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 located in the highlands of Negros Oriental and it is the 2nd highest mountain in the Negros Island.
Our club, NCR Trekkers, recently had one amazing experience traversing Cuernos de Negros thru Malungcay-Apolong Trail for 3 days and 2 nights.
A lot of people sent their inquiries about our major trek and here are the Frequently Asked Questions for your guidance:
Malungcay Trail is one of among the numerous trails to Cuernos De Negros. It starts at Malungcay, Dauin, Negros Oriental which is behind the Cuernos de Negros. The difficulty of this trail is 5/9 and its distance is about 8KM. Normally, it takes around 6-8 hours of trek depending on the trekker’s pacing. Other trails to Mt. Talinis are Apolong, Bejao and Lunga. Lunga is the most difficult trail and Bedjao-Apolong is the longest.
Why Malungcay Trail?
Malungcay Trail is best if you wanted to see overlooking scenic views of the vast plain of Negros and the islands of Apo and Siquijor. The trail is great for beginners and hardcore trekkers with it being open and a 50-75 degrees’ assault. Unlike Apolong trail that has 75-80 degree’s inclination just like Mt. Lanaya in Cebu.
How many days to trek?
Usually, Malungcay-Apolong Trail takes 3 days and 2 nights with scenic stops at Lake Nailig, Ranch and Twin Falls of Nagabi. The trek ends at the jump off of Casaroro Falls at Valencia, Negros Oriental.
However, for hardcore trekkers, Malungcay-Apolong trail is achievable for an overnight or even day hike. Moreover, this would mean to have fewer stops than we had and faster pace.
See our on-the-day itinerary below.
What is the best season to climb?
Summer is the best season in every mountain to trek. However, Talinis is best hiked as long it is not rainy season. December to February is mostly the rainy season in Negros thus you can choose other months other than that. However, it still depends on the weather thus better plan ahead.
Scenic Spot that can be seen?
There a lot to see via Malungcay-Apolong Trail. The vast plain of Negros Oriental, including Dumaguete City, overlooking view of Apo Island and Siquijor, Lake Nailig, Kaipuhan Sulfuric River, Twin Falls of Nagabi and Casaroro Falls.
Where are the campsites?
The first camp site is on the shore of Lake Nailig, next camp site is at the Ranch.
How to get there?
There are several ways to go to the jump off in Dauin, Negros Oriental. However, the guides would meet you at Dumaguete City’s Robinson’s Place.
From Cebu City:
Option 1: Take the bus from South Bus Terminal going to Liloan Port. Afterwards, ride a fast craft to Sibulan Port. When you reach the port, ride a jeepney going to Dumaguete City. You can negotiate the driver to drop you at Robinson’s Place.
Option 2: Take the ship from Cebu City’s seaport. It directly arrives at Dumaguete City’s seaport. From there, take a jeepney or trike going to Robinson’s Place.
From other parts of the Philippines:
Dumaguete City also has an airport hence you can directly have your flight arriving there. From the airport, you can also ride a jeepney going to Robinson’s Place.
Don’t get scared to ask the locals because they’re the most friendly people for travelers and tourists. 🙂
Is guide required?
Yes, it is required.
Are Medical Certificates and other papers needed?
No medical certificates needed.
Are there mobile signal/wifi in the area?
Some parts of the trail have mobile signal.
We were 17 in our group from Cebu City and our expenses less personal necessities is P1,089.00
See the full list below.
Can I do it?
Yes of course! Remember to be prepared even months before the Cuernos de Negros trek. Do frequent pre-climbs and proper training. Bring sufficient water for personal usage. Water to be used for cooking can get from numerous water sources along the trail and the campsite. Porters are also available when you don’t want to carry a heavy load in your backpack. Kung kaya ng iba, kaya mo din yan!
Who to contact?
For very accommodating, fun and awesome guide and porter services, you may contact Ralph, Jude or Troy from ONE-MC (Oriental Negros Mountaineering Council) and Team RELAX Mountaineers through their contact numbers below or their personal Facebook accounts.
Ralph Ruiz – 0927 356 2931
Troy Teramoto –0927 144 5494
Jude Amore – 0926 375 2077
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
09:30 am – Start Trek!
12:50 pm – Lunch break
1:30 pm – Recommence trek
5:00 pm – ETA Nailig Lake
9:00 pm – Lights out
Day 2 –
This part of the itinerary in red was removed because we woke up very late and the fog was thick.
7:00 am – Start Trek to Summit
8:00 am – ETA Summit
8:30 am – Back to Campsite
9:00 am – ETA Campsite
10:55 am – Resume Trek
2:25 pm – Kaipuhan Sulfur River and vent
3:10 pm – Ranch Camping Site + Lunch
4:15 pm – ETD to Twin Falls of Nagab
4:30 pm – Twin Falls of Nagab
5:20 pm – ETD from Twin Falls of Nagab to Camp Site
5:35 pm – ETA Camp Site
10:40 pm – Lights Out
Day 3 –
10:30 am – Start Trek
02:10 pm – ETA Jump Off Casaroro Falls + Lunch
02:35 pm – ETD to Casaroro Falls
02:55 pm – ETA Casaroro Falls
03:30 pm – ETD from Casaroro Falls
04:00 pm – back at Jump Off
04:15 pm – Going to Dumaguete City
5:30 pm – ETA Dumaguete City + Early Dinner
6:40 PM – ETA Sibulan Port
8:00 PM – ETD going home from Sibulan Port to Liloan, Santander, Cebu
8:20 PM – Liloan Port
9:00 PM – ETD to Cebu City
12:45 AM – ETA South Bus Terminal, Cebu City
1:00 PM – Home sweetie home!
List of Expenses
Guide Fee per person in a group of 17 – P300 (depends on your negotiation with the guide)
Porter Fee per person in a group of 5 – P215 (depends on your negotiation with the porter)
Air-conditioned Bus fare from Cebu City to Liloan Port, Santander, Cebu – P200
Fast Craft from Liloan Port to Sibulan Port, Negros Oriental – P62 (regular) / P55 (student)
Jeepney Fare from Sibulan Port to Dumaguete City – P20
Jeepney Fare from Robinsons Place, Dumaguete City to Maayong Tubig, Dauin, Negros Oriental Jump Off – P20
Motorcycle Taxi to Malungcay Jump Off – P75 (this is by pair, so a total of P150 per motorcycle)
Jeepney Fare from Casaroro Falls to Dumaguete city – P100
Jeepney Fare from Dumaguete City to Sibulan Port – P20 (doubled from P10 because our bags were bigger and it occupied extra space in the jeepney)
Fast Craft Fare from Sibulan Port to Liloan, Santander, Cebu – P62 (regular) / P55 (student)
Air-conditioned Bus Fare going to Cebu City from Liloan, Santander, Cebu – P200