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Sunrise Hike at Mount Batur

by Vitra on February 6, 2015 · 0 comments

The alarm went off at 2am on the morning of August 17th. We sluggishly got dressed and made our way to the lobby – our tour guide was already waiting for us.

After a relaxing day in Bali, we were now going to embark on a hike up Mount Batur to view sunrise. Mount Batur is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia. The sunrise trek to the summit of Mt. Batur is 1717 meters (5633 feet). 

Our guide said that normally there are only about 100 people who do the trek on a daily basis, but we happened to be doing it on Indonesia’s Independence Day. This meant we had the company of more than a thousand people, all ascending single-file, with torches and hiking sticks.

Sunshine! Sunshine!


Having seen images of the gorgeous sunrise and surrounding landscape, I was excited to have some morning exercise and leisurely wait for the sun to appear. Boy, was I wrong!!

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The last time I experience the frigid chill of winter was one year ago. Since then, we have enjoyed constant 90+ degree weather in Singapore.

We came back to visit our folks during the summer and the weather reinforced my staunch position that NYC is the best place on earth.

But now we are back in NYC… And it is freezing. Quickly, I am reminded of how single-digit weather feels… And my bones are still trying to warm up. Even inside a warm home, I am layered up and wearing a scarf. Clearly I need to “woman up!”





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