Trekking Lake Holon is the walk you never know you wanted until you are looking down at Kule view deck and stanning at the entirety of the lake sitting pretty in the crown-like ranges. The alteration of open fields and shades make your body adjust to the heat and the cold that you should also befriend – and get used to – throughout the trek.

Everybody has been to Lake Holon. It’s accessibility, uniqueness, and beauty has enticed travelers from all over the country – if not across the world. It’s the adventure that everyone is confident to be able to complete – even for people like me who is not into camping, climbing, trekking, and that sort of outdoor things.

This is my second time in Lake Holon and the trek has been much easier. It may be due to familiarity or maybe because the first time had been horrible.

I think it was 5 years ago that I had my first Lake Holon adventure. To sum up the experience, it was so hot at first then it rained hard when we were on the last station to the Kule view deck. Clouds enveloped the view deck we literally saw just clouds and never even an inch of the lake from there. The rain then started pouring again until we reached the campsite. After pitching our tents, we changed into dry clothes, stayed in the tent the whole night as the rain continued pouring, and cursed the whole experience.

The weather had been sunny in the morning. I made the best of it then vowed to never come back.

I was young back then I thought it would be the worst. Then climbing Mt. Matutum two years ago had proven to be hours of frozen hell under the whipping rain.

So, I decided to give Lake Holon a second try. I’m older now – more mature, more tenacious, wiser – still marupok – but generally better.

This time around, despite the intermittent drizzle, the whole experience had been uplifting. The familiar milieu helps relieve the exhaustion and diminishes the anticipation of walking with the thought that it would be as near as the guide always promises.

The Kule view deck had the perfect view you’d rather appreciate in person rather than images. It was the sight so familiar yet still so beautiful and organic.

The whole experience had been shared with new friends from Gentuna and CPAVI. Meeting new people opened for a new perspective of camaraderie, fun, and excitement that for a certain period of time we all shared. It was amazing. It was refreshing!

Above all, traveling in a group has been cost-saving.

Nevertheless, this trek to Lake Holon brought a reflective moment which made me compare what I am today to what I was 5 years ago. Today, I am better physically, mentally, and emotionally. And it is very important that I recognize that.

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Budget:

  • Tourism Office to Kule – 500.00/motor for 2 = 250.00
  • Environmental Fee – 10.00
  • Bridge Toll Fee – 20.00
  • Community Fee – 20.00
  • Tribal Banka Fee – 50.00
  • Porter, Guide, Food, etc – 116.00/head (x9)
  • Salacafe to Tourism Office – 400.00/motor for 2 = 200 .00

TOTAL – 666.00

Author: Mark Atong

If he is not taking advantage of his skills on full-time IT employment, he is going different places and hopefully making his mother proud. He believes writing is his passion; but it has yet to prove to pay his bills. He is a fun-loving individual who would rather stay at home reading books and catch-up on episodes of TV shows.

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