This is a very late post from our camping in Mt. Naupa located in Naga, Cebu. Back in December 2015, a friend of mine, Fritz, invited me to tag along with their group for an outreach program. The group began the program early that day. The five of us, me, Jordan, Fritz, and two of her friends, had to catch up with the group due to prior priorities; hence, we were able to leave very late in the afternoon.
I couldn’t remember the estimated time as I was not paying close attention to it but I surmised it took an hour of bumpy motorcycle ride from the bakeshop at the corner of Rikio, Minglanilla (sorry I couldn’t remember the name of the bakeshop) and another hour of ascent from Cogon chapel. We had a short stop in a nearby store to meet the group and for dinner to power up before proceeding to the summit. As an amateur, the trail going to the summit was not easy if I must say. The path was steep and darkness enveloped the surrounding which added to the grueling moment of our climb.
I was surprised the next day that it only took no more than an hour from the summit all the way down to Cogon chapel. The descent was pretty smooth… well of course, descent is much easier than ascent especially when everything is visible all around.
How to get there?
According to internet, there are many ways in getting to Mt. Naupa. We got our bus from Bulacao since we are only living in the southern part of Cebu City.
Most people, especially if you are not living in the southern part of the city, take a bus in Cebu South Bus Terminal or KMK bus in SM City Cebu and then alight at Gaisano Minglanilla or at the bakeshop located at the corner of Rikio, Minglanilla, if I’m not mistaken it’s called Tinong’s bakery. If you choose the latter, habal-habal fare would then be just Php30 going to Cogon chapel. According to our habal-habal driver, Php30 is the fair amount of fare, some would collect more than that amount. And then from Cogon chapel, you may hire a local guide or you may just follow the trail to get to Mt. Naupa.