Mount Batur Overview

Going by the name of ‘Gunung Batur’ among the locals of Bali, Mount Batur is an active volcano which sits at 1717 meters above sea level. Offering spectacular views of the surroundings including the lush greens of Kintamani Valley and scintillating waters of Batur Lake, Mount Batur has become a popular hotspot for hiking among tourists and locals alike.

One of the finest places to visit for nature lovers in Bali is definitely Mount Batur. Located to the north-west of Mount Agung, Mount Batur is also a very popular trek spot which is among the few active volcanoes in Bali that last erupted in 2000. Mount Batur is situated 1717 meters or 5633 feet high above sea level. It was formed by a massive volcanic eruption that happened around 28,000 years ago which resulted in many beautiful craters around Mount Batur.

Around the monsoon season the top of Mount Batur appears to be floating in a sea of clouds, this view leaves the visitors completely awestruck. People set out to complete the 1.5 to 2 hours trek before dawn in order to be able to admire the famous sunrise views from the top.

From the top of Mount Batur, one can view the best sunrise and sunset along with a small crater which is famous among tourists. The picturesque trek of Mount Batur is of moderate level and most suitable for beginners and intermediate trekkers.

In 2012, UNESCO declared Mount Batur Caldera (the collapsed section of the top) as a part of their Global Geoparks Network program in which they preserve and protect the important geological peaks around the world.

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• One of the most popular active volcanoes of Indonesia, Mount Batur is a favorite tourist spot in Bali.
• Mount Batur offers the most surreal views of the surroundings throughout the day as it is situated 1717 meters over sea level
• A wonderful hike of moderate difficulty level, that can be enjoyed by beginners as well, is the most celebrated part of Mount Batur for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

How To Reach

Denpasar Airport is around 39 km from Mount Batur and is connected by road. You can hire private taxis from Denpasar Airport that will take you directly to Kintamani. If you wish to travel by public transport, one can take a bus from Ubud to Kintamani. It is the cheapest mode of transport but takes around 2 hours.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Mount Batur is between May and October because after July Monsoon begins in the region and one can witness some wonderful sights of mountains covered in clouds. Also, the best time of the year to visit Bali is between April and October as the climate is mild and cool.

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Other Essential Information

- Location: Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia

- Timings: One can summit Mount Batur at any time of the day

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Trekking and Climbing at Mount Batur

1. The total distance from the base to the top of Mount Batur is around 6 km. It takes approximately 2 hours to reach the top of the summit. The trek is considered moderate and is the perfect trek for the beginners. 

2. Many people climb Mount Batur daily and some chose to opt for the guide while some climb by themselves. It is advisable to opt for a guide, as he or she is well-versed with the terrain and the weather of the mountain. Also, they can tell some of the popular stories and tales of Mount Batur and the surrounding areas. 

3. There are two peaks on Mount Batur. The first peak is the popular peak and it takes around 1-1.30 hours to reach the peak. The second peak is the top part of the volcano and from the base, it takes 2 hours to reach the peak.The second peak is a little difficult and tiring peak. From the top, you can see the crystal clear Batur Lake and the surrounding villages. 

4. The most popular trek is the sunrise trek which starts late in the night. Climb the mountain while the sky turns from black to blue and then yellow and orange. By the time you reach the top, you will see the magnificent sanguine sun, shining and showing its natural beauty.

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Geography of Mount Batur

Mount Batur was formed due to a massive volcanic eruption that happened around 25,000 to 30,000 years ago in the ocean; this eruption resulted in the formation of the volcanic peak alongside a caldera on its top. Since then various eruptions have occurred near the mountain, the latest one being in 2000. One significant lava eruption happened in 1968, that created a lava field which is visible to date from Kintamani which is a small village near Mount Batur. 

Mount Batur is located alongside one of the most fertile regions of Bali, the Kintamani plane. The fertility of this region comes from Lake Batur making it the top producer of fruits and vegetables along with the largest bamboo producer in Bali.

