Mount Batur

View of Mount Batur from Kintamani
View of Mount Batur from Kintamani

Bali is famous for its beautiful beaches, besides that on this island you will find one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, Mount Batur, which has an altitude of 1,717 meters above sea level on the Kintamani plateau.

To better enjoy the beauty of Mount Batur visitors can climb to its peak in the morning. To make such climbs usually you depart from Ubud at 2am or 3am and arrive at the foot of the volcano when it is still dark. Climbers then climb 2 hours to the top of the mountain using a flashlight or petromax light and moonlight. You will see the amazing sunrise from Mount Agung and the surrounding mountains. Because Mount Batur is an active volcano you might also be able to make a very unique breakfast of eggs boiled on rocks heated by lava at the top of the mountain. After the climb, nearby Lake Batur, the hot spring is perfect for relaxing tired muscles. You can also combine climbing Mount Batur to see the sunrise with white water rafting on the Ayung River or visit a coffee plantation on the way home.

Things you need to know before you leave for this climb; you should wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for walking on uneven surfaces, layered clothes to protect yourself from cold air before sunrise eventhough the temperature will heat up significantly as the sun rises. Don’t forget the sunscreen and a hat for the trip down because the temperature is usually hot.
Although it is possible to climb Mount Batur without assistance of a tour guide, it will be more convenient and safer to do this tour as part of a guided tour that includes picking up and dropping from and to hotels in Ubud or other part of Bali and breakfast on the mountain top. The starting point for climbing is usually the village of Toya Bungkah, about an hour drive from Ubud.

Because Mount Batur is still one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, it is important to ask about the current activities of the mountain before climbing. Mount Batur is considered Global Geoparks by Unesco. For the best times where the sky is clear and dry weather, make a plan to climb between April and October. In July and August the route tends to be busiest on the trail leading to the top.

Sunrise at Mt. Batur