Mount Pinatubo
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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  • HolgerG909
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates488 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    We booked a private tour through Filipino Travel and Tours. Pick up at our hotel in Clark at 4:45am, swap vehicles to a 4x4 at 6 am. Start hiking at 7:15 am and reach the crater lake at 8:30am. Very good local guide. Local vendors sell snacks and drinks at the lake. Overall a well organized trip.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • rommel620
    San Diego, California16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take Your Trash with You
    we showed up around 0530 at meeting place in Botolan. after checking in and all parties have showed up, we were briefed on the do’s and dont’s. we left a little past 0600 for a 2 hour 4x4 ride. the first 1 hour of the ride was not too bad especially you can see the sunrise in the horizon but the last hour was rough and dusty. after a couple of hours riding, we started a 1 1/2 hour hike. it’s an easy trail with minimum elevation and quite a few hikers that we encounter were just wearing crocs and sandals. when we reached the crater, the view was truly worth it and amazing. lots of people especially its the weekend. after taking pictures, resting and eating our snacks, we started to walk back. the 4x4 return ride was rougher compared to the morning ride due to high heat and extreme dust. this is a once in a lifetime experience so come prepared. bring water, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, mask(due to dusty ride) & food. just make sure that you take your trash with you. Some wannabee hikers that dont care about the environment, leave their trash up there.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 10, 2024
  • Gerald C
    Manila, Philippines10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent view
    Absolutely a must visit, the hike was not that easy but all worth it. The beautiful view of Mount Pinatubo will ease all the body pain. Your soul will really appreciate how beautiful this place is. So happy that I made it!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 21, 2024
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Crossroads T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This place was always on top of my bucket list. The trek was somehow challenging but all the efforts were paid off when you reach there. It’s a must visit place especially for those into nature trip.
Written March 26, 2024
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Gerald C
Manila, Philippines10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Absolutely a must visit, the hike was not that easy but all worth it. The beautiful view of Mount Pinatubo will ease all the body pain. Your soul will really appreciate how beautiful this place is. So happy that I made it!
Written March 21, 2024
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rommel620
San Diego, CA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
we showed up around 0530 at meeting place in Botolan. after checking in and all parties have showed up, we were briefed on the do’s and dont’s. we left a little past 0600 for a 2 hour 4x4 ride. the first 1 hour of the ride was not too bad especially you can see the sunrise in the horizon but the last hour was rough and dusty. after a couple of hours riding, we started a 1 1/2 hour hike. it’s an easy trail with minimum elevation and quite a few hikers that we encounter were just wearing crocs and sandals. when we reached the crater, the view was truly worth it and amazing. lots of people especially its the weekend. after taking pictures, resting and eating our snacks, we started to walk back. the 4x4 return ride was rougher compared to the morning ride due to high heat and extreme dust. this is a once in a lifetime experience so come prepared. bring water, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, mask(due to dusty ride) & food. just make sure that you take your trash with you. Some wannabee hikers that dont care about the environment, leave their trash up there.
Written March 10, 2024
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Alex G
Bataan Province, Philippines10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
The hike was definitely awesome. All the sweat and body aches were worth it upon seeing the amazing view of the beautiful disaster, Mt. Pinatubo. One from my bucket list and must try. Happy group we all enjoyed it.
Written November 8, 2023
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HolgerG909
Dubai, United Arab Emirates488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We booked a private tour through Filipino Travel and Tours.
Pick up at our hotel in Clark at 4:45am, swap vehicles to a 4x4 at 6 am. Start hiking at 7:15 am and reach the crater lake at 8:30am.
Very good local guide. Local vendors sell snacks and drinks at the lake. Overall a well organized trip.
Written November 1, 2023
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Eric R
Manila, Philippines91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 June 16, 2022
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KhanKluay
DUS1,337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 December 31, 2020
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Melissa Wibisono
Brooklyn, NY48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 June 27, 2020
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yusrizalizri
Malaysia48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 February 16, 2020
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Kevin M
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Active ash cloud warning today in Pampanga. Kids out of school and advisory to stay in doors for the day.
Written January 12, 2020
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