Lake Holon is situated at the peak of mount Parker in T’boli, South Cotabato 4,700 feet above sea level
From the T’boli proper your only means of transportation is a “Habal-habal” (single motorcycle that can carry 5 persons) going to Salacafe for 1 hour and 30 minutes (100/person). Salacafe serves as the receiving area for the mountaineer/tourist. You will be paying 300 pesos for the tourist guide (1 tourist guide for 10 persons), then the entrance fee of 25 pesos (20 for the LGU and 5 pesos for seedlings) in the receiving area.
We arrived at Salacafe around 5 in the morning. After the briefing, settling of payments and a short prayer we started our trek at around 5:30 in the morning. The first stop is in Sitio Nabul almost 1 1/2 kilometers from the starting point. Here, you can order some native foods (native chicken, camote, corn etc.) to be eaten when you go down the mountain. Also it is the only place that has cellular network (both globe and smart).
On the way to Lake Holon, you will hear birds chirping hiding in big trees. The weather is sunny yet the temperature is cold perfect time for trekking. There are part of the terrain that is stiff. (As of 2016, there is a new trail)
We arrived at the peak of Mount Parker around 9 in the morning.
The Lake is Magical and serene , that’s the best definition I can say. It is the best place to find your inner peace.
You can go there for sightseeing or you can stay there over night. If you plan on staying for a night better bring an outdoor tent due to an unpredictable weather and thick clothes due to a cold temperature, rain may pour during noon time till afternoon. You have to bring water, canned goods, noodles etc for your foods and some kitchen utensils.
Please be a responsible mountaineer/ tourist, don’t leave your plastic wrappers, tin cans and garbages on the trail or in the lake area. The place is sacred for the T’boli people so respect the place.
How to go to Lake Holon
- From General Santos City you can ride a bus going to Koronadal City- 90 pesos (2 hours drive)
- From Koronadal City you can ride a van going to T’Boli proper- 60 pesos (1 1/2 hours drive)
- From T’boli proper you can ride a “Habal-Habal” going to Salacafe- 100 pesos (1 1/2 hours drive)
- Tour guide- 300 pesos for 10 persons
- Entrance fee- 25 pesos per person