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Published January 24th 2016
A steep hike with a huge price at the end
Mount Batur is one of the most sacred mountains according to Hindu belief. It is located in Batur Village, Kiintamani District, Bali, Indonesia.
With an altitude of 1717m above the sea level, the summit of this active volcano can be reached in approximately 2 hours. If you start your hike early enough, you will make it to the summit just in time to see the sunrise.
This adventure starts at approximately 2-3am if you are staying in a hotel in Kuta or Legian, as the drive to Mount Batur is just under 2 hours. (Check with your tour provider the exact time and I recommend you set two alarms, to avoid missing out on this experience).
Although the hike does not require special equipment, hiking shoes, a lightweight jacket, comfortable clothing, sunglasses, water, and of course a camera, are all recommended to bring with you.
Once you arrive to the bottom of this impressive volcano, you will get a quick chance to go to the toilet and meet with your tour guide (these guys do the hike up to 4 times per week, so trust them, listen to them and allow them to help you through steep sections).
You will be given a torch to light your hike all the way up.
The first section is fairly easy, but it gradually gets steeper and steeper. I must admit the very top section is fairly difficult as this is a volcano; the floor close to the summit is basically made of volcanic ash, so it is like walking on a very steep hill made of sand!
Overall the hike is fun, hard at times and a bit dangerous through others, so keep your eyes on the ground and be steady instead of fast.
Once you reach the summit, and the sun starts to slightly shower the land with its light and colour, you will thank yourself for achieving it. It is a magical experience to stand over the top of a volcano at sunrise.
Most tours offer a light meal, including eggs cooked over one of the volcanoes' chimneys and fruit and bread, just what you need to repair your body and give you energy for the hike down.
The way down is a lot easier, however because your legs might be tired, so be careful of steep areas and sharp rocks.
This majestic volcano is dotted with mini chimneys along the way. It is really amusing to see them and feel the heat through the rocks with your hand.
I highly recommend this mini adventure to anyone who is into eco tourism, who wants to see the real Bali and those looking at exercising their body as well as the power of their mind.
You can purchase this tour through most tour providers in Bali on the main street in Legian or through your hotel's front desk.
Tour is approximately $50 AUD, plus some tips that you may want to give to the driver and tour guide.