Mount Pinatubo

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Mount Pinatubo
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Mount Pinatubo is an active stratovolcano in the Cabusilan Mountains on the island of Luzon, near the tri-point of the Philippine provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. Before the volcanic activities of 1991, its eruptive history was unknown to most people. It was heavily eroded, inconspicuous and obscured from view. It was covered with dense forest which supported a population of several thousand indigenous people, the Aetas, who fled to the mountains during the Spanish conquest of the Philippines.
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Eric R
Manila, Philippines90 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
I've been to Mt. Pinatubo back in 2013 and during THAT TIME, the 4x4 jeeps could take you right up the foot of the Volcano followed by a 15 min trek up the peak.
After the pandemic, being closed for more than a year, the trails for the 4x4 have become unpassable and thus you need to walk 6.5kms to the base of the volcano. This will take you a little over 1.5 hours to do (depending on your pace). Trail is full of sand, rocks, and occassional stream crossing (your shoes will get wet but the guide can place rocks to step on). The trail would be easy but getting a secure footing in some parts was tricky. There is also no coverage from the sun. Best to start at 5am.

Views were breath taking especially on the crater.

Some Tips:
1. Do not go during the rainy season. You're welcome.
2. 4x4 ride can last 30 to 45 mins one way. This gets very dusty in the afternoon. Bring a mask.
3. Wear shoes that has good grip and ok to get wet.
4. No water/food along the way, you need to carry this. You can buy at the peak but expect prices to be high (Php100 for 500ml of Gatorade as of June 2022).
5. For the ladies, there are bathrooms in 2 areas, at the base of the volcano and at the peak. Nowhere else during the 6.5km walk. For men, bathroom is everywhere.
6. Bring a hat or cover up. There is no shade during the trek. You can avoid the heat by starting early but coming back there is no escape from the sun.
7. Take pics, walk at your own pace. Enjoy!
Written 16 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KhanKluay
DUS1,291 contributions
Jan 2020
Hiking Mt Pinatubo was long ago on my bucket list - so glad it finally happened. After a thrilling Jeep ride to the starting point of the trail, a guide led us on our 1.5-2 hrs each way. The trail wasn't difficult nor ardous to hike. The views on top and lakeside of the crater, as well as the hike itself, are more than rewarding for everything.
Not-so-fun fact the other morning: Our friendly host and owner of Casa Hermogina informed us, that last night the Taal Volcano erupted - the very day 1 year after we hiked there.
Written 31 December 2020
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Melissa Wibisono
Brooklyn, NY48 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Fun stop 🛑 on our way to Indonesia from New York, easy hike - dusty that make it fun -er , husband loved and enjoyed the track. Not difficult but amazing view in the end. Paid off!!
Written 27 June 2020
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yusrizalizri
Malaysia45 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Took approximately one hour from Clark to registration area in Pinatubo. Then take 4x4 almost one more hour to reach mount Pinatubo. Hiking only 20minute to the crater. Breathtaking view up there. For those newcomers, please prepare balaclava or mask, because of dust.
Written 16 February 2020
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Kevin M
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Family
Active ash cloud warning today in Pampanga. Kids out of school and advisory to stay in doors for the day.
Written 12 January 2020
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Yvonne L
Toronto, Canada29 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The view is just as wonderful as other travellers have said but I am so disappointed with all the rubbish left by visitors and locals. Along the 5km hike my group picked up and filled 4 plastic bags full of rubbish. At the parking area for the 4x4 jeeps, it was a lot more rubbish of cigarette packets, engine oil bottles, sweet packets, cigarette buds etc. I urge all visitors and locals to pick up the rubbish when they visit. We have to do our part for the environment and preserve these natural spaces.
Written 3 January 2020
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ankyfire
Shanghai, China578 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
I did my trip solo, no help, and it was... challenging. In the end, I arrived at the road block and was told that you could only go there in the morning! (There’s an army base and it was a thing in April), so I ended up spending an evening and night at Alvin’s guesthouse. I booked a Jeep through him too, joining another group. At 6, jeeps took us to the base of the mountain. The ride was fantastic, super fun, but also dusty and I hope you don’t have motion sickness!
Pinatubo itself - easy, quick hike, but absolutely marvelous view! You can go down into the crater and actually touch the crater lake (no swimming tho!)
On the way back we had to wait because army exercises took place right there. Scary, but fun to watch.
OVERALL: absolutely worth it. Just look at the pictures!
Written 21 December 2019
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Jujang Jane
San Fernando La Union, Philippines20 contributions
Sep 2019
We first rode 4 x 4 car going to the entry point of our trek. Then seems an endless rocky road, but when you reach the top,It's all worth it.
Written 17 October 2019
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ironic9
3 contributions
Sep 2019
DO NOT GO ON WET SEASON!!! gaad we were out there 10 straight hours with the strong winds and rain pouring upon our bodies. Please bring raincoat !!!

also, the TRAIL IS HARD AF during wet season! gaad And we were not informed about the trek that will took us 7hrs to finish. the rocks are so sharp and everyone of us got wounded on the feet to the point that i need to ask the tour guide for first aid as my feet is bleeding already (i am wearing sandals, DONT WEAR SANDALS!) The fast flowing water with sharp rocks are very dangerous. It made some of my friend's shoes and sandals broken.

When we arrive at the crater, we have seen nothing but fog!!! it is totally not worth it going when it is raining.

Lastly, of all my travels, this has the most expensive bathroom fee (50 pesos)

we will never go back here ever!!! totally not worth it.
Written 8 September 2019
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Tipsydaisy
Hong Kong, China98 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
In the most unappealing time of the month, we were almost not allowed to start the trek so we waited for the Tourism office to make the decision. Luckily we made our original plan happen which is to trek towards the summer crater lake despite the rain-shine weather during that day. We signed waivers and list our names before starting this adventure ordeal. Before starting the trek we took a bumpy 4x4 jeep ride towards the starting point that took at least 1 and half hour, couldn’t remember coz we’re having so much fun. The road were muddy wet due to rain. It started as a simple trek not until the rain poured and we were left with no choice but to buy 150 pesos worth of literally make shift garbage bag like rain coats. ☑️bring raincoats next time! It could’ve been an easy trek if not for the rain and strong winds which made everything so hard like crossing strong river currents and rocky paths. ☑️beware of falling rocks during this season coz we saw some new ones along our way back home. It was seemingly a never ending trek of 2 hours, going down is shorter. You know you are near the crater lake summit when all you have to cross are water streams on rocky stair paths. It was like going up to a secret garden! At last we reached the summit and took some time to eat and rest☑️bring own food, so expensive up there! We hurried down because we’re afraid that the rain becomes heavy and we didn’t want to spend the night in the wilderness.

Written 15 August 2019
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