Things you should know before hiking the Batur Mountain
The Mountain of Batur is 1,717 meter high, and reach to the top of the mountain takes approximately two hours and a little bit less to the descent.
How the hike takes place?
Pick-up at your hotel
A driver will pick you up at your hotel around midnight at Seminyak / Kuta or around 2:00 am at Ubud. You will get a ride in a modern car with air conditioner and a private driver, so you can have some rest in your way to the Batur Mountain.
Arrival at Batur and preparation
You would arrive around 2:30 am at Batur, not so far away from the temple Pura Jati Batur. You will meet there your guide and get ready for the mountain climb.
The hike with the guide
The guide will lead you and adapt the pace of the hike to yours, but you can always ask to make a break if you feel exhausted! Along the hike, the guide will present to you the different plantations you will find: hot pepper, onions, ails, and also narrates you the good stories about the region and get to know the guide during this journey.
The first hour of ascent will be the easiest part: the path is a little angled and easy to walk through. However, the second hour will be more difficult and you will find a narrower path with rocks along the ascent. And every single step will be even harder with the sand and the slope making the trek exhausting.
You will be able to watch the stars shining in a dark sky.
At the top of the Batur Mountain
Once arrived at the end of your trek at the top of the Batur Mountain, it will be very cold, so you better bring with you your scarf, pullovers and windbreaker. You would be waiting for the sunrise around 6:00 am with your hot tea to warm you up. You would admire the sunrise in one of the highest spot in Indonesia.
You can take your breakfast and enjoy the tranquility of this place, and also get some of your energy back before you descend the mountain.
Descent, crater visit and views
On your way back on the descend, you will have a rest at the Batur crater, where you will still find some smoke going out and a hot steam from the heart of the crater.
You will enjoy the magnificent views of the Batur Lake and the Agung Mount. And once down the lake, you will have a great view of the Batur crater.
Guide or not?
This is the question that most of you are wondering when you plan to hike the Batur Mount. The thing is you won’t be able to do it by yourself as it is not authorized and can be dangerous as well.
What to bring for your trek at the Batur Mount
The climb of the mountain could be hard and exhausting, so you should arrive prepared for this. Having a good physical condition is necessary, but you will also need extra equipments, like hiking shoes, some clothes to keep you warm or even some food.
Booking your trek
You can expect to pay around 800,000 Indonesian rupees (around $60) per person for a group of 2 people (prices decrease for larger groups). So if you haven’t booked your trek to Batur Mount yet, you know what to do!
Top 3 Balinese Temples and Religious Sites
The Balinese Temples are unique in architecture and strecture and are built according to specific rules. The traditional religion is takes an entire part of the life in Bali. That is why you should not miss the opportunity to watch closer this aspect of the Balinese culture and admire the different temples around! As we are talking about religious places, pay attention to what you wear and get some decent clothes on. We have shortlisted for you 3 fantastic temples to visit during your trip in Bali.
Goa Lawah / Bat Cave Temple
Goa Lawah is also known as bat cave. It is called Bat Cave because of the two large, majestic banyan trees at the main entrance. It is a very important temple for the Balinese Hindu community. Goa Lawah is one of the most important temples you can find in Bali. Located at the South East coast of Bali, you will find such beautiful black sandy beach. And from here you will be able to see the horizon of the coast of Nusa Penida. It is very common for tourists and locals to stop here and give offerings.
Here are some tips for you if you visit the Bat Cave Temple! According to some tales, the cave has a pathway up to Besakih Temple in the North, at the foot of Mount Agung. You can go in the morning and pray with the locals. It is used to be a busy place thanks to its popularity and its access. So you will definitely enjoy visiting this temple!
Pura Luhur Uluwatu / Uluwatu Temple
This cliff-top temple is quite impressive once you get there. The temple is built on the steep cliff, and coming at this temple would make you feel like sitting on the throne of Bali. During sunset hours, the atmosphere fers literally enchanting. It is one of the nine key directional temples from Bali.
You have the possibility to enter to the temple area through two entrances. They are both surrounded by a some Ganesha sculptures (shaped like a human body with an elephant head). Behind the main shrine lies a Brahmin Statue facing the Indian Ocean. The temple might not look as spectacular as the other ones, but the location makes it unique: it is perched on a steep cliff 70 meters above the roaring Indian ocean waves. There are more steep headlands on either side and sunsets over Uluwatu so you should definitely enjoy your trip over there. With a scenic cave underneath and a beach close to the temple, this is the perfect spot for surfers!
You would also be able to watch a Balinese Dance Performance in the evening and although it can be a bit crowded at times or feel a bit touristic. But you will still get the Balinese touch and enjoy really enjoyable views. Watch your belongings though if you go to this temple, with all the monkeys around used to steal tourists stuffs!
