Travel with me to Mount and Lake Batur in Bali, Indonesia.
In one of my trips to Bali I decided to go climb the active Volcano Batur. Rising to 5,633 feet, Mount Batur can be climbed by physically-fit hikers in around two hours.Starting in the dark of the early morning, around 3:30 am, I ascended to the highest peak and crater for a glorious sunrise and stunning morning views.
Mount Batur is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia. The southeast wall of the inner caldera lies beneath Lake Batur that is the widest lake in this island. It lies down in the feet of Mount Batur and Mount Abang. At lake Batur you can see the scenic view and feel cool atmosphere. UNESCO has made Mount Batur Caldera a part of the Global Geopark Network.
The caldera is populated and includes the two main villages of Kedisan and Toya Bungkah. The locals largely rely on agriculture for income but tourism has become increasingly popular due to the relatively straightforward trek to the summit of the central crater. Most people begin the climb up Mount Batur from the village of Toya Bungkah. If taking the right way it takes up to 2 hours to reach the top.
My recommendations for trekking Mount Batur:
Leave your hotel at 2am to reach Toya Bungkah Village around 3:30 am to start preparing and hiring a guide. There are many guides and they will have a light and will bring tea and light breakfast for you. You have the option to go in motor bike to go halfway of the trek if you think is too much but honestly is an easy trek. Wear a jacket as it is cold in the morning and wear comfortable tennis shoes and clothing.
If you choose to contact a travel agency – all operating under the same organization – offer early pickup (2:00 am) usually include transportation, a simple breakfast, and a guided walk up the volcano to watch the sunrise.
I just went there with my driver and had a great guide that helped me with my camara bag, the trekking took around 2 hours. On our descent, we explored the three younger craters and the most recent lava flows while looking at the amazing volcanic landscape. After I left Mount Batur we drove down the village I took some photographs of the people starting the beautiful morning and went down to lake Batur where I was astonished by the panoramic views I captured.
Hope you enjoy the photographs and visit the Volcano soon 🙂