Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wanderlust: Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking

Rise and Shine from Mount Batur!

So.... It's no secret.. our honeymoon was in Bali. We chose the Mount Batur sunrise trekking as our trip highlight. Just like everyone else, we wanted to witness the magnificent view of the sunrise. Oklah actually, I chose the highlight, simply because Nazzmie is an 'ok go!' kinda person. This best friend of mine will be down for anything! (Except for roller coasters! Shush! Don't tell him I told you that. ;p)
Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The south east side of the larger 10×13 km caldera contains a caldera lake. The inner 7.5-kilometer-wide caldera, which was formed during emplacement of the Bali (or Ubud) ignimbrite, has been dated at about 23,670 and 28,500 years ago.
The first documented eruption was in 1804 and the most recent was in 2000. - Extracted from Wikipedia

In all honesty, we were not prepared for the trek. Of course we didn't expect a walk in the park but it was (a lot) harder than anticipated.

Before I go into detail on our trekking experience, I'd like to put out a disclaimer, this is not an activity I would recommend the elderly, young children or the faint hearted.

For amateurs like us, you may wish engage a personal guide for a more personalised experience. 

There were many service providers available but we chose Mt Batur Sunrise Trekking just because they offered us a personal guide. 

Their rates, for a personal guide, were on the steep side as compared to the groups. It was a price we had to pay. We saw for ourselves how amateurs like us struggled to keep up with the group's pace.

They quoted us 1,200,000 rupiah for two, inclusive of breakfast and coffee or tea at the peak, bottled water, government fees and transportation to and fro.

Our pick up fetched us from our villa in Seminyak as early as 1.30am, reaching the foot of the mountain only 90 minutes later. 

Watha, our guide, was with us every step of the way in such a gruelling trail. We stumbled on rocks, slipped down the slopes with paths only illuminated by nothing else but our torches. 

We made it to the top 2 hours later. Air has never been this fresh, stars have never been this dazzling. 

We were the first to make it back down, completely zombified on the journey back to villa. 

A remarkable experience with our new found friend, Watha. May we cross paths again some day. 

Meanwhile, here's a short video of our humble honeymoon! We'll be back very very soon.

Till the next entry!


  1. We were gonna do this when we were in Bali in '13 but decided against it cause I had a bum ankle n back, twisted when I fell in my pasir ris flat during a torrential rain storm. When we make it back to Asia I think we'll attempt this again.

    1. You can try this out next time! make sure you have the right shoes for it though


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