Mt.Lanaya: A Kick-off to 2018

MT. LANAYA Alegria, Cebu (700 MASL)
Hike Date: 6-7JANUARY2018
Actual Itinerary:
  • 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM ETD South Bus Terminal – Alegria
  • 10:30 PM – 12:00 MN Ascend to Brgy. Lumpan & Lanaya Camp Site
  • 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Ascend to Kalo Kalo Peak
  • 8:30 AM – 12:30 NN – Descend
  • 12:30 NN – 1:00 PM – Lunch
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Ascend to Montpeller Falls
  • 1:20 PM – 2:30 PM – Side trip: Montpeller Falls
  • 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM – Descend from Montpeller Falls
  • 3:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Homeward Bound: Alegria – South Bus Terminal
Expenses:
South Bus Terminal to Alegria Heritage Park – P250 (Vhire 3000)
Heritage Park – Brgy. Lumpan – P50
Brgy Legaspi -Heritage Park – P10
Lunch – P45
Heritage Park – Montpeller Falls -(P50 vv) 100
Alegria – South Bus Terminal – P168
TOTAL = P623 (Trail foods and other expenses are not included)
It has been 24 hours since the fire started (I was talking about the fire in Ayala).
Alegria Heritage Park at night.
We arrived in Alegria at almost 1030PM, and it’s pretty late. We rented a motorcycle from the heritage park to Brgy. Lumpan for P50/each. It was a smooth ride the whole time.
When we arrived at Brgy. Lumpan, we gathered together for a pre-orientation climb and for few reminders what to do and what not during the whole trek. Also an individual prayer for a safe and sound trek. We started to trek to the guide’s house. All flashlights were turned off, as discussed, we used to talk loudly but at this moment, everyone seemed to hiss and chitchat silently. I loved the time when we were just walking amidst the darkness, with no lights and just relying on the shine of the stars and our own eyes and of course everyone was vigilant on what’s happening around us. It was almost 1130 when we reached the guide’s house.
We then started to ascend to the campsite. It’s actually my first night trek. Wearing sandals/shoes is really better than  just wearing our slippers. It was almost an hour to reach the camp site. The camp site, isn’t that big but it’s just enough for us- 8 tents. Our slippers survived the trail. On the camp site, there’s actually a lamp post and that’s our indication if we’re almost reaching the site.
We finally arrived at 12:30MN and everyone pitched their tents and few are preparing the food as well. We haven’t had a real dinner yet. After the dinner, we gathered together to introduce ourselves and get to know each other. New faces, new friends in a new place for 2018-amazing, isn’t it? Together with Kayla and Jane, we just slept out while the guys were having their own socials.
It’s a good-morning from us!
The campsite isn’t that big, we got 8 tents, and it’s just enough.
At 8:00 AM, we ascended to Kalo-kalo Peak, and it only took 15-20 minutes for us to reach the peak. I can’t really see a good angle to capture the beauty at the top of Kalo-kalo Peak.
The Kalo-kalo Peak!
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At 8:30, we decided to descend to Brgy. Legaspi. We were descending reasons why ropes weren’t used that time, but it’s recommended to bring ropes too. It didn’t rain, that’s why it wasn’t that difficult to descend but somehow it was very challenging to us. There’s a descending part where the angle seems to be at 75%-80%. You only have rocks to hold on to. After that, everything is just pretty descending. We had a buko session for P30 at the foot of the mountain for our break time.
Another quick rest to savor and experience the beauty of Alegria, for a 30-minutes walk to the highway.
Shower is available in the Heritage Park.
Side trip: Montpeller Falls
After our lunch infront of the Alegria Heritage Park, we decided to atleast visit one waterfall in Alegria. It should have been  Cambais Falls, however the fare going to there was expensive. It’s P300/person, so we decided to go to Montpeller Falls and it’s the nearest from the Heritage Park. It took us almost 15-20 minutes to the entry point of the falls. There was another 15-20 minutes trek. It’s a one tall waterfall.
At 2:30, we went back to the highway to wait for the bus. It was a great adventure to start my 2018

Written in 2018

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