December 16, 2014 wanderpinoy 2Comment

Mt. Pinatubo’s cataclysmic eruption was considered one of the world’s most explosive eruptions in the twentieth century, which sent huge amounts of ash high into the sky and to its neighboring countries.There were thousands of evacuated families and about hundreds were killed during the event. Even though the eruption happened 23 years ago, the memory is still vivid in everyone’s mind.

Wander_Pinoy_PinatuboBackgroundMy friends and I were supposed to climb Mt Pulag, but something came up and we decided to do a day Trek in Mt. Pinatubo instead. My friend who just came from Dubai had our package tour arranged to us. Though you can also DIY, but since we are only four and if you are going to do the math, the expenses are most likely the same. Better yet, get a tour package. Also, it comes with full meals-free. No worries, less hassle.

crossing Lahar
crossing Lahar
4x4 Adventure Trail
4×4 Adventure Trail

The scenery on the way to the crater has a unique beauty:huge mountains of ash and sand which are entirely sculpted by erosion, and the overgrown greenery hold a certain allure that is compelling.

Panoramic View
This can become a raging river in an instant during rainy or stormy season
The perfect blue sky

Who would have thought such destruction can possibly leave a remarkable and exquisite landscapes. The truth is, it’s mind blowing. It feels like you’re not in the Philippines.
But when we reached to the crater my impression has changed. The view has turned into more of a park with cobblestone and landscaping. It’s no longer the georgic and unspoiled type of outdoor trekking adventure. But I truly understand their intention as it helps the tourists because the path going down the lake would be more exhausting without those stairs.


Beauty is paradoxical as an aesthetic judgement is always subjective

Let it Go in Pinatubo
Let it Go in Pinatubo

Overall it’s a must visit place in Luzon and worth the trip.

03:00 AM – 04:00 AM – Pick up in Manila
04:00 AM – 06:30 AM – Manila to Capas, Tarlac
06:30 AM – 07:00 AM – Briefing and Registration
07:00 AM – 07:30 AM – Depart to Jump-off via 4×4
07:30 AM – 08:30 AM – Arrival at Trekpoint
08:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Trek to the Crater
11:30 AM – 01:00 PM – lunch, relax and do your activities
01:00 PM – 03:00 PM – Descend from Crater
03:00 PM – 04:00 PM – 4×4 back to the Tourism office
04:00 PM – 05:00 PM – Wash up
05:00 PM – 08:00 PM – Capas, Tarlac to Manila

What to Bring?

  • Ball-pen
  • Sunscreen/Sunblock
  • Cap/Turban
  • Sunglasses
  • Medical Kit
  • Extra clothes
  • Raincoat/Umbrella
  • Facial Wipes
  • Face Mask
  • Toiletries 


  • Be smart and Pack Light.
  • Prepare yourself at least one week prior to the trek as it requires stamina.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you will get wet when crossing the rivers
  • Make a Trail Food – you may also want to share it with the Aetas.
  • Hydration is essential. Bring extra water or Gatorade
  • A walking stick for 20 Pesos is helpful.



  • Thanks for sharing this! I have always wondered about what beauty there could in Mt. Pinatubo after the catastrophe its eruption has caused years ago. But nature is sure the prettiest of them all.

    • Hi Elis,

      The scenery is quite amazing with ever changing paths. I hope you can visit the place one day and I am sure that you will have a great adventure.