Ah yes, the famous Mount Batur sunrise trek. A must do for anyone who likes hiking or sunrises in Bali. I should preface this post by explaining that this was not an easy trek for me at all.
- I’m a night owl, so I was never going to get enough sleep for a 2 a.m. wake-up call.
- My current fitness levels leave much to be desired.
- I don’t hike that much, despite have one or two or three mountain posts. I want to be a person who hikes, but I’m not there yet.
- I’m not 100% sure I had appropriate shoes, but I also saw people in Keds and Converses, so I wasn’t the most unprepared person.
Anyhow, after successfully completing this gorgeous sunrise tour, I wanted to shed some light into it what exactly the Mount Batur sunrise trek was like.
For starters, doing this hike was entirely Elissa’s idea. She grew up near the foothills of southern California, so she always did hikes with her family, including much harder ones than this. She also does taekwondo regularly. Yes, Elissa’s current fitness levels > my current fitness levels by a landslide. At first, I hemmed and hawed when she added it to our list, but after I saw the pictures from Nicola at Polkadot Passport, I decided I could suck it up and hike an active volcano to get such a beautiful view.
Guys, it’s gorgeous up there. You spend a good hour and a half to two hours getting to one of the three main points in the dark with only a flashlight and, hopefully, an attentive guide to help you. It’s freezing cold at the top, though you can get a hot drink while you wait with the hundreds of other people who decided to do this trek as well. You might curse yourself for agreeing to this hike the whole way up and the whole way down, but a soon as you see that bit of orange popping up through the darkness.. It’s worth it. Like easily one of the best sunrises I’ve seen in my whole life. My photos do not do it justice! I hated every moment of my life getting up and down that hill, and my ankles were tender for a few days afterwards from falling, but I still recommend this trek to anyone.
Also, you might run into some monkeys on the way down ;p
More on the Mount Batur Sunrise Trek
- From Canggu: It’s about 1 1/2 – 2 hours drive depending on traffic. We left at 1:45 am and actually go there a little after 3 am, but on the way back it took us a little over 2. You can easily arrange a guide with your hotel/hostel/guesthouse. If you’re in Ubud, there are definitely multiple travel agencies as well.
- Cost: 600,000 IDR (~ $46) for the drive and guide. We were also given breakfast and water. We tipped our guide, Eka, because he was the best. I read 20-50,000 IDR is normal, but I think we each did 50,000 IDR a piece. He seemed so much more attentive than other guides we saw, and he literally held my hand for most of this hike.
- Weather Tip: It. Gets. COLD. Like windy, to your bones cold up at the top. Bring a proper jacket. Even my cargo jacket wasn’t enough to keep me warm, and we wound up waiting about an hour for the sunrise!
- Shoe Tip: Wear something sturdy, either trail shoes or hiking boots. Trail shoes should be pretty okay though. There are rocky parts and slippery parts, and while I fell a lot, over all the actual trail wasn’t as harsh on my feet as Baemsagol
- “Mount Batur: The Sunrise Trek” via Eli Travel Bug
- “Almost Had to Walk Barefoot Down an Active Volcano in Bali” via Petite Wanders
- On Mt. Batur itself via the Smithsonian Institution
Have you been on a sunrise hike before?
Words and Photograph by Samantha