Visited Jan 21, 2017 Saturday. Appointment time 730AM. Time of actual hike 830am to 1230pm.
I’m one of those people who was fairly intimidated by all the pictures of this place posted by bloggers online. Isn’t it scary to cross some steel wire ropes with God knows how high above with nothing to hold on to? Or that you have to ascend and descend a number of rope nets without a harness…but all that with a helmet so that at least was comforting. But everything looks fun and finally reservation was made and paid for like since April 2016. I’m not kidding it’s hard to get a slot on a weekend!
I’m not going to spoil the place for you. We all need that element of surprise anyway. I’ve come up wth a list of tips and some tricks to prepare you on your visit.
- Reserve as early as possible. They accept groups minimum of 7 to maximum of 14 person. Stop asking kung pwede ang 6! haha! Well pwede but you have to pay for the minimum number which is 7pax. Hindi pwede ang 15!!! I think that 10 is a good number. Kasyang kasya kayo sa Sapot for group picture without being too crowded. Rates: 1800 for weekend and 1500 for weekdays.
- Masungi Georeserve is located in Km 47, Marcos Highway Marikina-Infanta Road, Baras, Rizal. Just put that address in waze and you won’t get lost. Cellphone signal is scarce to almost none in the area so better load it up before you go.
- Their visit schedule starts as early as 530am with a 30 minutes interval per group. Last visit is at 130pm. 3-4 hours per group to complete the whole area, picture taking and rest stops included.
- Wear your most comfiest sporty attire. Dri fit shirt, leggings or shorts and closed hiking or rubber shoes.
- Bring sunblock, shades, cap, trail food and camera. They will provide you with a drawstring backpack to put your necessities plus 2 500 ml bottled water. You can bring your own bag if you prefer not to use theirs. Any other things you brought like change of clothes you can leave in the briefing area.
- There is a 7-10 minute walk from the parking area to the briefing area (Silungan). Consider that as your warm up.
- Their restrooms are clean and nice with almost complete amenities (there’s sunblock and insect repellant BUT walang mirror!). Be mindful that they can only be found at the start and end of your visit.
- The time of our visit was perfect. January weather is really the best. Sunny but breezy. Sadly hindi kinaya ng drone.
- Make sure all your gadgets even your shades have a strap attached. Because when it slips down, it may be gone forever.
- Sandwiches, banana and calamansi juice will be waiting for you at the end of your visit. After eating you may still hang out and rest at the hammock place beside it. You need to regain your strength going up the stairs back to Silungan or the briefing area where you will return the helmets and bags. They wash the helmets after every use.
- I handed my pocket camera to our park ranger Carlitos. 90% of my pictures were by him. Thank you Carlitos! A pocket camera is all you really need. Mine’s a Canon S90. If you have a Go Pro, That’s perfect for those wide angle shots.
- The park rangers were constantly updating their positions by radio. The 15 minute per group per site were mostly followed. You will feel that you’re the only people inside the park. For the above price per head, I’d say take all the pictures that you want. Yun lang if you take too long, the next group won’t have a choice but to close in on you. Photobombers alert haha!
I think that even the unfit or a 13 year old can do it (that’s their minimum age to join btw). The hike is actually fairly easy. The trail even the stairs are all cemented and well maintained. What slowed us down was of course the picture taking, as expected. No harness going down? Kapit na lang. Hands and feet nakakapit sa rope haha.