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. Below, you will find the details and some photos of our climb. Zambales has so much to offer: much, much more than can be portrayed in pictures and/or words.
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Where: Mt. Nagsasa, Zambales, PHL
Entry point: Cawag Resettlement, Subic, Zambales
Exit point: San Antonio, Zambales
Duration: 1 day
Category: Minor climb
Route: Cawag Resettlement > Mt. Nagsasa > Nagsasa Cove > San Antonio
Hiking Mt. Nagsasa was only part of our 3D2N Zambales trip. The expenses for the climb were tied in with our stay at Nagsasa Cove. As a group of 8, our hike and overnight stay at the cove was around ₱6800; so that’s approximately ₱850 per person. Check out the complete itinerary and breakdown of expenses here.
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.