Mt. Pinatubo is regarded as one of the major mountaineering destination in the Philippines. Landscape covered in lahar and boulders, with valleys that serve as home to Aeta Tribesmen. The gem of Mt. Pinatubo is its crater lake, which lies at the end of a 2.5-hours trek. The color of the water changes from blue green to deep blue depending on the season.
You’ll see the amazing formations and landscapes that have been carved by the ash floods / lahar from the Mt Pinatubo eruption from the 90s. You’ll also be passing by a few creeks and streams. You’ll see some of them with a bronze color due to the high sulfur content. Though they are passable without getting wet, it is still recommended that you instead have footwear that can get soaked. One last steep uphill hike and you’ll find that the already beautiful journey you’ve taken, gets rewarded with a view that few can compare to.A day trip / leisure hike up Mt. Pinatubo to see and swim in it’s crater lake would usually start at around 3am, when you leave Manila.ITINERARY:
03:00 AM Pick-up at the Hotel then depart for
06:00 AM ETD Tourism Office to 4x4 jump-off point
(the 4x4’s noisily jangled through the makeshift roads towards the trail jump-off, splashing through shallow streams and sending off dust clouds in their wake.)
08:00 AM Start Trekking going to the Crater Lake
09:00 AM Should arrive at the Crater Lake
(Lake Pinatubo (Filipino: Lawa ng Pinatubo) is the summit crater lake of Mount Pinatubo formed after its climactic eruption on June 15, 1991. The lake is located near the boundaries
of Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales provinces in the Philippines and is the deepest lake in the country at 600 m (2,000 ft). It is about 90 km (56 mi) northwest of the capital city of Manila)
11:00 AM Start Descent
01:00 PM Trekking Point. Take shower, etc.
02:00 PM Back to Manila
05:00 PM ETA Manila