Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Trekking Mt. Talinis

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It's time to unwind! I am a bit excited for tomorrow because I will be in my most exciting adventure experience of my life this year... me and my office buddies are going to trek Mt. Talinis! This is a great way to get away from all the technological hype and pressures from work. Only the fearless and the strong shall survive the challenges of trail hiking and enjoy breath taking views from the mountain top.

Suggested Itinerary

4:30 am - Departure to Dauin Terminal
6:00 am - Bediao (Jump Off)
10:00 am - ridge/bridge (early lunch)
12:00 am - Lake Yagumyum (rest)
12:30 am - Depart
3:00 pm - Lake Nakilig, 1st camp site set up tent rest prepare for dinner
7:00 pm - dinner/socials
12 midnight - lights off


5:00 - 6:00 am - Prepare for breakfast
6:30 - 8:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 am - Break Camp
11:00am - Sulfur vent
11:30 am - Rancho
12:00 noon - Twin falls (lunch)
3:00 pm - back to ranch, set up tent
5:00 pm Prepare for dinner
7:00 pm - dinner/socials


5:00 am - Breakfast
8:00 am - Break camp
9:00 am - Banica Pool
12noon - Lunch trail
2:00 pm - ETA Valencia
2:30 pm - ETA Dumaguete

Here are some information about Mt. Talinis taken from

Mount Talinis, also known as the Cuernos de Negros (Horns of Negros), is a mountain in the Philippine province of Negros Oriental. At about 1,903 meters[1][2] (5905 feet) above sea level, it is the second highest mountain in Negros Oriental after Mt Kanla-on. Cuernos de Negros is a potentially active stratovolcano, with a base diameter of 36 kilometres, and has many volcanic lakes and solfataric or volcanic sulfurous steam vents. Main rock types are andesite and basalt. It is located 9 kilometers southwest of Valencia, Negros Oriental, forming part of the Negros Volcanic Belt.


The region of Mt. Talinis has incredible biodiversity that is being threatened by illegal logging and "kaingin." The lakes around Mt. Talinis are rich in puny freshwater shrimp and snail, carp and tilapia species, and its forest system is home to endemic and rare wildlife. There are 91 tree species, 18 of which are commercially important, including Alphonsea arborea, Elaeocarpus monocera, Pometia pinnata, and Phyllocladus hypophyllus and Tigerwood. Other notable flora includes wild orchids, edible berries and, broad-leafed tree ferns.

Common fauna include boars, civets, chickens, pigeons, monkeys, sunbirds, monitor lizards, Bar-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes, polka-dotted Leopard cats, and the brown weaver ant. Some of the endangered and rare animals are Tarictic Hornbills, Philippine Spotted Deers, Visayan Warty Pigs, Philippine Tube-nosed Fruit Bats, and Negros Bleeding-hearts.[3]

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