I should have sensed what I was going into when we were walking from the parking area to the briefing area or Silungan as they call it. The hike takes 3-4 hours. In our case, it took us 3.5 hours.
The hike in Masuingi is like doing Stairmaster 5000 for 3.5 hours straight. Most of us do regular workouts, but we are not athletes. The terrain is not challenging since there are paved steps along the way. That is why this is a popular hike for beginners. As Miley Cyrus puts it, it’s THE CLIMB that made us all pant like crazy.
As of the last update, the fee is 1,800 per person. Booking is only done through their website and it takes at least 6 months to grab a weekend slot.
Bringing water is a must. I recommend bringing Kleen Kanteen or something similar to keep your water cold. On average, we needed 500ml – 1 liter of water per person. Once you climb the first peak, the view is just breathtaking.
Aside from energy, bring lots of guts too. I never knew I was afraid of heights until I was just hanging around the mountains with only cables and ropes to support my weight.
Scheduling a hike in Masungi is very tricky. Most of my friends were game when I booked it. As the reserved date came sooner and sooner, people started to cancel one by one. Good thing I had cousins and cool adventurous people to join us!
The snack at the end of the hike was such a treat. We wiped out the whole platter of sandwiches and devoured all the bananas.
Masungi surprised us by allowing us to try their newest bridge. The SAWA.
They are currently in the works of developing a night hike. Excited for that! We were not able to climb the last peak since we are already beyond exhausted. If we had enough energy, i’m sure we finished this hike like a boss. Kudos to those who made Masungi. Aside from having a great adventure, we learned so many things about the environment, the local forests and what Masungi Georeserve really stands for. Thankful to finally cross this off my list!