Adventure is… Leaving Your Comfort Zone for Mt. Talinis (Apolong-Bediao Trail)



Tribu AdoBo


Barely calling ourselves as mountaineers with our few years of hiking experience, we ever dreamt of leveling up. What happens next was really an epic – somewhat a failure for not reaching Mt. Talinis’ summit but an overall success for our safe descent. Admitted to having not properly prepared for the climb, this serves as the first major hike for most of us. Lucky enough we have entrusted our safety and security from our seasoned guides.



@ Yagumyum Lake


From planning to preparation to the event schedule; there are a lot of lapses and misadventures. Yes, we brave ourselves trying to test our adrenaline in this extreme adventure. We should have had never underestimated the mountain, as it should be and as has been warned, even the minor ones. Expectations versus reality collided indeed. The most awaited feat came and the whole team, split in two, went off to face the unexpected ordeal.



Entry Point


You could just imagine how we were able to conquer our misfortunes even from the jump-off near Casaroro Falls. The traverse we opted to follow was actually the reverse of the usual Bediao-Apolong-Casaroro Falls route. For me, this seems to be a Calvary as I will always prefer downhill than uphill. Facing the signage of our entry point, I already did an assessment of the fate of ahead of us. It’s far from our usual hiking routes where we pass through residential areas from jump-off.



the view though


We were greeted by an approximately 60-degree angle of trail indicating an unending ascent towards a 90-degree angle. An hour passed and we can literally feel exhaustion. Can we still bear the trek for about 7 more hours to reach the camp site? Doubting whether to continue or back off, yet determined to take the challenge.



Twin Falls meters from the guard house


Sweat and rain water had their fair share of getting us all wet and motivated to go through despite and in spite of the circumstances. We had our lunch along the trail towards the guard house where we joined the first batch. We had a short visit to the twin falls, had some photo-ops before heading to Nailig Lake passing by the sulfur deposit spot.



sulfur site


Nightfall started to succumb the mountain and we’re still trekking en route to the camp site. Everyone felt the pain of no trace combined with tiredness and hunger. Our pace seems double or even triple the one we had in our first hours of hike. It was already past p.m. when we finally find ourselves at Nailig Lake for a night stay. All wet and exhausted, some pitch the tents while the others started to cook dinner.



stunning Lake Nailig greeting us a Good Morning


Thank God everyone made it through here though some came a bit later. We only spent few hours of socials as temperature seems to keep us inside our tents and retire to bed.



boodle fight in the wild


With so much food to prepare for breakfast and dinner, we failed to summit due to time constraint. We continued our walk to reach Lake Yagumyum in no time. Just wanted this provocative adventure to end, we had our lunch and hurried down to our exit point at Barangay Bediao, Dauin.



lunch at Yagumyum Lake




the priceless smiles after the struggles


If given a chance to climb Mt. Talinis second, third or more time, I would still do it again without a second thought. Partly because of its summit, I will still give it another try to embrace nature and overcome its sweet revenge.



so we’re at the exit point



back to Dumaguete





Dauin and Valencia City, Negros Oriental

Entry point: Brgy. Apolong, Valencia

Exit point: Brgy. Bediao, Dauin

LLA: 1903 MASL

Days required / Hours to summit: 2-3 days / 10-11 hours

Specs: Major climb, Difficulty 7/9, Trail class 2-4

Features: Lakes, waterfalls, mossy forest


Day 0 –

0400 ETD Cebu – Liloan Port, Santander, Cebu

0800 ETA Liloan Port

0900 ETD Liloan Port-Sibulan, Dumaguete

Day 1 –

1000 From Dumaguete, hop a Jeep to Apolong Jumpoff

1100 ETA Apolong (prepare for trek)


1400 Twinfalls and Sulfur

1830 ETA Lake Nailig; set up camp

2000 Dinner/socials

Day 2 –

0500 Wakeup call

0900 Start descent

1200 ETA Lake Yagumyum

1500 ETA Bediao Descent

1800 Back in Dumaguete


Meal Plan:

Dinner: (Day 1)




Dried Fish

Breakfast: (Day 2)



Dried Fish

Corned Beef



Beef Loaf

Okra w/ tuna


Grocery Items:

4 kls. pork for adobo 1000

Dried fish c/o Poloi 50

5 packs Noodles 30

1 doz. egg 96

4 cans corned beef 100

5 cans tuna 100

4 cans beef loaf 100


Total: 1476

Guiding Fee 1400

Estimated Budget (food and guide fee) 192.93/pax

Breakdown of the fare:

Cebu to Liloan Port by bus P200

Liloan Port to Sibulan by ferry boat P63

Sibulan to Dumaguete by jeep P12

Dumaguete to Valencia by jeep P12

Valencia to Jumpoff by habal2x P50/head

Then traverse from Jumpoff to Dauin by habal2x P150/head

Dauin back to Dumaguete by jeep P20

Dumaguete to Cebu by boat P300+

Total: 807


Total Estimated Budget: 999.93


Things to Bring:

Water (at least 5 ltrs each)

2 cups of rice each


Eating utensils

Extra clothes

gloves, jacket,



cook set


tent/camping gear


energy drink

trail food




• have enough rest before the event
• exercise days before
• keep safe
• keep the LNT principles
• pray
• enjoy


Watch video at: A Weekend Spent at Mt. Talinis

Also read: Travel is….luxury beaches and magical rainforests that define your life

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Travel is…a solo adventure in the lap of the Himalayas



Some Photos Credited to: team members

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