Osmeña Peak

By on November 4, 2009
image source: photos.igougo.com

Osmeña Peak is located in the Municipality of Dalaguete in the province of Cebu. The peak is approximately 1,000 meters above sea level making it the highest peak in the island of Cebu.

The peak is part of the Mantalungon mountain range, which is unique from other mountain ranges in the Philippines because of its multiple jagged hills grouped together that overlook and stretch as far as the Badian shorelines. The highest of these hills is the Osmeña Peak named in honor of the famous Osmeña clan in Cebu.

The visual appearance of the Mantalungon range is almost similar in form to the Chocolate Hills of Bohol but the peaks of the ranges are thinner, sharper-pointed and rocky. Unlike the Chocolate Hills, the peaks of the Mantalungon ranges cluster quite near each other and give the impression of being formed from rocks that have survived through time.

Once you reach the Osmeña Peak, you get a 360-degree view  of  that includes the southwestern coastline of Cebu, and you even see the province of Negros Oriental. However, the peak area is fenced and under private ownership. A lot keeper collects at least 20 pesos from each climber that enters the area and there is a campsite a few meters down the peak. The campsite has a toilet and a bunkhouse available to the public for a fee.

Osmeña Peak and the Mantalungon range are accessible to hikers and mountaineers all year round but it is best to climb the peak in the first half of the year since the rainy season is from June to October. The peak and mountain ranges become wet and slippery during the rainy season.
op1 Osmeña Peak
Mantalungon is famous as the summer capital of Cebu because it is 700 to 800 meters above sea level giving it a pleasant climate all year round. The high elevation has made the village an ideal place to grow flowers, vegetables and other high-value crops, which gives Mantalungon the reputation of being the vegetable basket of Cebu.

Held every year is the Utanon Festival, a celebration of dance and music as thanksgiving for the good harvest of Mantalungon. Utanon is the Cebuano word for vegetables. Many locals and foreign tourists visit the village during summer because of its cool climate.
uf Osmeña Peak Location

The Osmeña Peak is located in Barangay Mantalungon, in the Municipality of Dalaguete, Cebu. Dalaguete is about 85 kilometers from Cebu City and is about 1 ½ hours ride by bus from the city. If you are in Cebu City, take a jeepney or taxicab going to the Carbon Public Market and inquire from people there the location of the bus terminal for the Mantalungon mini-bus.

The mini-bus will drop you off at the Mantalungon public market. From there, you can either take a motorcycle for hire that will take you to the foot of the mountain ranges or you directly hike to Osmeña Peak that will take you at least one to two hours. Another alternative is to take a jeepney or taxicab, go to the Cebu South Bus Terminal at the Cebu North Road, Cebu City, and take a bus from the terminal.

You should take the buses traveling southward to Oslob or Bato via Dalaguete and get off at the Dalaguete junction. When you reach Dalaguete, you can take a tricycle that will take you to Mantalungon and from there make the hike to Osmeña Peak.

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26 Comments

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  3. Missy l Sole of Missy

    May 15, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    We climbed Osmena’s Peak last weekend. The view from the summit is breathtakingly beautiful!

  4. Everything Cebu

    April 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Everything Cebu believes a trip to Osmeña Peak is much better if you have a seasoned mountaineer guide with you, and does not want to encourage you to go there without anyone to guide you.

  5. Benedict

    April 30, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Hi!!

    Mag-ask lang ta ko..
    Safe lang ba mu.adto ug osmeña peak nga walai kuyog nga katultul??

  6. Everything Cebu

    July 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    We hope you have a safe and fun climb, Liz.

  7. Liz

    July 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Hi! thanks for the informations, very helpful indeed. We’ll be in Cebu this August and Osmena Peak is part of the itinerary. Just so hope that would be a Sunny day. :)

  8. Everything Cebu

    July 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Thanks for leaving a comment on Everything Cebu’s write-up about Osmeña Peak.

  9. Jake Faulkner

    July 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    The great owner of satPHONE shall climb the great mountain of Osmena peak nov of 2012 I shall strap a San Miguel ventilator to my face so I can breath good beer at a high altitude and my accent

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  11. Everything Cebu

    May 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Thanks for that input, Jerry.

  12. Jerry

    May 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Owen is correct, Osmena peak is actually inside the municipality of Badian. However, because it is more accessible via Mantalongon, it is often mistaken to be a part of Dalaguete.

  13. Everything Cebu

    May 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Hi, Jorge! Thanks for taking time to write a comment on Everything Cebu’s article about Osmeña Peak.

  14. jorge n. fajardo

    May 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    hello! mantalongon………… i will be back soon….it was really a long time since i left mantalongon. i really missed my family there also i really missed my friends…and, i hope when i came back at my hometown i will not forgot the place…

  15. Everything Cebu

    April 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Hi Honey! The directions are in the article. Since you are not familiar with the place, we suggest you climb with a seasoned mountaineer. Have a safe climb!

  16. honey

    April 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    hi, my friends and i are planning to go to osmena peak this coming may 1…can u give us a guide or some tips on how to get there? iv been there once but that was 10 yrs ago…i dnt know if it s still safe to go there…can we possibly get to the peak without a guide?

  17. tish

    July 6, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Hi ER Santos,

    We hope you found good company and enjoyed your climb.

  18. ER Santos

    June 23, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Am here in Cebu right now and would like to climb that mountain before I go back to Cebu. I plan to go today but I need a company (those who’ve already climbed it or viciously wants to climb). Please help. Thanks.

  19. neekul

    May 25, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Hi Julie! We hope you have a good time!

  20. Julie

    January 8, 2011 at 5:55 AM

    would visit this park in my next cebu vacation , looks great . I think i have been to Mantalungon mountians with a car once , quite hilly ..

  21. meryll

    July 4, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    the mount mantalongon is such a nice place but it is so hard to climb to the top kasi slippery ang daan and sobrang mabato but kahit pagod na kapag narating ang pinakatop ng bundok,super saya kasi nakakawalang pagod tingnan ang view…

  22. owen

    June 14, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Ang pagkakaalam ko, at ayon sa mapagkatiwalaan ko na source ang Osmeña peak ay hindi nasasakop sa Mantalongon kundi sa Babian.kahit tingnan nyo pa sa DENR..at yong collection na 20.00 walang katotoran yan,kasi hinhi nakipag coordinate sa baranggay ang nagpapalakad jan…hinhi naman yan private property e…yan ay pag aari ng Government.TEMBER LAND po yan…at kong gusto nlang mag collect ng fees dapat may share ang baranggay jan…

  23. troen

    March 1, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    oh, and much better if you have a seasoned mountaineer guide with you.

  24. troen

    March 1, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Hi Benny. It took us a little over an hour to get to the peak area. I regret forgetting the exact jump-off place in Brgy. Mantalongon, Dalaguete. Your best bet, when you get to Mantalongon, is to ask from the locals and motorcycle drivers where the usual jump-off point is, and then park there.

    You can visit my friend’s blog at Pinoy Mountaineers for loads of information. Happy trip!

  25. bening harless

    February 28, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Hi ,
    We will be going to osmena peak this coming saturday. How far to walk going to the peak from where the car can park? we are taking our car to go there and then start go up. Just wonder how many hours to get to the peak?
    Wait for your info

    thanks a lot,
    bening

  26. john kenneth abayan

    January 6, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    My god!

    thank you for the very wonderful and specific information
    about the osmena peak ….
    now me and my friends can travel there with some of the infos
    you respectively provided
    thank you sir..
    God bless you and your family always

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