A Thrilling Trek up Mount Batur in Bali, Indonesia – An Ascent Worth Making

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If you love trekking, nothing beats a trek up Mount Batur in Bali, Indonesia to catch a magical sunrise. Depending on your fitness levels the ascent may be moderately challenging and the views at the top are truly unforgettable.

Mount Batur, Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia | Image Credit - Cempaka Source, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons
Mount Batur, Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia | Image Credit – Cempaka Source, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Getting there

Classified as an active volcano (though it’s been dormant), Mount Batur spans a height of 1,717 metres and can be found in Batur Village in the Kintamani District. Since catching a sunrise at its  summit is one of the main highlights, plan your excursion accordingly be you staying at Kuta, Ubud or Seminyak resorts.

Planning Your Excursion

For convenience, it is always better to have a local tour specialist arrange your excursion. Certain accommodation providers such as Montigo Resorts Seminyak also offer such tours including arranging transport.

Things to pack or wear: hiking / sports shoes, leggings / long pants, jacket, bottled water, camera

Making the Ascent

The trek up Mount Batur takes around two hours one way and you will generally start at 3.45am or 4am; this is because the sunrise is best viewed at 6:15am or so. Temperatures at the top can range between 8 – 15° Celsius and the ascent can get more strenuous as the elevation increases.

At the Top

Of course, once you reach the summit all the effort taken to get there will be forgotten; set amidst enchanting views of the Batur Caldera, you get to see the sun blessing the earth with its golden rays which is bound to leave you in sheer awe. Tip; makes for amazing Insta posts too!

 

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