Masungi Georeserve – Ropes and Limestones (Travel Guide)

I’ve been asked a lot by my friends to organize a trip to Masungi Georeserve. I was always hesitant because I thought of it as very expensive since I know we can climb other mountains for P1000 or less.

I didn’t have any climbs back then and one of my barkada invited me to join their trip to Masungi. Out of the blue and missing the trees and the earth, I immediately said yes, despite the budget issues and maybe because of being exempted from organizing trips. haha!

 

MASUNGI GEORESERVE

Once a deforested land, destroyed by illegal logging and mining, Masungi Georeserve has changed a lot and is now a protected area, now covered in the green lush of trees. Through the years, the management (Blue Star Construction and Development Corporation and Masungi Georeserve’s foundation body) took care of the land — rehabilitated and restored it by planting a lot of trees and plants. It is now getting richer in terms of conservation and wildlife.

Masungi Georeserve - Ropes and Limestones (Travel Guide)
The view of Nanay from the top of Tatay.

Masungi Georeserve - Ropes and Limestones (Travel Guide)

Masungi Limestones

 

ROPES AND LIMESTONES

We took the Day Trail that lasted for 5 Hours. The trail lets us explore the conservation area through the dense forests and even inside of limestone rock formations. It consists of paved ways and rope courses which added to the accessibility of specific points of interest in the area. With this, Masungi can be a place not just for relaxation but also for adventure.

The rope courses were a challenge because it really pushed us to use our physical strengths and held tight for our lives’ sake. It passes over forests and some hang at the top of a limestone rock formation and end down to the ground. On the other hand, they also served as hammocks for us to relax and enjoy the view while we’re on top of the trees and rock formations.

Masungi Georeserve - Ropes and Limestones (Travel Guide)
CTTO: Sharlaine Dolot. Sapot.

Masungi Georeserve - Ropes and Limestones (Travel Guide)

I forgot the name but this is the basis for Masungi’s Logo.

Masungi Georeserve - Ropes and Limestones (Travel Guide)

Masungi Georeserve - Ropes and Limestones (Travel Guide)
CTTO: Sharlaine Dolot. Duyan.

Masungi Georeserve - Ropes and Limestones (Travel Guide)

CTTO: Sharlaine Dolot.

Masungi Georeserve - Ropes and Limestones (Travel Guide)

Masungi Georeserve - Ropes and Limestones (Travel Guide)
Climbing down the Bayawak.

Masungi Georeserve - Ropes and Limestones (Travel Guide)
This bridge is called Sawa.

Masungi Georeserve - Ropes and Limestones (Travel Guide)

 

Masungi offers a lot of benefits. The trail may not be as challenging as those of a mountain but it really gave us the same perspective and fulfillment when reaching a mountain’s summit — the amazing view and the satisfaction of conquering our fears and exceeding our limitations.

The package tour maybe expensive but included in it was the conservation fee which in return let visitors donate a seedling that they will plant on nearby deforested mountains. Masungi Georeserve is not just a tourist spot but also an epitome of what we should do for our environment. May their projects expand our environmental awareness and responsibility.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY

TIME
ACTIVITY
6:00 A.M. – 6:30 A.M.
Meetup at Cubao
6:30 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.
Travel to Masungi Georeserve
8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.
Orientation
8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.
Preparation
9:00 A.M.
Start of Tour
9:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Masungi Trail
12:30 – 1:30 P.M.
Snacks and rest
1:30 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Continue trail
2:00 P.M. -2:15 P.M.
Freshen up and leave for Metro Manila
3:30 P.M.
Back in Metro Manila

 

REMINDERS/GUIDES/TIPS

LOCATION:

  • Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal, Philippines

 

HOW TO GET THERE:

  1. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
    • From Cubao, ride a jeep going to Cogeo Gate 2/Padilla.
    • From Gate 2, ride a jeepney going to Sampaloc, Tanay and tell the driver to drop you off at the gate of Garden Cottages.
  2. PRIVATE VEHICLE:
    • From Metro Manila, travel along Marcos Highway going to Tanay.
    • When you reach Baras, Rizal, look for KM47 and turn going to the parking lot.

 

POWER PACK:

        • Gloves as protection from the limestones
        • Sunblock
        • Sunglasses
        • Cap/hat
        • Trekking Shoes/Sandals
        • Drinking Water/Water bottles
        • Activewear
        • Extra Clothes

 

 

FEES:

The package includes the tour, a helmet, a guide, snacks and a conservation fee.

        1. DAY TRAIL:
          •     Package Fee (Weekends) = P1800/person (7-14 guests)
          •     Package Fee (Weekdays) = P1500/person (7-14 guests)
        2. NIGHT TRAIL:
          •     Package Fee (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) = P1800/person (7-10 guests)

 

CONNECT:

 

NOTES:

        • Walk-ins are not allowed. Make sure to book your visit ahead of time as reservations are full most of the time.
        • The full trail takes 3-4 hours depending on the group’s stamina and pace. There are also other trails available if a need for an early return is needed.
        • Smoking is prohibited all around the area to avoid cigarette butts being thrown anywhere else. A fine of P3000 is implemented.
        • Snacks are included for every package that is available near the end of the trail.
        • Lockers (Fee of P20) are available to keep your stuff while you do the trail.
        • There are water refilling stations on some parts of the trail but due to some circumstances, it is unreliable. Bring water canisters for you to bring along the trail.

 

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