Ulun Danu Batur
It literally means “head of the lake” which reflects not only the temple location, but also its importance and main purpose. The temple compound is composed of nine different smaller temples. There are almost 30 different shrines dedicated to the gods and goddesses of springs, water, crafts, art and agriculture, and art. These things are definitely the foundations of the Balinese society and its culture.
The Batur village is located down in the caldera at the foot of the volcano Mount Batur. You can visit the principal temple, Agung Batur, with its five main courtyards. As many important temples on Bali, considering the amount of tourists visiting the temples, the local devotees expect from the tourists a donation (around $1).
But there is a lot to explore once in there. Besides the rice paddies and the agriculture, you can see the Bali’s unique irrigation system (called Subak) controlled from the top of the volcano. Take your time to feel how unique is this temple site!
If this list of temples do not appeal to you, you can still find some other Balinese temple like Pura Luhur Lempuyang, Gunung Kawi Temple, or even Ulun Danu Bratan, one of the most important water temple around. So hurry and book your trip to Bali right now!
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Indonesia and its amazing islands
Despite the fact that gloating 17,000 islands, Indonesia may strike a chord with heaps of islands and shorelines and ocean, yet you be shock that it has the same amount of mountains. Being an archipelago that is arranged on the juncture of the tectonic plates – Asian, Australian, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, it has upwards of 129 volcanoes making it the nation with 13 percent of the world’s volcanoes. These volcanoes enclosing the stretch of Indonesia have a name with a cool ring to it – Indonesia Ring of Fire.
The volcanoes, some dynamic (some extremely dynamic) and some not, gives a normally staggering view not at all like some other. A percentage of the mountains are arranged inside a substantial volcanic lake or some with cavities that spurts blue flame.
The most famous mountain, Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo, at 2329 m, is a standout amongst the most famous mountain in Indonesia. This is expected its lofty magnificence, where it stands forebodingly inside the Tengger caldera ocean of sand while regurgitating grayish sulfurous smoke. Mount Bromo is a standout amongst the most dynamic volcanoes of the world and one of the continuous went by ones. Voyagers from great distances abroad come here to see the dawn over this mountain, where the ethereal scene is not to be missed.
Ijen Crater and its beautiful colors
Ijen Crater or privately known as Kawah Ijen is another prominent heap of Java after Mount Bromo. Numerous voyagers keep on visiting here after Mount Bromo and the experience is refreshingly new. Inside the pit you will see a great turquoise sulfur lake that oozes blazes, blue fire during the evening and smoky white in the day.You will likewise meet numerous sulfur authorities on your trek up and be stunned by the state of their work devouring the destructive vapor constantly.
Ijen spring of gushing lava contains the world’s biggest acidic volcanic lake that sparkles in delightful turquoise shading. By night the lake will throw off blue blazes which numerous explorers overcome the dim for.
Indonesia: 3 volcanic eruptions that changed forever the world
With 130 active volcanoes, Indonesia has the highest volcanic activities of any country in the world. More than 75% of Indonesian residents live within 100km of a volcano.
While the volcanic activity of the country nowadays is part of the daily lives of Indonesians and attracts tourists from all over the world, three major eruptions in earlier times in Indonesia forever changed the face of the whole world.
The volcano is known for its explosion on August 27, 1883, one of the most violent ever documented, which killed 36,000 people and created a tsunami whose waves were still noticeable when they reached Europe. The explosion is considered to be the loudest sound ever heard in modern history, with rumors of it being heard up to 5,000km from its eruption point. This disaster significantly inspired many works of literature, film, television, and music.
An 1888 lithograph of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa.
1815: Mount Tambora
This is the most powerful volcanic eruption in documented history. Its power is estimated to be more than ten thousand times the strength of the bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. The eruption directly killed 11,000 people. Including the tsunamis, famine, and epidemics that followed on Sumbawa and Lombok, the eruption is believed to have killed between 60,000 and 70,000 people.
Ashes sent into the stratosphere traveled around the Earth several times, resulting in what farmers in Europe and North America that year called the year without summer. Crops failed and herds faced an unusual mortality rate in most of the northern European countries, causing one of the worst famines of the 19th century.
Aerial view of the caldera of Mt Tambora at the island of Sumbawa (Photo: Jialang Gao)
77,000 years ago: Lake Toba
The explosive eruption of the super volcano Toba is one the largest volcanic episodes ever recorded on our planet. The theory of the Toba catastrophe claims that this event caused a volcanic winter that lasted from 6 to 10 years with a worldwide decrease in temperature between 3 to 5 °C and up to 15 °C in higher latitudes, followed by a global cooling that extended over approximately a millennium.
Scientists suggested that this episode caused an extremely sharp reduction in the world’s human population, which affected the gene pool of the human race.
Lake Toba featured in 1,000-rupiah banknote
These catastrophes are way behind us, and nowadays, Indonesia is attracting a growing number of tourists who are looking to explore the scenery created by centuries of volcanic activity.
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