My friend, what will you do for a friend who’s down because of a recent break-up? Well, cheer them up! Since my friend Marie wanted to trek at Mt. Pinatubo, I arranged for it together with 7 of my friends making a total of 8 in a group. And so I thought…
We moved the date of our trip because of Typhoon. B wanted to move it again on another day since he’s suffering from flu for a week and not feeling better. I told him to rest instead and not join us. I’ve heard that trekking Pinatubo is not a walk in the park (haha). With a broken heart, he agreed to it and wish us safety. I have to tell this to our agency, Trekking Pinatubo, and to our friends because our fee will increase from Php 2,425 to Php 2,750. Hay!
IT’S A GO!!!
Karen of Trekking Pinatubo said our pick-up time will be at 3:30 A.M. I told my friends that we will meet on our pick-up point at 3:00 A.M. Hehehe! I really set the time 30 minutes earlier for us not to be late. The travel agency said we need to be early as it gets crowded in the park on weekends. My friends were very obedient and were early. As for me, I was HONDA (short cut for “on-the-dot”) 😀
Roger was our driver and was very friendly and informative. While on our way to Capas, Tarlac; he oriented us on what to expect on the trip. He also gave us waivers to sign so that he can immediately forward it to the Tourism Office at Mt. Pinatubo Park and our group can go first.
Everything went smoothly! We were all excited as our 4×4 jeep arrived. Since we are 7 in the group, they got 2 trucks for us – one jeep can accomodate maximum of 4 travellers. And off we go to the trekking area.
From afar, you thought you will go through flat terrains. Wait till you get closer:
You will also pass by lots of rocky streams
It was a long and bumpy trip. But the scenery will amaze you.
After a few minutes, the driver of our jeep stopped for us to have an opportunity to take picture of the scenery.
Along the way, we saw cows, carabaos & Aetas travelling by foot. I can just imagine our Aeta friends’ hardship as they go through travelling without the luxury of any motorized vehicle which lend me to think of how I can help them in the future.
After our photo-op, we rode our 4×4 and continued our travel going to the starting point of our trekking.
And so our walking begins. You will awe by what nature had carved out of its destruction.
Even though the sun was shining, we did not feel the heat because of the cool breeze. January is indeed the best month to go here.
There were signage every 2 kilometers indicating your achievement & how close you are from the finish line. Small huts were built for adventurers to rest for a bit with Aetas selling refreshments. Don’t expect that the price of their drinks were comparable to supermarket or sari-sari store. All of it costs Php 100. And for the love of mandkind, don’t haggle! Just imagine they walk kilometers barefooted just to buy drinks downtown and carry it to the mountains to sell it. Buying their drinks is a small way for you to help our Aeta friends.
Aldem, our guide, was very helpful. He assited us and lend a helping hand whenever we cross a steep slope or slippery streams. He was also patient in waiting for us but kept on reminding us that the longer we rest, the longer our trip will be.
After a few hours, we saw this one indicating that we are near!
The last few meters of our trekking was the hardest for me because the path was smaller, the slopes are higher and slippery.
After the stone stairs, you will be welcomed by this signage & scenery:
The hours of hardship we endured disappeared upon seeing the crater:
This is the longest post I’ve done with pics. I’ll post another one to finish off my Mt. Pinatubo tale.