Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound for Dalaguete.
2. From Dalaguete town proper, ride a habal-habal to the jump-off site of Casino Peak.
3. You can hire a guide to assist you in going to the summit but you can as well hike on your own. The ridge in going to the summit is quite steep and entails technical rock climbing skills. Summit at your own risk and enjoy the view on top!
EXPENSES
  • P100.00 – P120.00 Bus fare to Dalaguete
  • P75.00 – P100.00 – Habal-habal fare to Casino Peak
TIPS1. Please refer to tips on Osmena Peak and Mercado’s Peak.
2. From Osmena Peak, you can use the exit trail in going to Kawasan Peak. The trail that leads to Kawasan Peak is the same trail in going to Casino Peak. Technically speaking, people have been long passing Casino Peak without them knowing the beauty it holds on top. *wink*
DETAILSCasino Peak: One of the Most Photogenic Mountains in Cebu

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LOCATIONBarangay Climaco, Toledo City
HOW TO GET TO TAGAYTAY IN TOLEDO1. From Cebu South Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound to Toledo City.
2. Ask the driver to drop you off at Julie’s Bakeshop found in Barangay Magdugo.
3. Hire a habal-habal to Casoy Barangay Hall.
4. Ask a local to guide you in going to Tagaytay Hill.
EXPENSES
  • P50 .00 – Bus fare to Toledo
  • P50.00 – habal-habal to Casoy Barangay Hall
TIPSFor side trips, you can as well visit Malubog Lake and Udlom Peak around the area.
DETAILSA Picture Perfect Peak with Awe-inspiring Panoramas

 Malubog Lake: Creating Ripples of Love, Understanding, Positivity

 24. Candongao/ Kandungaw PeakFB_IMG_1515384014122.jpg

LOCATIONBadian, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO CANDONGAO/ KANDUNGAW PEAK1. From Cebu South Bus Terminal, ride a bus bound to Dalaguete.
2. Look for a habal-habal driver that will send you to the drop-off junction to Candongao Peak.
3. You can hire a local to guide you or you can simply follow the trail that leads you to the peak.
EXPENSES
  • P100.00 – P120.00 Bus fare to Dalaguete
  • P100.00 – Habal-habal fare to Candongao Peak.
TIPS1. There is a bus that goes directly from Cebu City to Mantalongon, Dalaguete. This stations at Caltex Gasoline Station in Carbon. The fare is cheaper but no airconditioned bus is available as of the moment.
2. There is no fixed fee for guideship. You can use all haggling skills that you have with your dealings.
3. If you want to challenge yourself, you can opt for a longer hike via Badian Trail. This would take 3-4 hours depending on the pacing of the group.
DETAILSCandongao Peak: The Art of Leaving

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LOCATIONToledo City, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO PANDUNG BATO/ BATUGA’G BANOG1. Ride a bus bound for Toledo City.
2. Ask the driver to drop you off at Toledo Landing.
3. Ask locals for directions on how to reach Pandong Bato or often called as “Batugag Banog” because it’s often landed by brahminy kites long time ago.
EXPENSES
  • Bus fare to Toledo Landing – P50
TIPS
  • Make sure that you have a guide in going to the summit for the trails require steep ascents and semi-rock climbing skills.
  • Do not push through activity if raining.

 26. Camari HillFB_IMG_1515385024419-01.jpeg

LOCATIONCamari, Carcar City
HOW TO GET TO CAMARI HILL1. Ride a bus bound for Carcar City.
2. Hire a habal-habal near Arbie’s Bakeshop found in Rotunda.
3. Ask the habal-habal driver to bring you to Camari Hill. You can even ask to bring you directly to the peak.
4. Masses are held at the summit every first Sunday of the month. It would be great to attend mass during sunset in the area.
EXPENSES
  • P40.00 – Bus Fare to Carcar City
  • P50.00 – Habal-habal fare to Camari Hill
TIPS
  • The place is best for sunset viewing.
  • There is an ample space for camping in the area if you’d like an overnight activity.
DETAILSCamari Hill: Pilgrims on a Journey

