Masungi Georeserve is a conservation area and a rustic rock garden tucked in the rainforest of Rizal. The name Masungi is derived from the word “masungki” which means “spiked” – an apt description for the sprawling limestone landscape found within.
I have always been wanting to experience the Masungi Georeserve adventure hike. Finally, we were able to book for the 6:30 AM slot. The reservation requires us to have a group with a minimum of 7 members to be able to secure a booking online. There are 3 trails to choose from. We did the Discovery Trail which can be finished within 3-4 hours max depending on our pace.
Masungi Georeserve, Rizal, Philippines
Masungi Georeserve Trails:
There are 3 trails to choose from if you’re planning to visit. You have to request a visit 3 days prior to your desired date. Walk-in guests are not allowed. Click the link of the trail below to direct you to their booking site.
Discovery Trail – This consists of ups and downs trail with ropes courses, rocks, and concrete blocks. A hanging bridge is an integral part of the full trail. Discovery Trail at Night is also an option.
Legacy Trail – It is composed of grasslands with different trees like bamboo trees along the trail. This is ideal for those interested in directly participating in reforestation.
Family Trail – If you wanted to bring a kid, this trail is perfect for you. Children must be 7 years old and above. Keep in mind that they require a 1:2 ratio – 1 adult for 2 kids for safety considerations.
Masungi Georeserve Entrance Fee:
Discovery Trail Fee
Conservation Fee: PHP 1,800 per guest on weekends
PHP 1,500 per guest on weekdays
Conservation Fee: PHP 1,800 per guest for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Legacy Trail Fee
PHP 1,500 per guest on weekends and weekdays
How to go to Masungi Georeserve?
By Private Vehicle
- Make your way to Marcos Highway.
- Keep going on Marcos Highway. You’ll pass Masinag, Cogeo, Boso-Boso Resort, Foremost Farms, and Palo Alto.
- Slow down when you see Garden Cottages. You’ll soon see the Masungi Georeserve logo on your right.
By Public Transportation
- From Cubao, take a jeepney or FX bound for Padilla/Cogeo Gate 2.
- From Gate 2 near the market, take a jeepney bound for Sampaloc, Tanay.
- You’ll pass Masinag, Cogeo, Boso-Boso Resort, Foremost Farms, and Palo Alto.
- Get off at Garden Cottages and walk to the entrance of Masungi Georeserve.
If you’re planning to take the Discovery Trail like us, here’s what to expect.
Silungan means “shelter”. This is their receiving area for guests. This is where we stayed for the orientation and where they gave us our gear – helmets and small bags where we can put our personal belongings.
We arrived pretty early so I got the chance to roam around the area and I was amazed at how it is well maintained.
It’s a good thing we got the earliest slot to avoid crowds. Well, it was advice from a friend who visited the place already. She said that if the group ahead of us is slow or fond of taking pictures we will end up waiting before climbing up/ down/ across the various rope ladders and bridges.
This is a web-style platform that offers a view of Laguna de Bay. You’re literally above the canopy of trees and karsts on a giant manmade spider web. This is so cool! I’ve never seen anything like this before.
The weather that day was foggy. It actually rained a bit but we still managed to continue.
We passed by this bridge before heading to the next stop.
YUNGIB NI RUBEN
This is a cave formation, a rest area with a fire pit. Where we stayed while waiting for the rain to stop.
The first and the taller peak.
The second peak.
Patak is a drop-shaped house between the hanging bridge and a series of ropes going to Duyan.
This is my favorite part of the trail. It’s a big hanging hammock. You make your way through Duyan by grabbing one rope after another. Be very careful with your smartphone when taking pictures. If it falls, it’s gone.
But I had to go through this challenge of going down first to reach that big hammock at my back.
Hello to our kind and informative tour guides. They actually provided 2 guides for us. One who is always ahead of us/leading and one sweeper at the back. They also assisted us in all the activities making sure of our safety.
The last part is a series of rope obstacles like Sawa and Bayawak which I haven’t got the chance to take a picture of because of the rain. The trails are all enjoyable and it’s really a great challenge for those adventure seekers. After finishing, we got our complimentary snack at their “cafeteria”.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Casual, lightweight & comfortable hiking clothes, gloves
paired with non-slip closed shoes, is the required attire.
WHAT TO BRING:
Only bring yourself! 😂Your own water, towel, and clothes to change into.
It was a great experience overall and we will definitely go back!
Please check out our Mascap Trilogy Itinerary – Mt. Ayaas, Mt. Sipit Ulang and Mt. Oro + Payaran Falls if you’re into hiking.
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