This was my first time to visit the Mt. Masungi Georeserve. It was amazing! My friends and I trekked up the mountain which took a about an hour and a half one way. Our time extended because of all the picture taking. We couldn’t help but take photos everywhere!
Mt. Masungi used to be in danger due to land grabbers but it is now protected by the DENR thanks to bloggers, journalists, outdoor enthusiasts and environmentalists. They made too much noise about saving the place to be ignored. Here’s a blurb from their site: “The georeserve is an area we have been protecting for over fifteen years now. Having to deal with a myriad of illegal loggers, quarries, and others, it has been a challenge, but ultimately a meaningful and fulfilling one. Today, we are excited to share our love for the place with you. We hope that you see something special in it like we did.”
Newly opened last December 2015, Mt. Masungi is meticulously maintained and it continues to be “beautified.” The georeserve also has strict rules.
- Absolutely zero trash (no food allowed except for things like trail mix or energy bars.)
- You have to wear head gear at all times unless you are taking a break or taking a picture.
- Only 15 people to a group/per guide as the max number.
- No walk-ins allowed.
- Reservations must be made and no refunds will be given unless you cancel three days in advance. (Friends who fail to wake up early enough to make the time slot will still have to pay for their reservation!)
- No stepping on unpaved areas (follow the yellow brick road type of thing.)
- They will give you 1 liter of water in the form of 2 500ml bottles, and a whistle for emergencies.
- Children below 13 cannot go although I wish they could because they would love it!
- No picking of leaves or flowers to bring home.
- No disturbing of animals by making boisterous noises.
A visit to this place will cost you 1,400/person but it comes with a snack, water and it’s worth every peso! It’s a relatively easy climb with lots of stops to rest, to enjoy the view and the creative elements of the park, like the hanging bridges, the spider web, and the gigantic hammock.
Address: Kilometer 45, Marcos Highway, Rizal Philippines