Travel Guide to Mt. Pinatubo

It was last 1991, shortly weeks after I was born when Pinatubo became one of the most known volcanoes in the world. The eruption gave birth to what is now considered a top attraction in Central Luzon.

Pictures of its water varying from blue to green to brown depending on the season is what I always find inviting. Add to that the opportunity to walk or trek on lahar, a volcanic mud flow or debris. And lastly, to be up close with an active stratovolcano.

Together with some of my friends, and our brothers from Malaysia, Nazhrin and Jun, we went on a daytrip to Tarlac to see the beauty that is Mt. Pinatubo.

Hi there Pinatubo!
Hi there Pinatubo!

Together with some of my friends, and our brothers from Malaysia, Nazhrin and Jun, we went on a daytrip to Tarlac to see the beauty that is Mt. Pinatubo.

MrBratpacker Travel Guide to Pinatubo

Travel Guide to Pinatubo

After settling in all the necessary payments, and after avoiding fixers and group tour operators, we found our selves seated inside a not-so comfortable 4×4. The engine started, and that is when our journey to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo began. We swerved from left to right, having occasional stops whenever we see a view that is worth-taking some pictures. It was an off-road adventure like no other as we cross rough terrains and streams for about an hour.

MrBratpacker Travel Guide to Pinatubo

Our guide let us chose between having to walk for 5kms or 7kms to the crater, and after some deliberation and because we find 5kms to be short, we decided to take the latter.

MrBratpacker - Travel Guide to Pinatubo

MrBratpcker - Travel Guide to Pinatubo

We trekked on different trails from sandy to slippery to crossing a few streams, and after about an hour, we made it to the jump-off point.

The actual trek from the resting station to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo varies depending on your age. For senior citizens, it may take 20 or more minutes, and for the younger ones, it will only take you about 15 minutes, they say. The trek isn’t that hard actually, and can be recommended for those who haven’t had tried trekking before. No wonder why trekking to Mt. Pinatubo is becoming a hit to almost everyone.

Travel Guide to Pinatubo

At the top, you will be greeted by the jaw-dropping view of Mt. Pinatubo’s crater lake. There are several resting stations where you and your group can have your lunch. There is as well a viewing deck, perfect for those who want to take Panorama shots.

Travel Guide to Pinatubo

MrBratpacker - Travel Guide to Pinatubo

If you feel that that is not enough for you, there is a stair leading down to the lake. You can take that, and see the waters up close. Unfortunately, they didn’t allow us to do that during our time in Pinatubo.

Mt. Pinatubo is beautiful, no questions asked but it was just that for us, it was too short that it left us hanging and wanting for more.

Itinerary: 

0200 – 0230: Meetup at Victory Pasay
0230: Travel from Manila to Capas, Tarlac
0530: Registration
0600: 4×4 ride to jump off point
0730: Start trek
1000: Arrival at summit / Lunch
1200: Trek down
1400: ETA at jump off point / Wash up
1500: ETA Capas junction
1600: ETD for Cubao

Budget: 

Safe budget is around 1700 if you’re a group of 5.

180 php bus fare to Capas, Tarlac (Victory Liner Pasay)

300 php per trike (good for three)

500 php guide fee (for group of five)

450 php entrance fee (per person)

3000 php 4×4 ride (five pax only)

Travel tips:

Bring your own lunch and water as food at the top even the drinks are way too expensive.

Group of 5. ALWAYS!

Be early as you may have to wait for a much more longer time for your tour to start.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. jam says:

    hi, do you have a contact number of your guide in mt. pinatubo? or the tourism office?

    1. Kenneth says:

      Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the number of the tourism officers in Pinatubo.

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