With our wanderlust wings clipped lately, many of us are itching for the moment when we’re able to satisfy our desire for travel. Though currently limited to channel surfing and onscreen adventures, many are already turning their Bali Dreaming into planning mode to be ready to roll once restrictions are finally lifted.
Having been confined to #stayhome it’s little wonder that many of us are seeking an outdoors holiday and what better way to witness the wonders of Bali than with a guided sunrise hike up Mt Batur.
Staying in Ubud will mean a not such an early start as if you were staying in the southern tourist areas but you will still need to set that alarm because pick up is around 2.30am. If you are not an early riser fear not as there is still time to sneak in a little snooze in the car as the transport from Bisma Cottages to the start is around an hour.
The Mt Batur sunrise climb is often the highlights of their Bali holiday. The moderate, 1717m climb is more than doable for anyone with a medium fitness (and no fear of heights) with your 1.5 hours of hiking rewarded with an awesome vantage point to witness the first light of day while munching on a well-earned brekkie of bananas and a fresh boiled egg sandwich cooked via volcanic steam from the mountain herself! Simply sit back and relax with a hot cuppa and your camera ready as this is sure to be one of the most memorable sunrises you will ever see!
There are several reputable local tour companies offering guided treks to Mt Batur and the team at Bisma Cottages is happy to recommend one and arrange tour bookings. Basic tours start from around US$45 per person and include air-conditioned hotel transfers, English speaking guide, flashlights, mineral water, Geopark entrance fees and a small breakfast. You can also expand your Mt Batur trek to include a trip to the hot springs near the volcano to ease aching legs and limbs, post climb!
Treks run pretty much every day but it’s advisable to opt for dry season dates from April through to September for more chance of a cloud free sunrise and safer climb. Wet season weather can cause parts of the track to become slippery, especially on the downward trek so wear appropriate footwear so you can be sure to make it to the summit.
Whilst regarded as a safe excursion for all ages, there are a few things to know before you go:
- Set your alarm but get some sleep before you climb. You’ll need the energy!
- Be sure to book a guide who will take you to the summit
- Wear layered clothing. You will be hot during the climb but the mountain air is pretty frosty at the top so bring a jacket or a blanket.
- Wear walking shoes/runners with a decent grip!
- Be sure to have enough battery on your phone or camera so you don’t miss one of Bali’s best photo ops!
- Listen to your guide to get some great info about Mt Batur and the surrounding areas. Some of these guys have been trekking here for 25 years so they know A LOT!
- Be cautious on the downward trek. There can be areas of loose rock which can be slippery.
- Bring a little extra cash with you. Tipping is optional but if you’ve enjoyed the experience, show your appreciation with a small gratuity.
- Prepare to be on top of the world!
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