Mount Batur Trekking. A UNESCO geopark in Bali.
|Batur 1,717 m above sea level|
I was impressed for the first time to hike Mount Batur because I get information that it is one of two UNESCO Global Geoparks in Indonesia. Thanks to Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change 2017. The journey of this experience is worth to try, especially if you are in Bali and seeking for alternative rather than just sandy beach. This journey is a description on how I enjoy sunrise from highland in Bali and various feature in this geopark..
First of all, Indonesia has two Global Geopark recognized by UNESCO. Besides mount Batur, Sewu mount that located in the area of three provinces in Java is recognized in 2015. Mount Batur recognized at 2012. However, there are plentiful geopark in Indonesia as the archipelago is full of ancient and active volcanoes due to its location on the zone of ring of fire. Geopark is unified area that rich of geological as well as cultural heritage that intended to promote awareness and economic well-being of people who live surround area through various effort, typically by tourism.
As a former student of mining engineering that learn geology as well, I am very keen to visit this geopark. Located at Kintamani sub district, 82 km from Ngurah Rai International Airport, Denpasar, Bali, Mount Batur is the easiest volcano to hike compare to mount Agung, or Bratan.
Our journey was started at 2pm. Our ambition is to see sunrise on the top of Batur. Using motorbike, it just takes two hours to the starting point of trekking. In starting point, we were not alone, there are estimated 500 hundreds people hike to the top of mountain. Majority are International tourist. All visitors have to pay entrance fee. For local, it is just 3k while international is 100k plus international tourist have to guided by professional while for local, it is optional. Paying guide tour is pretty expensive here. The price is 400k and limited for 4 people only. Of course foreign visitor pay so high compare to local. I just remember when I was in Montana, US, I pay 0 for hiking to Jumbo mountain. A high price even compared to developed country.
|Crowd on top of Batur|
|Light Bulb along Batur Lake|
In the morning, it is so clear that we were walking in the cloud. On top, we might be still in the cloud. However wind change the location of cloud opening the beautiful scenery of other side of Mount Batur. In the middle of it, is Lake Batur, the ancient caldera of this volcano.
|Top of Batur|
|Monkey on top of Batur|
|Black volcanic sand of Batur|
|Felsic volcanic rock of Batur Explosion|
|Natural steam of Batur|
|Cave in Batur|
|Hot spring swimming pool near from starting point of Batur trekking|
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