Have you dreamed of spectacular views of mountains being set on fire by the pink hues of the sun? This is one of the most popular hikes and once you hear about it, you have to go. If you’ve thought about climbing this amazing place at sunrise then this post will be dedicated to everything you need to know about Mountain Batur sunrise trekking. I went during tourist high season in August I’ll tell you how to score a cheaper tour, what to expect and advice on climbing the mountain.
1. Find a cheap company and email them directly
Whatever you do, don’t book your trip online. Aaron found a pamphlet for Pineh Trekking on a Naver blog and we went from there. Bali is the most expensive part of Indonesia. In my opinion and they will try to rip you off to make their paper. Don’t fall for it. Aaron and I emailed Pineh directly (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). We negotiated a price and ended up getting a cheaper tour than that of our group. Included in the tour are: hotel pick up, 3am breakfast, tour guide, water, second breakfast including egg and bread with banana, and transport back to the hotel. Since we were staying in the Kuta area, we had to meet our driver at 1 am. The closer you are to Mount Batur, the cheaper your price will be.
Cost: 400,000 IDR
2. Breakfast at 3 am is rough
Waking up at 12:30 am sucks. It took two hours to get to our destination at the base of the mountain. If you’re staying in the Ubud area, you’ll get more sleep. I was barely awake when they started bringing crepes filled with delicious banana. I was so asleep I even forgot my phone in the car. Even though being awake at odd hours sucks, the breakfast was delicious.
3. Mountain Batur is Difficult
I like to hike but at my own pace. I’m really slow and I like to take my time, take photos and rest a lot. In the dark, you’re scrambling around with your light in front of you paving the way. Our tour group was hauling ass and I fell way behind at some points. In order to make the sunrise, you have to go pretty quickly for about two hours. As I was huffing and puffing, our tour guide had to hold my hand to help me up the mountain. #fail Even if you’re fit, expect this hike to be quick, exhilarating, and sweaty. You will need to catch your breath at certain points.
4. Dress appropriately.
I suggest bringing a small but comfortable backpack. Take a nice camera, your selfie stick and extra water. The tour guide will bring a second breakfast for you (eggs cooked in the volcanic steam, more bananas and bread). I suggest bringing more water if you get thirsty and a warm sweater. You’ll be sweating up the mountain, but once you stop moving and take a seat to watch the sunrise, you will be freezing with snot running attractively down your face. If there’s room in your bag, then take an extra shirt so you’re not shivering. Wear your gym shoes and comfortable hiking wear. I saw a couple dressed really well without the proper shoes, but at least their photos will be awesome, right?
5. Monkeys suck
If you want a selfie with one on your head then go for it, but they are terrible little creatures. Be aware monkeys bite and can get aggressive. They will steal your food, your water or anything else you have that’s loose and dangling. One was so bold as to stalk me just to steal my hand sanitizer. Cheeky little shit.
6. The sunrise is incredible
I took a time lapse of the sunrise and I took loads of photos. Even without a photo, the memory is still ingrained into the back of my eye lids. I liked watching the clouds roll around near the mountains and how the mountain lit up with pink as the sun slowly rose.
7. You may not see the sunrise
I hate to be the debbie downer on this one, but sometimes the clouds win over the sun and it’s possible you will not see it. We got lucky to see half of it and then the other half was doused in gray. Even if you don’t get to see it, the bright side is you burned all your calories for the day.
8. The way down is just as hard
I had bruises for days after going down Mount Batur. It’s really rocky and the ground isn’t so stable. I fell about three times and after the first time I was so ready to get off that mountain. Take your time and go slowly so you don’t injure yourself like I did.
Did you find out everything you need to know about Mountain Batur? Have you been or are you planning your trip? I would love to know more about it!