I booked this last minute through my hotel in Ubud and was lucky enough that a few other people must have joined the tour as well and we could go. The driver picked me up at 3:30am from my hotel foyer. We got to the bottom of the mountain around 4:15am and started our walk up the mountain in darkness with our guide who was assigned to the three of us. It was colder there than i thought it would be and i hired a jacket for 50,000 RP from some locals at the start of the walk. I didn't even end up using it though as you warm up fairly quickly on the walk and my light jumper was enough in the end.
We made good time going up as we all seemed fairly fit and the guide wasn't even puffing. It was a medium to hard walk, you need good shoes for this. We had a full moon going up and the weather was very changeable. When we started it didn't look like we would be able to see the sunset for all the clouds. As we went up the clouds cleared.
The last part of the climb is hardest but luckily it doesn't drag on for too long. We were up the top with a lot of other groups with around 30-40 minutes before sunset.
There are people up the top selling coke and coffee and as the early morning light came through we could see clouds and fog lower down the mountain covering ti like a blanket. From the top you can see Mt Agung and further over from there Lombok, which is the direction the sun comes up.
It wasn't a perfect sunrise as there was still some cloud about (this was in late May) but we were lucky we got a sunset at all. Took some great pictures and was great to get another perspective on Bali, as you could see over to the coast, and to Lombok.
Our guide then said he could take us over to where the last active volcanic crater is (this was optional). We all decided to do the extra walking to see the active part of the mountain. There is steam coming up through the ground all over the place, on the way around he cooked some eggs (hardboiled) in one of the holes after covering it over and leaving them for around 10 minutes. We came back down the mountain a different way, in one part bolting full bore down the mountain where the volcanic sand was very soft, which was fun.
Because we did the extra tour we were the third last group back to the car park, where our driver was waiting. We tipped the tour guide and made our way back to Ubud.
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