3am Meet up at Shell McKinley Road, Makati
An early start to avoid traffic and to assure you make it to Mt. Pinatubo on time. The drive will take approx 2.5 hours. You will have one stop for a breakfast / coffee break.
6am Arrive at Pinatubo Town, Capas
Upon arrival, the coordinator will take charge of registration. You will attend a quick briefing and then transfer to a 4x4, which takes you across Crow Valley.
6.30am Depart for Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake
It’s going be a bumpy ride! The 4x4 trucks don’t have aircon or a seat belt but it is an exciting part of the adventure. You will traverse across scenery that looks like it came straight out of Jurassic Park with parched landscape, herds of cattle and the local Aeta riding carabao.
7.30am Begin the trek
After the 1 hour ride across Crows Valley, you reach the start of the trekking point. The hike is approximately 5.5km (2 hours walking). The terrain is relatively flat until the last 20 minutes when you reach the rim on the crater lake.
There is another hike that is easier but only available when the river bed is dry. The 4x4 will drive further up Crows Valley to a drop off point. Then you will walk for 20-30 minutes on a single trail to the crater lake.
9.30am First sighting of the crater lake
When you first see the crater lake, it will take your breath away. The view is simply spectacular. The first thing you notice is the turquoise water, which is surrounded by the vast jagged crater walls. You’ll head down to the lake to relax, enjoy the sunshine and take your early lunch with a view to admire. Unfortunately swimming is not permitted in the lake.
11am Begin the trek back down
You’ll begin your trek back down to the 4x4 then head back across Crows Valley.
1pm Arrive back at Sta Juliana
Once back, you may change and freshen up and depart for Manila once the group is ready.