Mt. Kandungaw is one of the wonderful venues for camping in Cebu. It is nestled in the highlands of Badian. The name was derived from the word “dungaw” which is translated in English as “to look down from the peak.”
Kandungaw can be reached either via Badian or Dalaguete. We chose the latter. Taking a bus in Caltex in Magallanes going to Mantalungon is pretty much cheaper. It costs Php100 only. We departed around 10:30A.M. and arrived around 2:30P.M.
Around 3:30P.M, after our late lunch, we immediately headed and started our trek on cemented stairs and continued on a rocky trail.
The trail was steep but shorter than the one in Sohoton.
Just about an hour or so, we reached the camp site. We hurriedly pitched our tent so we could have enough time to get around the place.
Before the sun could set, everyone was lucky to have a clear view from the summit.
And of course, the day would not be complete without a glimpse of sunset.
- You are required to log at the registration center and get a guide. Guide fee is pretty much negotiable. Space fee for tent is Php50 each. Environmental is Php20.
- Bring at least 2 liters of water.
- Bring sunscreen or arm sleeve or rashguard for skin protection and a hat or scarf.
- Don’t forget rain gear as well just in case of heavy rainfall.
- Trail snack
- Negotiate with your habal-habal to pick you up the next day.
- Extra cash
HOW TO GET THERE?
There are two ways to get to Kandungaw Peak. The easiest way and cheapest is to ride a bus in Caltex, Magallanes. Bus fare is Php100. Travel time is approximately 4 hours. From Mantalongon market, ride a habal-habal to brgy. Maloray. Habal-habal fare is Php50.
Another way is via Badian. Ride a bus bound to Badian at South Bus Terminal. Most of the climbers who prefer this route book their climb ahead and meet their guide before proceeding to trek. From Badian, ride a habal-habal to Sohoton Elementary School.