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Friday, April 20, 2018

MOUNT PINATUBO DAY TOUR

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MOUNT PINATUBO TOURS  

JANUARY - DECEMBER 2018

IMPORTANT NOTES BEFORE BOOKING YOUR TRIP
  • Mount Pinatubo trekking is only for people who are physically fit. Do not book if you have heart ailment, asthma, walking difficulty, foot brace or any illness that might be triggered by dust and exhaustion. 
  • Swimming at the crater is strictly prohibited because of it's uncertain depth and there is no standby life guard in the area. 
  • 40 years old and up will undergo mandatory blood pressure test at Capas Tourism Office prior to climb. 
  • 60 years old and up are required to bring medical certificate from refutable medical institution certifying that they are physically fit to participate in this activity. Travel  Insurance is also accepted.
  • Kids 5 years old and below are free but we only allow 1 free kid per jeep. Furthermore, you need to send an email giving us an assurance that your child is physically fit, no illness that might be triggered by dust and exhaustion and that you are liable for your child's safety.
  • Everyone is required to show valid ID. Student ID for students and company or government issued ID for adults. You don't need to bring your passport. Any Valid ID is okay
  • You are required to sign waiver and quit claim form at Capas Tourism Satellite Office prior to climb. 
  • The grounds of Mount Pinatubo is not a public ground even prior to its eruption. It is a target range that is controlled by Philippine Air Force. They are enforcing cut-off time so we won't hamper military exercises, drills and activities. The ground is also used for Balikatan Joint Military Exercises and may result to closure and cancellation of trips. On regular basis, we must pass through military checkpoint not later than 7 AM. On special occasion, we are also required for a very early cut-off time. 
  • Licensed and Accredited Tour Operators are receiving advisories  from Capas Local tourism for any closure and cut off time.
  • To book your trip, please fill up and submit a completed online forms below.
  • We are using 7 KM TRAILS via Capas, Tarlac route and 7KM via Botolan Zambales Route
  • We are organizing PINATUBO Trips everyday, January to December for the past 10 years except only for the days that Pinatubo is closed by the local government due to any reason. We receive advisory prior to any closure.
  • Public Tour is only available if we have special events and gift giving activities.
  • For queries, you can send your email to pinaykeypoint.team@gmail.com or SMS/Call us using +63 917 477 9156

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PINATUBO TOUR FROM 4X4 PARKING 

MOUNT PINATUBO PRIVATE TOUR FROM CAPAS, TARLAC 4X4 JUMP OFF POINT

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  • You must bring your own car to reach this area, roughly 2.5 hours drive from Manila, 2 hours from Subic, 5 hours from Baguio and 1 hour from Clark, Angeles. We will provide maps and driving direction.
  • If you will use public transport from Manila, you must ride the 2:30AM trip, Victory Liner Pasay and 3AM trip Victory Liner Cubao. Drop off point is Mc Donalds Capas Junction. You will rent a Trike (single motorbike with side car good for 3pax) or a public utility jeep to reach the 4x4 jump off point. Our staff will meet you at the bus jump off point to assist you. 
  • This trip is available everyday, January to December except when Pinatubo is closed due to bad weather and private events. We are a licensed organizer and we receive advisories for any closure.
RATES & inclusions (Below Rate is per person)
Please note that the rate varies depending upon your total headcount because your group will just share the total trip cost. Each 4x4 jeep loads a maximum of 5 tourists, guide and driver. If you will book for a group of 6pax, this means that the group will be using another jeep and the rates of additional 1pax is not enough to rent another jeep and guide.

