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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Pinatubo: Budget, Itinerary and Essentials

See Also: Pinatubo: Beauty Born Out of Destruction

The trek to Pinatubo is relatively easy. The hard part was getting baked under the sun, while walking on a rocky trail!


We joined the Mt. Pinatubo public tour of TRIPinas, which costs P1,990 (US$44), inclusive of the following:
  • roundtrip van transfer (Manila-Tarlac-Manila) inclusive of toll fee and gas
  • 4x4 wheel drive to Mt. Pinatubo
  • local guide
  • all applicable fees
  • service of a tour coordinator
  • Certificate of Conquest of Mt. Pinatubo
This excludes trail food and meals. We picked up our packed lunch from McDonalds in Capas, Tarlac, where we had our early breakfast.

Total Budget:

P1,990 TRIPinas package
P   100 McDonald's breakfast
P   100 McDonald's packed lunch
P   200 miscellanous food (trail food, water, chips)
P2,390 TOTAL (approx. US$53)

Itinerary (Old Way)*

This is what TRIPinas provided:

0300 Assembly time. (McDonalds, EDSA corner Quezon Ave.)
0330 ETD Capas, Tarlac via NLEX
0500 ETA Capas, Tarlac. Breakfast and buy packed lunch 
0530 ETD Brgy. Sta. Juliana
0630 ETA Brgy. Sta. Juliana (base camp)
0645 Board 4×4 vehicles
0800 Start trekking
1030 ETA Mt. Pinatubo crater
1200 Start return trek
1430 Back to the 4x4s
1530 Back at base camp
1600 ETD Tarlac for Manila
1900 ETA Manila

*Please note that if you take the Skyway, it cuts your trekking time from 1h 45m (average) to only about 30 minutes. This incurs additional cost.


Water - The trek will drain you of fluids because of the heat. The trail is open, except on the last 30 minutes of the trek. I brought two 1.5L bottles, which was more than enough. Canned sodas cost P70 at the crater!


Pack - I brought my trusted 30L The North Face Bandwidth pack, where I put all my essentials.

Waist Pack - My 1.5L The North Face Granule waist pack housed my camera, iPhone, some trail food, and sunnies.

I have the maroon/red TNF Granule

Trekking Sandals - I used my The North Face trail running shoes, which was not a good idea because you have to cross several streams. Actually, a lot of them. So wear open sandals for trekking. Good thing I brought a pair of Havaianas -- it's hard to walk on rocks with soggy socks and wet shoes.

Light Clothes - It is important to wear light clothes or heat-dissipating apparel because you will literally get bake.d

Others - sunblock, sunnies, hat, change of clothes, camera

Optional - tent (to provide shade by the crater lake), bikini

See Also: Pinatubo: Beauty Born Out of Destruction


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thanks for sharing these helpful tips

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