DAY HIKE FOR A CAUSE - Conquering the Peaks in General Climaco, Toledo
If you are a nature enthusiast, then this day hike is definitely for you.
The goal of the group was to provide school supplies for Kinder and Grade 1 pupils of the school. The Hike Fee was only ₱250.00 excluding transportation and food allowance. And as of August 2, they were able to accumulated a total of ₱82,500 from the 15 hikes that they organized and will be having their culmination activity for the kids this weekend.
We traveled from Cebu City to Toledo via Van for approximately 2hrs and reached our destination - General Climaco, Toledo. It's the home of the infamous Malubog Lake and Mt. Tagaytay.
Do you remember the wallpaper for Windows XP? That is exactly what you will see when you take this breathtaking trail. The campsite in Mt. Tagyatay is considered as one of the largest campsite in the province. This place is definitely one for the books.
The trail is beginner friendly, So no need to worry if you are not an experienced hiker. This is something that you can try and enjoy. The best part is that you can visit three peaks in just one visit - it's a total jackpot especially for beginners where you can make the most out of your trip.
First Stop : Malubog Lake
Malubog Lake (originally a dam) is a popular and serene site located in Toledo City. There are various activities available at the site like boat riding, fishing and there is also a floating cottage and a restaurant. Perfect place for your team building or family vacation.
Second Stop : New Bucao and Udlom Peak
Breathtaking view overlooking Malubog Lake.
Second Stop : Mt. Tagaytay
Switzerland Feels only here in Toledo, Cebu.
I will share the itinerary the group used and some FAQs below on how to get there should you want to go soul searching alone. You can also contact or reach out to Day Hike Therapist' Outreach Programs on their Facebook page here and be updated with their upcoming events.
06:30 AM : Meet up at 711 near South Bus Terminal
7:00 AM : Depart
09:00 AM : ETA Malubog Lake / Snap Photos / Start of Hike
11:30 AM : ETA New Bucao / LUNCH
12:30 PM : Depart for Udlom Peak
01:30 PM : ETA Udlom Peak
02:30 PM : Depart for Navaja Heights / Mount Tagaytay
03:30 PM : ETA Navaya Heights / Picture Taking
04:30 PM : End of Hike / Depart to Base
SOLO TRAVEL? Here's some FAQs and Tips for you.
- How to Get there ?
Exact location: Brgy. General Climaco in Toledo City – which is approximately 50km from Cebu City
By Bus : Take a bus from the South Bus Terminal that’s headed to Toledo City and ask the conductor that you want to be dropped off in the Julie’s Bakeshop in Brgy. Magdugo. You can take a motorcycle or what the locals usually calls as habal-habal (P60/pair) going to Brgy. Gen. Climaco. Just ask locals to point the way to Tagaytay Hills jump-off when you get to the Barangay.
Ceres Bus Liner Ave. Duration - 2h Frequency - 4 times a day Estimated price ₱60 - ₱90 Schedules at ceresliner.com
By Taxi : Ave. Duration is 45 minutes with estimated price ranging from ₱750 - ₱900.
- Entrance Fees on the Camping Site
₱20.00 Entrance Fee is collected upon entry to Navaja Heights
NOTES AND TIPS
- Most areas are open trails so prepare to protect yourself from the extreme heat and sudden rain.
- Bring enough foods and water, although there are also sari-sari stores available along the trail.
- If you are going solo and need direction, the locals often call Tagaytay Hill as “Old Bucao” so better tell them your going to old bucao when asking for guides/direction. (The locals are super friendly)
- Camp fire is not allowed. If you need to cook, bring your own outdoor cooking set.
- Always bring your own trash bags and remember to leave nothing behind.
- And lastly, Be a responsible traveler. Take care of the Earth - there is no other place we can live in. 🙂
About the Author
Jessa is a nature enthusiast, an optimist and outgoing person who loves writing about her experiences and adventures.
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