A Thousand Meters Above Sea Level: A Travel Guide to Osmeña Peak
One of the best words to describe the Mantalungon Mountain Range in the municipality of Dalaguete, Cebu, is “jagged”. Unlike most Mountain Ranges, the Mantalungon Mountain Range’s mountain peaks are thin, sharp, and rocky, giving it the appearance of jagged shark jaws. But among these seemingly scary-looking peaks is Osmena Peak, the highest peak, standing approximately 1,000 meters tall, and the only peak of its kind within the mountain range.
Osmeña Peak Travel Guide photo by TravelingNomad.com
Osmeña Peak is named after the Osmeña Political Clan in Cebu. It is, however, not strictly limited to the members of the Osmeña Clan. In fact, Osmeña Peak is a tourist attraction that attracts sightseers, couples, families, hiking enthusiasts, or, just about anyone, in general. Aside from the view that the mountain ranges offer people, one of the other things that people love to do when in the Mantalungon Mountain Range is to conquer the height of the Osmena Peak itself! That’s right—1,000 meters above sea level, with nothing but grass, trees, and rocks—people here often take on the challenge of climbing up the peak.
It’s a tough task indeed, but once one gets to the peak of the highest peak of the mountain range, he or she will be rewarded with the view of the Badian shorelines on the Southwest, the vegetable fields of Mantalungon on the Southeast, the beaches of Moalboal on the Northwest, and, above it all, the sweet wine of success of conquering the peak, with a healthy dose of fresh, mountaintop air. It is also said that the neighboring province of Negros Occidental can also be viewed from the peak, if you’re clever enough to find the right angle.
The height of Osmeña Peak is best conquered on the months of January to May, because June onwards is the rainy season. The season and the bad weather might make the path to the peak slippery and muddy, which can be dangerous.
Osmeña Peak in Dalaguete Cebu
If you’re not into climbing or conquering the wild all too much, you can always go to Osmena Peak in Dalaguete anytime. You can take a selfie with the mountain range as your photobomber (or the other way around), stare at the spectacular view of the horizon, or just chill out with the cool, mountain wind.
Dalaguete is approximately 85 kilometers from Cebu City.
How to get to Osmena Peak in Dalaguete Cebu
- You can get to Mantalungon in Dalaguete from Cebu by riding a jeepney to the Southbus Station.
- From there, you can get to the bus line to Oslob or Bato via Dalaguete and ask the bus driver to drop you off at the junction.
- Upon reaching Barangay Mantalungon, you can either choose to hike to Osmeña Peak, or hire a motorcycle or habal-habals (local public motorcycle drivers) to take you to the base of the mountain range.
- If you have your own vehicle, you can reach Osmena Peak via the South Cebu National Highway to the town of Carcar. Upon reaching Carcar, continue southeast until you reach the town of Dalaguete. Once in Dalaguete, you will see a junction point to your right, after a bridge, that will lead you to the Mantalungon Mountain Range.