27. Calibasan 

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LOCATIONToledo City, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO CALIBASAN1. Ride a bus bound for Toledo City.
2. Ask the driver to drop you off at Barangay Minos.
3. Hire a habal-habal driver that would take you to the jumpoff site in going to Calibasan.
EXPENSES
  • P40.00 – Bus fare to Toledo City
  • P50.00 – habal-habal fare to jumpoff site
DETAILSCalibasan with Sagoy Outdoor Group: Getting Lost with the Monkeys

28. Mt. Binalabag

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LOCATIONArgao, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO MT. BINALABAG1. Ride a bus bound to Argao.
2. Ask the driver to drop you off at Candabong. Landmark: Waiting Shed near a Chapel
3. From the waiting shed, you can hire a habal-habal to Barangay Jampang. You can either ask the driver to drop you at the jumpoff site or you can go directly to the peak.
EXPENSES
  • P80.00 – Bus fare to Argao
  • P70.00 – haba-habal fare to Binalabag Summit
TIPSClick link below for awesome hiking hacks.
DETAILSMt. Binalabag: Hiking Hacks to Beat the Heat

 29. New Bucao

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Mt. New Bucao (Photo credit: Aldrich of Bisaya Traveler)
LOCATIONBarangay General Climaco, Toledo City
HOW TO GET MT. BUCAO1. Ride a bus bound for Toledo City.
2. Ask the driver to drop you off at the Julie’s Bakeshop located at Barangay Magdugo.
3. Hire a habal-habal that would take you to Manutu River.
4. Ask a local to guide you in going to Mt. New Bucao.
EXPENSES
  • Bus fare to Toledo – P60.00
  • Habal-habal to Manutu River – P100.00
  • Habal-habal to Magdugo – P50.00
TIPS1. There are two trails that leads to New Bucao. You can either take the trail from Casoy’s Barangay Hall or via Manutu River. Choose the trail that would suit your capacity as a hiker.
2. Never underestimate the mountains.
DETAILSNew Bucao: A Gritty, Muddy Uphill Climb to Toledo’s Unsung Mountain

 30. Ablayan Peak

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Ablayan Peak (Photo credit: Lai Ariel of The Little Lai: Beyond Limits)
LOCATIONBoljoon, Cebu
HOW TO GET ABLAYAN PEAK1. Take a bus bound for Boljoon.
2. Ask the bus conductor to drop you off at the Boljoon public market.
3. Hire a habal-habal driver to Ablayan Peak.
EXPENSES
  • Bus fare to Boljoon – P150.00
  • Habal-habal fare to Ablayan Peak – P150.00
TIPS
  • You can take a side trip tour to Dayhag Falls.
  • There are no shaded parts at the summit so make sure you choose the correct time of the day that you’d be going.
DETAILSAblayan Peak: Boljoon’s Natural Park in the Sky

Ablayan Peak: An Enthralling and Windy Summit in Boljoon

31. Danasan Peak

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LOCATIONDanao City, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO DANASAN PEAK1. Ride a bus bound to Danao.
2. Hire a habal-habal driver to Barangay Danasan.
3. To make your life easier, you can as well take a tour and experience Danasan Eco Park Adventures. Their packages include transportation from Cebu City to Danasan.
EXPENSES
  • Bus Fare to Danao – P60.00 – P70.00
  • Jeepney from SM to Danao – P40.00
  • Habal-habal to Danasan – P150.00
DETAILSDanasan Falls and Peak: Exploring Danao’s Majestic Natural Wonders

32. Spartan Trail

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LOCATIONBanawa to Babag Range
HOW TO GET SPARTAN TRAILHike starts from Celestial Garden in Banawa. Then direct assault to Monterrazas de Cebu. Downhill to Buhisan Watershed then traverse to Barangay Pamutan.
EXPENSESJeepney ride to Convergys Banawa – fare varies on your starting point
TIPS
  • Bring enough water for the hike.
  • Prepare your body for direct ascents.
DETAILSSpartan Trail: Paying forward what the Mountains had taught me

