Mount Batur in Bali itself is a breathtaking spot for a hike, but the view at the top early in the morning is something else! But you’ll need to wake up very early. So prep yourself for this amazing Mount Batur sunrise hike.
We woke up at 3 in the morning to start early for the trek.
The main feature of this trip was to breathe in the morning’s beauty at the top of Mount Batur – the moment when the sun begins to shine. The early hike was totally worth it!
The hike isn’t tough for people our age (18-30) as long as we’re fit. In fact, it is easy to climb and follow people without a guide. But I’d recommend hiring a guide for this trek. You’ll need help in case something goes wrong, and the local guides will help you out best in such scenarios.
Anyway, some facts about Mount Batur: It isn’t a mountain at all, it’s a live volcano! Should your guide be a good one, he/she will show you puffs of smoke emerging from rocks as you climb up. The trek up Mount Batur is a total of
It was chilly in the morning. However, once we started up the Mt Batur, we slowly began to sweat.
Itinerary To Pack for Mount Batur Sunrise Hike
Sure, you have to climb.
You need to take some big steps while hopping up rocks. But you do not need special hiking gear as such to climb Mount Batur. Rigid sports shoes, a torch, and a jacket (if you feel too chilly) are sufficient if your body is in good shape. The locals who guided us up the mountain barely wore shoes.
Some even wore a pair of flip-flops and a stick. But I’d strongly recommend wearing sports shoes unless you naturally climb mountains barefoot. The trek up Mount Batur is four hours. Thus it’s best to get water along with you.
Carry a small backpack with a water bottle, and definitely a camera! That would be all that you will need.
Things you need to have:
- Water bottle
- And a camera!
What to wear for Mount Batur Trek
- Sports shoes are a must. Some reckless trekkers wear flip flops throughout, but climbing isn’t something most of us do often. The sports shoes help you with grip as you hike up steeper and slippery rocks.
- Comfortable legwear is sufficient. Shorts should also be fine. The hike is all about agility. You don’t need to pull up rigid safari pants, they’ll slow you down.
- Jacket to keep you warm. For the morning trek, you’ll need the jacket on your way up – the Mount Batur sunrise hike starts at 3 AM. It’ll be cold. However, it gets warm after sunrise. We had our jackets tied to our waist when descending.
- Holding a stick is optional. Some people have the habit of climbing with a stick in their hands for a stable grip. Get one (or better yet, find one) for yourself if you need it.
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Sunrise Hike: Accommodation nearby Mount Batur
When visiting Bali, you can either reside at one resort for your whole vacation and travel during the day. Or you can change stays every time you’re visiting a new spot – accommodations in Bali are abundant. For the Mount Batur sunrise hike, it is best to reside in Kintamani, Bali.
Kintamani is 11 kilometers away from the active volcano – get there by minibus (it’s cheap). So with accommodation there, you’ll need to leave at 2 in the morning to begin your hike. Here are various accommodations from Booking.com for stays around Mount Batur – Kintamani:
Too many options to pick from? I get you. These are options. But here are some decent accommodations that Booking.com offers at great deals. The dates are set for a one-night stay – click through and change it as per your preference:
For a small budget, also check out HostelWorld. Although there aren’t as many options as on Booking.com for budget accommodation, there are a few to consider. Here’s one close to Mount Batur available at a reasonable rate, click the button below to check it out!
Minimum Age Requirements for the Hike
There is no rule as such for children. As long as they’re able to climb, they can join too. A child over 8 years of age should be eligible to come along.
The guides begin to take you up at 3 in the morning, but you won’t be alone. Usually, dozens of other tourists along with their guides also climb at the same time. It shall be still dark when you begin. You will see torch flashes from other groups coming along. Since there isn’t a single path to go up as you climb higher, there are many tiny paths you can take.
But it’s best to follow in the steps of your hired guide as they know the hike better than you.
Hopping all the way down
After the whole scenic view with the sunrise, it was time to finally come down. While coming down, the guide wasn’t around anymore. We didn’t need guides by then. The sun was out and we could make our way down on our own.
I had a thick jacket on when I began up Mount Batur. When I was coming down, I was sweating and had my jacket tied around my waist and came all the way down- hoping and back to our chartered car.
And that’s a wrap for this hiking experience. I hope you enjoy your sunrise hike up Mount Batur!
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