Mt. Pinatubo Travel Guide

Mt. Pinatubo Travel Guide

Mt. Pinatubo is a must trek; it reveals the real beauty of nature despite it’s disastrous history. The beauty that Mt. Pinatubo holds is so valuable because it uncovers it’s past. The crater lake is also so breathtaking that will always attract people to come.



An Active Volcano that erupted last 1991, Mt. Pinatubo is situated near Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga. Although it has been struck by disaster causing major changes in its landscape, it is the reason why it holds so much beauty. Aside from the changing colors of the crater, the ride going to the volcano provides you with stunning landscapes and views.

The Mt. Pinatubo tour can be done in one day. So if you are on a budget, you can save a lot of money and you can go back home or to Manila after the day trek. The trip involves a 4×4 ride to the lahar field with the amazing rock formations as your view. Then from the drop off point,  The trek will take around 3 to 4 hrs. You don’t need to worry because the place has restrooms, a hut, and they also have clean source of water near the crater.



1.)Take the Bus from Manila to Tarlac, McDonald, Capas or at the Public Market. Fare is around 200 and you can check the schedules that Victory Liner has.

2.) From Capas, you can get a tricycle or ride a jeepney going to Sta. Juliana Tourism, this costs around 150php per trike.

3.) From Sta. Juliana Tourism that’s where you can arrange the 4×4 ride at Sta Ana, register and settle with your group for a 4×4 ride. The ride will take an hour and will cost you around 3000 Php for 5 people.

4.) After the 4×4 ride, be prepared for the trek to the crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo.

NOTE: Sta. Juliana Tourism doesn’t allow anyone to go to crater lake beyond 10AM so make sure to wake up early!



2:30AM – Meet up at McDonald’s El Pueblo, Ortigas

3:00AM – Depart from Manila to Capas Public Market

6:00AM – Arrive at Sta. Juliana Tourism, DENR

6:30AM – Board 4×4 and ride to Mt. Pinatubo jump off point

8:00AM – Arrive at foot of Mt. Pinatubo Crater. Start of trek

10:00AM – Arrive at Mt. Pinatubo Crater. Lunch at own expense/ Packed Lunch

12:00NN – Start descent from crater

2:00PM – Arrival at 4×4 stop. Board 4×4

3:30PM – Arrive at Mt. Pinatubo DENR. Wash up

5:00PM – Depart for Manila

8:30PM – Arrive at McDonald’s El Pueblo, Ortigas


NOTE: There is a change in color of the lake at certain times and seasons. It turns from blue green to dark or like almost black. The change in colors are due to algae and lichens like how it looks minty during the winter and turquoise during the summer.



  1. Be in your active wear. Make sure your hiking shoes are comfortable since the walk to the crater takes at least 2-3 hours.
  2. Pack light, you will be walking for a long time, so only bring the essentials.
  3. Bring at least 1 liter of water because it will be tiring and you will need to stay hydrated!
  4. Make sure to bring a camera to capture the wonderful crater and the beautiful locals along the way. I brought my Fujifilm XT10 with me and my 16mm 1.5 lens since I wanted to get a wide angle shot of the lake and of course to take quality photos for my blog.
  • WHAT TO BRING DURING THE HIKE:    Mt-Pinatubo-Travel-Guide-Itinerary-Tia-Lacson

    • Trekking shoes
    • Personal medication
    • Toiletries
    • Extra clothes
    • Water
    • Lunch and trail food
    • Sunblock
    • Scarf or Hat for the 4×4 ride






  • You can go to Dolores and try the heat of their hot spring.

  • Try the volcanic ash massage at Mt. Pinatubo Spa Town.

  • Visit the man-shaped formation at Sta. Juliana, they call it Telatau. A massive shaped rock.

  • Japanese Tunnels and Caves.

You can also visit the Museo de Tarlac, still in Capas.




You can book a packaged tour from Klook for 3,800 only!!

Book your Mt. Pinatubo Trip here:


  • Hike all the way until Pinatubo’s magnificent crater lake, at the end of a 2.5 hour trek
  • Experience a 4X4 off road adventure from the base camp to the jump off point
  • Take in magnificent views of the largest lahar canyon in the world
  • See the pristine blue green water and the big smiles of the Aetas!

What To Expect:

Explore the Philippines’ most popular hiking destination on an 18 hour tour taking you to the best trekking areas and viewing spots around Mount Pinatubo. Get ready to wake up early to get to the meet up point in Ortigas on time. From there, you travel towards Mt. Pinatubo where you will get to hop on a 4×4 for an exciting ride to Pinatubo jump off point. Your trek begins at approximately 8:00am at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo crater. You will be hiking up the mountain for about 2 hours and your reward for the effort will be truly amazing: a real jewel of the area, Mt Pinatubo’s famous crater lake, known for its changing water color from blue green to deep blue depending on the season. Rest, explore the area and have a delicious lunch with breathtaking views of the landscape below. After lunch, start on your way back, complete with a 4×4 ride and a transfer back to Manila.

I’ve always dreamt of visiting and climbing Mt. Pinatubo so I didn’t regret booking a tour here! I was just excited and I was jumpy and hyper all the way until the crater. It has been such a goal of mine that getting there was a breeze for me even if the journey was rough. But it was all worth it. I even met some local children who were so friendly and finally seeing the minty waters of the crater and not just in pictures or from a bird’s eyeview while riding the plane. I was finally there, in person witnessing it’s astounding beauty and it was amazing. If there’s anything that I can tell you, it’s to try and visit it one weekend if you are up for some exercise, a great adventure, and breathtaking views.

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