A Senior High teacher, Francis Espera, shares to us how he de-stress after a hectic school year. He has always been attracted with the outdoors. Thus, spending time and some quiet moments surrounded by God’s given natural environment makes him feel alive.
Connecting with Mother Nature is one way for him to connect with God whom he believes created this perfectly wonderful world for us to enjoy.
Francis likes to travel with his buddies and sometimes he goes alone in exploring a new destination. But we all know that traveling is more exciting when you are with close friends or people whom you have close connections with. He prefer to travel with his former brothers in the seminary and Team Animo running mates. For him, the conversations among his travel-buddies are undeniably different and fun, and at times, deep and meaningful, especially the sharing of life experiences. He’s lucky enough to have a group of friends who are also into this kind of adventure that it was them who made most of the planning going to the Pinayun-an Peak.
The hike going to the peak was somewhat exhausting for him. But once you see the view from the top you’ll barely notice your tired legs as it was awesome! You’ll get to see the beautiful and captivating mountains and landscapes at a higher vantage point.
The group was not able to catch the sea of clouds during their hike last February. But, they are deciding to go back in the months of November or December as these are the months according to locals to best see the sea of clouds.
TIPS & Reminders:
- According to locals, the best months to hike to Pinayun-an Peak is between November to December. The sea of clouds appear frequently around this time.
- As of the moment since going to the peak is not yet regulated by the LGU, there are no environmental and other fees yet.
- Since there’s no official “guide” going to the peak, you can get or ask a local to bring to the peak. There is no standard fee or tariffs yet, just discuss with them how much or give them a liberal amount as tip for their services.
- If you plan to camp for the night, bring enough food and water. There are a few pop-up stores setup by locals along the way but might not be near you camping area and they do not stay in the area.
- Lastly, be a responsible guest going the peak to preserve its grandeur. Bring your trash along with you. RESPECT Mother Nature!
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination.
From the the Bacolod-Silay Airport, go the the Bacolod South Bus Terminal. Take the bus bound to Mabinay (estimated cost Php230, one-way, 3 hours).
From Manila, you can fly to Dumaguete (estimated cost of Php4,000++, round trip, one hour and 15 minutes). You can ride a tricycle around the city (minimum of Php8 per passenger per destination).
From Dumaguete airport, ride a tricycle going to the bus terminal. Take the bus bound to Mabinay (estimated cost Php115, one-way, 2 hours).
When you arrive at the Mabinay Bus Terminal, you can charter a habal-habal or tricycle (between Php15-30 per head, you can haggle for the fare, 15-20 minutes) to bring you to the nearest jump-off point to Pinayun-an Peak.
From the jump-off point, you can reach the peak on foot for about 30-45 minutes.