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AERIAL VIDEO OF MT. PINATUBO TERRAIN, OFF ROAD AND THE CRATER LAKE

Sunday, May 20, 2018

ITINERARY FOR MOUNT PINATUBO DAY TOUR

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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