We wanted sometime to set apart from bustling city and prefer spending our week-end in a totally distinct accommodation. A typical place where you could find it relaxing, relieving, sereneness and any means that helps people feeling calm though, spending a while in an evening with a different ambiance, not in a contemporary bedroom but to a place where you could feel the cold breeze on top of the hills.
Getting at the top of so called CHALET HILLS, situated at Sitio Babag, Brgy. Busay, Cebu City, is an extra-ordinary venue for camping, bonding and or leisure fun. As far as I know, there are still number of mountaineering groups and even those who are not mountain climb enthusiasts still engaging the place regularly even in recent times.
How To Get There?
Going to that place isn’t difficult, the road is accessible by motorcycle and private vehicle. For those who aren’t familiar yet, possible meeting place for groups usually at JY Square Mall, then you will be crossing to the right heading to Busay road.
There are many habal-habal (Motorcycle for hire) are on-standbye, just hail anyone of them. An estimated 30.00 Php per head is your fare. There are few number of jeepneys that will be passing there but you would only embark right at the crossing where to head Mountain View and Temple of Lea (though fare is lesser compared to riding on a habal-habal), you will pay a standard rate of Php 7.00. Please note that fare rate may change in recent time.
While other adventure lovers, prefers trekking/walking from Mountain View crossing. That can be enjoying also especially if there are many of you. To estimate, walking time I figured about less than an hour upon reaching at the top hills of Chalet and yet sometimes it takes more than an hour while it also depends on the effort.
This is the swift caption from afar is the growing City of Cebu and apart also is the City of Mandaue. The Mactan Island is also visible at the hills. When you look around from the top, you’ve got to see different views in 360 degrees. Take your handy telescope with you and you’ve got to appreciate more and see nearer from where yourstanding point at the hills.
As seen from picture above, there are others who also choose to lay their tent just below the top most hill. And by the way, space at the top can only accommodate around maximum of 30 tents. Please correct me if I am wrong. Actually, I am not really a keen regular camper and yet i felt the privilege of knowing the SuOc comrades where my estranged husband used to get along with.
Does camping safe at the area?
Camping at the hill is still safe even in recent times. However, there are rumors from the past that there were certain mountaineers experienced that their tent(s) had been ripped off by some bad guys (don’t know of their motives). But nobody had seen the actual incident, they just only found out and noticed in the morning that their tent(s) got ripped off.
Another view on your side from afar in distant view are towers from RCPI, ABS-CBN and GMA Network. There’s a trail going to that place where you could catch and see that tower nearer at Sitio Babag proper.
Other Cebuano climbers are still engaged in going to Napo Hill (Guadalupe) to Babag (Busay) trail regularly especially on week-ends. Other mountaineers coming from another place also get engaged to that trail. It’s also tough, you may loose vigor in the middle of your trek at sometime due to long miles. As per our experience, we’ve crossed that trail until Babag, it takes about 6hours (or less) to estimate. Until the camping site or campsite, which is situated at this hill of Chalet.
There’s no danger in going down slopes just a short walk going through at the foot of the hill. However, every one should be equipped with precautionary measures to avoid heedless injuries.
There were few available habal-habal drivers passing that area. Trekking back from the bottom of the hill going down to Mountain View Natures Park is enjoying, it takes someone’s courage to trek for more than an hour again.
Here’s my list necessary for your journey:
- Bring enough water about 4liters (water is necessary for cooking)
- Tent, Headlamp/headlight
- Extra shirt and shorts, bring long pants (esp. for evening it’s cold)
- Bring also foot sacks for nightime since it’s cold
- Prepare for mealtime: bring eggs, canned goods, meat or sardines (whatever your most preferred food). You may bring vegetables also if you’d like.
- Portable camping stove and butane or other
- Bring chocolates, breads, candies and or junkfoods
- sleeping bag / blanket
- Cooking utensils and condiments
- …other gadgets/stuffs necessary for camping.
Updated: March 15, 2016