Indeed, what a one- day adventure to South!
We wanted to try trekking to South places and we found out that Mt. Naupa is worth to try. Aside from its breathtaking view and atmosphere, traveling to Mt. Naupa is a lot more cheaper than trekking to other places like Osmena Peak and Mt. Manunggal.
I would say my experience in Mount Naupa was quite adventurous than in Osmena Peak, a must- try experience.
With a height of 584 meters and ranks as the 8th highest mountain in Central Visayas and the 1,106th highest mountain in the Philippines.
How to get there?
From Cebu City
- Travel by bus at South Bus Terminal, Cebu City to Naga City
- Student Fare: Php 25.00
- Regular Fare: Php 30.00
- We got discounted fare because the conductor thought that we were still students and we just found out the regular fare from Cebu- Naga City or vise versa is Php 30.00 when we went home.
- Drop off point at South General Hospital
- Other trekkers tried at Metro Minglanilla as their drop off point but for us, we chose South General Hospital, the fare is cheaper (as what most of the people told us).
- If you didn’t bring your food or breakfast, there’s a small food store (carenderia) just beside the hospital.
- Find habal-habal at Sitio Rikio
- Across the South General Hospital, just a walking distance to find the area for those habal-habal. Landmark: Park n’ Go bakeshop.
- Instruct the driver to drop you off at Brgy. Cogon.
- Fare: Php 50.00 / head – one way fare only
- Trekkers need to do is ride a motorcycle at Sitio Rikio and drop off point is at Brgy. Cogon.
- All of the habal-habal drivers know where is the starting point going to Mt. Naupa.
The land mark for the starting point is the chapel.
Read the rules and policies very carefully.
Optional: If you are not confident finding your way up to Mt. Naupa, there are local kids to help you find your track, tour price just depends on how much do you want to give them. Tip: ranges from Php20.00 – Php50.00.
Tada! Our adventure began.
My friend, Shaira, tasted the fresh air.
We rested for two (2) minutes here and then continued to walk up until we reached the small nipa hut.
We regained our energy in the small nipa hut, the kids told us that it is a ship-shaped nipa hut. Well, it really is a ship-shape nipa hut.
What a wonderful sight to look at. I can stare at you whole day.
You can take a nap here. It’s all free!
Our little tour guides rested, too. Well, you can see this dog took a rest. He was one of the guides. LOL. The kids told us that his name is “Tiger” because of it’s fur color. Hi Tiger! Rawr.
There’s a small food store, near the payag. They are selling food and drinks, as well as boiled eggs and banana-cue.
We decided to put our t- shirts on our faces as we don’t want to get sunburns on our beautiful faces. HAHAHA
Then, we continued to walk up and finally we got a glimpse of Mt. Naupa.
Shaira and Chanee trying to help each other to climb up to the top. For your information, it’s not the peak, yet. This top is where you can see one of the most beautiful views in Cebu.
I’m glad that I’m physically fit and had never had muscle aches after our adventure.
The kids told us that the part where the mountain seems like it’s bald, they call it Mt. Naupaw (Bald= Upaw) . LOL. Because of the business people wanted to get the soil, the mountains are starting to become bald.
Get your tents ready!
Thank you, Lord for giving us a wonderful weather and this smiling sun.
There’s more! We decided to go up to the peak. Actually, it’s not what you will imagine. You will experience struggles going up, wounds: scratches from the small branches and etc. BUT the greatest achievement would be, “FINALLY, I’M ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO REACHED THE PEAK”.
One of the evidences was my face. You can see that my face were tired but I’m happy that I’ve reached the final destination. The trekkers put a small flag to acknowledge that adventurers reached the highest peak of Naga.
My souvenir was my scratches. HAHAHA. And I didn’t care.
We ate our snacks; biscuits, boiled egg, junk foods, candies, banana cue, and etc. One of the nice things about having a group hike is the sharing of food (HAHAHA) and telling funny stories and experiences making the climb more enjoyable and memorable.
Indeed, the memories during the climb are worth reminiscing.
So after our adventure to Mt. Naupa, we got hungry and thought that it was best to try Carcar’s famous lechon baboy, too.
Going back to where we started, we rode habal-habal again and paid Php50.00 each. From Sitio Rikio or Park n’ Go bakeshop, you can take a jeepney going to Carcar market, fare is only Php20.00.
For more information going to Carcar Lechon and wants to hangout to Bantayan Beach in Carcar, please visit CARCAR’S FAMOUS LECHON AND VILLA LUZ RESORT IN CARCAR.
TOTAL EXPENSES TO MT. NAUPA
||Php 25 + Php 30
||Php50 + Php50
||Php50 (you can share)
|Water, snacks and etc
- You must train your body first, especially the legs or cardio part.
- Bring lots of water.
- Bring extra clothes (you will sweat like you’ve never sweat before)
- Use sunblock, wear sunglasses, or cap for protection against the sun’s hottest rays.
- You can also bring your umbrella (HAHA) but honestly, umbrella is useful too during day time when you arrived at the peak. It’s really really really hot.
- You can proceed to Carcar and try their famous lechon baboy , for those who want food tripping.
- If you feel like going to the beach to have your relaxation time, Villa Luz Resort in Carcar is my recommendation.
“Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world”.