Catching the Sunrise on Top of Mount Batur in Bali

Hi! We’re Candy and Crystal. We’re sisters who grew up as military brats and spent the first half of our lives in Japan. The majority of our family resides in Japan, but we ventured out and have spent the second half of our lives mainly in the United States. We both love traveling and have always documented our travels, so we decided it was time to share our travel experiences with the rest of the world.

Everyone knows that I hate hiking. I like the idea of it and am excited about the hike at first, but start to get tired 30 minutes into it. Most of the time, I can’t make it up any further as I am too winded. It’s a miracle that I made it to the top of Mount Batur as it was the most brutal hike I have ever encountered. With the help of my fellow retreaters and my hiking tour guide, I was able to make this incredible hike.

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At first, I wasn’t even thinking about doing this hike, but when our yoga teacher, Emily, mentioned doing yoga on top of the mountain, I thought that would be a unique experience, so I decided to join.

The day started at 3am. We all met in the resort lobby and headed to the buses that took us to the start of Mount Batur. We arrived at 4:30am and met our tour guides. There were 3 of them taking care of 12 of us and we were each handed a flashlight as we had to hike in the dark. 

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The first 30 minutes of the hike was pretty easy with not much incline. I was thinking to myself, “This is going to be a breeze! Glad I decided to do this". Then the hike started getting steeper and my heart started pounding harder and I was running out of breath. I didn't think it would get much worse than that, but when we got to the halfway point, I got a glimpse of what I was hiking up to and now was thinking, “Holy crap. What did I get myself into? There’s no way I can do this.”

I was starting to fall back and couldn’t keep up with the group, but luckily,