Saturday, April 29, 2017

Things To Do in Bali : Chasing Sunrise in Mount Batur


I am more of a sunset than a sunrise person. I kinda hate waking up early in the morning to catch a sunrise, but I made an exception during my recent trip to Bali. My friend Trina wanted us to trek to Mount Batur to catch the sunrise so we obliged, hahaha. Our pick-up time from the villa was around 1:00-1:30 in the morning so we decided not to sleep and just dipped in the pool until past midnight. We were very excited to witness the sunrise in Mount Batur so we left Seminyak with no sleep. (Read: 7 Interesting Things To Do in Pontianak, Indonesia)


Standing at 5,633 feet, Mount Batur is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia. Its first documented eruption was in 1804 and the most recent was in 2000. Book your Mount Batur Sunrise Tour via Viator.



We packed and prepped up early so when our driver arrived at past 1AM, we were already good to go. We're four in the group and the car accommodates six passengers so we had to pick-up another two guests from a villa in Ubud. It was far from town proper. Our driver was lost several times so we had to help him locate the place using Google map. After over an hour, we finally reached the villa and picked-up two German travelers.


We drove our way to the jump-off point and arrived at around 4AM. There were already a lot of tourists in the area and some of them already started trekking to the summit of Mount Batur. Our driver introduced us to our local guides, gave us a bottle of water, and few minutes later, we started trekking.


At first, it was quite an easy hike. Then, it started getting harder. I am not a fan of trekking or hiking so I really had a hard time keeping up with the pace of my fellow hikers. I had to request for several stops so I could catch some breath. I almost quit. I actually did for a little while. Then I thought, I would only make it if I trek on my own pace.


I told my friends to go ahead and requested the guide to just leave me alone and promised him I will keep myself safe. I am pretty sure it was not the right thing to do but I knew it was the only way if I want to reach the summit.


So, I trekked at my own pace. I stopped several times but the good thing was, there were still a lot of travelers who were behind me. That boosted my self-confidence and gave me the zest to reach the summit before sunrise. It was past 5AM when I heard one of the guides from a different group that said it will only take 20 minutes more. Given my slow pace, I doubled the remaining time and I was thinking I will really make it to the top before the sun rises.



At around 5:45AM, I finally reached the top. Our guide was so happy to see me and brought me to my friends. It was indeed an exhausting trek but I am so glad I made it. The view of the sunrise was stunning! It's definitely a must-see when in Bali!


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