7 things you should know before climbing Mount Batur volcano, Bali for the sunrise

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

Here is a monkey enjoying my breakfast

Here is a monkey enjoying my breakfast

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.


'We made it' selfie

‘We made it’ selfie



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Traveling Ted February 7, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Great tips. Sometimes these climbs up mountains can be a lot tougher than you think, so it is good to know the difficulty level before departing. Also good to know about the lunch stealing monkeys. I had my lunch stolen in Costa Rica by raccoons, so I am wary now when I hike.
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sallymunt February 8, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Thank you. My legs hurt for days after and I was so hungry the next day. These creatures act all cute and then BAM, your egg sandwich is gone!


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