After almost 2 hours of steep descending trails from Lake Janagdan, another secluded mountain that is really an eye-opener especially to those mountain climbing/trekking enthusiasts.
When we left the majestic breathatikng view of Lake Janagdan I was really happy when I finally saw the target road only to be mortified that it is still about 1 hour away. OMG! thanks! (I am not good in descending trails really!)
This segment of the trek is somewhat exposed to the sun. I saw a lot of wild strawberries, called “binggit” by the locals,abound especially during the summer months. This part also could be your way going to Alto Peak.
The geothermal potential of this place is manifested by the sulfur vents beneath, and the volcanic soils that mat the campsite area. The entire trek beyond Janagdan takes around 4-5 hours (slow pace). But for me it only took 2 hours – and brings you in full view of the majestic Alto Peak.
The trek proper going to Sulpatara Peak will take you to even more secluded and majestic that is similar to the summit assault of Alto Peak. The trail going to Sulpatara area is only gradual, which is good! The trail is set on a forest with an impressive array of flora and fauna.
After 30 minutes of a relax hike, we finally reached the area where sulfur vents beneath, and the volcanic soils that mat the campsite area. I smell something mephetic that is really stinking my nose. So if you have a sensitive nose, make sure to bring a mask to cover it up.
The rocks withing Sulpatara Area was surprising. Since it is my 1st time to be in a place like this, Iv’e got dumfounded how the trees looks like in here! It’s like they were burn by humans but isn’t it.
Here you go! I was surprised that there is also a campsite in here! Who could have thought that this place can be suitable for camping.
This area is where campers can also see the entire view of the majestic Alto Peak! (I apologize, I don’t have any pictures for that because the area was fully steamed up)
Behind this campsite is the area where you can see the mud bath area. It is where you can see a boiling soil/mud that’s really showing that there is a volcanic activity in here.
This is one of the best hikes!
The area around Ormoc City is really mountainous and could serve as one of the next frontiers of Philippine mountaineering. Sulpatara Peak is a technical name for Sulfur mountain. This is 1100 meters above sea level situated below Alto Peak. So if you want to see the majestic view of Alto Peak (Mt. Amenduin) this place is the best!
If you are planning to do a summit climb to Alto Peak or Sulpatara Peak. You may contact Cabintan Local Eco-Guide (CALEGUID).
“This is one of Gods natural gifts.Lets give value of sustaining these gifts for our children and grandchildren so that in time, they will remember and thank their grandparents for taking care of these resources.”
As we all know that Ormoc City is really mountainous and could serve as one of the best natural destinations/attractions in the country. Aside from the attractions that are mostly for brave and adventurous person, here is another attraction that will make you fall in love to visit Ormoc,
After conquering the Highest Peak in the whole Region 8 which is the Alto Peak also known as Mt. Ameduin. Brgy. Cabintan, Ormoc City brought another astonishing place to my adventurous spirit, The Vege Farm.
This upland barangay in Ormoc City played a big role in the country. Brgy. Cabintan is now considered as the vegetable bowl of Eastern Visayas as it is the major supplier of vegetables not just region 8 but also in Cebu City markets and malls.
The barangay also houses the Cabintan Livelihood Community Association. This farmers association in the barangay is a recipient of various projects conducted from the Government and Non-Government agencies whose goals are to help the vegetables production and market linkages.
As we all know that sustainable vegetable production is a challenge of every farmer especially when there are natural calamities. But It was really surprising that this uplan Barangay are no stranger to calamities after they experienced loss of livelihood when typhoon Yolanda came.
According to the locals, the losses were not only in production but also soil fertitlity, which causes to the low market value of products.
Cabintan and the adjacent highland barangays supply fresh vegetables to the city and the neighboring towns on a daily basis. Major crops include cabbage, sweet pepper, and scallion (sibuyas dahon). Other high value crops include green beans (Baguio beans), lettuce, and broccoli, among others. While rice and corn production is significant, they are mostly for local consumption.
“Fruit and vegetables have long been touted for their health benefits. In the Philippines the virtues of horticulture now include the ability to lift rural communities out of poverty”
The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life.
On May 5-9, 2017, I was invited by Pocholo Franco, the VP of Tourism council in Ormoc City to explore the hidden gems of Ormoc City. I was on the impression that these are only water escapes. When he sent to me the itineraries, my adventurous spirit was surprised because it was more on mountain climbing/trekking. There are two peaks that I need to conquer with his proposal and those are the Sulpatara Peak and Mt. Aminduen also known as Alto Peak. This peak is known as the tower of the East since it is highest peak not only in the Province of Leyte but in the whole Eastern Visayas Region. This would be my first time scaling a peak with an impressive elevation of 1332 MASL.
