For me adventure is the adrenaline rush when you do something you have never done before and hiking on an active volcano is no less than an adventure.
Mt. Batur is an active volcano situated on the Bangli region on the island of Bali. Every year many tourists hike Mt. Batur. If you can manage to wake up early for the drive to the mountain, you will be treated to an adventurous hike in the dark with an amazing sunrise awaiting you at the summit.
The hike is about two hours long and not to forget you are hiking a volcano which is 5,633 feet, above sea level so the temperature changes throughout the hike.
Dressing Tip: wear comfortable clothes such as leggings or your workout clothes.
the most important thing to wear is proper trainers or hiking shoes because I watched many people with fancy boots finding it hard to climb the last part of the hike where the rocks and gravel are loose.
Bring a sweater or hoodie for the cooler moments in the hike, probably at the beginning and at the summit.
What to bring: It is advisable not to bring anything along with you because otherwise it will be difficult in hiking. you will be given a flashlight and few bottles water by your guide but if you still want carry extra water and snacks you can carry a small backpack.
The driver will pick you up at your chosen location at around 2 am in the morning and the drive will take around 2 hours. Upon arrival, your hiking guide will meet you in the car park and it’s time to get started. The trek was fun and a little tiring.
At the top of the volcano, the reward was spectacular. The views were incredible and I felt as if I was on top of the world. The golden rays of sun filled the sky and the Batur lake was sparkling as if someone had sprinkled a handful of glitter. We could see three nearby mountains – Mt. Abang, Mt. Agung(another active volcano) and Mt. Rinjani in Lombok. There was a small shop where you can buy hot drinks. What else do you need in life when you are sitting on a rock on the top of a volcano and looking at the beautiful sunrise while sipping hot chocolate.
After soaking in the sunrise and taking pictures we descended down to see the another crater where the last eruption took place( The year of 2000). You can see the hot smoke creeping out of it and the surrounding area covered in black which is the cooled down lava.
The journey back down is also two hours long. In between you can stop and take picture and also visit the hot springs. After a long and tiring trek soaking in hot water over viewing the mountain is just what you need