We tested for you Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking!
Popular for its beaches and rice fields, Bali also has many majestic mountains and active volcanoes. Mount Batur is one of Bali’s four primary sacred mountains according to the Balinese Hindu communities. It is situated in the beautiful Batur village as part of the Kintamani District. ‘Gunung Batur’ (Mount Batur in Indonesian) is about 1717m above sea level and the peak can be reached in around 2-3 hours depending on your fitness level. Due to high daytime temperatures in Bali, it’s best climbed starting early in the morning, when you’ll enjoy the added bonus of catching sunrise from the top.
Best Time to Go to Mount Batur
The best time to trek the mountain is during the dry season which is May through to September. We hiked in November which is technically rainy season but we were lucky and had a beautiful and dry day.
Our Experience of Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking
Our pick-up from our hotel in Ubud was scheduled at 1:20am! The driver had difficulty finding us but after two phone calls with the reception, he was in front of our alley and it was time for us to go. One other person was already sitting in the minivan, coming from Canggu and we picked up two more people also located somewhere near Ubud along the way. After a drive of about one hour, we made a first stop at the foot of the mountain for breakfast. Pancakes and warm delicious Bali coffee were awaiting us.
After a short briefing we then headed to the site. The starting point of Mount Batur trekking has no light pollution and is a beautiful spot for stargazing. What an enchanting way to start the trek!
At around 3:50 am, it’s now time for us to start the climb using flashlights, as first light and sunrise is around 6am. For about one hour, we followed our guide in the middle of the night accompanied with the mesmerizing sound of nature around us. It is a unique sensation to hike and climb over rocks without being able to see your final destination! After one hour walking in the dark and not knowing what’s surrounding us, the first rays of sun start to illuminate the Mount Agung (an even higher volcano nearby) and the sky turns from black to inky blue to pink and orange, giving us a glimpse of the beautiful landscape.
For the first time we can now see how far we’ve climbed. Below us, shimmering lightly, is Lake Batur, green rice fields and a lava field. A fantastic boost of motivation for us to walk up the last hundred meters to reach the top.
The first part is quite moderate, the path weaved through a forest at a gentle gradient. While the trail starts out sandy, it quickly becomes rocky and steep. It’s a little bit challenging and made our muscles ache for a few hours, but then we reached the peak. For those that have difficulties walking, some friendly Balinese locals wait along the way and offer to take people up to the mountain peak with their bikes.
Once at the top, we can refuel with a light breakfast of banana sandwiches, fruit and eggs boiled in volcanic steam!
The Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking excursion is a rewarding experience and you can feel the adrenaline kicking in as you watch the sun coming up. The scenery is absolutely spectacular and worth the pain of waking up so early.
As the day took hold, Macaque appeared which was quite entertaining. These monkeys actually live at the top of Mount Batur because they enjoy the warmth that emanates from the ground when the sun comes up and shines down on the mountains. Or perhaps they just like the view!
Ending the Trekking with Hotsprings
We decided to take the option of ending our Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking excursion with a visit to the natural hot springs. These relaxing springs are only a short trip from Mount Batur and they offer the perfect opportunity to soak our sore muscles in the volcanically heated pools. The amenities are superb and the views from the infinity pool on the lake batur are absolutely stunning. We also enjoyed a wonderful foot massage to help relieve our aching feet.
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