One of the most enjoyable and exciting activities that tourists can have is trekking in Subic. Trekking is much more enjoyable and adventurous than a tour of a city. Hiking trips usually involve outdoor sports such as backpacking and rock climbing in the rustic and rugged regions of Subic.
Trekking up Mount Cinco Picos is ideal for its numerous natural attractions. It is highly encouraged for tourists to make prior arrangements with tourist guides who are familiar and knowledgeable about the trail. It is also important for the guides to arrange with the Aetas who live near the mountain to ensure their safety.
For those who are eager to try Cinco Picos trekking, knowing the usual jump-off point is essential. Trekkers coming from Manila can take buses that are bound to Olongapo City. From Olongapo, take a jeepney or taxi that will take you to Baranggay Cawag where a community of Aetas lives. Arrange with the Aetas for someone to guide you to explore the mountain as most of the treks up Mount Picos start at this community.
As tourists go on along the Mount Picos trail, they will be able to enjoy great sightseeing spots such as the Rounded Peak and the Pointed Peak. They will also pass through several rivers that are home to many marine species. Trekkers will also pass through many plant species in the lush tropical forest. Camps will be set-up in one of the plateaus for a night in the wilderness. Cinco Picos trekking takes about a day to complete. Prepare at least 1,000 pesos, including transportation expense from Manila, for your entire Mount Cinco Picos trek.
Located about 37 kilometers north of Subic, Mount Pinatubo is part of a volcano chain along the western region of Luzon. During its 1991 eruption, the volcano blew its top off and created a 2.5 km-wide crater lake. Three years after its eruption, a group of Filipino mountaineers made the first latitudinal trek to Mount Pinatubo and adventure seekers have been going up the trek ever since. Hiking up Pinatubo was considered an extremely strenuous activity, which is why Subic-based travel agencies came up with a guided and moderately difficult adventure trek to Mount Pinatubo using a 4×4 all weather jeep as part of the way up the mountain. The one-hour vehicle trip to the mountain ridge base reveals lahar land and kilometers of desolation. Pass through dried-up river beds, rocky terrain and streams, and tall lahar deposits as you wonder at the unearthly sight during your two-hour trek to the crater. Trekkers are then greeted with a shower and refreshing massage as part of a trek package to soothe aching muscles. A Mount Pinatubo trek and adventure spa will cost around 5000 pesos.
Trekking in Subic allows people to see nature up close and personal, and experience life in isolated mountain communities. The Mount Cinco and Mount Pinatubo trek will not only challenge you, but leave you awe-inspired by nature itself.