In the late 1990s, what is now the Masungi Georeserve and its surrounding areas were deforested and overridden by an epidemic of land-grabbing activities. Illegal logging was prevalent and threats large-scale quarrying were present.  Environmental offenders were many and took heavy tolls on the project, as we dreamt to restore back its forests and transform it into a development where nature is a priority and man interacts with his surroundings mindfully.

The location and concept did not appeal to many making the beginnings rocky developmentally and financially. However, this has also shown itself as a blessing to pursue conservation more intimately a place we have grown to love. Since securing the spine of the rock formation in the 2000s, restoration and rehabilitation has been underway. Trees are now growing taller, the wildlife is slowly but surely getting richer, and genuine concern for the environment is becoming an integral part of living for everyone involved.

With a strong commitment to the environment  for over two decades now, it is now our hope to share our love for nature, scale our impact on surrounding communities, and ignite our guests’ interest in the fields of conservation, sustainable conservation development, and geotourism. Source: Masungi Georeserve

How to Get There

The best way to get there is via private vehicle because the area is far away from town proper and the public transportation is very limited going there. It might take you an hour waiting for a jeepney transportation that will pass by Masungi, there is a higher chance that you might get late to your scheduled trek.

Public Transportation

  • From Araneta Center Cubao, you can ride a UV Express or a jeepney going to Padilla or Cogeo Gate 2.
  • From Cogeo Gate 2, you can ride a jeepney going to Sampaloc via MaRiLaQue Highway.
  • You can ask the driver to drop you off at Masungi because it is not easy to see. You’ll pass by Boso-Boso Resort and Palo Alto.

Orientation and Briefing

Before proceeding to the trek, you will be oriented on its history, what to expect, and the do’s and don’ts. Each group scheduled will be given a guide and each group has a 30-minute interval and overtaking is not allowed. You need to wait for the group ahead of you to proceed before your group can proceed to your next destination. They are strict to no-smoking policy even if you will bring your trash back down the trek, because the ashes kill the microsnails in the mountain which is already endangered and now being protected.

There are 8 major sights and destination to be seen and visited in Masungi. They have put nets to climb and cross the mountains and built trails that makes the mountain easier to climb.

1. Sapot

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Sapot or the spiderweb is the first attraction and one of the most famous site in the georeserve for photography. The web is made out of sturdy, tough, and thick wires that can accommodate several people at once. You need to cross a wire bridge that has no siderails that will protect you from falling. It was really scary that I needed to crawl to get there because the view is high and it makes me scaredy-cat.

There is a hanging bridge exiting the Sapot going to your next destination. The hanging bridge is very sturdy it doesn’t make me feel scared crossing it.

Haring Bato, Meditation Walk and Other Ropes

Your next destination after the Sapot is the Haring Bato, it is the rock formation from afar where Masungi Georeserve got its logo. It looks like a person that has a spike hair. There is a circular chain, that was used to be a chain from chainsaw in cutting down the trees in Masungi, to give the visitors the hint where to look.

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Visitors are asked to keep silent in meditation walk for a while and contemplate while walking through the trail. It was the most difficult part of the trail because we were having so much fun and we’re laughing all the time then suddenly we were asked to keep quiet but just for a while. The meditation walks ends where there is a balancing swing. I don’t know what’s it called, haha!

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There’s this waiting area with nets and like swings that you may stay for a while, while waiting for the group ahead of you get finished before proceeding to your next destination. It is a good place for photo opportunity so you won’t get bored while waiting.

2. Ditse, Patak, Duyan

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Patak is the second official attraction. It is a hanging house, in the middle of cliffs, suspended by sturdy wires. I guess it’s of standard size and thickness and it’s relatively safe. Hahaha! 

Ditse is a cliff going to Duyan. You have a 360-degree-view of Masungi. Ahead of you is Tatay and Nanay. It was really scary because I was literally standing at the edge of the cliff and there’s nothing to catch me if I fall. I don’t know why I did it.

Duyan is a hammock bridge that will lead you going to Yungib ni Ruben (Ruben’s Cave). It looks easy, but it’s actually not because of the large holes created by knotted ropes. You really need to hold on the ropes above your head to keep your balance.

3. Yungib ni Ruben

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Yungib ni Ruben is surprisingly a cave. Hahaha! It is a cave with lamps in it. There’s nothing really special aside from being a cave.

4. Tatay

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Tatay (Father) is the highest peak in Masungi composed of piled rocks. It also has a 360 view of the Georeserve.

5. Nanay

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Nanay is the second highest peak next to and just beside Tatay. It has a wide area for walking and nice siderails that adds aesthetics on photographs.

6. Bayawak

Bayawak is named after the largest lizard in the Philippines. It is a net made of rope and you need to descend there without harness. The net below can be a resting place after a tiring activity.

7. Liwasan

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Liwasan is where you can relax with their frozen towel and have some complimentary snacks provided.

8. Sawa

Sawa is the way back to where you started. It’s like being swollen by a large Python.

How to Book for Schedule and Rates

Visit their page at https://www.masungigeoreserve.com/trailvisitrequest/

DISCOVERY TRAIL

  • Day Trail

    • Get up and close with the karst terrain and its highlights
    • Trek through the conservation area’s walkways and rope courses
    • Enjoy panoramic sights at the Nanay and Tatay viewing decks
  • Night Trail
    • Arrive near dusk to enjoy the sunset
    • Explore the karst landscape underneath the moonlight
    • Trek through the conservation area’s walkways with surprise light encounters along the way
    • Take a campfire break and savour snacks of grilled homemade chorizo, vegetables, and indigenous tea
  • Private trail for 7-14 guests (day trail) & 7-10 guests (night trail) 
  • Trail Approximate Duration: 3-4 hours
  • For more details on the trail, click here.For details on the night trail, kindly click here.
  • Day Trail Conservation Fee:
    • PHP 1,800 per guest on weekends
    • PHP 1,500 per guest on weekdays
  • Night Trail Conservation Fee:
    • PHP 1,800 per guest for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

DISCOVERY TRAIL & DINING AT SILAYAN

  • Get up and close with the karst terrain and its highlights
  • Trek through the conservation area’s walkways and rope courses
  • Enjoy panoramic sights at the Nanay and Tatay viewing decks
  • Complement your trek with a dining set specially prepared for your party at Silayan Restaurant. Local produce will be featured.
  • Silayan is a 5 to 10-minute car ride from the Discovery Trail parking area via your private car.
  • Private trail for 7-14 guests
  • Trail Approximate Duration: 3-4 hours
  • For more details on the trail, click here
  • For more details on Silayan, click here
Conservation Fee & Dining:

 

  • PHP 2,650 per guest on weekends
  • PHP 2,350 per guest on weekdays

LEGACY TRAIL

  • Climb up to a mountain ridge and visit the project’s grassland restoration site
  • Through unique hammocks and floating huts, come in harmony with one of the few remaining pine stands in the area
  • Participate in restoration works and immerse in the tree planting and nurturing
  • Savor minalot lunch meals prepared by community partners
  • Take a rest on the hammocks and floating huts
  • Enjoy panoramic sights at the ranger station

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