MASUNGI GEORESERVE BLOG | Masungi Georeserve, a silent sanctuary located in Baras, Rizal flocked by hundreds every week to become one with nature. Spanning across 1,500 hectares of land and surrounded by trees, plants and lime stones, it’s hard to believe that this place used to be underwater! My office mates and I booked this trail months in advance and we were worried it was going to rain, but thankfully the skies cleared and we had an awesome time! Sharing with you guys my experience and some tips for the trail. 🙂
HOW TO GET THERE?
I highly highly highlyyyyyyy recommend using private transportation. Either drive up with your cars or hire a van. We rented out a van for the day; which picked us up in Mandaluyong, dropped us off at Masungi, waited for us to finish the trail, drove us to have lunch then back to our drop off, Mandaluyong. We were a group of 12 and we paid P350 each for the van rental (inclusive of gas). We also initially planned to also visit the Pinto Art Museum which is also in the area but we were so tired afterwards that we just decided to head home.
via Private Transport
Route 1 via Marcos Highway (RECOMMENDED): Cruise through Marcos Highway. You will pass through Masinag, Cogeo, Boso-Boso Resort, Foremost Farms, and Palo Alto. Slow down at Garden Cottages along Marcos Highway. The entrance to Masungi, signalled by its logo, will be on your right.
Route 2 Via Sampaloc in Tanay, from the Manila East Road
Take Sampaloc Road. You will pass by the street to Daranak Falls. Go straight until you arrived a junction. Turn left. Follow this scenic road. It’ll be a 45 minutes to an hour ride. You will pass by Sierra Madre resort on your right, and Ten Cents to Heaven. Kilometer 47 Masungi entrance, signalled by its logo, will be on your left when taking this route.
OR simply, input Masungi Georeserve in Waze or Google and you’re on your way 😛
via Public Transportation (Jeeps are only available until 6:30 pm)
Route 1 Via Cogeo
Ride a van or jeepney going to Padilla/Cogeo Gate 2. Get off at Gate 2 and from there, take a jeepney bound to Sampaloc via Marcos Highway in Tanay. It’ll be the same route as Route 1 in private transportation.
Route 2 Via Tanay
Take a jeepney to Tanay town proper. Hire a tricycle to take you to Garden Cottages. Fare is P500 one way but can be haggled down to P350. Alternatively, you can hire up to the Sampaloc junction. There are jeepneys going to Antipolo/Cogeo that will pass by Kilometer 47 Masungi entrance (NOTE: Jeeps rarely pass by and when they do they’re usually full, with people on the roofs as well!)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Weekdays: Php 1,500 per person
Weekends: Php 1,800 per person
Prices are for groups of 7 to 14. There is an option for those groups lower than 7, but payment would be the minimum total group charge. Groups over 14 can also be accommodated, you’d have to contact them directly to arrange this. You can also join their shared trails, they announcement them on their Facebook page. See their scheduled Shared Trails for August here.
Note: Before the date and time of your trail visit, you need to make a 50% down payment which is also non-refundable. Full payment must also be made four days before your scheduled trek.
HOW DO I RESERVE A SLOT?
Click the link here to request for a trail visit: http://www.masungigeoreserve.com/trailvisitrequest/
1. First thing you need to do is check the available dates and times. If you want an early morning and weekend slot you’d have to book MONTHS in advance. From my experience, we booked around Jan/Feb for 7:00 am on July 1st.
2. Once you have chosen a time and date. You need to fill in the names, contact details, birthdays and locations of all the people in your group.
3. Next, payment options. You can chose to pay the 50% deposit or full payment through BPI or Credit Card.
Then click reserve a slot! 😀
IS FOOD INCLUDED? WHAT FOOD OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
The light snacks included are sandwiches (choices; tuna with onion and pickles OR chicken with celery), banana and juice. You can also choose to dine at their Silayan Resturant for Php 600 per person (minimum of 4 persons) which includes an appetizer, soup, entree with rice and of course, dessert. You can check out their monthly menu here: http://www.masungigeoreserve.com/experience/dining/
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Definitely wear comfortable hiking attire/active wear, closed shoes like running shoes or walking shoes. The trail will push through rain or shine (they will provide ponchos!) so best to bring some extra clothes, plus you do get quite sweaty after the trail.
THE TRAIL/ON THE DAY
First and foremost, make sure you have a big breakfast/lunch. If you’re planning to eat on the way, better stop at a restaurant in the town central since there aren’t many choices up in the mountain area. We managed to find a small store further up the road that offered pancit, spaghetti, eggs and burgers. It did not taste good but we had no choice, we didn’t bring food 🙁 ???
You need to get there at least 30 mins to 1 hr before your trail. This gives you time to use the rest room, put sun block (yes, take care of your skin! :P) etc. and you’ll also to have your orientation and have to sign a waiver before you start.
Your first look at the endless beautiful views of the Sierra Madre. We spent about 10 or 15 minutes here just enjoying the view and taking epic shots. Our guide, Jimboy, was the best! He would be standing on sharp rocks and doing all sorts, wasn’t exactly safe but he definitely knew what he was doing plus we got some amazing photos, hehe.
YUNGIB NI RUBEN
While we were taking a breather in one of the resting areas we actually met Ruben, he was the one who discovered the cave 🙂
DITSE, PATAK AT DUYAN
The Duyan is basically a HUGE hammock that’s a few hundred meters long. If you’re scared of heights, best not to look down when walking, hehe.
One of the two peaks!
Both Tatay and Nanay were beasts to climb. I was out of breath when I reached the top but the views were definitely worth it. ♥
The last hurdle! And probably the most scary/thrilling one of all! If you see the photo below, you’ll see why. But don’t worry, climbing down is not as hard as it looks, just make sure to always look where you’re stepping. Also try to enjoy the view if you can, hehehe.
We made it! Now, time to eat and rest! 😛 (Also, when you’re sitting here, look up! You’ll notice why they call this part Bayawak.)
After 4 hours of trekking and climbing ropes, we were ready to wash our faces with cool refreshing water and dig into the snacks! I was so hungry that I forgot to take the photo of the food! It was good though and the places was so cute 😀
It was such a thrilling adventure! Definitely recommend everyone to give it a go! ♥
HOW CAN I CONTACT THEM?
- Emails: email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Numbers: 09951869911 | 09088887002
Have any of you guys been here or done something similar? Would you give it go? Let me know in the comments section below! 🙂 P.S. Thank you Kuya Marco for some of the photos I used!