Negros Oriental is most famous for its pristine underwater adventures and beautiful beaches that are the main attractions of the largest tourists especially those looking to take advantage of our spectacular diver spots. This is not all the island of Negros has to offer. It is also known for its majestic mountains that hikers and mountain climbers flock here to Negros to explore.
Mt. Talinis which also known as the Cuernos de Negros (Horns of Negros) for the horn-like peaks that draw the attention of the onlookers towards the magestic mountain landscape. Mount Talinis is the second highest mountain on Negros Oriental next to the outstanding Mt. Kanlaon. Mount Talinis which hasn’t errupted in the last 14,000 years is a potentially active stratovolcano and is located 9 km southwest of the municipality of Valencia and 20 km from Dumaguete City. With a base diameter of 36 km.
Furthermore, the mountain is still active and is home to two geothermal power facilities. The first and only one in operation is located in Valencia and the other site that is yet to be built is located in Dauin. The productive grounds of Mt. Talinis hold rare plants that can only be seen in some areas in the mountains. Fruits such as lanzones, rambutans, durians, and all sorts of fruits and vegetables are abundant in the surrounding areas of Mt. Talinis.
Mount Talinis Hiking Routes & Trails
There are several routes a backpacker can choose from in venturing to reach the topmost peak of the mountain depending on which path is best suited for their skillset. Some routes are shorter, easier and have less obstacles.
Bediao Route is the easiest and usually the path taken by most backpackers. The trail starts in Bediao, Dauin, Negros Oriental to Apolong, Valencia. This includes passage to the first lake on the mountain call Lake Yagumyum which also has an alternate route that allows you to hike to the Yagumyum Peak. Then passing by the Maribuhok Forests, and on to the next stop along Lake Nailig. After Lake Nailig mountaineers will pass by a lagoon then to the twin falls of Talinis and finally to the highest peak of the hike to the top of Mt. Talinis.
Timbao Route which is the shortest and the most difficult of all the trails. We recommned that you only take this trail with experience backpackers.
Apolong Route starts at Casaroro Falls and hikers can expect to reach the peak after about a 7 hours accent. This route is considered to be the second to the longest route. Considered by avid hikers as moderately challenging this route includes stops at both Kaipuhan Sulphur and Lake Nailig.
Lunga Route is the longest route which starts at Lunga, Valencia and it passes through Dakong Sapa, Dakong Datag, Kaipuhan Sulphur, Camp Vendiola, Tutoy Dalaga, Lake Yagumyum and finally to the Mt. Talinis Peak.
Recommended Backpacking Preparations
Before the adventure there are several preparations that one needs to keep in mind before setting out on this journey due to it’s physical and mental requirements. Climbers are highly encouraged to exercise including but not limited to walking, jogging, and running at least two weeks prior the hiking this trail. Climbers are also encourage to attend mountain climbing seminar to become familiar with the trail, learn what to expect during the hike, and review the do’s and don’ts.
The Valencia Tourism Office does not require backpackers to get a permit. The climbers are expected to hike “at their own risk.” They are strongly encourage to make sure there is at least one experienced mountain guide with them on this adventure. Six stranded hikers had to be rescued by police and a search and rescue team back in 2011.