Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano located in the centre of Bali. It is an active volcano, having last erupted from 1997 to 2000. On July 7th 2000 shooting ash 300 meters above the crater. Major eruptions in pre-historic periods formed the secondary volcano and caldera, which partly filled with water and formed Lake Batur. The last huge eruption was in 1963, in which Mt Batur destroyed many villages and caused over 1000 deaths.
At over 1,700 metres high, it is the perfect place to watch the sunrise. Once you have done the 2 hours hike of course. ‘Yay, lets climb a volcano you may all be thinking’. Well it is not as easy as it sounds. Here are a few things you should know before attempting the sunrise hike.
1. Its hard. So hard. I am pretty fit and healthy and I found the 2 hour climb to the top hard! We had two breaks of about 5 minutes. It was hardcore. Plus getting up at 2am doesn’t leave you full of beans.
2. It is pitch black. Well it is 3am when you start the hike and you are trying to make it to the top for sunrise. Take a head torch. Rock climbing with a torch in hand is not easy.
3. You have to get picked up at 2am to get to the top for sunrise. ‘Yay so much fun, I love getting up at 2am’ said no one, ever. Meh.
4. It is cold at the top. You sweat so much getting up there. Your clothes are wet and then when you reach the top,it is winter. Well it is not winter for English people but it is pretty cold. Take a sweater. Take two.
5. The monkeys will try to steal your breakfast. And your hat, And
your water. And your camera. Monkeys are naughty. The last thing you want after a 2 hour volcano hike is a monkey to be eating your breakfast in front of you. The monkey will practically be laughing in your face.
6. The way down is just as hard as the way up. You are tired, cold, your legs ache oh and to top it off you have to climb down something that you practically needed rock climbing equipment to go up.
7.The view is AMAZING. Totally worth it. Plus think of the cookies you can eat after all that cardio. I would not do it again but I am glad I did it.
On September 20, 2012 UNESCO has made Mount Batur Caldera a part of the Global Geopark Network.