The Enchanting Twin Lakes and Sulfuric Vent of Mt. Talinis

December 03, 2010 Mountain Climbing

Hiding within its thick forests are fascinating sights we never knew existed.

Mt. Talinis was the first mountain I climbed in the Visayas region. Also known as Cuernos de Negros (Horns of Negros), it is the second-highest peak in Negros Oriental, after Mt. Kanlaon at 1,903 meters.

Our journey began at the jump-off point in Magsaysay, Dauin. After spending the night at the Kamabe Bunkhouse, we embarked on our trek early the next morning from the Bediao Trail.

After a few hours of trekking, we reached the ridge line, offering a sweeping view of the nearby Apo Island, Siquijor, and Cebu.

It was lunchtime when we reached Lake Nailig, one of the twin crater lakes of Balinsasayao. It was so tempting to stay longer than prescribed in our itinerary. I was charmed by the serenity of the lake, which mirrors the verdant surroundings of the place.

After lunch, we packed our bags again and continued to hike to our campsite, the twin sister of Nailig, which is Yagumyuman.

It was dark already when we reached the campsite. The following morning was glorious. Our early risers had their photo ops, the rest spent the morning preparing breakfast and packed lunches.

We were back on Mt. Talinis' lush and sometimes seemingly mystical trail immediately after breakfast.

We passed by one of the peaks, but there was not much to be seen. We also had some misunderstanding with our guides in the usage of the term 'rolling.' For them, it meant a steep descent. We even got to invent a word to keep ourselves amused: 'dessault' (as in ascent and descent).

In Talinis' roster of otherworldly sights, the Kaipuhan Sulfur Vent seems formidable.

Different possible movie scenes crept in my mind, from the terrifying to the magical. Dead trees covered in white were all around, with a slight scent of sulfur.

We rested in a house a few minutes away from the sulfur vent. There was flowing water so we decided to load up our water bottles and eat. 
We were daunted on the trail up ahead and decided to spend the night in front of the house. It was actually a good campsite, with flowing water and comfort room, except that there limatics all over. So, we were very careful in opening and closing our tents.

The day after, with little food left, we were up early. The next part of the trail was actually easy and wide. In no time, we were already boarding a truck, which took us back to the main road, then back to our inn in Dumaguete.

(photos by Jong Navarro)

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