We wrapped up early, as we had decide to do the Mt.Batur trek that night. A word of advice, ask around in multiple agencies, and always always always bargain! The more people joining you in the trip, the bigger the bargain.We decided on an agency and they confirmed sending a car to pick us up at 1:30 am. The driver was prompt and we slept the entire way, which was a good 1.5 hours.We did borrow some of the cushions from the AirBnB for the ride :) Once there, we met our guide who gave us torches to navigate in the dark and we set off soon after. Make sure your agency includes these torches in the package, as they are definitely required.
The trek is not a hard one , and anyone who is fairly healthy can do it. I had my share of wheezing and heaving as usual, but then that's old news now. My sister Annie had joined me this time around, this being her first trek and it was double the fun! However, it did take some convincing for her (and my guide) to believe that I wasn't going to fall to the side of the road and pass out!
Luckily , the skies were clear, and we had a brilliant view of the Mt.Batur and the other surrounding peaks as we ascended, with the starlit sky as the perfect backdrop. Towards the top, you get to see the Lake Batur too. Too bad my night photography skills suck!
The path turns quite steep and rough about 10 minutes before you reach the top, and by then the line of people hiking with you gets bottlenecked and you have to move in a single file.And then, just like that, you are at the top.
Our guide , a young guy of 17 , showed us to a spot where we sat on rickety benches to await the sunrise. It was quite chilly up there, and we were thankful for the sweaters & a stole each we had carried with us.
What I was most grateful for, however, was the steaming mug of hot chocolate our guide handed over to us once we had found ourselves a seat.There was breakfast too : a boiled egg and some kind of banana sandwich, which aren't really culinary delights, but who cares!
The wait wasn't very long, and soon we could see the red streaks of pre-dawn spreading out from the horizon. We had a beautiful view of Lake Batur, the surrounding villages with Mt.Rinjani & Mt.Agung a stark silhouette against the brightening sky.
And the best part? We had a (I assume) local guy break out into song accompanied with some guitar strings while we watched the sun rise. "Blowin in the wind" never sounded so good!
We headed down soon after sunrise, and the descent was much faster. A bit too fast, in fact, with me doing an involuntary long jump resulting in scraped elbows and knees.