Climbing Mount Batur
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in this world”
― Gustave Flaubert
T’was was the most memorable day of 2015 in terms of travel-related memories. Ticked off mountain trekking from my bucket list and swore that I had a year’s worth of exercise done and dusted (kidding). Looking back, the climb felt like a dream ( I still wonder how I managed to do it). Woke up at 1am hopped into our car enroute Mount Batur which was 2.5 hours away. Greeted by piercing cold winds once we stepped out, it seemed as though it was a hint of what is to come. We bolted to the nearby store as we heard that some windbreakers and pants were up for rental. The climb took 7 hours ( 330am – 1030am) up and down the steep gravel-filled slopes. I cannot forget how beautiful the view was as we ascended in the midst of pitch black darkness with our only source of light being a torchlight given to us by our guides. I was mesmerized by the trial of lights which littered the path up the mountain, little did I know that the seemingly short route ahead would actually take me hours to climb. No doubt it was extremely exhausting and many times I had thoughts of giving up but I would definitely recommend everyone who’s planning to visit Bali to spend a day climbing Mount Batur, the view from the top amongst the clouds would be more than worth it. Being surrounded by the brilliance of God’s creation stirred up this relaxing feeling within. I hope you like these visuals as much as I do. Now, to finally catch some shut eye after being awake for close to 24 hours and having less than 3 hours of sleep the past 3 days. But well, anything for a travel trip filled with adventure right?