6,500php/head ------------1 PAX
3,700php/head ------------ 2 
PAX
2,750php/head -----------  3 
PAX
2,400php/head ------------ 4 
PAX
2,250php/head ------------ 5 
PAX
2,400php/head ------------ 6-7 
PAX
2,300php/head ------------ 8-9 
PAX
2,250php/head ------------ 10 
PAX

INCLUSIONS:
  • 4WD Jeep ride (inclusive of rental, gas, trip dues and driver) 
  • Service of a Local Trail Guide 
  • Entrance Fees from Capas LGU 
  • Entrance fee from Botolan LGU 
  • All Applicable Environmental and Conservation Fees) 
  • Processing of climbing permit 
  • Snack: 500mL bottled water, canned pineapple juice, bread and apple 
  • Use of picnic blanket 
  • Other item not listed here is not included 
  • This is a private Tour


NO HIDDEN FEES/NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS
THIS TRIP STARTS AT 4x4 jump off point, STA. JULIANA, CAPAS, TARLAC

MOUNT PINATUBO TOUR FROM MANILA 

MOUNT PINATUBO PRIVATE TOUR WITH MANILA ROUND TRIP TRANSFER 

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  • Pick up time is 3:30AM
  • Please note that Pick up point must be at any place or home address within the vicinity of Metro Manila, near EDSA and will not incur toll fees, parking fee, entrance fee and airport fee to reach your area. On a case to case basis, you can make special arrangement and add/shoulder the additional cost but you must call or email us so we can discuss this with our drivers.
  • This trip is available everyday, January to December except when Pinatubo is closed due to bad weather and private events. 
RATES & inclusions (Below Rate is per person)
Please note that the rate varies depending upon your total headcount because your group will just share the total trip cost. Each 4x4 jeep loads a maximum of 5 tourists, guide and driver. If you will book for a group of 6pax, this means that the group will be using another jeep and the rates of additional 1pax is not enough to rent another jeep and guide.
11,500php/head ------------1 PAX
6,200php/head --------------2 PAX
4,450php/head --------------3 PAX
3,650php/head --------------4 PAX
3,400php/head --------------5 PAX
3,500php/head --------------6-7 PAX
3,000php/head ------------- 8-9 PAX
2,600php/head ------------- 10 PAX

INCLUSIONS:
  • Manila round trip transfer via air con vehicle inclusive of rental, driver, gas, toll fees and parking fee at 4x4 jump off point
  • 4WD Jeep ride (inclusive of rental, gas, trip dues and driver)
  • Service of a Local Trail Guide
  • Entrance fee for Capas, Tarlac LGU
  • Entrance fee for Botolan, Zambales LGU
  • All Applicable Environmental and Conservation Fees)
  • Processing of climbing permit
  • Snack: 500mL bottled water, canned pineapple juice, bread & apple
  • Use of picnic blanket
  • Other item not listed here is not included
  • This is a private Tour

NO HIDDEN FEES/NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS
MOUNT PINATUBO TOUR FROM CLARK 

MOUNT PINATUBO PRIVATE TOUR WITH CLARK/ANGELES ROUND TRIP TRANSFER

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  • Pick up time is 5:00AM
  • Pick up point at any place or home address within the vicinity of Clark and Angeles City only. On a case to case basis, you can make special arrangement for pick up point that is not within the vicinity of Angeles by adding and extra cost but you must call or email us so we can discuss this with our drivers.
  • This trip is available everyday, January to December except when Pinatubo is closed due to bad weather and private events. 
RATES & inclusions (Below Rate is per person)
Please note that the rate varies depending upon your total headcount because your group will just share the total trip cost. Each 4x4 jeep loads a maximum of 5 tourists, guide and driver. If you will book for a group of 6pax, this means that the group will be using another jeep and the rates of additional 1pax is not enough to rent another jeep and guide.