 33. Udlom Peak _DSC0183-01.jpeg

LOCATIONCasoy, Dalagauete
HOW TO GET TO UDLOM PEAK1. Ride a bus bound to Toledo City.
2. Ask the bus driver or conductor to drop you off at Julie’s Bakeshop near Barangay Magdugo.
3. Ride a habal-habal to Casoy Barangay Hall.
4. Hire a local to guide you in going to Udlom Peak. You may also directly contact Ms. Beth Dacuma for assistance.
EXPENSES
  • P50 .00 – Bus fare to Toledo
  • P50.00 – habal-habal to Casoy Barangay Hall
TIPSAccording to Aldrich of Bisaya Traveler, the area is a favorite target for lightning strikes; thus, should the weather won’t cooperate during the hike, cancel it.
DETAILSUdlom Peak: A Mysteriously Beautiful Mountain with an Intriguing History

34. Pangilatan Peak

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Photo credit: Aldrich of Bisaya Traveler
LOCATIONNaga, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO PANGILATAN PEAK1. Ride a jeepney bound for Tungkop, Minglanilla.
2. Take a habal-habal ride to Sitio Pangilatan.
3. The place is not so familiar to locals, so you can ask them to direct you to Magdook. You can easily trace the trail from there.
EXPENSES
  • Jeepney from Punta Princesa to Tungkop – P13.00
  • Fare to Sitio Pangilatan – P50.00
DETAILSPangilatan Peak: An Untouched Summit with 360-Degree Panoramas

 35. Magdook

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Photo credit: Aldrich of Bisaya Traveler
LOCATIONNaga, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO MT. MAGDOOKPlease refer to Pangilatan Peak.
EXPENSES
  • Jeepney from Punta Princesa to Tungkop – P13.00
  • Fare to Sitio Pangilatan – P50.00
DETAILSMount Magdook: The Art of Hiking Without A Plan in Naga, Cebu

36. Dakung Krus , Compostela

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Photo credit: Idol Wanderer
LOCATIONCompostela, Cebu
HOW TO GET TO DAKUNG KRUS (COMPOSTELA)1. From SM Cebu, ride a jeepney bound for Danao.
2. Ask the driver to drop you off at Compostela Public Market.
3. Ride a habal-habal to Dikyop.
4. Start the hike.
EXPENSES
  • Jeepney to Danao – P25.00
  • Habal-habal to Dikyop – P20.00
DETAILSHoly Cross Compostela: The Most Awe-Inspiring Crucifix I’ve Seen in Cebu

MAD with Team Bang’s Hike for a Cause

There’s a quite longer list of mountains that you can visit around Cebu that has not been thoroughly described on the list including Mt. Kabayoan, Mt. Kangbulagsing, Mt. Lanipga, Mt. Taklian, Mt. Montaneza, Pung-ol Sibugay, Manuel’s Peak, and recollection sites that are located on hills and mountains of Cebu (Don Bosco, San Carlos Heights and Tabor Hills) that can offer the same reflective experience to hikers and visitors alike. Try visiting some of these places. Who knows? Maybe nature knows the answer to your conquest, your never ending list of inquiries.


PS. Feel free to message me on Facebook, comment below or send me a DM on Instagram should you have further inquiries. If you have a mountain around your area that you want to be featured on Dakilanglaagan’s list, feel free to tell me. To more mountains to hike! Cheers!

See you on trails!

33 comments

  1. I am thankful I dropped here in your blog. I was feeling more determined to discover more mountain peak here in Cebu. This really a big help of my new found hobby “exploring & adventures”.

    Asa dapita sa San Fernando monaog ig padung sakay habal-habal pra bandilaan?

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  2. Ate, naakyat niyo na po yan lahat? Sana taga Cebu din ako. :(
    Wala po bang mga limatik jan? Hihi. Or naka-experience na po ba kayo ng limatik somewhere?

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