Pinayun-an Peak, Mabinay : Travel Guide
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Pinayun-an Peak, Mabinay : Travel Guide

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When we hear about Sea Of Clouds, we would usually think about Mt. Pulag or Sagada in Luzon. People like me who are living in Visayas could only dream about it until we get to book flights to Manila. However, I am excited to share with you that you won’t need a flight just to experience this unreal moment! Let me bring you to Pinayun-an Peak in Mabinay, Negros Oriental!

I found a piece of heaven by your side. <3

Dec 30, 2017 was the last day of my professional career as Territory Sales Supervisor for the country’s market leader in the alcoholic beverage industry. I should be driving my way home to Bacolod City to celebrate the New Year’s Eve with my beloved family. However, my adventure buddies convinced me to join them for the year-end climb. Kaladkarin as I am, I said yes in a heartbeat. Haha!

At first, I was worried that Pinayun-an Peak will disappoint me again as this was not the first time I climbed there. Just 2 weeks ago, I also went there for the sea of clouds with my other friends but it failed us as it was drizzling. By the afternoon, I met up with my friends from Bacolod and we did last minute groceries in Mabinay. As soon as everything’s ready, we chartered a tricycle to Pinayun-an Peak right at the bus terminal. It will be an 18-minute ride to the jump-off from the terminal. It’s an easy one as the road is concrete.

Once you reach the last stretch of concrete road, that’s when you start trekking to the peak. For a person who’s not at all active, doesn’t exercise and hates long walks, I find the trek to be manageable. I may compare the level of difficulty with Osmena Peak in Cebu. Actually, Pinayun-an is easier in my opinion as the elevation is not really that steep but requires longer trek.

Thank you, OSAH for my awesome backpacks!
Sorry guys. I just had to post this. Hahaha!

It was drizzling again and it got us all worried as the rain clouds start covering the blue skies. Minutes later, the sunset broke free and gave us one of the best splash of colors! COOOOOL!!! NYEEEAAAAAM!!!




One of the best sunsets of 2017!

About half an hour after, we reached the flat part of the mountain. It’s where we pitched our tent; yes, we camped there. I was told that there weren’t a lot of people who camped at the peak, so I can’t really suggest if this is the best thing for you to do, too. We actually asked a local to guard us at the peak by night time just to secure our safety. Please prioritize your safety at all times. 🙂

That night when the moon and clouds showed off! Amaaazing formation!

Our camp life was exceptional. Nature decided to take us to an amazing ride. One moment it’s raining, then, there’d be clearing soon after. Long before we know it, fog started to invade from behind; it was amaaaazing! “WINTER IS COMING” feels! I didn’t let this moment pass as I started setting up my camera and my friends at the peak. We had breath-taking photos before the fog started to vanish. Again. Hahaha! We called it a night.

How great is our God?
Sing with me how great is our God?

We woke up not because of our alarms but by the noise from other travelers. It was a cringe-worthy moment. It really sucks when people forget about their manners at home. Time check at 3am and we noticed other climbers started flocking in. That’s when I realized Pinayun-an is getting popular already. People came in groups. There were couples too, ok fine. Kayo na lumalablayp sa summit! JK! Hahaha!

Kulang sa tulog.

During the wee hours, the skies started to clear up and displayed billions of stars! Then, there was fog again. Haha! I didn’t make it obvious but I was actually worried that there wouldn’t be sea of clouds. Then at around 6am, we started taking photos as the foggy mountain of Pinayun-an was too beautiful to miss! The mountain range of Pinayun-an is really gorgeous. I loved its lines and curves making it perfect for photo ops. I did what I had to do. There was no sign of sea of clouds as fog continues to devour the peak.




I once was lost but now I’m found.
Mountains make you feel that you’re just a speck in this world; but one who can make a DIFFERENCE. 🙂

Just as we were taking a rest, we heard some screaming at the other peak. It was the first break of sunlight! I got ecstatic because it gave Pinayun-an a whole new look! Then I knew that there’d be some sea of clouds action, and I was right!!!

One of my most favorite photos in Pinayun-an!
The mountains are calling and I must go.

TSAADAAAAA!!! Welcome to the HOME OF THE GODS! SEA OF CLOUDS IS REAL!

Yayyyy!!! SEA OF CROWDS! I wasn’t informed. hahaha!
All you gotta do is wait a little longer and or find a better spot. LOOK!
Triggered ako sa dalawang to eh! qiqil mo c aqoe bes!
Yung friend natin na kunwari candid. Wag kami!

