I’m sure most of you have seen and heard Masungi through the famous photos of its rope trails, mountain views, and spider web nets. If you think you’ve seen it all, then think again! Masungi Georeserve has opened “The Legacy Trail” for those who seek a new experience.
Your favorite trip barkada was invited to try the trail first hand—so we did!
The journey to Masungi took about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Metro Manila. Our tip: Leave early in the morning to avoid the traffic, especially on the weekdays. Commuting there is possible, but driving or booking a package (with us hihi) is definitely more convenient.
The trail was fun and challenging. It took us around 90 minutes to ascend and only 45 minutes to come back down. Of course, the pace would still depend on the group you’re with. There’s no need to rush to get to the top. Once you’re there, you can take a breather while enjoying the magnificent view.
Our hike had four main segments.
1) The ‘warm-up’: To start, you’ll take a short 15 minute walk up a few stone steps and inclines. This is the best way to prepare your body for what’s next. You’ll encounter some interesting sights as the guides give you a short history lesson on the Georeserve. They’ll make you feel welcome and secure for the rest of the trail.
2) The uphill climb: This climb involves 400 steps! Yes, FOUR HUNDRED. That was not a typo. The steps are quite narrow and rocky, however you can slowly pace yourself and take breaks along the way. One of the rest stops involved a bench hanging over a cliff—with a net of course! The guides will continue to share interesting tales about Filipino culture and the land surrounding you. Not gonna spoil it for you guys so I’m going to leave the storytelling to the experts.
3) The fields: Once you reach the top, you are met with a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape and the sound of the wind rustling through the pine trees. This is where the tree planting will be held. As cheesy as it sounds, the activity made me realize that leaving behind a legacy doesn’t have to be grand, it can be as simple as planting a tree. It was a humbling experience to be part of rebuilding the land, no matter how small our effort may have been.
At the summit, a fresh lunch was prepared for us by the locals, consisting of scented water, pork, and rice. Tasty and fresh food while sitting on top of rolling grasslands! BLISS.
4) The descent: Going back to the starting point was easier and faster than the ascent. However, be careful as the steps can be slippery. Hold on tight to your walking sticks because they will make your life so much easier!
The trail is beginner friendly and a lot of fun. The ascent can be challenging, but you can always take some breaks. We also gained some insights from the interesting tidbits shared by our guides about Filipino culture and traditions. Would we recommend it? ABSOLUTELY YES. It’s 2 hours away from Manila and is the perfect day trip away from the stress of the city life. Go on and give it a try!
- Dress appropriately. Don’t wear shorts and a tank top like I did unless you like being bitten by bugs and scratched by the tall grass.
- Carry water, snacks, and some bug repellent. We initially put some at the start of our trek, but we found ourselves needing more later on!
Take you and your friends to experience this new trail, BOOK YOUR SLOTS HERE:
SEP 30: https://www.tripkada.com/trips/masungi-legacy-trail
OCT 13: https://www.tripkada.com/trips/masungi-legacy-trail-dad7d072-1294-4d37-bffb-5c6976fc3cce