I’m adding Mt. Pinatubo Trek in my Bucket List!
Mt. PInatubo is one of the most amazing places in the Philippines. It has one of the best craters in the world, located in Cabusilan Mountains of Zambales Mountain Range in Luzon. The owners of Mt. Pinatubo are the Aetas as mandated in 2010. They are an indigenous group who live in scattered mountains in the country. As part of the tour, it has been a great experiences to stop by the Aeta settlement according to fellow bloggers. Since January 2013, swimming has been prohibited in the crater.
Day trip packages are offered inclusive of transfer from Manila or Angeles City/Clark to the base camp via a comfortable air conditioned van. The trip starts with a 4×4 off-road adventure from the base camp to the jump-off where the trek begins with magnificent view of the largest lahar canyon in the world. There are two ways to getting to the crater. It has been suggested to take the old way going to the crater which includes a 2-hour trek going to the crater and through the new way for the return which cuts the trek to 30 minutes. Visitors get to enjoy breakfast by the shore of the Pinatubo crater lake of the blue-green water. For details of the TRIPinas Travel and Tour, check their website. I haven’t been there so I can’t share any personal advice but I shall when I have ticked this off my bucket list.
According to sources, here are tips on how you can prepare for the trip:
- Check the weather for safety. The trip can be postponed in case of bad weather.
- Pack light because the trail can be brutal for some.
- Love your skin so bring sunscreen and use a cap or a hat. It has been suggested to bring something to cover your hair and face especially during the 4×4 ride.
- Bring an extra pair of shoes because the terrain is rough and there are wet areas. Some have suggested to wear sandals (with socks) and bandages all over the areas of the feet that would have constant contact with the sandals.
- Hydrate to prevent a heat stroke. Bring at least 1.5 liters of water for the trek.
- Bring food to munch on and something you can share with the Aetas.
- Take your time and enjoy the trek.
- Leave no trace while trekking. Take nothing but pictures; Leave nothing but footprints; Kill nothing but time.
- Bring extra clothes and something to protect your face as the trip is dusty. Wear sunglasses.
- Always be alert and vigilant for falling rocks and snakes. It would be great to bring a whistle for safety.
- For the package: http://pinatubotours.blogspot.com/
- Views from a blogger: http://www.haringlakbay.com/post/mount-pinatubo/
- For the Photos: http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/2008/02/mt-pinatubo-hik.html
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