Exploring the Crown Jewel of the South | Lake Holon



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  • Sample Itinerary

  • Expenses

  • Experiences

  • T’Boli Tourism

  • The Adventure Begins

  • The Trail

  • The Trek

  • The View Deck

  • The Camp Site

  • Bonfire

  • Stargazing

  • The LakeSalacafe Trail


Introduction


In early 2019, Major Dibu Tuan of T’boli South Cotabato announced that Lake Holon will be temporarily closed for 2 Months from January 7th to March 10th of 2019.

“Lake Holon deserves a break from the influx of tourists. This is the best way we can preserve the beauty of Holon,” the mayor, a T’boli native, told MindaNews.

The beauty of Lake Holon is now open for the Travelers who seek some adventure and want to experience the gem of the South.


Lake Holon, previously known as Lake Maughan, was declared as the cleanest inland body of water in the Philippines for the years 2003 and 2004. The lake brought significant beauty for the Mount Parker, locally known as Mount Melibengoy, which has an elevation of 5,984 ft above sea level and is listed as Active Volcano.


Experiences


It is actually my first time to have an overnight hike. I’ve been hiking in Luzon area since 2017 but all of them are just day hikes. I was considering the fact that I have so many things to do for my job and I’m afraid to be offline for just 2 days but now, well I just want to cut that kind of system in me. I want a break, I needed it, we all are. 2 days offline is just like spending my life on a weekend, it is not a big deal at all.


So I informed my clients ahead that I will be off, most of them knew that I’m working every day so if I don’t reply within a day, they will assume that something is wrong. Open communication is essential if you are dealing with your entrepreneurial life.

Okay, let’s go on the trip. I join several strangers in a group that is managed by The Adventours. They are all coming from Davao while I am in Gensan. From Davao, they traveled to Gensan with approximate of 3 hours to pick me up and from Gensan, we traveled to T’boli for an hour.


T’Boli Tourism

This is the first stop. You have to be registered in their tourism office before you can proceed to Lake Holon, of course, that is essential in any tourist destination, don’t ask why. While waiting for the registration, you can have a photo opt with the T’BOLI sign nearby, it’s not near though.



The Adventure Begins

From the T’boli Tourism office, you have to ride in a Habal-habal motor for an average of 1 hour and a half, yeah that is long, going to Sitio Kule Jumpoff site. the Habal-habal motor can only accommodate 2 passengers and trust me, it is not easy and you will gonna wish to be the only passenger.


During your ride with the Habal-habal motor, you will gonna face the adventure, extreme one. Some several spots I have remembered in our way; the bridge, the bamboo side, the wavy land, the zigzag route, the Y route, the 80 degrees up, the mud, the dusk, and the hilarious thing is the big tracks coming your way sharing in a narrow road. Your legs will gonna feel weird.


Before the Habal-habal motor experience, you have to have a facemask or handkerchief or anything that can cover your mouth, the dust horizon is coming your way. Unfortunately, I don’t have one. Fortunately, my co-stranger gave me one.


The Trail

There were two different trails, the Kule trail, and Salacafe trail. In this trip, we will do traverse rather than backtrail so we will be going to take both trails. Traverse is when you take 2 routes, one for ascending or going up to the mountain and you will take the other route for descending or going down. Backtrail is when you only take one route, both for ascending and descending. We will gonna take the Kule trail for ascending and Salacafe trail for descending.


If you are thinking what trail is best for you, I would suggest taking Kule trail first if you want some adventure and extreme hike first. Salacafe trail has the easiest way because it is flat, except for the final station going to lake holon.


When we arrived in Kule Jump off, we had a chance to buy some souvenir and trekking pole and took some photos and had the orientation. It was smooth and then we have oriented well but the person who orients us talks too fast like a rapper. There is also a paid comfort room in the place where you can prepare your self before starting the trek.


The Trek

The trail we are going to take has 4 stations, name