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Masungi Georeserve

Masungi Georeserve

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,Β 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.

Masungi Georeserve

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. πŸ™‚

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.

Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal
Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal

Silungan

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.

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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? πŸ™‚
– 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?

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Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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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.

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Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal

 

 

 

 

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. πŸ™‚

 

 

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Sapot

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.

Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal
Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal

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. πŸ™‚

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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.

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Patak

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.

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Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal

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.

 

Ditse

 

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.

 

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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. πŸ™‚

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Duyan

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.

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Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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Yungib Ni Ruben

Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal

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.

Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal
Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal

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.

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Tatay

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.

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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.

Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal
Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal
Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal

Nanay

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.

Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal
Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal
Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal

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. πŸ™‚

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Liwasan

Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal

Liwasan (plaza; park) looks like a pond but it is not for swimming. This place is used for meditation and relaxation. Also, it servesΒ as birdbaths.

Going further, you’ll see the resting place where you can relax and take some complimentary snacks provided by Masungi Georeserve.

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Masungi Georeserve Baras Rizal

 

 

– Tuna spread

– Fresh greens

– Banana

– Lemon juice and water

 

 

Final Words

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 Georeserve. We contribute to helping by paying for a visit. We enjoy this adventure as we take photos and memories but let’s make sure we take care of our resources for the next generations.

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 side trip to nearby places, check out Runaways travel and tours for more info.

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

Masungi Georeserve: http://www.masungigeoreserve.com/

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Andi

Why wizardandi? Because wizard + andi = wizardandi. Since childhood, I always wanted to become a wizard because I love magic. It is fascinating and awesome. I also like eating, gaming, watching anime, gadgets, and going out with my good friends.

17 Comments

  1. Vyjay

    I am enamoured by the spectacular and rugged landscapes which promise a great experience. I am also fascinated by the Sapot and the the 360-degree views that it affords. Looks like a cool experience.

  2. Christina

    I can’t believe I have not heard of the Masungi Georeserve efore. What a cool adventure in an idyllic setting. I definitely want to research this place more. I hope to have the stamina and bravery to go too someday!

  3. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits

    Wow, I’ve seen photos about this place on social media that really went viral recently and I thought it was peacefully located outside the Philippines, but I was wrong. You truly have enjoyed and I’ll surely do as well if I were there. I like how they came up with this idea and truly a well planned place that everyone should visit. I’ll surely penned this on my bucket list and hopefully I can visit it real soon.

  4. Indrani

    That is one long trek but the final destination is ultimate! It compensates for all the hardships along the way.
    You have taken great pics to document the journey.

    • Andi

      You are right, it all compensates the hardships we went through. Moments like this needs to have great pictures to keep the memories. πŸ™‚

  5. Erica M Poyauan

    very useful tips. will definitely follow everything you wrote here when I visit Masungi Georeserve next year. I heard that you need to reserve like a year ahead though so good luck to me.

    • Andi

      Not really a year ahead. You can actually check from their website the available dates. Because of recent popularity, it became fully-booked for the next 2-3 weeks.

  6. Louiela

    I love it Andi… Masungi Georeserve is on my top 5 place to explore in our home country… Now, i envy you for having able to explore it:) Have you met Mang Ruben in Yungib ni Ruben? πŸ™‚

    • Andi

      You should visit soon! This place is really nice! Unfortunately, I didn’t meet Ruben. πŸ™

  7. Elisa

    Informative and very well written post about a place I did not know at all! I would also like to hang on those huge hammocks I will keep it preciously in case I ever go to PH. Super cool introducing picture, by the way πŸ˜‰

    • Andi

      Thank you Elisa. I am glad that it has become an informative piece for you. πŸ™‚

  8. Neha Verma

    Spider bridge, rope bridge, cave and such stunning greenery all around..what else do you need πŸ™‚ such a lovely place for a beautiful outing with your group

    • Andi

      What also do you need? A mansion in this greenery. πŸ™‚ So lovely!

  9. Sindhu

    This place looks so inviting. I am a great lover of adventure and greenery. I had never heard of this location earlier and had to lookup the map to know its location. Looks like Masungi is a place I should definitely try for the spider web and narrow bridge which looks like a bridge into infinite greenery.

    • Andi

      Yes, definitely a must! I assure you, you will love this not only for its greenery but also for its overall experience. πŸ™‚

  10. LC

    My palms were sweating a bit whilst reading your article, but then I really don’t like heights! The Sapot in particular looked quite terrifying! Haha. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you.

    • Andi

      I totally understand, I had a little bit of fear also. But once you are there, it will be like nothing at all. It’s fun! I know one day you will conquer one πŸ™‚

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