Nagpatong Rock Formation is located in Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal, Philippines. It is approximately 560 MASL and offers one of the best 360° view from the top in Tanay. It is now fast becoming a favorite destination for weekend getaway with friends and family members a like.
What’s in the name?
This limestone rock formation got its name because it looks like each layer are stacked on top of the other forming a towering formation. Nagpatong consists of two rock towers facing each other. The most photograph area is the one shown above.
After trekking and hiking along the wooded paths, you will reach the base camp where each hiker are waiting for their turn to climb. You will ascend through wood ladders hanging just on the side of the rock formation. Go up slowly and safely.
Top of the World?
Once on top, you will be greeted by a marvelous panoramic view. You can see the surroundings covered by verdant trees. If only they can catch you and make you bounce on top of them, it’s too good to jump. Unfortunately, you can’t do just that. Aside from the green scenery, Nagpatong has the best spot to view either sunrise or sunset.
Going down is trickier compared to getting up the rock formation. It involves holding and entrusting your life on a rope to get past the cliff. You can’t go on the same initial route because there are so many hikers waiting in line. You have to take on the other side to avoid bottleneck.
Mt. Masungki Traverse
After scaling the rock formation, you can also climb Mt. Masungki, a few hours walk nearby Nagpatong. Towering at 660 MASL, technically it is only a hill.
The trail to the top is not a piece of cake and a walk in the park. It involves climbing on steep hillside and a portion of rock climbing especially when nearing the summit. Take great precaution.
Views from the top of Mt. Masungki are amazing. It offers another panoramic view of Tanay. You will instantly be energized by the magnificent picturesque scene.
Rest if you must!
But don’t quit!
How to Get There?
- Public TransportFrom Cubao, take a jeep going to Cogeo Gate 2. Ask for the terminal going to Sampaloc (the first trip is at 5am) and proceed there and take a jeep. Fare costs PhP50 and the trip takes more than an hour. Tell the driver to drop you off at Brgy. Cuyambay. From here take the tricycle going to Barangay Hall (PhP10 fare). After registering, you can take a tricycle or habal-habal going to drop-off point (PhP40 fare).
- PrivateTake the Marcos Highway or Sumulong Highway route going to Masinag. From Masinag, take the road going to Cogeo and take the Marikina-Infanta Highway going to Sampaloc. Head over to Cuyambay Barangay Hall first for registration. Then you can proceed to the jump-off point.
Not for the faint-hearted
Nagpatong Rock Formation and Mt. Masungki is not for the faint-hearted, risky but it is worth an adventure a few hours away from Metro Manila.
- Guide is required. You need to register at Barangay Cuyambay Barangay Hall.
- Trekking to catch sunrise? Depart Manila by 01:30 AM.
- Jump-off point to Nagpatong rock is at least one (1) hour of trekking.
- Nagpatong Rock to Mount Masungki Summit is at least 2 hours.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands from the rocks. However, make sure the gloves won’t interfere with your grip.