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History

Considered one of the most catastrophic volcanic eruption in late 20th century, Mt. Pinatubo sent a 35km ash cloud to the sky in the 15th of June 1991. During its 9-hour eruption, a tropical storm was passing by northwest and the water in the air mixed up with ashes from the volcano. This resulted to a 2000 square kilometer land covered with 10-centimeter ash. An estimate of 800 people died from this tragedy and more than a billion-peso sum of damages in infrastructures. Today, 25 years after the tragedy, people from around the world hike Mt. Pinatubo to see its crater lake formed from the eruption.

Things to do

Visitors will be riding a 4x4 vintage jeepneys to the jump-off point of Mt. Pinatubo crater lake. Thereafter, another hour will be spent hiking. On the way, one may stop and take a photo with the native tribes of Aetas that are hanging out over certain parts of the trail. Get to know a story or two about the daily life in the mountain.

Nearby places

If one’s wanderlust cannot be quenched after the hike, Zambales is right around the corner for a quick island hopping. Also nearby provinces include Tarlac and Pampanga.

User Comments

The Philippines has many volcanoes but nothing compares to Mt Pinatubo. It's the perfect destination for an exhilarating 4x4 jeepney ride, and a long hike into the towering mountains of lahar. You will pass by streams of ice-cold water. And see the shadows play with the landscape, the scenery is breathtaking. And when you reach the crater lake, the view is surreal. - Aris Mape

Photo by Maui Sanvictores.

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