The fertile region of Kintamani has paved the way for human settlement around the mountain with the current population of over 1000 people. The popular village of Toya Bungkah which is famous for its natural hot springs is also located near Mount Batur.

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Tips for Trekking in Mount Batur

1. It is advisable to carry some light snacks and drinks for your trek. If you do not wish to carry, you can buy some from the warung (food stall) on the top of the mountain which serves some hot drinks and snacks. Though the snacks are overpriced, they are delicious. 

2. Always wear comfortable clothes like leggings, shorts or cargo pants as they provide the required comfort and wear comfortable trekking shoes.

3. The trek can be submitted without a guide but it is advisable to opt for a guide. One can opt for guides in approximately IDR 30,000

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Mount Batur Trek:

Mount Batur Trek:

A moderate difficulty level trek of the famous Mount Batur is perfect for beginners as well as intermediate trekkers. With a total distance of around 6 km, it takes approximately 2 hours to reach the top of the summit.

Many people who are familiar with the route choose to complete it without the help of guides but for the person who is going for the trek for the first time, it is advisable to opt for a guide. You may get to hear the interesting stories about the place.

Mount Batur has two peaks and it takes anywhere between 1 to 2 hours to reach the top of these two peaks. With the second peak being comparatively difficult to the first one, hikers are rewarded by the undisturbed views of the crystal clear Batur Lake and the surrounding villages on going the extra mile to reach it. 

Sunrise trek is the most popular trek at this attraction which starts late in the night, usually 2-3 hours before sunrise. By the time you reach the top, you will get to witness the magnificent sun rising to its glory.

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Sunrise trek:

Sunrise trek:

It is the most popular trek at this attraction which starts late in the night, usually 2-3 hours before sunrise. By the time you reach the top, you will get to witness the magnificent sun rising to its glory.

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Mount Batur FAQs

How hard is the hike up to Mount Batur?

It is not hard to hike up to Mount Batur. The Mount Batur trek is of moderate difficulty and beginners can try the Mount Batur trek. The height of Mount Batur is around 1717 meters or 5633 feet. Mount Batur gives the finest view of the Kintamani Valley with mountains, lakes and small hamlets surrounded by forests.

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What to wear to hike at Mount Batur?

One can wear shorts, leggings, cargo pants and loose pants for the trek. Also, full sleeve t-shirts are best so that you can protect yourself from the heat. It is advisable to wear light and comfortable clothes. Also, avoid wearing Black color as it absorbs maximum heat. Avoid wearing jeans and woolen clothes.

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What to bring to Mount Batur?

Carry the following things:

Water Bottles and light snacks

Extra pair of clothes (for safety and backup purpose)

Carry a small or medium-sized Rucksack to carry your belongings

Also, carry waterproof gear (watch, torch) Carry scarf and big handkerchiefs to cover your mouth and face.

Note: If you are going for a night trek, carry a torch or headlamp and an extra pair of batteries.

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Is Mt Batur hard to climb?

No, Mount Batur is not hard to climb. In fact, it is the best mountain trek for beginners and tourists. The path to Mount Batur is easy and one can enjoy the finest views of the valley.

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Can you climb Mount Batur without a guide?

Yes, you can climb Mount Batur without a guide but it is not advisable to climb without a guide. Following are the reasons: Guides are the locals of the region and they know everything about the trek, from the terrain to the climate. Guides can feed you with some of the finest stories of the region. It promotes employment and tourism in the region.

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What will be more advisable sunrise trek or night trek to Mount Batur?

Night trek is advisable because the real beauty of the region is witnessed in the early hours of the day. When the dark blue sky starts to turn itself in the color of the sun, one can see the finest view of the Kintamani Valley.

The sun rises and shows its sanguine color and shines behind the clouds. To enjoy the best view of the region, it is advisable to opt for the night trek to Mount Batur.

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