Masungi Georeserve became an instant hit as a travel destination to those who are into nature and climbing activities. After photos getting viral in social media, this conservation area became an attraction to many. And because of its popularity, it reached the international audience creating viral videos featuring the giant hammock and some of them are already flocking their way to experience the wonders of this trail.
Even myself really wanted to go and experience the beauty of Masungi Georeserve. I know many of you want it too, but some were hesitant because it was unknown how difficult it is to conquer the trail. Some just don’t care about the difficulty level because they are adventurous enough but can’t go because it’s hard to find friends to complete the minimum requirement of 7 persons per group. Some say the fee is expensive. Well, I feel you. I’ve been there, too. But for sure, you’ll make a way to make it possible if you truly want it. But before you do, make sure you are well-equipped with information that will help you through the course of Masungi Georeserve’s awesome trails of nature.
It is located at Kilometer 45, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal, Philippines, 1970. From EDSA Shaw, it takes 1 – 2 hours at most. It is advisable that you bring your own car as public transport is difficult. You can park your vehicles in its open lot. But the entry to the conservation area starts from 7am. While waiting, just enjoy the cold breeze. 🙂
Going to silungan takes 5 – 10 minutes of walk. Silungan is the main entrance where a small introduction and briefing will occur before the adventure starts.
Fun Fact: Masungi is derived from two words: Masungki (Spiky) due to its limestone formations, and Masungit (Ill-tempered) due to its unpredictable weather that changes almost every hour.
Silungan (shelter), the starting point and briefing area. Once you get here, you can start preparing your gears and make your final bio breaks because there are no shower rooms along the 4-hour trail. So, make sure that you are 100% ready.
Your group must be a minimum of 7 to a maximum of 14 and you will be guided by a park ranger. Yes, you read it right. They may act as your ordinary tour guide, but they call themselves as park rangers because they don’t just guide you. They also work their hearts to preserve the wildlife and resources from more than 60 million years ago. But because of greedy people, the area became a victim of illegal loggers and other activities that bring destruction to its wildlife and natural resources.
Things To Remember
– Wear a casual, lightweight & comfortable clothing, paired with non-slip closed shoes, is the required attire.
– Bring your important stuff: Water, towel, sun protection, camera, and change of clothes.
– Loud noises are not allowed. Wildlife can’t be disturbed and feel harmed, right?
– Strictly no alcohol and smoking. Self-explanatory I guess? 🙂
– Always wear the helmet provided to avoid injuries.
– The trail can take 3 – 4 hours including the time spent for picture-taking and resting.
– Enjoy and have fun! Remember to give respect to one another because we all want instagrammable shots, right?
So, the trail starts. Don’t worry because the trail is already made easy. So, let’s be thankful that we won’t be sneaking into muddy paths. But instead, we are going through the nicely done rocky stairs.
As you go along the trail, you will notice some pavements that are reminiscent to the wildlife present in the conservation area. This one is the cute cloud rat, and another one is a cute monkey. They are found living here in Masungi Georeserve.
Next to it is the level 1 challenge of rope climbing. At first, you might be overwhelmed if this is going to be your first time. It was also my first time. If I did it, why can’t you? Trust me, this is just easy. My tip is to take the sideways because the rope is tighter there so you can have a better grip. 🙂
Moving on, the first attraction and probably my favorite because it was really awesome. Sapot, spider web in English, is made of durable materials. As a result, you’ll be able to get a nice view of Sierra Madre’s mountain range that’s definitely stunning.
You may be wondering, is the sapot really durable enough to carry your weight? Well, of course! Though walking on it can be a bit shaky, then combine it with your shaky legs due to a minor nervousness. But you just have to calm down and relax because it won’t collapse. To give you more confidence, we had a very nice group pic. 🙂
Next to Sapot is a narrow hanging bridge made of thick, tight ropes and piece of wood to step on. This hanging bridge leads to the next attraction.
Patak (droplet) is like a tree house but instead of being suspended by a tree, it is hanging by the bridge that’s really high from the ground. It is named patak because of its shape being similar to a water droplet.
Actually, you can rest here for a bit because the next one will be a tough one. All these hanging bridges are nothing at all after all the things you’ve gone through the trail.
One of the featured peaks, Ditse (second elder sister). You might think that this is already the highest peak because of the wide view of the forestry it provides. But this is just the beginning, there will be two others higher than these with great views of the limestone formations.
So, going down from the ditse might be a challenge now. Since the beginning, we’ve been going up the trail. And now, we are going down because the next attraction is the one loved by many. I guess, the tip I can give is just to stay focused and don’t mind the height. Just hold on tight, and you’ll get there. 🙂
Duyan (swing) is a giant hammock that stretches from Ditse to the other end where you’ll get to the next attraction. You have to be extremely careful here with your stuff like camera, one single mistake, and your gadget is gone.
It was indeed fun and exciting here. Your legs may get shaky if you are afraid of height. But after some time, you’ll get used to it and you will feel relaxed lying down the hammock while you feel the cold breeze.
Towards the end of this giant hammock is the entrance to the next one which is a cave.
Yungib Ni Ruben
Yungib ni Ruben (Ruben’s Cave) is named after Ruben who is one of the park rangers who discovered the place when looking for an alternate route. So, it was named after him. It wasn’t huge at all. But most of all, it’s cool inside and you can definitely take a rest from here.
Exiting the cave may be tough. But it is rather easier than it looks like. That’s why you have your helmet to protect yourself as you get inside these little passages. In addition, you must be extra careful because sometimes the path is slippery due to the water and rain. Well, it was suddenly raining when we get there. This also leads to the highest peak and the next attraction.
Tatay (father). It was named tatay to represent as the leader of the family. Now, this is going to be the highest peak and there is this strong wind, so, you better be careful.
From here, you can see the amazing view of limestone formations. Furthermore, you can see from here the sites you’ve been, earlier. Also, you can see from here Nanay, which is the next attraction.
Nanay (mother) is the second highest peak and has a better resting place and instagrammable view of the area. The bridge that connects the limestones is perfect for doing some moments and photo shoot. Finally, nanay completes the family of highest peaks in Masungi Georeserve.
Getting tired already? We are almost done! After this, you are now ready to go down the trail and finish off to Liwasan. Be careful going down since the trail is steep in this area. Also, you have to pass by the last hanging bridge that is the shakiest. But don’t worry, everything will be fine. 🙂
Liwasan (plaza; park) looks like a pond but it is not for swimming. This place is used for meditation and relaxation. Also, it serves as birdbaths.
Going further, you’ll see the resting place where you can relax and take some complimentary snacks provided by Masungi Georeserve.
– Tuna spread
– Fresh greens
– Lemon juice and water
Indeed! First of all, it was a great adventure. Knowing that this has been present 60 million years ago is quite astonishing. But because of harmful environment activities, it is degrading and dying. Also, you will notice that some plants are so young and you won’t see much of giant trees with huge trunk because all of them were illegally logged. Furthermore, efforts are in place to preserve and replenish Masungi
Entrance Fee: Php 1,400. If you are having a hard time in booking and inviting friends, you can definitely join a group that you can make your travel buddies in your next travel destinations. With a package that includes all-in transportation and
A price increase will be implemented in January 2017.
Mondays to Fridays: Php 1,500 per person
Saturdays and Sundays: Php 1,800 per person