Mt. Nagsasa, located between Mt. Cinco Picos and Mt. Balingkilat, is approximately 450 meters above sea level (MASL). Mt. Nagsasa is known for being a friendlier mountain than its two neighbors in terms of trek difficulty and distance to summit. The trail itself is easy; what makes the hike to Nagsasa Cove difficult is the heat as there is little shade along the way. So make sure to wear protection from the sun and bring adequate water. One of the highlights of the climb is the river crossing.
Mt. Nagsasa climbers will experience different kinds of trails to Nagsasa Cove: grass, earth, stone, and sand. Along the way, you will see panoramic mountain ranges, nearby coves, and the West Philippine Sea. The trail gets sandier closer to the beach and trudging through sand, with heavy luggage, while exposed to the hot sun is definitely exhausting, but upon reaching the beach, all aches and pains will be forgotten.
There are two options to reach Nagsasa Cove: by foot or by boat. We chose the former. You can read about our 3D2N Zambales trip here for the complete itinerary and expenses. Below, you will find other details and photos of our climb. Zambales has so much to offer: much, much more than can be portrayed in pictures and/or words.
Important: Before anything else, you might want to read the Leave No Trace Principles to familiarize yourself with the best practices of a responsible mountaineer.
Map & Details
Where: Zambales, PHL
When: January 2014
Duration: 1 day
Category: Minor climb
Route: San Antonio > Cawag Resettlement > Mt. Nagsasa > Nagsasa Cove > San Antonio
It took us less than 5 hours to trek from the Cawag Resettlement to Nagsasa Cove. We took our sweet, sweet time and stopped a lot on the way, so we were surprised when our guide, Kuya Osep, told us that we made good time. Whether he was just flattering us or not, one thing’s for sure, the hike was amazing.