Masungi Georeserve gives you a rolling trail adventure that makes you appreciate the nature, the rocks, the caves and the rope structures. Masungi puts premium on your experience as they only accommodates guests by time slots so your group can have all the time to explore the area.
I’ve always wanted to visit Masungi Georeserve because of the wonderful rope structures and the natural sites at Tanay. When my friend Inja posted a teaser on her new travel and tour site, Wanderbee Travel and Tours, I asked her if she can get us a slot. It’s really hard getting slots for Masungi as they limit guests allowed in the park to batches of 7-10. The initial booking was sometime in July but she was able to find one last May 5 so we immediately grabbed the slots. We were a group of 10 and we had the 6 am slot. The next slot would be a few hours after so that’s the first thing I appreciated with Masungi. You have the Georeserve all to yourself.
We arrived early at Kilometer 45 Marcos Highway, Rizal, which is the exact address of the Georeserve. We descended at the visitors shed for the briefing. Our park ranger was Alex, who gave us a brief history of the place and a description of the experience. The tour would be around 4 kilometers long and we’ll have to go through rock formations, caves, ropes structures and a lot more. After the briefing, we had to ride our way back to the highway level for the start of the trail.
As we started the trail, we had a second briefing. This time by park ranger Ruben. Ruben would be our main guide. We were given a hard hat, a sling bag with water, whistle and binoculars. The hard hat was really important as we had to go through rock structures and caves. The actual route started with the Lagusan ni Ric, which had a cave like passageway and also a side pass on the trail. Ruben would stop to give us some inputs on the trails. He reminded us to be watchful of holes and not to use those for trash too.
After a series of climb, we ended up with our first web structure. It had small knots and big knots. It’s up to you to take your pick and where you would be more comfortable. The smaller knots would be easier but the bigger knot could be faster as it would be less shaky. There’s also a passageway at the back but why take that, it’s not exciting. I also notice the trend whenever there are two passageways, we’ll usually end up with the harder one.
The rope structures starts with the easier ones to help build your confidence on the harder structures. We continued on the climb and we realize how important the helmet was as hit our head several times on the rock structures. I’m just amazed by the rock formation as it’s a product of centuries of natural movement. We hit a balete tree and we were on our next rope structure, The Sapot.
The Sapot was among the key structures here as it brings you in one of the highest point in the area and gives you an overlooking view of the mountain ranges that surrounds you. It feels jittery at the start but gets fun once you get the hang of it. You could just stay in the area for hours admiring the scenic attractions around you while being whisked by the cool breeze.
One by one, we were able to enter the sapot and it was a really nice place to relax. We spent so much time here appreciating the views and taking a lot of photos. That’s the beauty when the bookings are spaced you get to take your time in each attractions.
There were also several nice spots in these areas. There’s a ridge part which you can visit via a small hanging bridge. It’s a bit scary but the view is worth it. There’s the hanging bridge and there’s the view under the sapot.
The sapot area was just around the first kilometer of our 4 kilometer plus adventure. You’ll love the slow place of this journey as you get to admire the place even more. We crossed the hanging bridge and went on downwards.
We got a mix of the rock formations, the rich vegetation and even natural compost pits. We entered the Tagpuan area which had also had a duyan where you can chill. There was a plantation that had different fruits from langka, pineapple, etc. Our guide Ruben would also add some trivia on the place as he’s been in the place even before there were structured trails.
The downward part was a chance to recover. The trail going to the duyan is another continuous climb. We entered a small cave which is the a common place where the monkeys in the area hang out. We shifted to the bridge heading to the large duyan.
The bridge had a pavilion in the middle before you climb another net structure for another overlooking view of the place. I was among the first to hit the place and I love the area. It was windy so it was a nice place to hang out.
You had another high vantage point to appreciate the surrounding views and it felt cool. You also get the idea that the rope structures gets tougher. It’s a bit intimidating but this time you are more equipped to go over the rope structures. It’s 100% safe but we were advised to be careful with our belongings as it can fall of the Duyan.
Looking down, you see a steep rope descent and one long duyan. It’s a bit scary especially how steep the descent would be. I went first again and after a while, it felt like routine. You had to just hang on the ropes and move downwards.
The Duyan is an really an awesome structure because of its length. Once you descend on it, you had ropes to hang on it while you move on the Duyan. You get to be more comfortable in moving around the duyan in time. It was really a great place to chill.
This is the life!!! You have a giant duyan where you can just relax, watch the birds and the clouds. Now to catch some sleep. If your afraid of heights though don’t look down but normally you just get used to be in a high elevation supported by just ropes.
You can really take your time here as the guests are spaced out well. This is among the highlights of the Georeserve. After a while, we went on the other side of the Duyan. I found it easier moving on the downward part since it was less shaky and you can walk while hanging on the side railings. You can even slide down if you want.
This was the last rope structure. We were on our way to Tatay, which is among the higher peaks of the Georeserve. The last part of the climb had us entering the Yungib ni Ruben. It was named from our guide, Ruben.
The cave was dimly lit. It gave you a feel of the dark cave but also gave you a chance to appreciate the stalactites, stalagmites and the other formations. It was nice to explore the caves and we even saw some birds at the darker part of the cave.
It was tough exploring the cave as you had to duck and bend at some points. The cave goes on upwards and eventually to the top of the climb called Tatay.
Tatay is another excellent view point to appreciate the rich Forrest reserve of Tanay area. This was also the end of the longer climb which started even before the Duyan. It’s just a visual delight to be on this spot. After this. we were headed to the next spot, which is Nanay.
I saw a small rock formation by the end of the cliff and asked our guide if I can go there. They allowed me but told me to be careful. I love the view since it gives you a rich green scene and the crazy bridge below. I am starting to think when I started going on this adrenaline-rushing risky moments. I guess, life is a crazy adventure or nothing at all.
Nanay was just nearby Tatay though as usual it involves the challenges of climbing and going through some rock formations. Nanay also had another overlooking view of the place. This is one of the reason that makes me appreciate the place as it gives you a lot of viewpoints to appreciate the rich Tanay mountain ranges.
We were on our way back and it was all downhill from here until that another hanging bridge. This bride is a crazy one as it gets shakier when more people are in the bridge. You just have to go forward and when you stop, you’ll feel how shaky it is. But I guess a photo at the bridge is more important than that shaky feel.
After the bridge, we went down where they have a receiving area for breakfast. We had some chicken sandwich and a really delicious fresh calamansi juice. After a short rest, we were on our way back to the reception area to return our helmets, sling bag, whistle and binoculars.
I really got to appreciate the concept of Masungi Georeserve. They give you a trail adventure that come with caves, rock formations and rope structures. It’s really nice that they put premium on the experience by spacing out their bookings for each group to enjoy the place. They are coming up with more structures and we even saw Ric (Lagusan ni Ric) constructing a new Bwaya rope structure. Masungi Georeserve gives you a better appreciation of nature, a fresher air and a great fitness activity.
If you want to try the Masungi Georeserve, you ma check out their website: http://www.masungigeoreserve.com/