When in Bali, I heard from my friend Tejal, that we can go for a volcano trekking ! I immediately liked the idea because it is going to be my first volcano hike. So we booked the same cab as her and his name is “Ready “. Ready came to pick us up at 2.00 am in the morning, as we are staying in near Kuta. And the volcano is 80 km away. Ready is a good driver (Even his agency’s name is Good Bali drivers) and we reached little before 4 am. His price includes for the local guide, who is mandatory to accompany. Foolish thing was I did not take good shoes and I had to rent one along with a jacket. We bought some food, which was pretty expensive. Then we started our journey to the pick.
There are thousands of hikers and trekkers around but we kept falling back as my astrophysics nuts hubby keep taking picture of the southern hemisphere sky. The road is really tricky though because of the loose lava stones.Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The south east side of the larger 10×13 km caldera contains a caldera lake. The inner 7.5-kilometer-wide caldera, which was formed during emplacement of the Bali , has been dated at about 23,670 and 28,500 years ago. The most recent eruption was in 2000.
Crater summit is 1717 MT , but I did not go that far. My husband went up and I saw the sunrise from a midway resting place, but did not mind because the hike was harder near the top. Maybe next time 😛
The caldera is populated and includes the four main villages of Kedisan, Songan, Trunyan and Toya Bungkah, among a total of 15 villages. The locals do lots of farming but many of the youngsters directly go to the guide business which is increasingly popular outdoor activity in Bali now.
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