Planning A Trip To Bali? Catch Sunrise Over Mount Batur, An Active Volcano

Are you an early riser, a thrill-seeker, or perhaps both? While Bali is renowned for its beaches, there's an exhilarating adventure that awaits those willing to explore beyond the shoreline—the Mount Batur sunrise trek. Venture up this active volcano, witness a breathtaking sunrise, and go beyond the ordinary Balinese escapade
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Credit: iStock

Surrounded by a sea of orange clouds, sunrises at Mount Batur are what postcards are made of. At 1717m above sea level, this active volcano, also known as ‘Gunung Batur’ in local language, in Bali's Kintamani region offers a mesmerising viewpoint, with its caldera surrounded by black lava hills. Despite its activity, the last eruption was recorded in 2000, ensuring a safe exploration of this geological wonder. Lake Batur, Bali's largest crater lake, lies to the east, providing sacred waters that sustain central Bali's rivers and springs.
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How To Embark On A Trek To Gunung Batur
Despite its height, the trek to Mount Batur is quite moderate, with an elevation of 500m, and takes you around 2 hours to reach there. Most tour operators offer hotel pick ups that are as early as 2am if you’re staying in Ubud. But if you’re staying in one of the budget hotels in Kintamani, you can give yourself two more hours of sleep and start at 4am. This is a popular hike, so expect dozens, if not more, local and international travellers together on the same path. You’ll have to start the hike early and reach there just before dawn.
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The reward? A spectacular sunrise above the clouds. Watch as the sun transforms the sky, revealing Mount Agung, another active volcano in the distance which is the highest point of Bali, and appears completely conical from a distance. This Instagram-worthy scenery is perfect for photographers and nature lovers alike.
Breakfast At The Top
Since Batur is an active volcano, there are steam vents near the crater, and your guide will let you treat yourself to a breakfast (mostly eggs) by sticking them in the vents. Some tours even offer a scrumptious breakfast box, providing a much-needed energy boost for your gruelling walk downhill.
Natural hot spring spa under Batur volcano Credit iStock
Natural hot spring spa under Batur volcano. Credit: iStock
A Dip In The Hot Spring
On your way back, (or to the top), make a stop at a hot spring that goes by the name Toya Devasya. It looks like an infinity pool, and lets you soak in the amazing view of Lake Batur and the jungle foliage. It certainly is perfect after a calf-killing trek and will soothe your tired muscles.
Another place that is worth a halt is Tibumana waterfall—a hidden gem surrounded by jungle foliage. Enjoy the tranquil plunge pool or take a refreshing swim to unwind after the trek.
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