Mount Batur is an active volcano in Bali and considered to be one of the most sacred Hindu sites. Trekking up this volcano to see the sunrise is an activity that has a place on every traveller’s list so you should add it to yours. Of course the trek can be undertaken alone, but be warned that you might have to encounter aggressive guides along the way. T
he trek starts in the dead of the night around 2am-3am, thus giving trekkers ample time to climb up the volcano slowly. All fitness levels can be accommodated so don’t worry if you aren’t a mountain climber. The sunrise takes place around 6.30 am in the summer months and is a spectacle that’s worth all night’s work. And if you cannot catch the sunrise due to cloud-cover issues, the trek under the night sky still makes it worth it. You can add a trip to the hot springs to your trek to make it more fun.
Price: Free (or starts 60 USD for a guided tour, food and transportation included)
Location: Mount Batur, Kintamani district
Timings: 2am/3am to 7am
Best Time to go: In-season in Bali starts in June. So if you can, plan a trip in April-May for a significantly lesser crowd, else, you might have to share your sunset with a hundred others.
Insider Tip: It gets cold on the peak, so dress appropriately