My brother gave me an idea to make some documentations of all my escaping-Metro-Manila trips and adventures. I am not really into blogging but I guess my experience to trek Mt. Pinatubo deserves my first ever travel blog 🙂
February 7, 2016 — My office friend and I woke up as early as 12:00 in the morning to prepare ourselves and pack our things. We left Metro Manila with the other group of hikers past 2:00 in the morning. It’s a non-hassle drive because we didn’t suffer any traffic jam since it is very early in a Sunday morning. We have our stop-over along NLEX to buy our packed lunch if we want. After two and a half hours from Metro Manila, we arrived at the Tourism Office, at the same time, the jump-off point at Brgy. Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac. After assigning our groups for the 4×4 ride to get us close to the mountain, we signed our waiver forms.
Around 6:00 in the morning, we rode our 4×4 jeepney. It’s bit of a thrilling ride. Tagtag buong katawan mo, grabe. But I had so much fun! 🙂 You can feel like you’re on a roller coaster ride. Each 4×4 land cruiser should only accommodate five people. That is why my friend and I got separated during the first fifteen-minute ride due to the number and groupings of guests, and for the sake of check-off point. But I still managed to join her group on the first stop-over of cruisers as advised by Ms. Hydee, out travel organizer. The 4×4 ride took us longer than an hour and the actual trekking begins.
The trek to Mt. Pinatubo will take you almost 2-3 hours before reaching the Crater Lake. You will experience a little river crossing, a lot of sandy and rocky terrains during the trek. It’s not a hard trail, actually. According to http://www.pinoymountaineer.com, I’ve read that its trail difficulty is only 2/9. First timers can flawlessly handle the trail. And also, assigned tour guiders are always there to help you in case you need assistance.
Upon reaching the Crate Lake, my legs felt like jelly aces after climbing almost a hundred of rocky and steep stairs, but still, I still felt awesome and amazed!
I recommend you to bring with you your tent, as much as possible. Because that is what my friend and I didn’t bother to do. Good thing we met a group of friends during the trek and they adopted us. It’s one of the cool things you will experience in travelling. You got to meet other people who have a heart for travel and befriend with them.
Expect a late lunch during this day hike. We ate our lunch past 2:00 in the afternoon upon reaching the town proper.
Finally, I can check out one of the bullets in my bucket list which is “to trek Mt. Pinatubo”. It is so overwhelming! I can agree with the KathNiel movie entitled “A Crazy Beautiful You”, it is indeed a BEAUTIFUL DISASTER. 🙂
Here are our other pictures:
I have no regrets to trust Ms. Hydee for assisting us with this trip. You can contact her at (+63) 9178645462 or search their Facebook page: Mt. Pinatubo Adventure Phils.
Go and see for yourself the Majestic Crater of Mt. Pinatubo. Enjoy!