It was 4PM when I exactly arrived at Brgy. Cabintan, City of Ormoc and the sky was alive because of the heavy rain. Upon arriving at the community of Cabintan, Fregie(habal-habal driver) dropped me off at Kuya Ramil Morales house (HEAD of Brgy. Cabintan Tourism Council).
While waiting for Jeramil, my trail guide. I’ve got the chance to speak with Kuya Ramil and he presented me the Cabintan’s trail map. He also told me to prepare myself because it is gonna be an uphill battle. And what a battle indeed.
When Jeramil arrived, we quickly prepared our backpacks and started to trekked at exactly 4;30PM. Kuya Ramil told me that it was a good pre-climb preparation going to Alto Peak Camp Site even though the weather is not that friendly.
The first segment of the trail to the well pad of interest was wide and off-road. Up to a road junction, the trail to Alto Peak Camp Site sharply bends to the right. An evidence that the road hasn’t been used much was the overgrowth of moss that seemed like grass carpet.
The trekking part was enjoyable since the since the sun is hiding at it was really cold. Sometimes, the rain seem to disappear and the views of Jaro, Leyte can be seen with some islands at the background.
During the mid portion of the trail, there was a sulfur mountain standing around 80 degrees of cliff and it is bounded by these wild strawberries. It seems that the trail going to the camp site was just literally a walk in the park.
Definitely a good warm up for our next day assault. We reached the campsite around 7:00 PM. Since we already have our packed dinner, we don’t need to worry to cook. We set-up our camps and took our dinner, we immediately have our rest and call it a day. We have to recharge ourselves for the exciting trek awaits.
After our dinner, we ended up a quick camp fire for me have a simple chit-chat with Jeramil. Because I believe it is a great idea to look forward for a new friend.
The following morning, it was 4AM and Jeramil was already doing some noise outside the tent and I believe he is preparing a good breakfast. I took a chance to prepare as well my stuff and it was around 5:30AM when I clearly see the campsite. The view has a huge landscape and surrounded by perfect greens view. Water source is also available in the campsite, especially on rainy seasons.
It was still bit dark when we started our trek around 6:30 AM going to the assault. The first 10 to 15 minutes trail is not difficult but it has a lot of Cogon grass and ferns from your left and right. Afterwards, the assault greeted us and the trail becomes really narrow.
As we reached the assault of Alto Peak, the trail is more difficult, with the surrounding filled with slippery roots, steep assaults continuous uphill that elevates to up to 80-90 degree at some point. The terrain’s certainly ain’t getting any easier .
During the mid portion or the trail, there was around 80 degrees of cliff so we used a rope to climb up. Then the next part would be roots and more root climbing until we reached the grassy part of the mountain which was the peak.
The assault took me 1 hour and 25 minutes to reach the peak.The summit has a limited space. I believe only 1 tent is enough to pitch on the area.
The peak was just around maybe 15 meters in diameter and cliffs on the sides. There were small trees on the center so we can hide from the cold wind.
Various insects and flowers can also be found in the forest, abundant insect that was totally different from other mountains. Breathtaking views awaits for you once you reach the top. Always remember that it’s not the destination but it’s the journey .
I feel so blessed when we reached the summit even though the weather is not that perfect. I saw some sea of clouds but in just a few seconds the fog will covered it.
My climbing experience to Alto Peak brought back some sense to me.
We had a simple snacks and a quick rest. Few pictures taken and down we go to the camp site for our lunch and see explore the other hidden gems at Barangay Cabintan.
“I now resolved to go to bed early, with a firm purpose of also rising early the next day to revisit this charming walk; for I thought to myself, I have now seen this temple of the modern world imperfectly; I have seen it only by moonlight.”
Alto Peak in Ormoc, Leyte. The highest in Eastern Visayas (Region VIII), Alto Peak stands majestically on a beautiful realm, the Lake Danao National Park, home to a rich variety of fauna and flora. The domain is also home to farming communities whose vegetable plantations – and cool clime – are somewhat reminscent of the Cordilleras.
LLA: 11.1061 N, 124.7097 E, 1332 MASL (unverified)
Days required / Hours to summit: 3-4 days / 11-14 hours*
Specs: Exploration, Major Climb, Difficulty 6/9, Trail class 3 with unestablished trails
After Lake Danao Natural Park astounded my two eyes and dumbfounded my adventurous spirit. The newly discovered natural attraction in Ormoc city blew away my mind, the Sayahan Falls.
