MASUNGI GEORESERVE: Just Like A Walk In The Park!

MASUNGI GEORESERVE: Just Like A Walk In The Park!

I've been wanting to visit this gem for a while now, so finally I was able to book a slot for our group! Booking Masungi Georeserve was a tough one since we had to book our slot 2 months prior our scheduled date! They also have a minimum of 7 pax to form a group, unless you're willing to pay for all 7 slots just for yourself, then go ahead! (Maximum of 14 pax in a group)


Preparing physically for this trek wasn't as vigorous as my other climbs, but doing a little cardio as training would help. As for preparing what to bring, just remember to pack light. 

What I wore:
- Dri-fit inner shirt
- Rainproof light jacket (I wore it for the pockets and the hood, it was drizzling in the morning)
- Light backpack with a 1L Camel Back water pouch
- Fingerless gloves (gym gloves)
- Leggings
- High socks
- New Balance trail shoes (really nice traction)
- small camera with wrist strap and a carabiner 

What I brought as extra (leave inside car):
- extra set of clothes
- towel
- slippers
- facial wash
- water

What I should have brought with me for the trail:

Everything I brought was my basic go-to hiking wear like my New Balance shoes which I have been wearing ever since my first hike three years ago; or my fingerless gloves which was really helpful when grabbing on to sharp rocks when you want support. 

One thing that we all misunderstood about the rules was that we thought we weren't allowed to bring snacks inside the park since everything was wrapped in its own packaging (which can be bad for the environment). So everyone got really hungry and tired just about an hour into the hike! Take note: BRING SNACKS and just keep the wrappers inside your bag!


  1. From Ortigas/Greenhills, head to C5 going to Libis/Katipunan. Exit on the right going to Bonny Serrano Ave service road. Then exit on the right to take Marcos Highway.
  2. Drive straight along Marcos Highway. It will take about 1 hour if no traffic, and 1.5 hours if semi-traffic since there are a lot of motorcycles popping out of nowhere so better to drive slower than usual.
  3. Marcos Highway driving distance is about 32 kms. You'll drive through Cogeo, Boso-Boso, Palo Alto before reaching Village Cottages (the one with the white picket fence). Village Cottages is your final landmark, then drive about 2 kms further to reach the park gate which has their logo displayed outside, with "KM 47" signage. (see pic below)

Upon reaching the gate, a park ranger will show you where to park your vehicle properly within their vicinity. They will also ask for your time slot, and let you know if you may enter since they let people in by batches. 

There will be a short walk going inside their ranger station where you'll start your briefing and restroom break before you start your hike! It's also a great way to start your day hike with a simple walk and a breath of fresh air. I swear, this was the freshest air I've inhaled for a long time now!

Not only their park and natural environment were maintained pristinely, but also their toilets were very clean! These toilets are even cleaner than what the malls have. Here at Masungi Georeserve, they're complete with bidet, tissue rolls, hand soap, insect repellent, lotion, and hand sanitizer! Really impressive!

After a few minutes of trekking, we were faced with this mini cargo net climb challenge. We got all excited to try it out and it was easy! Masungi Georeserve has 9 different attractions inside the park, but this little obstacle is not part of it. It's more like just a trial thing for what's to come ahead.

First Masungi Georeserve attraction, the Spider Web! Or what they call "SAPOT NI RIC". It was really bouncy and wobbly at first, and for those who are afraid of heights, just don't look at the sides! It was really great to breathe fresh air without any building or concrete wall blocking any side of the view!

They made a lot of bridges for Masungi Georeserve so if you're afraid of heights, just suck it up and go! The view, the scenery, the air, the adventure, everything --- all totally worth it! 

This was the first bridge we encountered right after the spider web. The view from up here was magnificent! 

Masungi Georeserve is also open for night trail guests. This area (see pic below) is where they grill their food and rest for a while. We were literally just hanging out while waiting for the others to come up. What a nice way to sit back and relax, not just sit on any rock, but on the hammocks made especially for this area!

A few more steps along the trail and next was this little gazebo suspended mid air with another bridge!
This was one of the cool parts of Masungi Georeserve since a lot of its attractions were at this one spot, all inter-connected. (1) Gazebo, (2) bridge, (3) short cargo net to climb up, (4) tube net to climb down, and then their famous (5) Duyan, the long hammock! (see pics below for consecutive visuals)

This was 1 of 2 highlights from this trek (second highlight later on); not just because of the beautiful scenery, but also the craft making and tying durable knots to support the weight of the trekkers and the different weather conditions! Imagine there have been thousands of guests coming in and out of the park who have already done this trek, and the ropes and knots still stood there strongly for more guests to come! Amazing!

 While up there, you'll be able to view their 2-3 summits called Tatay, Nanay, and Ditse (not sure if this was considered a summit). The whole hike has been amazing so far, and this was the time where I really appreciated the climb and how the whole place was very well-maintained. If "glamping" exists in the world of muddy and caveman-like camping, then this falls under the glamping category. The pathways are paved up, handles for you to hold on to, brushes for the sole of your shoes, hammocks and rest area everywhere! 

And of course, the final attraction before heading to our snack area --- BAYAWAK. And yes, there are snacks waiting for us after this very steep and high cargo net downward climb. It's called Bayawak, or lizard, because we had to climb down this almost 90-degree cargo net like a reptile.

I had to take every step really slowly but surely since I was already injured once before due to a rappelling accident, I didn't want anything to go wrong now specially this didn't require us any safety harness or something. At first, the height was overwhelming but once you take a few steps down, there's nothing stopping you because the only way out is to go downwards! 

Snacks provided by Masungi Georeserve were Bananas, Tuna spread with fresh green lettuce, and whole wheat bread. Refreshments were iced calamansi juice and water. It was enough to make us push for the last and final attraction of the whole trek, their famous SAWA, or python!

This is their newest addition to the park when visitors or handicapped guests want a rapid exit. This goes straight to the entrance where the Ranger station is located. 

When windy (this happened during our visit), the bridge can wobble which can get scary at first, but you just have to hold on to the rope on top of you for a more stable stance. I'd say the belly of the python is about 500 meters long where you can take your last photo ops before really exiting the park. But make sure your camera is strapped tightly around your body because if it falls, no one will be able to retrieve it for you.

Well, this sums up our Masungi Georeserve adventure! It was an amazing way to relax and get away from the city. I really enjoy the outdoors when city life gets too routine-y and busy. Getting away from the concrete jungle is a really scarce thing to do these days, but thanks to hiking spots a few hours away from Manila! 

Masungi Georeserve fee:
Php1,800/head for weekends
Php1,500/head for weekdays

Minimum of 7 pax, maximum of 14 pax per group.
You must first request for a visit before you can schedule your booking:

Until the next adventure!