Thanks to V.E.S Travel And Tours, I was finally able to check “trek Mt. Pinatubo” off my bucket list. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, we stayed overnight at V.E.S Food Resort and Villas. We were scheduled to leave the hotel by 5am and start making our way to the base camp by van. From there, a 4×4 land cruiser was waiting for us to take us to our off-road adventure across the rough terrain. The ride was definitely thrilling! I felt like a little kid riding a roller coaster, except I couldn’t open my mouth to shout because mud might splash on to my face and enter my mouth. (Forgive me but I’m not really curious how mud tastes. LOL!) According to our guide, the 4×4 ride used to be longer than an hour and the actual trekking only took 20-30 minutes. But because of Typhoon Ondoy and the damage it caused, 4x4s can no longer go further down the terrain. Tourists/visitors now have to walk by foot for around 2-3 hours (7km) to get to active volcano’s crater. I admit it’s a bit tiring but made so much fun by the right company and a little bit of music. We passed through sandy, slippery and rocky terrain and even crossed a few streams, but they’re nothing first-timers like me can’t handle. Plus, once I reached the crater and the lake, all the almost-but-not-quite accidents I made along the way were worth it. Take a look at my photos below and see for yourself!
For those of you who are planning to trek Mt. Pinatubo as well, here are my tips:
1. Ber months to February is the best time to schedule your tour because the weather isn’t scorching hot yet.
2. The bamboo sticks/hiking staff being sold at the base camp are actually helpful.
3. Bring food and drinks with you. You’ll see a few vendors selling drinks and cup noodles 1-2km away from the crater and at the crater area as well but prices are waaaaay to high.
4. Speakers with some rocking music blasting from your backpack is a good way to keep everyone’s spirits alive.
5. Wear trekking shoes. If you don’t have any, wear shoes that are okay to get wet. I wore Native shoes which are waterproof but because they have holes in them, sand and little rocks kept getting inside my shoes.
6. Bring a towel and extra set of clothes.
7. Arrange your tour with V.E.S. Travel and Tours!
Topshop cropped top | Forever 21 shorts | Giordano Concepts plaid shirt | Native shoes