Do you have a plan to visit Bali for your next holiday? Well, you might think about visiting the beautiful beaches that the island is most famous for. This is really a good idea but just keep in mind that Bali is not only about sunny and sandy beaches. Trying something different while visiting the island might become a great alternative once you feel enough with the beaches. Mount Batur sunrise volcano trekking can be a good option to take.
Where Is Mount Batur and How to Get There?
Mount Batur is one of the most active volcanoes in Bali along with Mount Agung. The mountain was recorded to erupt for the last time in 2000. Being lied about 5,600 feet above the sea level, Mount Batur sunrise volcano trekking offers a challenging trek for outdoor enthusiasts. The mount is also known as Mount Kintamani by the local people since it is located in the Kintamani District. To reach the mountain, you can rent a car or take a taxi. But you will find that hire a taxi to take you to the mountain will need you to spend a lot of money. Thus, joining sunrise volcano trekking tour company to hike the mount would be a better idea to opt.
There are many companies in Bali that offer sunrise volcano trekking package to Mount Batur with competitive price. You can choose between the private or small mount batur group tour. If you need a more flexible schedule, then the private tour for Mount Batur sunrise volcano trekking will be a great option. There will be a car to pick you up in your hotel and a professional guide will accompany you during the tour.
Since the main purpose of the trekking activity is to catch the sunrise from the peak of Mount Batur, you will be required to start your journey early in the morning while it is still dark. If you go from Kuta by car you will reach the mountain in 2 hours and 10 minutes. Meanwhile, the journey will take a shorter time if you start from Ubud which only takes 1 hour 20 minutes. The Mount Batur sunrise volcano trekking will also require you to make your way up to 2,300 feet. Thus, it is very important to prepare your physic and stamina.
Hotels Nearby the Mountain
Since you have to wake up early in the morning to start your journey to the top of Mount Batur, you are strongly suggested to stay in hotels located near the mountain. The Mount Batur sunrise volcano trekking tour companies will usually provide you with the hotel nearby the mount for you to stay. There are many hotels that surrounded by the beautiful views of Mount Batur there based on your budget. Some of the suggested hotels you can choose include the Ayu Kintamani Villa (4-star hotel), Lakeview Hotel and Restaurant (3-star hotel), the Volcania Guest House (2-star hotel), and Batur Lakeside Hut (2-star hotel).
What to Wear and Bring
Just like any other activities that require you to move a lot, you are also suggested to wear something that suits outdoor works. This is because the temperature in mount Batur will get hotter while you start to set up your way up to the active volcano. However, make sure that you wear layers since you have to be outside when the sky is still dark and the air is cold. Mount Batur sunrise volcano trekking also requires you to wear a jacket, sweatshirt, gloves, pants, hats, and of course, a camera. Make sure that you also bring some foods and snacks in case you get hungry. It also will be very useful to carry some extra bottles of water even though your guide has brought you some.
Most of the time, a tour package for Mount Batur sunrise volcano trekking also includes breakfast. The menu usually consists of boiled eggs, bananas, and hot coffee. The boiled eggs are really special and become tourist’s favorite since they are cooked by using the heat produced by the hot springs of the mountain. However, it is less fulfilling for most people who are supposed to reach the top of a mountain, so bringing extra snacks of your own is highly recommended.
What to Expect During the Trekking
Generally, it will take about 5 hours to complete the Mount Batur sunrise volcano trekking to reach the summit and then continue your way down the mountain. Meanwhile, May to September is the best time to do the trekking since outside the months, Bali will be in the rainy season and the route will be slippery and dangerous.
However, all your hard work to get to the top of the mountain will be paid off once you see the sun rises across your place. This is really an amazing experience that you can’t forget for the rest of your life. Take as many pictures as you can and freeze that beautiful moment forever by using your camera. Once you get enough with the sunrise you can go down the mountain and meet tame and cute monkeys live in the forest around the mountain. Give them bananas and peanuts so that you can take pictures with them. You can also stop by a sacred temple on the slope of the mountain where local Hindu people come to worship and do some religious festivals. This is really the best way to make your visit to Bali unforgettable with the Mount Batur sunrise volcano trekking tour.