“It was extremely knee trembling, breathe grasping, bodily excruciating and I was walking like a zombie.”
The hearts of the eager adventure-seekers embarked on a long journey towards the highlands of Negros Oriental. Neither lack of sleep nor bad weather could wither as these warriors are set forth for an exceptionally exciting adventure.
Cuernos de Negros or popularly known as Mt. Talinis is one of the nearest mountains for major climbs from Cebu City with very minimal expenses. It is situated in the highlands of Negros Oriental and it is the 2nd highest mountain in the Negros Island. Its difficulty ranges from 5-7 depending on the trail you choose from.
THE JOURNEY FROM WORK TOWARDS THE JUMP OFF
It was Thursday night when we started the journey. Most of us were still from the stress from the workplace yet everyone was so thrilled for the upcoming days. We were supposed to ride the last bus trip at South Bus Terminal going to Liloan Port, Santander; however, we weren’t able to catch it hence we waited for the first trip at 1 AM. We were like talking zombies as we were catching up with chitchats with friends while waiting.
THE BUS RIDE
As soon as the bus went over, we immediately embarked and knocked out to a deep slumber. Though I wasn’t really comfortable with my seat because my bag was too big, I still slept and I assumed that I snored. Hahaha! Bahala na si Batman basta matulog jud ko! We badly needed sleep and rest because we knew that an extreme activity awaits us for 3 days!
After almost 4 hours of sleeping, my body was quite recharged and was thrilled to ride the fast craft from Liloan Port in Santander, Cebu to Sibulan Port in Negros. But still, when I got the chance, my eyes voluntarily shut down and yeah, tulog nanaman ang four-eyed. Haha!
THE FAST CRAFT RIDE
Unfortunately, the experience in the fast craft was one of my worst rides ever. The weather was not good that time and the waves were on its wrath. We were on the lower part of the fast craft thus the movement of fast craft can be more felt than the upper part. It was like in a seesaw that moves to and fro. I heard the sound of waves that splashes against the face of the vessel. I was like a drunken passenger that could vomit anytime and it was really horrible! I tried to sleep but ugh, I really could not. 20 minutes seemed to be longer because of those terrible moments. As soon as the fast craft arrived at Sibulan Port, I felt even more stressed and weaker because of that experience that I hurriedly went out from the vessel. Hay salamat!
We then negotiated multi cab outside the port area going to Robinson’s Place at Dumaguete City. The weather was still gloomy so as my body.
While everyone was waterproofing their backpacks and things, our guide arrived and we exchanged handshakes and hi’s. But sorry sir kay duka pajud kayo hahaha! We went to the nearest eatery and had our quick breakfast.
The crunch and taste of the chicken and the protein of the sunny side up egg were enough to give a kick to my sleeping soul and it was effective! Adding a gulp of soda and I was alive! Haha! We then bought for that day’s lunch and prepared ourselves before riding a jeepney to the jump off at Dauin, Negros Oriental.
THEN THE JOURNEY TOWARDS TO MALUNGCAY JUMP OFF STARTS…
The time has come and we were rushing because we were a bit delayed from our itinerary thus we then rode the Jeepney. My mind thought that I was already alive from that breakfast but my eyes suddenly shut itself down. So I was entirely sleeping while we were going to the jump off.
Oh Mr. Sun, Oh Mr. Sun, please shine down on me! Yeah! The weather gradually went great as we arrived at Maayong Tubig, Dauin, Negros Oriental. I was still a bit dreamy as we continued the journey to Malungcay, Dauin which is the jump off to Malungcay Trail.
My jubilant soul gradually kicked in and the rush of adrenaline aroused as soon as Cuernos de Negros went nearer and nearer in my four-eyes. It was magical! It’s like in the movies and it was surreal! This was it! This was the day I’ve been waiting and longing for. Char.
It was around half an hour of a bumpy motorcycle ride with our heavy backpacks loaded on. We finally arrived and it then all started with a stretch of the arms. Dattebayo!!!
Watch My Vlog on Cuernos De Negros Day 1:
Itinerary so far:
Day 1 –
1:20 am – ETD to Liloan Port from South Bus Terminal Cebu City
4:20 am – ETA Liloan Port, Santander, Cebu
5:00 am – ETD to Sibulan Port, Negros Oriental
5:25 am – ETA Sibulan Port
5:50 am – ETA Robinsons Place, Dumaguete City
6:10 am – Breakfast
07:00 am – ETD to Dauin, Negros Oriental
7:40 am – ETA Maayong tubig, Dauin, Negros Oriental
08:20 am – ETD to Malungcay Jump off
09:00 am – ETA Malungcay Jump off
Expenses so far…
Bus Fare: Cebu City to Liloan Port – P200/pax Ceres with AC
Fast Craft Fare: to Sibulan Port – P62/pax
Jeepney Fare: Sibulan to Dumaguete Port – P20/pax
Breakfast and Lunch: P90
Jeepney Fare: Dumaguete City to Dauin – P20/pax
2L Drinking Water – P70
Motorcycle Taxi Fare to Malungcay Jump Off – P75/pax