My friends, ROSCO, NEIL, GABBY and MAJ all went on to trek some more to get a better vantage point of the clouds while I decided to stay because I wasn’t able to bring proper footwear. They kept on poking fun at me saying that it looks like I’m going to the cinema and not the summit. Hahaha! Still, I enjoyed taking photos from where I was at.

Pero ako pa din mas pabibo. Umakyat ako sa puno eh! 😛
Saan aabot ang table cloth nyo sa bahay? Sa SUMMIT, Bes!

Then it was time to bid goodbye to Mabinay. What I loved most about this trip are the moments I share with the people I have the same passion. We started playing praise and worship songs back at our tent while having our breakfast. I just felt the goodness of the Lord right at that very moment. At some point, I went up the hill and stood by the rock and just started singing my heart out to the Lord. It was an awesome reminder of how great it is to be ALIVE! Gabby and Maj are great singers by the way. Rosco and Neil are dancers, on the other hand; I just don’t know what kind. HAHAHA!

#Respect the locals.
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders.

HOW TO GET THERE?

*from Cebu City
• Go to the South Cebu Terminal and get on a bus bound for Santander. Fare is at ₱200/way.
• Once in Santander, get on a fast craft bound for Sibulan, Negros Oriental.
• You may choose to wait for the bus to Mabinay right at the highway or if you want to secure your seats, you may take a tricycle and proceed to Dumaguete Bust Terminal.
• Get on a bus bound for Mabinay. Travel time takes 2 hours. Fare is ₱115/way.
• Alight at Mabinay Bus Terminal and charter a tricycle or habal-habal ride to bring you to Pinayun-an Peak. We paid ₱30/head going to Pinayun-an but ironically, we we were charged only ₱15/head on our way back to Mabinay terminal from Pinayun-an Peak.
• Start trek for maybe 30-40 minutes depending on your pace and strength. Haha!




*from Dumaguete City
• Go to Dumaguete Bus Terminal and get on a bus bound for Mabinay. Travel time takes 2 hours. Fare is ₱115/way.
• Alight at Mabinay Bus Terminal and charter a tricycle or habal-habal ride to bring you to Pinayun-an Peak. We paid the tricycle driver ₱30/head going to Pinayun-an but ironically, we we were charged only ₱15/head on our way back to Mabinay terminal from Pinayun-an Peak.
• Start trek for maybe 30-40 minutes depending on your pace and strength. Haha!

*from Bacolod City
• Go to Bacolod South Bus Terminal and get on a bus bound for Mabinay. Travel time takes more than 3 hours depending on road situation. Fare is ₱230/way.
• Alight at Mabinay Bus Terminal and charter a tricycle or habal-habal ride to bring you to Pinayun-an Peak. We paid the tricycle driver ₱30/head going to Pinayun-an but ironically, we we were charged only ₱15/head on our way back to Mabinay terminal from Pinayun-an Peak.
• Start trek for maybe 30-40 minutes depending on your pace and strength.

CEBU PACIFIC AIR flies to BACOLOD and DUMAGUETE daily. For the cheapest airfares, BOOK HERE.

EXPENSES

• Bring your own food if you plan to camp for the night.
• There are no environmental fees as of the moment but I hope the local government would regulate this activity as it is getting a lot of attention lately.
• There are no tour guides around too but you may ask locals to bring you to the peak. Be generous enough to give them some financial assistance.

REMINDERS

It is such a shame that we saw a lot of irresponsible travelers during our visit at Pinayun-an Peak. A group of people sat beside our tent and they just left their garbage when they started trekking again. Like wth!? Pinayun-an is really scenic and as I mentioned, its lines and curves are really gorgeous when hit by the perfect natural lighting. So please, if you plan to visit this place, be responsible and help preserve its beauty.




There is NO GUARANTEE that you’ll witness the sea of clouds anytime you wish. There are a lot of variables that would contribute to this awesome display. From what I’ve known, if it rained the night before, there’s a big chance you’ll have it in the morning. Lower your expectations to witness the sea of clouds. Huwag kang mag assume! MASASAKTAN KA LANG! 😛

Where to Next? Follow me on Instagram to know more.
Hope to meet each one of you this 2018, guys! Thanks for loving this blog. <3

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