8,400php ------------ 1 PAX
4,850php ------------ 2 PAX
3,600php ------------ 3 PAX
3,000php ------------ 4 PAX
2,700php ------------ 5 PAX
2,900php ------------ 6 PAX
2,700php ------------ 7 PAX
2,500php ------------ 8-9 PAX
2,400php ------------ 10 PAX


INCLUSIONS:
  • CLARK/ANGELES round trip transfer via air con vehicle inclusive of rental, driver, gas, toll fees and parking fee at 4x4 jump off point
  • 4WD Jeep ride (inclusive of rental, gas, trip dues and driver)
  • Service of a Local Trail Guide
  • Entrance Fees from Capas LGU
  • Entrance fee from Botolan LGU
  • All Applicable Environmental and Conservation Fees)
  • Processing of climbing permit
  • Snack: 500mL bottled water, canned pineapple juice, bread & apple
  • Use of picnic blanket
  • Other item not listed here is not included
  • This is a private Tour

NO HIDDEN FEES/NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS

EMAIL US FOR PARTNERSHIP AND CONTRACTED RATES. WE ONLY ACCEPT LEGITIMATE ORGANIZATIONS WITH LEGAL AND UPDATED BUSINESS PERMITS.

Send your email to pinaykeypoint.team@gmail.com or SMS/Call us using +63 917 477 9156















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Thursday, March 22, 2018

ITINERARY FOR MOUNT PINATUBO DAY TOUR

MEET UP & PICK UP TIME
  • 3:30 AM - MOUNT PINATUBO PUBLIC TOUR WITH MANILA ROUND TRIP  TRANSFER (Public Tours are not daily trips. This is for scheduled events only and organized on weekends and holidays. Booking is months ahead of trek schedule and comes on a first come, first served basis or until the target headcount is completed.
  • 3:30 AM - MOUNT PINATUBO PRIVATE TOUR WITH MANILA ROUND TRIP TRANSFER (Private Tours are organized everyday, whole year round except when Pinatubo is closed due to any reason. Any closure will be published in our website, Facebook and Twitter account.
  • 5:00 AM - MOUNT PINATUBO PRIVATE TOUR WITH CLARK/ANGELES ROUND TRIP TRANSFER (Private Tours are organized everyday whole year round except when Pinatubo is closed due to any reason. Any closure will be published in our website, Facebook and Twitter account.)
  • 5:30 AM FOR TOURISTS THAT WILL USE PUBLIC BUS TO REACH US (Email us for instruction on how to do this option)
  • 5:45 AM FOR TOURISTS WITH PRIVATE CARS (Email us for maps and driving direction)
MEET UP POINT: 
 ALONG THE VICINITY OF CALTEX OR MC DONALDS CAPAS JUNCTION


Manila-Capas junction map



The name and contact number of the assigned tour coordinator that will meet your team on the actual tour date will be provided to you by our office staff as soon you confirmed your trip. This is after receipt of your reservation fee. Payment options are available in our online booking forms. Maps are usually sent as email attachment. Kindly print maps & driving direction and use it as reference to reach us. Our field coordinators will endorse you to assigned tour guide and 4x4 drivers. 
Your team are required to sign the waiver/Quit Claim issued by Capas Tourism office

