We woke up at 1.30am & left for a 2hr drive to our destination. Be sure to sleep early the day before tt! U will need all the energy u can get!
The view is so soooo awesome i felt so happy! Haven't felt a sense of relieve for quite some time, really. So being there watching the sunrise, walking back down the mountain with the sun shining down on your face & being surrounded by tall trees/lalangs swaying side to side.. Was the peak of my trip. I cldnt stop smiling & i felt so happy js being there.
I wld def recommend gng for this hike.The hike up the 6km mountain took abt 2hrs. Hike down took longer cause we took our time. There's another mountain tt's abt 41km if i'm not wrong? I strongly suggest the 6km one. Tt's tiring enough trust me. It's nothing like running! Hahaha.
A few things to take note of if you do plan to go for the hike up Mount Batur:
- Wear long pants! (It's super cold & because of the rocky pathway, u may fall or scratch ur leg.)
- Wear a pullover/jacket! (It's rly cold. But once u start hiking u'll start getting warm & u can tie the jacket ard ur waist till u feel the need to wear it agn.)
- If u hv a knee injury or any sorta injury tt may hinder your physical fitness, DON'T GO for the hike! (U will regret it i swear. It's not a walk, it's a climb. It's tedious i can assure u. Gng down the mountain isn't easy either it's actually worse. The risk of u falling flat on ur face is a 50/50 chance.)
- Don't bring your DSLR or whatever pro cams u hv. Bring a digi cam instead or a Go Pro! U don't wanna be carrying extra weight or risk damaging your $1k + cammy.
- Bring a bottle of water (This is a MUST!)
It's pitch black during the first 2 hours cause it's in the wee hours of the morn. But u will be provided w a torchlight.
U must be thinking tt i'm crazy for wearing a spaghetti stripe. Like i mentioned earlier, once u start hiking, ur body will start to heat up & u will feel v warm. For me, i am a very heaty person. So my body heats up v quickly. Ppl who are cold use me as their heater. Hahaha no kidding. It actually helps. Lol.
Tried to take the beautiful stars tt dotted the dark skies w my Canon S95 but didn't work.
There will be pit stops for u to rest if u need to.
Ard 6am+, we were 3/4 there! This is a pit stop for those who were too tired to climb & js wanna busk in the magnificent sunrise & watch the display of colours go by. If not, there is another 3km or so up to the final destination right on top of the mountain.
Drinking hot tea to keep warm.
Hiding in the shelter cause it was so cold.
We stayed there & did not go higher. Too tired alr & it was mad cold up there.
There's a huge rock tt concaves in which still has steam coming out from it. It was so shiok standing next to it feeling the warmth!
Group shot!! WE MADE IT TO THE TOP!! ((:
Aft reaching the top we were shown by the tour guides ard the mountain & he brought us to see the volcanic crater.
The whole pathway up was filled w all sizes of rocks which made it v diff to walk.
We had quite sometime to take all these shots as we were waiting for our 2 friends who were still coming down.
When our 2 other friends finally came down, we were shocked to see a whole crowd following behind. She has a old knee injury & in the midst of coming down the mountain, some guy was running down & accidentally pushed a huge boudler tt hit her ankle. As a result, she cldn't walk & it started swelling.
They carried her down until the path was clear & took her on a motorcycle down.
The boys taking a leak. No toilet up there.
Happy i'm a complete hiker up Mount Batur! ^^
By the time it was 9am, it started getting warmer and not so cold. So it was okay to take out our jackets & strike a yoga pose! HAHAHAHA.
I can do a handstand! Used to watch tv like tt when i was a kid! Hahaha.
I love tt there are so many stary dogs in Bali. Wish i cld bring all of em home to give them shelter & food.
Nothing beats walking down this path w R. Knowing he will be there to catch u when u fall. Holding my hand & looking at me making sure i'm okay every once in a while. I cldn't be any happier creating this memory w him. I will ALWAYS rmbr this day. For i was filled w content walking side by side w my love.