5 Reasons Why You Should Trek to Osmeña Peak

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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The Philippines is full of picturesque destinations, and many of them haven’t been discovered by the many tourists that flock to the country each year. One such location is Osmeña Peak in the town of Dalaguete in the province of Cebu. It’s one of the best kept secrets of  the Central Visayas Region – a must-see for those who love absolutely gorgeous mountain views of the Philippines’ lush tropical landscape.

Unparalleled View of Cebu
Looloo Insights writes that Osmeña Peak is 1013 meters above sea level. In fact, it’s the highest point in all of Cebu. Reaching this peak gives you an unparalleled view of the region’s verdant natural landscape, including the cerulean Tañon Strait nearby along with the mountains of Negros. It’s most definitely worth the hike, which isn’t even that hard.
Chocolate Hills’ Jagged Twin
You’ve probably already also heard and seen pictures of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol; many consider Osmeña Peak and the surrounding hills as the jagged version of those world-famous hills. In fact, both are actually karst limestone formations – unique topographical mounds created by the erosion of limestone over thousands of years and the formation of top soiland vegetation. That’s the scientific version of how they were formed. But if you want, you can ask tour guides about the local myths that explain the formation of these unique geographical features. We can guarantee that the local folk stories are always more interesting than any scientific explanation.
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Great Camping Areas
Osmeña Peak is easy enough to reach that it can be done in one morning or one afternoon. However, if you’re interested in soaking in the sights, you can also choose to camp there and spend the night. Just bring your own tent and pay the small camping fees to the locals who provide assistance at the camping grounds and surrounding hills. Pinay Solo Backpacker also shares that camping at Osmeña Peak provides a great opportunity to visit nearby Kawasan Falls while taking your time to soak everything in.

Real-Life Planet Namek
90s kids will especially appreciate the sight of Osmeña Peak, especially those who love cartoons. If the mountains look somewhat familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen the acclaimed anime, Dragonball Z. And as we’ve previously pointed out before here in Celineism, the view surrounding Osmeña Peak look a lot like a greener version of the picturesque blue green topography of Planet Namek – the home planet of Piccolo, the Nameless Namekian, Dende, and other Namekian characters in the beloved anime. So, prepare to do some high-powered fighting poses with friends once you’re at the peak. Just be careful as the many picturesque points can be slippery, especially during the rainy season.
real life planet namek

One of the Easiest Peaks to Climb in the Philippines
Despite the height of Osmeña Peak, it’s easy enough to get there compared to the Philippines’ many other rocky mountain peaks. Once you’re in Cebu, the starting point is Mantalongon Public Market, which you can get to by bus. At the market, it’s just a one-hour trek across lush vegetable farms that is as much a feast for the eyes as the stomach. Alternatively, the locals also offer motorcycle rides that can take to the very base of the mountain itself, making the hike even easier.
mountain hiking in cebu

Getting There
Getting to Cebu from Metro Manila is also very easy. Philippine Airlines schedules regular flights from Metro Manila to Cebu at different times of the day. Once you land at Cebu Airport you will be a mere stone's throw away from all the action.

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Have you trekked to Osmeña Peak? How was your experience?

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