We are conducting safety briefing as mandatory requirement prior to final clearance and dispatching. Although we already sent trekking reminders and waiver, we still have to remind everyone about the dangers in the area, the Do's and Don'ts and what to do in case of emergency and pack up time. Sometimes during briefing, team members blame their team leaders for lack of information and failure to disseminate copies of trekking reminders. We have a link for Trekking Preparation. Please click here to view
6:00 am 
You must be at 4x4 parking area at Sta. Juliana, Capas Tarlac at 6:00 AM. This is roughly 22 KM from  Mc Donalds Capas junction and estimated of 20 to 30 minutes drive. If you have your own car, you can park it at the dispatching area with 50php parking fee for private vehicles and 100php for bus. It's safe because it's already within the military vicinity. Parking Lots are usually maintained by the some villagers as additional means of livelihood. 
Leave your important belongings at home, hotel or car. There is no assurance that you will be able to recover your jewelries, gadgets, drone etc if you lost it in the trail. We never engage in any search operation since it might endanger life of the local community. Please be a responsible tourist. If you want to ask for a search operation, you must send a formal request addressed to Capas Local Tourism and discuss the manner of search and how will you compensate the local that will engage in such activity.
Mandatory Blood Pressure Check at Capas Municipal Tourism Satellite Office for 40 years old and up. You must provide valid ID to prove your age. Medical Certificate are required for 60 years old and up certifying that they are fit to climb. A travel insurance is also an alternative.
6:30am 
The Local Tourism and Local official will check your clearance and climbing permit. Organizers will secure this document for you that's why we need these info when you register your trip with us. Each 4x4 jeep load a maximum of 5 tourist + guide and driver. There is mandatory gate pass per jeep.
6:50 - 7am Final Check Point
The grounds of Mount Pinatubo is a Military Camp and under the control of The Philippine Air Force (PAF). They usually make the final decision whether we are allowed to climb especially during rainy months (July to November). Military activity are usually held in the area and they are giving us cut-off time to cross the military checkpoint. Roads will be closed beyond cut-off time. From Capas 4x4 jump off point, we are heading to Botolan, Zambales. Pinatubo Crater lake is located within the Tri-boundaries of Pampanga, Zambales and Tarlac. Capas LGU initiated the development of Tourism in Capas. Roads are developed and trails are maintained. For more than 10 years, Capas route is the safest gateway to Mount Pinatubo crater lake.. The Municipal office under the administration of Mayor Reynaldo Catacutan made the initial effort in developing the area and ensure that we have a safe trail going to Mount Pinatubo. It was improved by our Capas Mayor TJ Rodriguez who won for 2 consecutive terms and now back to Mayor ReyCat this 2016 election.
Final take off to Mount Pinatubo
1.5 hours of a very bumpy and dusty ride (during summer). 
You need towel and mask to protect yourself from dust. 
Off Road Driving is one of the highlights of this trip
The terrain itself and river crossings while watching the breathtaking creation will make you feel that you're in another era far from the hustling and bustling city life. One important reminder while riding a 4WD is to avoid talking face to face. Some of our previous clients bumped into each other's nose and the result is severe nose bleeding. Hah! How will you explain that to your office mates after the trek?  So please take our reminders and briefings seriously :)
You may ask your driver to stop for some photo shoots
TAKE YOUR BEST JUMP SHOT GUYS!!!
7:15am
ETA @ LIPIT Station
Lipit station is 7km away to Mount Pinatubo crater lake. Your trek will start here. Trekking time varies depending upon your trekking speed. An expert mountaineer can make it at 1.5 hours. 2 hours for the average trekker and 2.5-3 hours for beginners and elderly. During summer season where trails are usually repaired, short trek (1 hour walk) is available. You may opt for 2 to 3 hours walk or 1 hour trek. There is no assurance for the availability of short route. this always depends upon the local municipal government of Capas if they will repair the trail. Please ensure that you are wearing a durable footwear and have your extra slippers and sun/rain protection. If you bring some trail food and drinks, it's better to take some here to lighten your bag and feed your hunger. This will get you going :)
You must expect a very rough terrain. Remember, you are conquering a volcano and it's a rule of a 'no pain-no gain' activity. This will make you realize the significance of Light Packing because believe me, you will feel the weight of your back pack after 30 minutes of trekking and it's no joke, the longer the trek, the heavier it becomes! 
Wear proper footwear to protect your feet. Using socks is highly recommended. This will save your lovely feet from blisters. Believe me, most of my clients are swearing their footwear's brand after the trip because of blisters and bleeding.
