Steep mountains and ranges with an elevation of more than 2,500 meters above sea level hold in its peaks a natural phenomenon that many travelers and mountain hikers look forward to – the sea of clouds.
Luckily for Sugboanons, one of the many mountains in the island allows for anyone to experience the breathtaking sea of clouds regardless of gear or experience. All they need are a few gears and the excitement to witness the sea of clouds.
Mt. Naupa is a mountain with an almost-perfect cone and stands as the highest peak in Naga. It stands at only around 587 meters above sea level. Despite being barely 1000 meters above sea level, the mountain occasionally has a sea of clouds. With Mt. Naupa being one of the most accessible mountains in Cebu, this also makes it the most accessible viewing point to witness a sea of clouds.
Easy and straightforward trail
Mt. Naupa is considered as the 8th highest mountain in Central Visayas but despite that, it is also one of the most recommended mountains to climb because of its easy and straightforward trail. It’s even recommended for beginners because of how easy it is to climb. The trail is easy yet heart-pumping enough to excite budding climbers. Veteran mountaineers can finish climbing the mountain for about 30 minutes and it may take beginners about an hour or so to reach the top. Due to the reasons mentioned above, Mt. Naupa has become a famous destination among adventure-seekers and casual hikers.
Like any mountain trail in Cebu, Mt. Naupa keeps a rewarding view at the top for everyone that climbs it. Mt. Naupa has an irresistible display of nature’s beauty and a breathtaking view of verdant rolling mountains. Grassy fields and refreshing mountain breeze await mountain climbers at the top – the perfect break from the stresses of the city. When the sun sets, dramatic shades of red and orange paint the sky and pair perfectly with the rolling hills of Naga. Overnight is definitely an option for those who want to experience the sea of clouds or just immerse themselves in the starry skies and natural views at the peak.
There are guides, mostly kids, who offer their services but due to the paths being mostly established already, it’s hard to get lost in Mt. Naupa. For those who do get lost, the residents are more than willing to help everyone find their way back to the trail. Small stores just along the trail sell snacks and refreshments to help re-energize those who become tired during the climb.
Mt. Naupa is very accessible to everyone in Cebu and can be reached in just 30 minutes to 1 hour by car
RATES & OTHER INFORMATION
- Entrance fee: P25 per head
HOW TO GET THERE?
Exact location: City of Naga, Southern Cebu — approx. 1.5-2 hours away from Cebu City.
BY BUS: Find your way to the Cebu South Bus Terminal. From there, ride a bus that’s bound for Carcar City and ask the driver to drop you off in Tungkop, Minglanilla. Your landmark is the Sister of Mary School in Minglanilla at the right side of the road. Look for Lolo Tinong’s Bakeshop and you may ride a motorcycle from there going to the drop off area in Brgy. Cogon, just tell your driver you’re going to Mt. Naupa.