Wanted to do something different in Bali instead of "relaxing" because I cannot stay still. Plus, I get bored easily. After doing some online research, I decided to try something I've never dreamt of doing - trekking up a volcano.

I signed up with a tour company based in Bali for the Mount Batur Volcano Sunrise Trek. It was inclusive of hotel transfers, breakfast, snacks, bottled water, flashlight and a local guide. I got picked up at freaking 1.30am from my hotel! Needless to say, I fell asleep during the ride.

It was a 2-hour ride from Kuta-Legian area to Mount Batur. The van stopped at a big empty area. Initially, I thought that I was going to get kidnapped, hahaha! It was cold and we were surrounded by darkness. There is a local guide and a English-speaking guide assigned to each group.

Mount Batur is an active volcano that last erupted in 2000. It is 1717m high!

It took me 2.5 hours to ascent up the volcano, step by step in the dark of the early morning with my flashlight in hand. The gravel-like volcanic rock slipped under my feet. As a first-time trekker who don't work out, I found myself sweating buckets and almost breathless many times. I was on the verge of giving up, but I managed to persevere and crawled my way up the slightly slippery and rocky slopes.

I was the slowest one in my group. I am thankful for my guide Wayan; she held my hand and slowly guided me to the top.

During one of our rest breaks, I looked up at the sky. It was blanketed with many shining bright stars, a spectacular sight I'll never see in Singapore.

The cool mountain air welcomed me as I emerged to the top. I sat amidst the clouds as I waited for the sun. I found a bench and enjoyed my silent and still moments amongst the layers of fog. It did felt like paradise!

My well-deserved breakfast, served with tea.

I have no idea how this wild dog managed to go up!

It was foggy the day I trekked. Fellow trekkers and I were pretty disappointed as we thought there was no hope in witnessing the sun rise. After patiently waiting, we managed to see the first signs of sunlight. It wasn't clear, but we were satisfied. Needless to say, we shrieked in delight!

OF COURSE MUST SPAM PICTURES!

These little huts were made by the locals themselves!

EVERYTHING was brought up by the locals as they climbed up step by step. It was extremely admirable, because some things probably weigh a tonne!

This sight made me reflect on how lucky I was. I complain about the slightest injustices in my life, when there are people my age carrying stuff up and down the volcano every day.

Had to pay extra for indomie, but it was worth it! Indomie cooked by the locals themselves tasted so much better. Especially up in the mountains; you could taste the hard work and warmth as well.

And then it was time to go down.

I thought descending would be easy, but I was wrong. It's as tough as going up! I was so afraid that I would slip and fall flat on my face! The scenery down was magnificent though. The sun litted up the surroundings, revealing the beauty of nature.

The crater of the volcano.

Bat's cave.

Prayer offerings.

With the best guide ever, Wayan!

The sole of my shoes came off when I started to descend. Wayan was extremely nice and offered to exchange shoes. She said it was alright for her since she climbs up and down the volcano on a daily basis. Because I was extremely slow, she was patient with me as well. She was like my personal guide that day.

I can never be thankful enough for her help. Thank you so much, Wayan! I hope life gets better for her!

Spotted some locals living in the volcano. They are sort of the guardians who look after the volcano? I took this picture with permission, of course!

On the way down, I learnt that to be able to trek at a quick and steady pace, confidence is important. Be sure of your every step, be adventurous. I still need to build up that courage!

I say, remember to bring extra layers to warm yourself as it is chilly at the top. Also, I don't think you can go up the volcano by yourself without a guide. Please choose your tour company properly! Many offer similar packages, but prices are different for various reasons.

Lastly, CAMERAS! You'd definitely want to capture the incredible memories!

Trekking up Volcano Mount Batur was worth getting up early for. It was hands down one of the best life-changing experiences in my life!

11 comments

  1. Hi! Thanks for the detailed post and scenic photos! I am planning to climb Mount Batur in May. May I know which tour company in Bali did you engaged and how much is it?

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    1. Hey, thank you for the comment! I contacted eco bali cycling, maybe you'd want to find them too?

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  2. Hi :)

    Love your post here. May I know if there is a requirement of minimum person to join the tour?

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    1. Hey, thank you so much! :) Hmm I doubt so, but you might want to check with them!

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  3. Hi i love how detailed it is, but i would wish to ask if it is very steep because i am going bali soon and i one of those who are afraid of height but yet im afraid to try.

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    1. Hello! I think it is manageable. There ARE some parts that are quite steep, but it's nothing too dangerous. If I can do it, so can you! Don't let your fear take control! All the best! :)

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  4. Hi! May I know how long did the sunrise trekking tour last? Around what time will it end?

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    1. Hey! Well I started early in the morning and ended mid-day, so you might want to prepare half a day for it? Hope this helps! :)

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  5. Hi may i know how much u paid for the trekking package?

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    1. Hey! Hmmm it's been awhile so I can't really remember... Furthermore, they might have increased the prices. Maybe you wanna check with the agencies who do such tours? :)

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  6. great blog. gained info's here!

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