Imagine witnessing one of the most beautiful sunrises from the top of an active volcano. Sound intriguing? Then, trekking Mount Batur should be on your bucket list!
Mount Batur is an active volcano north west of Mount Agung, located on the island of Bali, Indonesia. It sits over 1700m above sea level with the last eruption in 2000.
There are a growing number of tourists that make the daily trek to watch the spectacular sunrise at the summit. Recently, I was one of these tourists when I visited Ubud for a mini vacay.
We were picked up from our hotel in Ubud at 2:30am and made the 1.5 hour drive to the north of Bali in the Kintamani District. When we arrived we were greeted by our friendly guide Madi from Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking before assembling our headlamps and beginning the trek just after 4am.
The trail was very busy – sunrise is the ideal time to climb to the summit. You can trek without a local guide however I strongly recommend you do get a guide as you will be climbing in pitch black so you need someone with you who knows where they are going and can advise you of the quickest and safest route to the summit.
The first 20 minutes of the trek was relatively flat and we powered through that section before taking a short rest. The remainder of the trek was quite steep and difficult. It was like walking up stairs. There were quite a few slips and trips on the loose rubble as we were ascending the volcano. I definitely recommend wearing hiking boots to protect you from twisting an ankle or falling off the side of the volcano!
We arrived at the summit after about 1.5 hours of hiking and took prime position on some makeshift benches to watch the sunrise. We sat and drank coffee and ate hard boiled eggs cooked in the volcanoes steam vents as sunrise came upon us. The views of Mount Agung above the clouds were remarkable and we watched the night sky slowly change from black to blue to pink to orange.
After sunrise, we explored the volcano and got to see some of the safer craters.
We took a different, scenic route down the volcano which was a lot easier to descend. We headed to breakfast after the tour in a nearby restaurant before heading back to Ubud just after 10am.
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