About Mount Batur
One of the finest places to visit in Bali is Mount Batur. Located to the north-west of Mount Agung, Mount Batur is a very popular trek spot in Bali. It is among the few active volcanoes in Bali that last erupted in 2000. Mount Batur is 1717 meters or 5633 feet in height and was formed by a massive volcanic eruption that happened around 28,000 years ago. There are many beautiful craters across Mount Batur which were formed by the volcanic eruption.
Clouds and the real beauty of mother nature that can be best enjoyed on Mount Batur. From the top of Mount Batur, one can view the best sunrise and sunset and visit a small crater which is highly visited by tourists. For tourists who are beginners in trekking, this is the perfect trek for them. It is of moderate level and is the best trek for adventure seekers. With mountains and clouds on all sides, Mount Batur is one of the picturesque mountains in Bali.
As the area is visited by many tourists throughout the year, people have settled around it in large settlements. The area near Mount Batur has around 15 villages where more than 1000 people live. People in these villages largely rely on agriculture for their livelihood but in recent years, citing the popularity of Mouth Batur, they have developed tourism as their secondary occupation.
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.
How to Reach Mount Batur
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.
Best Time to Visit Mount Batur
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.
What Not to Miss at Mount Batur
Places to Visit near Mount Batur
When visiting Bali and Mount Batur, one would see several wonders of nature and the finest places in Bali. Below are some of the places to visit near Mount Batur.
1. Besakih Temple- Besakih Temple is the biggest and the holiest Hindu temple on the island of Bali. Located along the slopes of Mount Agung, Besakih Temple is located alongside some 23 temples dedicated to different gods. There are steps on the base of the temple complex that will take you to Besakih Temple. These steps look like steps to heaven giving the mesmerizing view of the mountains around them. The Besakih temple gives a panoramic view of the Kintamani region and of the various mighty mountains.
The entry to the temple is IDR 35,000 and the timings are 8 AM to 5 PM.
2. Penulisan Temple- Locally known as Pura Puncak Penulisan, this temple is located at a height of 1745 meters. This temple is located around 3 km from the Kinatami village is one of the most antiquated temples in Bali.The old-looking stairs and the vintage style architecture of the temple are marvelous. Near the temple, one can have some of the finest Balinese cuisine items.
3. Pura Ulun Danu Batur- Also known as the Ulun Danu Batur Temple, this temple is located at a height of 1459 meters and is dedicated to the goddess of the lake and two mountains - Mount Batur and Mount Agung. One can have the finest view of the valley and the mountains from the top of the temple.
Other Essential Information About Mount Batur
- Location: Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia
- Timings: One can summit Mount Batur at any time of the day
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.
Geography of Mount Batur
1. The geography of Mount Batur is unique in itself. The mountain was formed due to a massive volcanic eruption that happened some 25,000 to 30,000 years ago in the ocean. The eruption resulted in the formation of the volcanic peak alongside a caldera on its top.
2. Various eruptions happened near the mountain, the latest one being in 2000. A lava eruption happened in 1968, that created a lava field which is visible to date from Kintamani, a small village near Mount Batur.
3. Mount Batur is located alongside one of the fertile regions of Bali, the Kintamani plain. The fertility of this region comes from Lake Batur. The region is the top producer of fruits, vegetables and is the largest bamboo producer in Bali.
4. The Kintamani region, that houses Mount Batur and Mount Agung, which is the largest peak of Bali is filled with dense forests and cool climate throughout the year.
5. The fertile region of Kintamani has paved the way for human settlement. The popular village of Toya Bungkah which is famous for its natural hot springs is located near Mount Batur.
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. The most important thing for a trek is footwear. Always opt for the best and solid 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
4. All the hotels in Kintamani provide pick and drop services. One can opt for these services in approximately IDR 90-000 to IDR 120,000
5. Overall, the ridged mountains, dense and lush forests and the fertile plains near reflect the geography of Mount Batur.