The following morning we were up at 2am to make the 2-hour drive to Mt. Batur. When we arrived at the bottom of the volcano it was 4am, and we had a 1.5-2-hour trek to the top! Our guide gave us flashlights to help us see where we were climbing. He was quick climber, and we passed many many people on our way up! Please note: this was not a leisurely climb, we were literally grabbing onto rocks at one point, and many people only went to the halfway point because of the rocky and challenging terrain.
We were the 2nd group to the top, so we snapped a quick photo!
Our guide took us to an area at the top where no other climbers were, and we were able to watch the sun rise in silence
Check out that amazing cloud cover!
(drinking some black tea)
See all those people? We would have been squished together! So glad our guide took us to the other side…
The hut where our guide made us some breakfast
The volcano is still active, so we put eggs and bananas into the rock so they cooked! We enjoyed “boiled” eggs, as well as a banana sandwich!
The dreaded climb back down…(yeah, we did that in the dark!)
Half way stop
Once we reached the bottom, our driver Dharma drove us around the area so we could take some photos of Lake Bratan.
Then he drove us to the top of a neighboring mountain so we could snap photos of Mt. Batur! All that black stuff is actually dried lava. They use that soil for farming and the building of roads, sidewalks, etc.
Next stop: Gunung Kawi. There were these beautiful and HUGE ancient cut shrines just a short drive from the volcano. Little did we know that there were a ton of stairs to get there
Check this out: I initially thought this guy was climbing up to trim away a few dead leaves which were not high up at all.
Then he did this:
Seriously? He was going for the coconuts! Totally awesome.
In other news: Our guide book said there was a highly recommended place for suckling pig in Ubud. Since Ubud was exactly halfway between the volcano we had just climbed and Sanur (where we were staying), we decided to stop by!
Talk about tender pork…
After we came back home (around 1:30pm!), we relaxed by the pool for a bit before going to an hour and a half long yoga class. Luckily in the area we were staying, there were many yoga studios to choose from. We chose Power Of Now Oasis, because Stefan’s wife (the instructor from the scuba diving trip) is a teacher there! Small world…
Since we had such a busy and active day, we had an early dinner before heading to bed!
(coolest butter container ever)