Mt. Batur, Bali (Indonesia)

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Mt. Batur, Indonesia

Mt. Batur, Bali (Indonesia) Reviews

christiant86 christia…
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Amazing May 12, 2011
One of the most rewarding experiences in Bali. If you are in Uluwatu or Kuta, you will have to leave at 2am in order to arrive at Mt. Batur by 4am and be at the peak for sunrise. You must definitely haggle with the price of the guide, but he is a necessity so dont try to go at it alone. If you are a surfer or athlete at all the hike will not be that bad. But for those who love to eat McDonalds or smoke cigarettes, you might need to take a few more stops on the way to the top. Do it! and bring a camera..
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mypictures4u mypictur…
30 reviews
Mar 23, 2007
Mt. Batur or "Gunung Batur" is an active stratovolcano located in a huge caldera in northeastern Bali. It is 5,633 feet (1717 m) high. last eruption was recorded in 2000.

One year after this eruption my wife and I hiked to the summit. This trip can be easily arranged in local restaurants or hotels. But also in cities like Ubud or Kuta. We paid about 30 $. This charge included a drive to the volcano from a nearby village a guided tour to the summit and a volcano boiled egg (not kidding!).

Caution: I found out that some people had paid 10 $ less for the very same trip whereas others had been charged 50 $! So bargaining could be successful.

Since our trip included a sunrise view rom the rim of the crater we started arround 3 am. It was totally dark outside (bring a flashlight). Due to the darkness the ascent was quite unspectacular concerning the outlook (= none). It way very strenuous, though. Our guide apparently tried to break the record for the fastest ascent ever. Instead of walking at a consistent but moderate speed he pushed us to our limits. We were actually running up this mountain with only two flashlights for our group of six people. Our guide carried one of them. The speed was break-necking. And we had to have breaks every five minutes. Unfortunately we had no idea about how long the trip would take and were too tired and puffed to complain. We simply held on.

Having reached the top we quickly forgot about the tedious ascent. The view from the top was admirable. We experienced a wonderful sunset. Mt. Agung was visable at the horizon whereas Lake Batur was covered by a layer of clouds. Must have been a fascinating sight: Dozens of weirdos sitting on top of a volcano eating steam cooked eggs...

After a while our guide took us arround the summit area and showed us the most recent craters. Impressive. In some areas the ground below our feet was warm because of the thermal activity.

We finally left our guide behind and made the descent to the waiting car on our own.

Bottom line:

It was a great trip wich could have been even greater with a slower guide.

Total elevation:

2,300 feet/700 m

Please note:

Bring warm clothes!
I made it!
From the summit Mt. Gunung Agung (…
Mt. Batur from the rim of the cald…
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denagirl says:
wow! what was the weather like?
Posted on: May 07, 2008
mypictures4u says:
Ah, you got there, too? :-D
No deep bruise in my case but I twisted my ankle early on the way up. I did not hurt until after the descent. But then... . I would like to raze this painful experience from my memory :-D
Posted on: Mar 25, 2007
kelleeoo says:
Aww...memories! Those egg sandwiches at the top were great, but we'd eat anything after that hike! The deep bruise that still remains on my leg also reminds me of my tumble down the lava rock with our fast guide!
Posted on: Mar 24, 2007
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