Mount Batur

Mount Batur, one of the sacred mountain according to Hindu beliefs, is a small stratovolcano in north-central of Bali. Mount Batur also referred to as Gunung Batur in Bahasa Indonesia is elevated 1717m above sea level and can be trekked by physically fit hikers in around 2-3 hours.

This spectacular and gigantic Mount Batur is located in Batur village, Kintamani District, Bali and presents awe-inspiring views of Lake Batur, mysterious black lava from the last explosion, and robust encircling mountains. Many travelers prefer to hike this mountain as it offers a relatively shorter and easier track than Mount Agung.  However, a 2-3 hours trekking can be tough too and demands determination and good will power to reach up to the peak.

Once you reach the vertex, certainly, you will be amazed to see the vibrant sunrise from the top of an active volcano. Spectacular scenery, amazing vista, cool breeze in the morning and clouds encircling the mountain will take you to the seventh heaven. Getting to the peak surely takes some efforts but the view of the landscape and Lake Batur is all worth it in the end. Mount Batur is an active volcano that allures tourists in with both beauty and adventure it has to offer.

The iconic Mount Batur stands in the heart of a gargantuan crater about 14 km in diameter that illustrates the devastation caused by an eruption which occurred approximately a thousand years ago. Mount Batur is part of UNESCO’s Global Geopark Network, highly sacred in Hinduism, and surrounded by the Kedisan, Songan, Trunyan and Toya Bungkah villages.

Batur volcano is still considered as an active volcano and has erupted around 20 times over the past 2 hundreds of years. Massive eruptions happened in 1917, 1926 and also 1963 (the exact time as Mount Agung’s big eruption). A group of backpackers trekked the mountain in 2009, only to be amazed by a new but relatively small eruption.

Reaching up to the track is really exciting too as your ride might pass through Traditional Bali Coffee Processing or Bali Agrotourism. You will get an opportunity to see tropical plantations and learn how Balinese grow coffee in their own traditional ways. You will discover, what makes coffee Luwak the most expensive coffee in the world.

Mount Batur is famed for the sunrise trek since its top is free from forest covers, providing it with the gorgeous sights and quite easy to access. Thanks to the scenic beauty of the caldera with its lake and the cone of Batur, that makes Batur a great place to visit. Mount Batur comprises three volcanic cones: Batur I, Batur II, and Batur III. The large and beautiful Batur caldera rests on the northwest. Caldera II is round-shaped and spans around 7km in diameter. Lake Batur is on the southeast side and stretched 16 km wide. Toyobungkah has hot lakeside hot springs, recognized for its healing mineral water. The water temperature at the Toyabungkah hot springs can reach up to 45 degrees Celsius.

The beautiful Kintamani area is a top generator of fruit and vegetables in Bali. In addition to that, it is also known as the biggest bamboo producer on the island. Though the trekking level is comparatively far below on Batur than Mount Agung, however, it is still advisable to hire a professional guide if you decide to trek on Mount Batur. The guides in the area are so deft in their work and can sense the climate change much in advance and can help you have a safe and unforgettable trekking experience. Do not hesitate to mention to the guide if you do not need a break (the guides are very fit and they need far fewer breaks than you do) and ask questions about the terrain and everything you want to know. Torches, hiking sticks, and wet weather gear can be supplied by the guides if needed.If you choose to trek unguided, be sure to check the current volcanic temperament before your commencement. Do not take risks and better don’t go if you don’t know.

If you choose to trek unguided, be sure to check the current volcanic temperament before your commencement. Do not take risks and better don’t go if you don’t know.

Things to remember

The overall trek since starting point till the end of the trek is not that easy, the trek covers 10 km up and down and takes approximate 2 hours to climb up and 1.30 hours coming down for fit physically hikers.

If you want to see the spectacular sunrise, better start at around 3.30am and for that obviously, you will have to sacrifice on your sleep.

As you start in Dark and only head Torchlight or handy torchlight accompanies you, nothing to see in the right or left side, so be alert all the times.

Don’t mess with the monkeys. Certainly, that won’t be the right place to have a little play with monkeys.

You may bring eggs if you want to experience the natural heat preparing an omelet for you to eat. YES!! Bring fresh Egg, you can put in the hole that you can dig on the summit then cover it with grass or soil, wait for 10 minutes and get ready to eat an omelet made of the volcano heat.

The temperature can be 10 to 5 degrees on the peak in general, but in case of rain, windy and cloudy environment, the temperature can go further down up to 2 degrees. Most of the people start trekking at the late night around 12.30 am or even earlier if you think you are slow as it takes around 7 hours, so if you want to see the sunrise, go early.

TREKKING SAFETY GUIDE AND TIPS

  • Do study weather forecast of that area. Avoid trekking during bad weather
  • Newbies should always carry a raincoat and must be accompanied by professional guides.
  • Do carry multi-pocket carry bag.
  • Must keep a water bottle and winter attire in your carry bag or pocket before heading for trekking.
  • To prevent insect bite, do wear full sleeves shirts and full pants.
  • It is essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking.
  • If suffering from any kind of physical problem, Quit Trekking
  • Always wear proper shoes while trekking. An uncomfortable pair of shoes can harshly hurt your feet and can lead to serious foot injuries while trekking. Choose shoes that are a little bigger than your regular shoes
  • Do carry food items which carry a larger amount of carbohydrates.
  • You should carry a first aid box with you.
  • Do not forget your camera.
  • Put it simply, do not do it alone-do not go if you do not know
  • Women are not allowed to climb up the Volcano if they are pregnant or during their menstruation period, due to Hindu religious reasons.