Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake
Duration: ~10-12 hours
Budget: ~Php2,000 (Budget is only for rental of 4×4 vehicles and food, additional cost for transportation fee may apply)
Bummers: unfit body for trekking, extreme heat, scared of cows
Mt. Pinatubo is no longer a scary place. It is now a popular destination after many years since its eruption..
Mt. Pinatubo has once caused wreckage and havoc to many residents of Central Luzon. Growing up in Tarlac, I was part of the population that was largely affected by its massive eruption. I could still remember that no matter how young I was back then, I was so scared of it. I even saw its pyroclastic cloud and could still remember clearly how it looks during its eruption. Earthquakes, ash fall, and lahar flow are three of the things experienced by most people in the affected areas.
However, after two decades, Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption has provided an opportunity to nearby villages to earn money. Mt. Pinatubo trek is now a very popular activity that many people enjoy doing. Moreover, volcanic ash spa is also widely known due to the supposed health benefits that it provides to people who get one.
Me and a few of my friends decided to take a trek to Mt. Pinatubo. We hired two 4×4 off-road vehicles from Pinatubo Spa Town in Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac to take us to the drop-off point where we can start trekking.
Mt. Pinatubo has several drop-off points where hikers can start trekking. You can choose from the 2-hour hard trek, the 1-hour medium trek, and the last drop-off point which takes 15-20 minutes as they say. With the last drop-off point, you have no other choice but to trek to reach the crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo.
We chose the 1-hour trek so that it is not so near yet not so far. We started walking on dirt road and what should be a 1-hour trek turned into a 2-hour trek. Lol. We were so slow. Sorry for my baby steps.
We even saw a few angry cows on the road. Though they seemed pretty mad, they did not let the chance for a photo op just pass by. I thought they were gonna attack us!
When we entered the last drop-off point to Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake, the trek became tougher. It is no longer a dirt road that we walk on by but a narrow path filled with stones, boulders, and flowing water.
And finally, we were near the crater.
The top of Mt. Pinatubo is such a sight to see. This makes all the difficulties during the trek go away and you forget for a while that you need to trek back down again. Also, I felt all the pain in the morning. But it was really, really fun! I’m glad I did it.
I conquered my fear of Mt. Pinatubo by conquering the trek to its top.
Here are the awesome people I’ve trekked with to Mt. Pinatubo.
Fearless hikers take a swim in the lake. Some even kayak. Lots of tourists visit this place especially during summer. During the rainy season, trekking Mt. Pinatubo is prohibited because it is dangerous to climb up.
Also, talking loudly or shouting in the crater lake is prohibited because the ruins of its eruption might collapse. I am not sure if our guide was just kidding.
When you decide to trek Mt. Pinatubo, make sure that you bring your own drinking water and I recommend that you bring your own packed lunch like we did. It can save you a lot of money instead of buying from the stores there right before the climb. Also, don’t forget to wear sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, and a pair of comfortable hiking shoes. If you are going to swim in the crater lake, bring extra clothes and towel.
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