After months and months of studying for the broker’s exam, i am so happy it’s now over and beyond grateful for the results. It was the most tiring exam of my entire life that I thought ‘I need a breather!’. We took the exam last Feb 28 and the results came 5 days after (few hours before trekking Pinatubo!). I was feeling uneasy while waiting for the results that i was thinking twice about pushing through with this trek but thanks to Mr. Tee of TRIPinas, last minute finalization wasn’t a problem.
We got to the meeting area at 6AM and were welcomed by a 4×4 that will take us to a 1 hour long off road adventure. The ride was definitely exciting except for the dusty feeling you get after (but i guess its all part of the fun right!). The 4×4 will bring you to the jump off point where the 1.5 to 2 hour hike begins. Don’t worry, it’s nothing first time hikers can’t handle. There were even ice candy vendors along the way, selling buko pandan and ube macapuno! Yumm!
For those planning to trek Mt. Pinatubo (and you should! It’s another way of getting yourself to exercise especially if you’re like me who doesn’t take working out so seriously), here are my tips:
- Bring packed lunch and water. Though you’ll see vendors along the way, it’s really pricey!
- Bamboo sticks (P20) sold at the base camp are actually helpful especially when crossing streams. That or you can ask the guide to assist you so your shoes won’t get soaked.
- Unlike other mountains, you can play some music to make your trek more fun. Consider bringing speaker.
- Apply sun spray! Better safe than sorry. Some parts are sunny but mostly cloudly. (At least during the months i went – January and March)
- Bring mats where you can eat lunch picnic style.
- Enjoy! 🙂
Beautiful view of the crater. People used to go boating and swimming there but due to past incidents, they don’t allow this anymore.