Mt. Talinis/Cuernos de Negros
It is not new to everyone about this famous mountain, a favourite for most mountaineers. Our February travel trip will never be complete without reaching the second highest mountain in the Negros Island, one of the hardest trail for major climb, this is Mt. Talinis also known as Cuernos de Negros, a complex volcano in the province of Negros Oriental. Towering 1903 masl, located in southwest of the municipality of Valencia and 20 km away from Dumaguete City, the capital of the province.
A group of mountaineers created a club and named the group after the moderator/organizer’s son’s name “Basti” who is so adorable and loaded with cuteness, named the group as Parokya ni Basti.
In this climb, together with the group of first-timers, friends, guests from England, and mountain enthusiasts, we took the most difficult trail, started our jump-off area at Bediao, Dauin.
Considering this mountain as one of the grueling climb in Visayas region and there’s a lot to discover such as peaceful lake, unspoiled trails, some dangerous elevation and excruciating terrain. Couldn’t be more excited to climb this mountain.
Arrived at our first stop over around 12:30 noon for our lunch, and we found some groups already taking their rest, so we had our quick rest as well.
After we have eaten our lunch, we had some quick photo captured at Lake Yagumyum, the first lake to be encountered in the trek. These are crater lakes near the summit. Afterwards, we resume our trek going to our campsite at Lake Nailig.
After couple of hours of trekking we have reached our campsite at exactly 5:00 PM, at Lake Nailig. The lake is so beautiful and peaceful. We immediately pitched our tent and prepared our dinner.
Dinner is done.
Had our socials. Slept at 10:00 PM.
Due to its very cool weather (12 degrees Celsius) we really had difficulty in sleeping. The following day, we woke up to a cold, wet, windy, a morning covered by fog/mists all over the place. But the feeling is amazing.
We failed to climb the peak due to the strong weather. My heart cries, the feeling of incompleteness. Instead of soaking ourselves to grief because we weren’t able to hit the summit, we just savoured the moment of watching the most scenic place and enjoyed the landscape beauty of the lake.
Cooked our breakfast instead.
After we packed up, we started our trek towards our exit point at Apolong, which is approximately 8-10 hour trek from Lake Nailig.
We were startled with the incredible beauty of this river, Kaipuhan Sulfur River.
After a few hours of trek, we finally reached the end part of the traverse, this is the most awaited spot, the Casaroro Falls, the tallest falls in Visayas.
Finally, we have completed our bucketlist of reaching and climbing one of the mountain in Visayas Region. A destination that is truly remarkable.
0500 – Meetup at Dumaguete City Public Market
0530 – Breakfast with puto and chokolate
0600 – ETD to Bediao jump-off area
0700 – ETA in Bediao Geothermal Site (Registration)
0730 – Start trek
1200 – ETA Lake Yagumgyum, lunch break
1330 – Trek to Lake Nailig
1630 – ETA Lake Nailig, set up camp
1800 – Dinner/socials
2200 – Lights off
0500 – Wakeup call
0530 – Prepare for breakfast
0600 – (sched to trek to summit, but failed to do so)
0730 – Break camp and start trek to Ranch
1100 – ETA Solfotara River
1330 – Start trek to Twin Falls
1400 – ETA Twin Falls
1420 – Back on trail
1600 – ETA Apolong
1615 – Trek to Casaroro Falls
1630 – ETA at Casaroro Falls
1730 – Back trail to Apolong
1830 – ETA Dumaguete City