Mt. Kan-Irag: River Trek to Mountain Top

Mt. Kan-irag, Cebu, Philippines

Since I’ve been doing a few hikes recently, I was expecting that trekking Mt. Kan-irag is as easy like my previous hikes. But I was wrong. It was longer, tougher, and definitely more challenging. Mt. Kain-rag also known as Sirao Peak is a 2,362 ft / 720 m mountain peak located in Cebu City. Many hikers go here for their preparation for their major climbs.

During this day trek I was with my friends and our 65 years old guide Ta Ma. She started climbing at the age of 50 and since then she has been able to hike major mountains in the Philippines. Hiking with her was fun, motivating and inspiring. She guides us for free, and I’m looking forward to do more hikes with her.

Mt. Kan-irag
Left to right: Rodgie, Ta Ma, John, Hernan, and Joem

The Trail

From Sunny Hills, Talamban we just walk until we reach Sitio Baogo. But you have an option to ride a habal-habal for Php25.00.

Started the trek via Baogo Trail.

Mt. Kan-irag

The river trek to Kabang falls was quite fun and challenging at the same time because scramble boulders are everywhere. Since I like to hop over those big rocks I was definitely having fun during this phase of the trek. Just a few reminder that it was a good weather we had during this trek so we did not encounter strong current of water. Also, be careful because these rocks can also cause huge injuries.

Mt. Kan-irag
Kabang Falls

We had lunch at Kabang Falls.

Facing Kabang Falls, on the right side is the common route for trekkers go to Mt. Kan-irag, but we tried the left one where most of the hikers were going down. We also got lost for a while, but we were able to get to the right track afterwards.

We passed by a smaller waterfall and took another rest here.

As we continue our journey. Our bottles of water were almost empty. But on the way, there’s a water source called “Tubod”. I honestly quite afraid to try the water, but the locals said it was clean. Thirsty and we have no other choice, we got some water here.

Mt. Kan-irag

After a few hours we come to pass a civilization again. And I thought we were really close, but not close enough. We proceed and pass the field of cogon grasses.

We reached the peak at almost 4:30pm and it was fulfilling!

 Mt. Kan-irag

Mt. Kan-irag

Mt. Kan-irag

Itinerary:

09:00AM – Assembly at Julie’s Bakeshop in front of Sunny Hills Subdivision

09:30AM – ETD for Baogo (Trek)

10:30AM – ETA Baogo

10:45AM – ETD to Kabang Falls (Baogo Trail)

12:30AM – ETA at Kabang Falls (Lunch)

01:30PM – Resume Trek

02:30PM – ETA to Tubod (water source)

02:45PM – Resume trek

03:30PM – ETA at Brgy. Sirao

04:30PM – ETA at Mt. Kan-irag

05:00PM – ETD Mt. Kan-irag

05:30PM – ETA Ayala Heights

06:00PM – ETA JY Square, Lahug

07:00PM – Home sweet home

 TIPS:

  • Make sure to travel light.
  • Bring at least one liter of water.
  • Bring lunch and trail food
  • Wear the proper climbing attire and shoes.

 


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Roneth is a dreamer guided by her wanderlust and curiosity. When she’s not sleeping, she’s probably wandering somewhere. She writes about her adventures and misadventures at www.theficklefeet.com.

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Hi, I’m planning to include this in my itinerary. Do you have a guide I may contact there? Also, would like to know your suggestions for the following itinerary that I’m planning… Please see below. Thank you! 🙂

    19 – Arrival Cebu (diner, roam around)
    20 – Dumaguete (with a friend)
    21 – Siquijor (with a friend)
    **start of solo travel**
    22 – Oslob > Osmena Peak > Kawasan
    23 – Mactan, Olango island
    24 – Mt. Kan-Irag + falls
    25 – Malapascua/Bantayan
    26 – Go back to Manila

    1. Hello, I don’t have any contact for Mt. Kan-irag since I went there with some friends who already knew about the route. For your itinerary, it targeted a lot of destination which makes it not too flexible, however it can be done.
      19 – Arrival Cebu (diner, roam around)
      20 – Dumaguete (with a friend) – 21 – Siquijor (with a friend)
      I suggest you just roam around Dumaguete for a few hours and go to Siquijor immediately.**start of solo travel**
      22 – Oslob > Osmena Peak > Kawasan
      If you’re going to try the whale shark in Oslob, it will be only available during 6:00am-12nn.
      23 – Mactan, Olango island
      There’s a lot more interesting things to do in the south like Pescador island in Moalboal, and see the thousands of sardines. You might want to ditch this one.
      24 – Mt. Kan-Irag + falls
      If you can’t find a guide, you can go immediately on the top via habal-habal. Then after that, you can go ahead to Malapascua/Bantayan so you can spend more time in the island.
      25 – Malapascua/Bantayan
      26 – Go back to Manila

      PS. You might want to consider Camotes Islands.
      http://theficklefeet.com/this-is-camotes-islands-in-cebu-10-places-not-to-miss/

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