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.
My 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.
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.
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
Overall it’s a must visit place in Luzon and worth the trip.
DAY TOUR ITINERARY
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?
- Medical Kit
- Extra clothes
- Facial Wipes
- Face Mask
- 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.