Elevation: 660 masl
Difficulty Level: 4/9
Specs: Minor Climb, Trail Class Level 2, Rock Scrambling
This is my first blog post about my mountaineering experience but this was actually my 16th summited mountain in the Philipppines.
I was convinced to join my friend’s event on this climb after seeing the photo of Nagpatong Rock.
The group met in Farmers. We left Quezon City by 2am and reached Tanay, Rizal by 3am. It was a rainy morning. Registration has been made and orientation was done by our local guides. By almost 4am, we left the jump off site and start to trek even if it rains.
The trail is muddy as expected because of the non stop rain. Raincoats and headlights became very useful since it’s still dark at that time.
The trail has a lot of ascend and descend. It might be recommended for beginners if only the weather is fine and the trail is dry. A 2-3hrs trek is estimated for hikers to reach the summit. Masungki near its summit has a billboard which is now getting popular to the mountaineering community. It offers a scenic view of the Sierra Madre mountains.
When you reach Nagpatong Rock, a wooden ladder will be utilize and with the help of rope to climb. Guides will help you out especially when using the rope.
Below is sample itinerary for Masungki and Nagpatong Rock day hike.
2:00 am – Assembly at Cubao
2:30 am – ETD
3:30 am – ETA in Brgy. Cuyambay including registration and guide orientation
4:00 am – Start trek; Breakfast on trail.
7:00 am – ETA Summit Mt. Masungki
8:00 am – Descend to Nagpatong Rock
10:00 am – Nagpatong Rock Photo Ops
11:00 am – Descend to Jump Off
12:00 nn – ETA Jump off, wash up, lunch.
2:00 pm – ETD to Cubao
4:00 pm – ETA Cubao.
Hikers may opt to visit Tungtong Falls for estimated 3hrs trek back and forth after Nagpatong Rock and arrival at the jump off.
What to Bring?
– 2L of water / ion-rich drinks for hydration
– sunprotection gears (armsleeve etc.)
– trail foods (chocolates, nuts, banana)
– extra clothes and shoes/sandals
– packed breakfast
– wash up things (soap, shampoo etc.)
It is better if you bring a pair of gloves as these will be very helpful when reach the rocky portion of Masungki and climbing the Nagpatong Rock.
– Echo (www.byahecho.com)