Blessed with incredible beaches and mountains, Bali offers abundant activities for those who want to relax or have adventures. Trekking to Mount Batur Bali is one of the most popular things to do on the island since it offers adventure and a breathtaking view of the island from its summit, also doable for everyone. My recent trip trekking to Mount Batur Bali is one of the coolest experiences I had in Bali, thus I recommend y’all to take the trekking trip to the iconic mountain in Bali when you’re here. Here I will share 5 things you need to know before trekking to Mount Batur Bali.
1. Trekking to Mount Batur Bali, A Journey to Bali Active Volcano
Mount Batur or Gunung Batur in Bahasa Indonesia is an active volcano located between two calderas northwest of Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali. The stratovolcano sits at Kintamani district, Bangli regency, Central Bali 1717 meters in height or 5600 feet above sea level. Batur volcano is considered to be more than 50.000 years old and was even more than 4000 meters high before the first eruption 29,300 years ago. This eruption caused a collapse of the magma chamber that created two concentric calderas. Nowadays Mount Batur is marked by a collapsed top that is called a caldera.
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The last eruption of Mount Batur Bali was in the year 2000. Now it is considered safe to climb Mount Batur since it is heavily monitored. The second highest mountain in Bali is more favored by tourists to climb compared with Mount Agung since the latter erupted not so long ago, in 2019. To get here, you need to take a car for 2 hours from Canggu/ Seminyak or 1 hour from Ubud. I suggest you take a car instead of a scooter since it’s safer to be on the road over midnight (the hike started a few hours before dawn so you’ll able to enjoy sunrise from the peak). Or, you could take trekking to Mount Batur Bali tour package which is gonna pick you up from your accommodation.
2. Which Hiking Trails Should You Choose?
There are 4 hiking trails toward the summit of Mount Batur Bali ranging from the most popular one to the hardest one :
1. Pasar Agung Trail: The shortest trek which is 3,5 km from the summit, but the hiking trail isn’t easy since there are climbing points that provide a rather extreme terrain through sandy and slippery paths. You need shoes with a good grip if you’ll take Pasar Agung Trail.
2. Toya Bungkah Trail: The most popular trail among hikers. You will get a lot of convenience hiking through Toya Bungkah Trail. Among them; the trails are shorter and easier with less steep or steep climbing terrain. The reason is, since 2017 the Mount Batur motorcycle taxi association has repaired this route. Almost 60% of the climbing terrain is in the middle of shady trees such as acacia trees and eucalyptus trees and various other types of trees. So if you climb Mount Batur through this route, you will not feel hot/hot when descending Mount Batur.
This trail is also more friendly for beginners and kids since it has 3 stops, and even if they can’t continue the ascent, they could use ojek (motorbike taxi) to get to the summit.
3. Serongga Trail: The starting point of Serongga is almost exactly the same as the Toya Bungkah route, but there are some differences, such as; a slippery sandy road, which you have to pass for 30 minutes before reaching the top. Therefore, it takes extra energy when you take this hiking trail.
There is only one viewpoint, namely at the top of Mount Batur, so inevitably you have to be fit because to be able to see the sunrise or a good view you can only see it from above.
4. Culali Trail: The hardest & longest trail toward Mount Batur summit and is not recommended for beginners. The hiking distance is 7 km and when you’re hiking along this trail you’ll pass through volcanic lava and lava remnants of Mount Batur Bali.
The starting point with the hiking trail through Culali is the longest trail at the foot of Mount Batur Bali. You will need a longer time than other starting points for climbing Mount Batur, namely; 2.5 – 3 hours to reach the main peak.
I do not recommend this hiking trail if you climb in the dark because the sandy and rocky paths that you will pass are quite long. Although it has the longest route, this start point has the advantage of seeing the second crater (new crater) of Mount Batur which last erupted in 2000.
3. The Best Way To Trekking to Mount Batur Bali
The best way to get to the Mount Batur summit is by booking a sunrise trek. You can’t go by yourself, especially if you’re gonna start hiking before dawn to catch the sunrise at the summit. It’s better to join a tour since you will be guided by a Mount Batur guide and be picked up from your hotel toward the starting point. I paid 300.000 Rupiah including transportation from Canggu to Kintamani and vice versa, a guide, mineral water, trekking pole, a flashlight, entrance ticket, breakfast on the summit, first aid care, and trip documentation (photo & video). I and Adrien stayed in Canggu thus the package cost more than my friends who were being picked up in Sanur.
You could also drive to the meeting point yourself then meet your guide there. But I only recommend you to drive by yourself if you stay around Kintamani or Ubud. Mount Batur sunrise trekking price starts from 150K Rupiah/ person (without pick-up transportation). We had a very fun experience trekking to Mount Batur Bali with @gunungbaturtrekking, hence I recommend you to contact them via Instagram DM @gunungbaturtrekking or send a message to their Whatsapp number: +628311 9086 025 if you wish to have a trekking to Mount Batur Bali.
4. My Experience Trekking to Mount Batur Bali
The car picked us up on 1.30 AM then took us to Kintamani for 2 hours journey. Our guide meet us at the meeting point at 3.30 AM then we immediately began the ascent through Toya Bungkah Trail.
In the beginning, I felt like it was an easy hike. We passed a village road and a temple then entered a thick forest. But after some time the ground was gradually going uphill. We got 3 chances to take a rest at each stop but I took more chances to stop for a few seconds along the journey as well since I felt tired walking uphill. The trekking pole was pretty helpful in helping us climb, so was the flashlight.
We took a rest a little bit when we reached the third stop. Then we were approached by local people who offered to take us to the summit using their motorbikes. We refused them since 4 of us wanted to finish the journey on foot. It turned out that the terrain was more difficult because the area was filled with rocks so we had to climb every rock to get to the top.
We arrived at the top of Mount Batur Bali right when the sun was rising and enjoyed the beautiful view of Lake Batur and the surrounding villages from above. The view is so picturesque… It was a magical moment and I felt grateful to get the experience of trekking to Mount Batur Bali.
There is a small warung on the summit serves us a simple breakfast consist of a noodle soup and hot tea. But I guess they also could make another kind of breakfast if you prefer to have bread or rice instead of noodle soup. My tip for you when you’re on the summit is be cautious to the monkeys around the summit since they can be very annoying by trying to take stuff from guests or stealing food from the warung, as happened when I sat there.
The descent trip toward Kintamani was also pleasant since we can see the lake & forest view clearly. We just need to slow down for a few times since the sand was pretty slippery.
5. Have Coffee After Trekking to Mount Batur Bali
What’s better to end the trekking to Mount Batur Bali than sipping a coffee overlooking the breathtaking view of Mount and Lake Batur?
That’s what we did once we hit the ground. The driver was so kindly took and wait us while we had coffee at El Lago coffee shop and lunch at Sari Mountain View restaurant below it. You too should try Mujair Nyat-Nyat fish, the specialty food of Kintamani while you’re here.
If you plan to have vacation in Bali, you should include trekking to Mount Batur Bali on your list, trust me, you won’t regret it. To get the best experience, better to do it on the dry season to avoid the rain or consult with the guide before coming to Kintamani. Make sure you get the proper shoes, jacket, clothes for hiking, while trekking pole, flashlight, and mineral water is provided by the guide.
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