Mt. Pinatubo: Weekend Escapade

Mt. Pinatubo

The volcano’s eruption on  June 15th 1991 was truly a nightmare; it caused several earthquakes which resulted in the collapse of summit and the creation of caldera. It was a nightmare that surprisingly left us a beautiful crater lake.

For this trip, we had a package deal from Majestic Mount Pinatubo which costs Php 1900/person. Foods, snacks and van rental are excluded but they have a public van from Manila going to Tarlac and vice-versa. The 4×4 ride made it quite pricey.4x4 ride

rocky road Trekking Mt. Pinatubo doesn’t necessarily need to camp out since it was just a 2 hours trek, excluding the 1.5hr 4×4 ride. Expect the trail to be bumpy because it was badly damaged by the eruption and sometimes you have to cross rivers so it’s better to wear a wettable shoes.

crater lake

Reaching the crater lake will make you see the worth of all your effort and sweat. Though swimming in to the lake has been prohibited since 2013, the breathtaking view of the crater lake will leave you in awe. The surrounding is really wonderful and peaceful!

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We were lucky enough that the weather is nice and cool during our trek. 🙂

Mt. Batulao: Traverse Day Hike

 

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao is located at Nasugbu, Batangas and is 811 meters above sea level. The accessibility, the 360 degrees breathtaking view of Batangas and the amazing landscape of the mountain makes it one of the perfect getaway from city. It is also one of the top mountains for beginners.

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Mt. Batulao have two trails, the Old and New trail, which gives you an option on which trail to take first. Our group took New to Old trail which I think is easier than the other way around because if you took Old trail first, you have to climb through boulders.

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We may have encountered challenges such as muddy trails, leg cramps, steep slopes and long walks under the scorching heat of the sun but overall, everything went good because the trail is so easy that you won’t get lost. I suggest to buy a bamboo stick for Php 10 as your trekking pole if the trail is muddy, it will make your trekking easier!

We immediately ordered Halo-Halo upon reaching the summit. Yes! they sell Halo-Halo at the top of the mountain! Something to enjoy while resting after a long walk. 🙂

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The usual group photo and photo ops when you reached the summit 😛

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So here’s the part where we have to rappel down via Old trail. Some locals just ran on it like a ninja while we struggle our way down! Unbelievable!

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After rappelling down, we had another long walk going back to registration area. That’s all for Mt. Batulao! Personally, this is my easiest day hike and I like it there because they sell Halo-Halo. Haha!

Mt. Pulag: Ambangeg Trail

Last March 28 and 29 of 2015 – We climbed the second highest mountain in Philippines, Mt. Pulag! Special mention goes to Anver from Sunburn Tours for guiding us very well; such a funny and humble person.

We hiked the mountain via Ambangeg Trail, to which I’d say the difficulty is moderate. It is highly recommended to do some warm-up exercises or practice hike like what I did at Mt. Pico De Loro, before the climb especially if you will start from Ranger Station because it takes an average of four hours to hike up to the summit. You wouldn’t want to be left out, Haha!

Below was our 2 days itinerary:

Day 0 (Friday)

09:30pm: Assembly time in Victory Liner Cubao

10:00pm: Departure from Manila to Baguio City via Victory Liner

Day 1 (Saturday)

05:00am: Arrival in Baguio City, proceeded to rented jeepney.

06:00am: Stopover, breakfast.

09:00am: ETA DENR Pulag (Orientation & Registration)

11:00am: ETA Ranger Station and ate some heavy lunch.

12:00nn: Started trek leading to campsite.

04:00pm: ETA Camp 2. Set up tent and prepared dinner.

07:00pm: Dinner at campsite; social time.

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Strawberry Taho of Baguio

Day 2 (Sunday)

03:30am: Wake up call

04:00am: Started trek to summit

05:30am: Time at summit

06:30am: Headed back to camp

07:30am: Breakfast

08:30am: Started descent

11:00pm: Back at Ranger Station, grabbed some lunch, showered

01:00pm: ETD Ranger Station

02:00pm: ETA DENR (check out)

05:00pm: ETA Baguio City (early dinner)

07:00pm: ETD Baguio City

12:00am: Back in Manila

I really felt so weak but when we reached the summit, that feeling seemingly went away as I immediately took my phone out to take photos. It was like I forgot how weak I was prior to reaching the summit. 😛

Mt. Pulag

Sunrise at summit
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The Sky <3
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Team Breezy 🙂

Mt. Pulag

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Stop over at Ambuklad Bokod

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Thank God for creating such a beautiful scenery! Everything was worth it!