Rugged Beauty ι Mt. Pinatubo
It has been years since the volcano erupted but you can still see its aftermath. This is the reason why tourists, both local and foreigners, keep pouring in.
If you are up for an adventure, the trek to Mt. Pinatubo is for you. Otherwise, you will not be able to withstand it.
From Manila, take a Dagupan-bound bus and alight at Capas, Tarlac. The Capas Trail is the easiest route. From there, your 4×4 jeep will take you to Sta. Juliana, where you will be registered. From Santa Juliana, you will be taken on a wild, bumpy ride across the dusty expanse of Crow Valley to a campsite. The ride will last for about two hours and the trek is another one hour for amateur trekkers.
Hiring a guide is mandatory. Trekkers are not allowed to go ahead with the trek without them. They know the current safest route to take while trekking. It is very hot during the summer months since the ashes are reflecting the rays of the sun so bring sun block lotions and proper climbing gears (caps and strap sandals are advised).
Make the trek early morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the noon heat. During the rainy season, roughly from June to about October, climbing is forbidden as the volcanic debris on its slopes and in river channels become deadly avalanches. Bring lots of bottled water.
After the exhilarating trek, the cool water of the lake will be refreshing on your skin. (But be warned, the water can dry your hair.) The swim will somehow recharge you for the trek back.
Going to Mt. Pinatubo is a breathtaking experience, literally and figuratively speaking. If you yearn for an adventure, go to Mt. Pinatubo while you’re still young. You’ll regret it if you don’t.
Bus fare (one way): Php 118 (ordinary), 185 (aircon)
Mr. Henry Espiritu
Php 4500 for the whole jeep
Maximum capacity- 6 persons
Ms. Jovi Balbiro
Php 1500 each person
Includes guide fee, packed lunch, registration fee, 4×4 rental
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