Our First Visit to Masungi Georeserve

For quite some time already, my friends and I have been wanting to visit Masungi Georeserve for a trek. We’ve read blogs about it, saw it circulating on social media, and was hooked with the advocacy of the place and the idea of hiking with gorgeous views around us (and, as a bonus, it’s a great bonding experience!) Finally, our schedules synced up and we booked slots (via Klook) to a Masungi tour and counted the days down ’til adventure. The agency that handled our tour was Tanlines Philippines and they did such a wonderful job. The tour included a round trip van ride to and from Makati and Masungi—which is the main reason why we booked a tour rather than go there ourselves.

On the morning of our hike, we woke up bright and early and made our way to the Tanlines PH HQ for breakfast and briefing. We also met up with the other people who would join us on the day’s tour.

Filipino breakfast courtesy of Tanlines PH.

After breakfast, we made our way to the van and headed for Masungi. The ride there took around two hours, which gave us time to catch up on some sleep (we did wake up at 4:30 AM, after all!) When we finally arrived at Masungi, we headed for the final briefing (and last bathroom break!) before starting our trek.

Before the hike when we’re all still so fresh and energetic, HAHA.

The whole group on today’s trek!

We were immediately faced with our first challenge. Our guide told us that this was the “training course” of the entire hike—he said it was the easiest climb we’ll see in the entire trail. I swallowed my fears and climbed up the rope. The feeling I got once I finished the climb was immediately satisfying. I wanted more.

Courtney and I smiling as if what we were doing was nothing, LOL.

After a couple of minutes, we finally reached the iconic Sapot. The view from the top of the web was amazing. Both the hike and the view made us breathless, hehe.

Do you see the spider on the left?

Braving the web to walk to the center.

Ta-da!

The trek awakened all our senses. (Cuz if you’re not paying attention, you might just fall or slip—and we were having none of that!)

These kinds of things—you just can’t see in the city.

Internally freaking out over the bridge swinging left and right, HAHA.

After around an hour’s worth of hiking, we arrived at the half-way point, the hanging house.

Behold, the half-way point!

Little group picture before we move on!

It was rewarding to know that we’ve made it that far. With a few bites of our protein bars and cereal bars and much-needed water break, we continued our trek.

Another quick group photo!

First one to climb down!

A photo with great computer desktop background potential, HAHA.

The highest peak of the trek called Tatay (“Father” in English.)

We were thankful that the weather while we hiked was great after many days of continuous rain. The sky was clear and blue, and the sun was smiling down on us while we hiked.

The longest rope bridge with handles for support.

Oh, you know, just chilling here with the girls.

There was so much to see during the hike. We never know what to expect next! After all the sights, climbing, and rope courses, we reached a cave area called “Yungib ni Ruben” that we had to pass through.

Candles glowing inside the dark and cool cave.

Another group ahead of our group.

The trail was calming and made us feel in-the-moment. It felt like a much-needed escape from our busy lives and served as a refreshing start to the new week.

Second highest peak called Nanay (“Mother” in English.)

A little accidental Mario-esque jump for making it to this point!

Gorgeous view filled with greenery.

The final climb down.

After hours of hiking around, we had a small snack as a reward and finally finished our trek.

The entire experience has been eye-opening for me. I faced a lot of my fears and conquered all of them in this trek. I felt strong and incredibly knowing that I started and finished strong. I can’t wait to go back in the future and challenge the trail again (or try their other trail!) In the meantime, I’m doing some research and planning on what we can do next. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment down below!

‘Til the next blog post,
Sophie

P.S. This blog post is not sponsored! If you’re interested in booking a tour/visiting Masungi, click on the links in this post. 🙂

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