It takes a 2 hour trek to get to the top of Mt Batur, past loose rocks and slippery black lava sand. I fell on my ass a couple of times. It wasn’t exactly easy, but it wasn’t impossible either. What kept me going was sheer determination to get to the top and to prove that I was able to.
And one perk of trekking in the wee hours of the morning is the sky full of stars. Urgh, it was gorgeous.
Ibid, after the sun came up. The climb was tough, but the view from the top was worth it.
Aforementioned loose rocks and slippery black lava sand.
The climb down was exponentially easier, but that was because we took a longer, gentler route.
Trekked through a forest as well, which made a nice change of scenery.
Made it back down!
Hella amazing experience, I’m so glad I did this. Bonus was that my ego was boosted by our trekking guide who asked if I trekked before — “nope, this is my first time” — because I was strong and doing quite well. My treadmill tortures have paid off!!
Mt Batur and Lake Batur from another vantage point (this was a pretty steep climb too, but done in the comfort of our rental car, so it wasn’t so bad).