And Exciting Hiking, Climbing Mount Batur Begins!!

There was a small debate about who would be joining, because at that time there were only three of us, and it felt uncomfortable if only three people left. Finally I tried to send sms to several candidates who most likely want to participate.

I sent about 4 sms, and yay! Get one more personnel to run this crazy idea. Batur Sunrise Trekking, without a plan, without preparation, without knowing the hiking path!! A little reckless, but fun isn’t it!? Or rather… you could say, CRAZY!! Hehehe…

Brief information about Mount Batur, is an active volcano on the island of Bali, and has erupted many times. The last time it erupted was in 2004, the greatest eruption occurred in 1926 which had covered the Batur village and Ulun Danu temple with its incandescent lava.

Besides the history of eruptions that are quite terrible, Mount Batur saves a million charms of beauty. Not only hiking tours for adventure lovers like me, but also Toya Bungkah’s natural hot springs that I can enjoy while looking at the view of Lake Batur after a tired hike.

After the preparations were complete, 4 impromptu climbers departed from Kuta at 11.30 pm, with daypack equipment, two 1.5 liter aqua bottles on the left and right of the daypack. I think it’s enough for a hike later.

The trip to Kintamani takes approximately 2 hours, with 2 iron horses and 4 impromptu climbers who are full of enthusiasm through the darkness of night to the Batur area, Kintamani.

The whole trip was quiet, because it was really late, only occasionally we passed motorized vehicles from the opposite direction.

The air during the trip was quite cold and a little foggy as it approached Kintamani. At around 01.30 am WITA, we arrived at the area in Kintamani, and rested at the Panelokan point.

Panelokan is the point where we can enjoy the view of Mount Batur and Lake Batur simultaneously during the day. When the weather is clear, the view from here is very beautiful.

Taking a short break, I turned on my laptop to open Google, and looked for where the initial location of the start of the climb to Mount Batur was. Well, an instant idea, preparation for climbing was only modest.

My principle is “ask uncle google and you will be fine”. Believe it or not, all this time I only used Google as a preparation for traveling or looking for info during the trip, plus a little asking here and there on the trip.

After I searched for information about Mount Batur for a while, I found several blog articles and several maps that I believe are the starting location for climbing Mount Batur, Pura Jati Toya Bungkah. After that we immediately continued our journey armed with this information.

Through the darkness of the Kintamani night, with iron horses, we continued to the starting location of climbing Mount Batur. It looks easy and clear on Google Map because of the blog that provides information on the location of the start of the climb.

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However, it turned out that we were still lost, even after meeting the climbing post officer, while looking for a place to park our iron horse. We almost got lost in the dark because we took the wrong start point, plus the flashlight we brought turned out to be very dim.

The flashlight that I carry is like living, I don’t want to die, hehe! Because of that, the only lighting left is a few low-powered cellphones, and one cellphone that functions as a GPS!! :D.

Realizing that we took the wrong route, we decided to turn back towards the iron horse parking lot, and look for more information to the climbing post that I saw on the asphalt road earlier.
The original climbing post turned out to be near the Jati Toya Bungkah Temple. Only then did we realize that we were really lost. Luckily it didn’t continue :D. To climb to Mount Batur, a climbing levy of IDR 10,000 per person is charged.

So for 4 people the total is Rp. 40,000,. In addition, we were also offered a guide to accompany the climb at a price of 50 thousand per person. For 4 people the total is IDR 200,000.

It’s actually quite cheap, but based on an impromptu plan, I only brought a little cash, so I had to be confident that I knew the route even though I didn’t really know. It’s easy, let’s just see how this EXCITING journey is carried away by fate :D.

The second blind trip was continued, the time was 03.00 but this time we were not unlucky to get lost, we met a kind-hearted local resident whose house is on the slopes of Mount Batur.

We were also told the route to climb to the top, even had a little chat with them when our journey was still on track. They turned out to be working as stone seekers in this Mount Batur area.

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