Mt. Makatol: The Toledo Trilogy Continues

Mt. Makatol: The Toledo Trilogy Continues

MT. MAKATOL

  • Location: Lutopan, Cebu
  • Hike Date: 05APRIL2018

On getting there:

  • From South Bus Terminal, take a bus going to Toledo and ask the driver to drop you at Eskina Landing.

Expenses (Exclusive of food):

  • Guide Fee: P50/head
  • South Bus Terminal to Eskina Landing via Calvo bus= P50
  • Breakfast & Lunch = At your own expense

After our Easter Week climb, I can’t still get over of not being able to climb Mt. Makatol. That feeling of it’s very near but it seems so far. Looking back at our Easter Hike, a supposed to be a Toledo’s triloby but missed Mt. Makatol because we descended from Mt. Kabuwan late and we just decided to hit Puting Bato.

Our Easter Climb. Mt. Makatol seemed to be so near yet—-yet we decided not to go through as everyone was already exhausted that day.

On this week, Pups, Caloy & Charlie who came from a drinking session on the previous night and never sleep hiked with me together with Dovan. We bought few foods from Eskina Landing and then we proceeded to Das Village to meet our very kind guide. While we are on our way to the basketball court, Dovan met a boy that kept on asking him if where we are going—–  when we arrived at the court, this kid decided to go with us.

According to Kuya, the last time that they guided a group was in 2017 (together with Mommy Wells with the other outdoor groups). Good thing he brought a knife with him to make the trail clearer. It wasn’t a difficult trail for this young kiddo… for us?— we were challenged, we took several rest.

Just as expected, rain showers were kinda heavy and we were fortunate to find a shelter under this big rock. We waited until the rain stopped. It was just 15-20 minutes away from the peak.

Shelter in the midst of the heavy rain showers.
Happy trail!

Below are just few living things that amazed us along the way.

We finally reached the peak, from there, you’ll see the height difference of Mt. Makatol than Puting Bato. It was way higher than in Puting Bato. I guess, I’ve already got the reason we didn’t push through Makatol on the previous week. From there, you can see the Atlas Mining and the whole Lutopan as well. It wasn’t just a usual peak or a summit. You really must be careful at the top as if you missed to do the right step, you might fall from where you at.

Atlas Mining
…because the summit doesn’t have a big space, we needed to fit ourselves in here.

We didn’t traverse to the quicker trail because it rained. According to the guide, it will be difficult for us clear the way because it’s too slippery so just decided to go back to the trail.

When we arrived at Das Village, the rain poured heavily. We just thanked God for keeping us safe from ascend to descend.

Quick refreshment. Didn’t have the chance to grab our snacks while we were on the trails. 😀

We had taken our lunch at the hawkers just beside this plaza and took a quick stroll at Lutopan’s market.

Yay! Mt. Makatol as a backdrop!

After our lunch, we went around Lutopan’s market and I was amaze how affordable the foods were. Lahi ra jud basta tindahan! I couldn’t help but I bought dried fish for myself & bread for us.

To maximize your day in Lutopan, it’s better to hit two or three peaks at one stone— Better hit Makatol & Puting Bato at once and if you still have enough time — you can still spend overnight to one of the campsites in Naga or Toledo.

 

 

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