Be careful and watch your step because you might be injured along the way. If this happens, inform your team leader to call the attention of the assigned Pinaykeypoint Tour Coordinators. We have basic first aid kit with bandages and medicine for headache and stomach trouble
Don't just rely on your shoes. Bring your extra slipper. 
This will make you comfortable and flexible
Please note that you will be crossing a lot of rivers and streams...
...and might be sprained along the way
Trekking might be very tiring so take a break from time time. Inform your guides that you want to take some rest so we can assign someone to wait for you. Never cope up with fast trekkers, most of the time this is the reason why some tourists will just fall and collapse. They are too shy or too proud to say that they need some rest instead, they are pushing their limits. It's a no no! Remember, we don't have an ambulance here. You have 2 choices, ask your group to be patient and wait for you or be an injured patient and spoil the entire trek!
It's important to bring to some trail food to keep you going 
...you have to ensure that you are wearing a durable footwear!
...Because I cannot assure you that we can always provide a tape and slipper ;)
...We must be careful during trekking esp in some rocks
.....because of this creature. But don't worry! Snakes are typically timid creatures. It just leave when they sense a presence of humans... unless you step on them! So you  must be very careful and watch your step! Anyway, we don't have a history of snake bite.
ETA 9:00AM
The only rest room along the trail. You're in the mountain so don't expect for a real comfort room. Also, you must be patient enough because there are so many of you that are rushing to use it as well ;) This is located along the Reycat Station.
You can also refill your bottles
This spring water is potable. We are using for the past 10 years ;)
Few meters away is the ReyCat station. It is named after our Municipal Mayor, Reynaldo Catacutan. He is the person behind of these developments. ReyCat played a vital role in advancing the Tourism Industry of Capas Town which eventually gives an employment to many, not just the local town's folk of Capas but the adjacent places as well. 
Next is a signage... Never let it trick you! 
It was used when we celebrated the feast of Pinatubo in 2009. This contest was held for that purpose and it's not funny to see my clients beating the time carved in that wood! Most of them were sprained trying to beat it. Come on guys! you are not here to prove your speed. You are here to enjoy the trail, conquer Mount Pinatubo and see it's majestic feature. Don't let this signage ruin your day...
The remaining 30-45 minutes is Bush Trekking. You would see wild trees, berries and ferns. Don't try to pick and eat fruits if you're not really a mountaineer. Some wild berries are available but if you cannot identify if it's edible then, forget about it!
A roughly more than 58 steps stairs going up to Mount Pinatubo viewing deck. I know this will add pains to your injury ;) but you can always sit down for few minutes before climbing
Finally, The Majestic Mount Pinatubo! 
ETA: 9:45AM
You will feel the proud spirit of conquest and realized in the end that it's all worth it. Remember, not all are given the opportunity to witness God's creations. Take a few minutes rest here and look for the best angle for your cam to capture...
STAIRWAY TO CALDERA LAKE
This is roughly 200 uneven steps without railings. Please inform your guide if you are afraid of heights. You may opt to stay at the viewing deck and wait for your team to come up.

Pinaykeypoint Team will set up your tents 
(This particular service is  exclusive  for Private  Trips with meal only. 
This service has an extra cost for the meal, tent and porter
Not available for public tours and during rainy season because it's mandatory 
to pack up early due to erratic weather condition
...and prepare your lunch
(This service is  exclusive  for Private  Trips only)
Swimming at Pinatubo Crater lake is strictly prohibited because according to PHILVOCS which regularly conduct routine check in the area, it's roughly 280 to more than 300 feet deep. Bear in mind that this is not a beach, It is a stratovolcano! sudden drop just few meters away from the crater side. We don't have a stand by lifeguard in the area so as per Local Tourism advisory, we are not allowed to swim because we will not be liable if you are drowned. Anyway, you can still wear your swim suit for photo opt just inform your guide in advance so they are aware that you have no intention to swim. 

PACK-UP TIME: 12-1:00PM
It may be earlier depending upon the weather. Please be a good neighbor, do some charity with Aeta children before or after the trek. You may bring used clothing, Biscuits, candies, noodles, toys or anything. We don't encourage giving them money since they are in the mountain and there are no stores in the area. If you still have further queries about this itinerary, please email us so we can address your concerns. Thank you for visiting our website.



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