Explore the lush outdoors of Pampanga through this day hike that will take you to the South Peak of the province's lone mountain, Mt. Arayat. The hike up to the summit is considered a minor climb, making this adventure perfect for beginners and experienced hikers. The package also includes transportation from Manila, the service of a guide, a personalized souvenir bag tag, and all necessary fees.
Your hiking adventure begins in the late evening when the designated driver picks you up from your hotel or preferred pick-up location in Metro Manila or Cavite (1 pickup point only). From there, you will be driven to Mt. Arayat National Park in Pampanga, where you will be able to take an early breakfast. Meals are not included in the package, so make sure to bring your own food with you on the trek. Following your meal, you will register and undergo a safety briefing at the jump-off location before beginning your ascent.
Your first destination is Pinnacle Peak on the southeast crater rim of the mountain. The trail leading up to the summit only has a handful of flat surfaces so expect a steep climb for most of the journey. Although it may not be an easy climb, the path does cut through lush trees that provide shade from the sun's rays, helping you keep cool throughout your ascent. Following your climb, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Pampanga River and the vast fields surrounding the mountain.
From Pinnacle Peak, you will then make your way to South Peak before returning to the jump-off point. You will have to go through a ridge to reach the second summit. While you will also have to get past rocky cliffs during the journey to South Peak, there are ropes in designated spots that you can hold onto to help you climb. After traveling through the dense foliage covering the mountain, you will find yourself at South Peak. From here, you can see Pinnacle Peak and the Pampanga River that snakes through the open fields.
After taking a break here, you will finally start your descent back to the registration site. Feel free to wash up, rest, and have some snacks (own expense) before the driver escorts you back to Metro Manila or Cavite.
See the vast fields and lush greeneries of Pampanga from Mt. Arayat by booking this day hike tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
Always adhere and listen to the advice of your climb team leader, coordinator, and guide. If you have a medical condition such as asthma or any allergies please notify us so we can prepare. Every participant is required to bring their own garbage bag. There will be no trash to be left in the area, even in the smallest form. Fine may be charged to any participant caught littering. Food may be prepared upon request for a minimal fee, shower area will also be available on-site for a minimal fee.
We highly advise that hikers wear comfortable hiking shoes or sandals. If you don't have hiking shoes, running shoes will do but please avoid wearing slippers. Trekking pants and shorts, leggings, or jogging pants for the bottom garment. Avoid denim pants or skinny jeans as they might restrict your movement. Use a dry-fit shirt or rash guard and avoid wearing cotton shirts. Guests may opt to bring a cap, arm sleeves, or head buff to help protect from sunburn and a pair of gloves to be used in climbing up the rock formation: ordinary, gym, garden gloves will do- this is available at the jump-off point for 50php per pair.
For individual safety, be sure to inform your family that you are hiking on your tour date as there may be poor to no signal during the hike. Prepare and condition your body and always expect the unexpected.
Please maintain minimum health protocols like physical distancing, proper sanitation, and wearing of facemask when talking shall be observed during the hike. Don't forget your tour voucher and a valid ID.
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