Mt. Lanaya and Kalo-kalo peak of Alegria stands 720+ meters above sea level (MASL) is dubbed as the "toughest" mountain to climb in Cebu even though it's 'rating' is debatable. Although the trek towards the camp site was fair due to the many scenic distractions, getting to the peak is another story.
When we arrived, we visited the barangay hall of Barangay Legaspi to register ourselves and arrange for a guide to take as to our destination. Note that the barangay hall is right beside the national road which is also a few steps away towards the sea. We literally hiked from sea to summit!!
|Barangay Hall beside the national road|
|Sea to summit|
|Jump off point which is just a few steps from the barangay hall|
|and so it begins|
|Although there are trees, there's a considerable distance to the next one along the trail|
|plenty of views to take in|
What made me realize that added to the brutality of the trail towards the campsite was that not only was it rolling-hills-type of trail but also a ridiculously open and for the most part almost "treeless," meaning you are directly exposed to the scorching heat of the sun. We soon discovered that the volume of water we bought was insufficient, luckily our guide helped us out by finding us some water to refill our water bottles once we arrived at the camp site.
|might as well take some self portraits along the way; Photo from Noe|
|and another one - also from Noe's cam|
|This is one of views I saw early morning the next day. I'm so proud of this shot. HAHAHAHA|
|Camp 2 I was told|
|Sunset from Noe's camp|
|Thanks to weekends in the outdoors!|
|We did a lot of silhouette shots too|
|Cool winds with a beautiful scenery|
|Its a bit difficult to describe this trail just with this picture. Basically to tired to take photos along the way towards the peak|
|This is kalo-kalo peak from the summit area|
Travel time from South Bus Terminal to Alegria is about four hours (Bus fare: 140 pesos / person). You can either get off the bus in Alegria's town proper but will have to ride a habal-habal or make sure to discuss with the conductor to drop you off at Legaspi barangay hall.
The town of Alegria requires one guide for every five trekkers. There were seven of us so we had to take to. It's non-negotiable since there was already an incident last June 2016 wherein some "cool-kids" trekkers went towards the peak without a guide only to end up calling help from 911 as they were lost and without water (Guide fee: 500/guide + Environmental fee: 50 pesos / person).
Tips and Tricks
- Water is not readily available anywhere near the summit; make sure to bring your own drinking water, 2-3 liters.
- Weather is unpredictable so make sure you have a drybag to secure your gadgets, rain cover and something to cover yourself as well.
- Respect the locals and nature, observe LNT principles (Leave No Trace).