I can’t believe almost a year has passed since I got to see this beauty up close.
Mount Pinatubo is a literal example of the saying “from destruction, comes beauty.” Although the eruption in 1991 may have caused devastation, Mount Pinatubo has managed to emerge as one of the most scenic places in the country. We started our trek quite early while it was still very sunny out, got to the peak by the time the dark clouds were coming in and trekked back as the rain was pouring down. The whole thing took about 6-7 hours total!
From the base, it took about 3-4 hours then trekking back down took about 2 hours (not including the 45 minute ride in the 4×4). It may have been tiring getting to the peak but trekking back to the base was more challenging because it started to rain quite hard and all the rocks became slippery. It was a great experience overall though and one that I would recommend to both tourists and locals!
1. Wear comfortable trekking shoes. – People may recommend tennis shoes or rubber shoes but the guides will recommend you wear trekking sandals or even just slippers as you will be crossing a very wet and rocky terrain during certain points of the trek.
2. Go with a fun group. – The 2-3 hours of trekking can be tiring so it’s best you have people with you that are up for it, no body likes a Debbie Downer!
3. Pick up a long, sturdy stick along the way as this will help ease the weight you put on your legs during the trek. (You don’t need to buy one as you will see many along the way)
4. Don’t forget to bring food with you. (And maybe some for dogs too – we saw 2 strays who are known to be friendly to tourists and hang around there just waiting to be fed. We were a big group and had enough food to spare so a bunch of us gave our sandwiches to the dogs) Food is available by the crater but it’s only things like cup noodles and Gatorade, both of which are severely overpriced.
5. Be careful and alert. The area is not accessible for cars / jeeps / or even helicopters so should you get hurt, you will have to be carried back (3-4 hours) before you can seek medical attention.
It’s best not to bring too many things as the trek will take about 2-3 hours and you can easily tire yourself out by carrying such a heavy back pack. My suggestion would be to pack light and only bring the essentials.
What to Bring:
1. Sun block
2. A cap / hat
4. Sandwiches (for lunch at the peak)
5. Energy Bars (in case you get hungry during the hike)
6. Lots of water!!!
7. Towel + Extra Clothes (including underwear!)
Although boating (Php 350/person) and swimming are no longer allowed at the peak, the view is definitely worth the trek that leads up to it!
4×4 Car (5 passengers) – Php 3,000.00 / 5 = Php 600.00
Tourist Guide – Php 500.00 / 5 = Php 100.00
Conservation Fee = Php 500.00 per person
Aeta Passway Fee = Php 150.00 per person
Total = Php 1, 350.00 per person
We booked our tour through Mr. Wendell Mercado, who was very easy to communicate with and answered all the questions we had before the actual trek.