We really wanted to do the Mt Batur sunrise trek after reading such good reviews about the views from the top.
We had previously used Bali4U tours for a day sightseeing tour and because of their excellent service decided to use them again. Booking was easy through WhatsApp.
Pickup was arranged for 1:45am and after a pleasant journey up to the start point we met with our trekking guide Padu. He was very friendly, funny and knowledgeable. We set out our walking at about 3:30am with flashlight provided. The climb itself starts off gentle but soon becomes quite intense but manageable. Be prepared for a good 2 hour climb. You can either stay at the 1st Top for sunrise or climb to the second Top. For the extra effort it is definitely worth going up to the second Top.
When at the top our guide found us a good spot to sit and provided a carpet, warm drink and light breakfast of banana sandwich and boiled egg. We got to the top at about 5:30, but the climb is really popular and busy so by getting up early we got a good spot to witness the sunrise!
Be prepared for how cold it is up top! No exaggeration even if you don’t climb in layers, make sure you bring layers to put on ! It is very nippy. We ended up renting 2 blankets at 50,000 IDR each.
Sunrise was at 6:30 and our guide took some good pictures for us and suggested good poses! We admired the scenery for about half an hour then began our decent. This only took an hour but be very careful the ground is slippery and steep and the terrain is rough! You don’t have to be the fittest person to climb but be aware it’s not for the faint hearted.
Our guide brought us to our driver at the halfway point where the road ends by the new temple and we set off on our long journey back to Seminyak. We were offered a trip to the coffee plantation but we declined as we had been a few days earlier. We arrived back at the hotel by 10:30am.
So all in all a tiring but throughly enjoyable day and well worth the 800,000 IDR each. The driver was friendly and encouraged us to sleep on the journey and our guide was brilliant and jovial. I would strongly recommend using Bali4U tours. You can either book on WhatsApp or through there website and you can pay the driver the fee. Would definitely use them again for any tour!!! Many Thanks!