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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Day trekking in Mount Pinatubo: All you need to know

Mt. Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano that erupted last 1991. During the explosion, it heaved everything with great force, buried the surrounding area with ashes, many lives perished, most locals lost their homes and even caused such change in the Earth's atmosphere and temperature! 
But all these are in the past and what now remains is the stunning landscape resulted from Mt. Pinatubo's wrath. By this time you may be wondering, what's with Mt. Pinatubo that attracts thousands of tourists? 
Well, here's the tea. Aside from the off-road adventure on a lahar terrain and an exciting trek, most visitors are attracted to the famous Crater Lake! Yes, Mt. Pinatubo has a crater filled with color-changing water depending on the season. It turns from blue green or jade to almost black because of the algae and lichens.  

Mt. Pinatubo is not just a volcano; it’s a reminder of a disastrous past but eventually turned out to be something beautiful. Ready to conquer and be astonished by Mt. Pinatubo's beauty? Continue reading so you'll have the right preparations! ;) 

How to get to Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake?

This infamous volcano is located 55 miles northwest of Manila which lies on the tripoint boundary of the provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. 
If you’re coming from Manila, make sure to leave early since the drive will take around 2 hours up to Sta. Juliana Tourism in Tarlac. From there, you’ll have to register and hop on a 4x4 ride up to the jump off point. With the scenic view of the lahar trail, most hikers tend to stop by for a quick photo.
Once you reached the jump off point at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo crater, you trek will begin! The travel time from the trailhead up to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo depends on your age. Usually, it takes 1.5 up to 2 hours for the younger ones and well, longer pace for the elderly.

At the top there’s a viewing deck area where you can feast your eyes with the remarkable view of the Crater Lake. You’ll also find a stair leading down to the lake to see it closer but you’re not allowed to touch the water!

At around 11:30 AM to 12 Noon, you’ll start to descend from the crater – Another 2 hours trek and 4x4 ride back to Mt. Pinatubo DENR.

While DIY-tours are very popular these days, it's still better to have your Mt. Pinatubo tour pre-booked so you'll have nothing else to worry about.

What to Expect

Trekking up to the Crater Lake of Mt. Pinatubo can be done in one day. It sure is an activity that’ll need your full physical strength but you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view of nature, and that’s really worth it, right?
During the 4x4 ride, the terrain will vary depending on the weather. When it’s sunny, it will be dusty while during rainy days, it’ll turn muddy and a bit harder to get pass through. Regardless, it’ll still give of an amazing view.
The trail itself is not that hard, in fact, all newbie hikers can try it. What only makes it difficult is due to local weather conditions as well.

Travel Tips

Of course, we want you to have an exciting experience which is why, aside from checking out the weather on your travel dates, make sure to note down our travel tips below:

What To Wear/ Bring:

·         Sturdy Footwear
·         Bring Personal Tumbler/ Water and light snacks
·         Put on sun block and hat/ heat protection
·         Extra clothes and Toiletries
·         Personal medication

Other Information:

·         This activity is not suitable for children, pregnant women, or any participant with heart conditions.
·         There are restrooms at the jump off point where you can take a bath after the hike.
·         The trek will take longer if you’ll have more stops for rest and take photos.
·         The last kilometer distance from the peak offers a rest stop and toilets.
·         No group leaves past 8 AM.
·         At 12 noon, everyone, including the park staffs are required to descend to avoid the risk of getting stranded and get caught of sudden afternoon showers.

Lastly, just like any destinations, listen do what your guide says and enjoy the whole experience!

We know you’re tired after all the 4x4 rides and hour long trek so, how does a mud pack treatment sounds? Book it here: Puning Hot Spring

Watch our exciting experience at Mt. Pinatubo!


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