The Sayahan Falls is now considered as one of Ormoc City’s main natural attraction because of its crystal clear, emerald green and water as cold as ice. This waterfall is located in the majestic mountain of Sitio Maglahug, Brgy Ga-as and it is 30 kilometers from the City proper of Ormoc.
To see this hidden gem, you have to endure 30 minutes to 1 hour of trekking. The trail is not that easy, a bit challenging for those who don’t do cardio or workout, so I highly suggest that you prepare before planning a jaunt in this mesmerizing natural gift. I do trekking but I still had a hard time going there, seriously!
From Lake Danao Natural Park, we traveled to Sito, Maglahug, Barangay Ga-as Tourism office then hired a tour guide going to the place. My friend and I trek our way going to the falls. I’m catching my breath during the trek but I enjoyed the scenery,
We spent about 30 minutes of going there, a fast pace walk said the tour guide. You will spend 45 minutes to 1 hour if you will take it slow, At first, there is a plain road but after a few minutes you need to crawl, climb a bit and walk in a muddy man-made path then you will pass a trail like a jungle.
After a few minutes, you will see this amazing scenery. Wow! Who will not be fascinated with this luscious greens? As if you will see fairies any moment, it’s like an enchanted forest where magical creatures protect and take care of it.
There’s a stream which is above it, is a man-made ladder before reaching the hidden falls. You can hear the gushing water, a sign that you are already near.
The weather is perfect, it’s not too hot on the day I visited the place and according to the weather forecast, there will be rain showers in the area. I’m a bit scared actually for I don’t know what to expect in the midst of the forest. Scary but exciting, right?
Make sure that you will wear the proper trekking attire, actually going to Sayahan Falls is not part of my itinerary because when I arrived Ormoc and asked the locals on how to get there, they don’t even know what and where the place is. But since we are near to this attraction, my friend and I decided to quickly jaunt the place. I accepted the challenge of going there even I am not prepared.
As you look from afar, you will see this picture perfect view.Nice!!!!
Then look at this.. See the water that is cold as ice?Just wow! One of the best spring waterfalls I’ve seen in my entire life. The hardship of going there really paid off with the amazing scenery. I salute the local government for preserving this wonderful God’s creation, unexploited indeed. It excites me to take a dip into the water.
The place is really clean, so make sure to do your part in maintaining the cleanliness of this hidden waterfalls. It is our responsibility to take care of it so that many people can enjoy the amazing God’s gift natural creation. And for the next generation to cherish and protect. All the hardships of getting there were fade when I got to see the waterfalls. I enjoyed the beauty of nature by bathing and swimming.
It’s very relaxing and exciting experience. I’m a person who loves to see the beauty of nature and I always wanted unplanned travels, Lol! Going to Sayahan Falls is one of the best travel experience of the year so far. It was unplanned and I don’t know what to expect but it turns out to a memorable one. Looks like it will be the start of more unexpected and unplanned travels for me.
Here’s a quick peek on how I enjoyed my visit in Sayahan Falls!
Make sure to check the weather before going to the Sayahan falls to fully enjoy the place and to avoid any untoward incidents as the trail is difficult.
Keep the environment clean and eat before going there to avoid bringing so much stuff.
Bring water and enough food.
Go there early to spend the entire day in the falls because the place is open until 2:00 PM
Make sure to prepare yourself to go trekking.
Travel in a small group of 1-10 persons.
How to get there:
From Ormoc City, ride a jeepney going to Brgy. Lake Danao at Ormoc Jeepney Terminal across Public Market and Ormoc City Port.
Drop off, and ride Habal-habal going to Sitio Maglahug.
Register at Ga-as Tourism Office. Php20.00 entrance fee per pax and Php300.00 guide fee for 5 members in a group or below. For 6 guests or more, guide fee may vary for your own safety.
Be prepared, 1-2 hours trekking/hiking to Sayahan Falls, currently the local government is working on improvements for a better access to this hidden treasure. Rest assured, a true beauty is waiting.
Disclaimer: Since I got the place via private vehicle. I took this travel guide from EVC Food and Travel Gallery. To see his awesome photo gallery click here.
If you are planning to visit Sayahan Falls and need a habal-habal who can pick you up from Ormoc City.You may contact mobile number: 09284285673 and look for Odel