WAKE UP! We set off at 2:00am sharp and took about 1.5 hours to arrive at the foot of Mount Batur. Gunung Batur is an active volcano standing at 1,717m or 5,633ft. A much friendlier volcano to climb than its neighbour Gunung Agung. Met up with our petite and under 20-year-old female guide, who has been doing this weekly for several years, and the hike began at 3:45am. Pitch black and we could not see each other without the torchlight even if Jack was standing right next to me.
The initial part of the 1.5-2.0 hours climb was alright but the real challenge came around mid-way. Steep and winding slopes, not to mention right near the edge, required us to use both hands and feet at some point. The guide was texting as she climbed and led the way. The route up does not really allow one to rest or give up because there’s no space for a pit stop. One has to stand on the edge to allow overtaking. Still pitch black with one torchlight each. Around 5:15am we reached the top. Still, we did not meet Piyu (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mount Batur Sunrise Hike (US$25.00 per pax & US$35.00 for car all-inclusive): Highlight of the trip
A shed where guides and climbers gather for a smoke and some warmth. I believe our guide took our eggs and boiled them in the shed before serving with bread and jam. Coffee and soft drinks were available for a price of course.
Jack did not feel so good.
Took one last group shot before heading towards the crater.
Time to head down the same route.
A quick shot to remember what we climbed in the dark.
How we felt after the climb?
As we await the KLM flight back to Singapore later in the evening…