Mount Batur

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Entry Fee : Shared treks: IDR 550,000,Private treks: IDR 750,000 - IDR 900,000

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Gunung Batur

Mount Batur, Bali Overview

Called "Gunung Batur" in the local language, Mount Batur is an active volcano in Indonesia. At 1717 meters (around 5,600 feet) above sea level, it offers a spectacular view of its surroundingsĀ - the majestic Lake Batur, nestled amongst black lava from the last explosion in 2000, and adjacent to this all, beautiful mountains. The hike is not very challenging, and it is recommended to start at 3:00 AM to catch the sunrise.

In 2012, UNESCO announced Mount Batur Caldera, the collapsed top at the top, as a part of the Global Geoparks Network, an effort to preserve the planet's geological heritage. The volcano is a popular trekking destination amongst tourists and locals alike. Because of its beautiful views and relative ease of climbing, Mount Batur is considered a must-visit in Bali.

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Location and Geography Of Mount Batur

Mount Batur is Located in Kintamani region of Bali
Mount Batur is Located in Kintamani region of Bali (Source)

Mount Batur is located in the fertile region of Kintamani, a top producer of fruits and vegetables on the island. In fact, it's the largest bamboo producer in Bali. These 'petung' bamboos are used to make traditional furniture. As evidenced by royal edicts engraved on copper plates, the Kintamani region has been well-known since the 9th century. It is a rugged, mountainous region with a cool climate. The region is irrigated by Lake Batur, a 16-kilometre wide source of water, and made fertile by the abundance of volcanic ash. This lake is the primary source of water in the only district in Bali without a shoreline.

The Area Around Mount Batur, Bali (Source)

Across the Mount Batur valley is the larger volcano, Mount Agung, which is the highest point in all of Bali. On the west, you'll find the quiet village of Trunyan, known for its ancient burial rituals in the open graveyard. Other villages surrounding Mount Batur are Toya Bungkah (popular for its hot springs), Songan, and Kedisan (made popular by one of its restaurants that float on Lake Batur).

Mount Batur Trek

Mount Batur Trek is attempted by hundreds of people every day (Source)

Hundreds of people climb Mount Batur every day. There are multiple trails up to the summit, and different tour companies use different routes. Each trail leads to a different part of the summit, but they are all promise breath-taking views of the valley below. Though tourists can climb the mountain without a guide, we wouldn't recommend it. These local guides are well-versed with the terrain and climate and are extremely helpful during the journey. Some courageous tourists are known to have gotten lost trying to climb Mount Batur by themselves!

The total distance to the top of Mount Batur and back down is approximately 6 kilometres. It takes anywhere between an hour and two hours to reach the summit, depending on fitness levels. The volcano actually has two peaks; the first peak is most commonly visited and can be reached in an hour. The second peak is around 40 minutes ahead, following the ridge of the volcano. This is considered the more tiring route, but at the end, you're basically at the top of the volcano! At the high altitude of Mount Batur's summit, you would be literally sitting inside a cloud. Sometimes, these clouds cover the fantastic view below, but on good sunny days, you'll be able to see the beautiful lake below and surrounding villages with a low hanging mist. Some visitors say that from the top, Lake Batur looks like it's made of glass.

Sunrise from the Top of Mount Batur (Source)

The sunrise trek of Mount Batur is the most popular trek. When you reach the peak at sunrise, you'll get to see the sky turn into amazing shades of black to blue, then pink and orange. It can be slightly chilly on the way up during these early hours of the day, but on the way down, daytime temperatures run high. At the volcano's crater, monkeys can be seen playing, and you'll even get to spot some hot smoke emerging.


Once you're back down, we'd recommend visiting the neighbouring village of Toya Bungkah. It is home to lakeside hot springs. Lay back and get some rest as the hot springs calm your nerves after the hour-long trek.

How to Reach Mount Batur

Panoramic View of Mount Batur and Lake Batur in Bali (Source)

Mount Batur is located in the north-east quarter of Bali. It is approximately 3 hours from Kuta by road, 2 and half hours from Seminyak, and 1 and a half hours from Ubud. There are local buses that go to Kintamani, but it might be best to hire a taxi for the whole journey.

Best Time to Visit Mount Batur

Mount Batur is Best Visited Before the Monsoon Season (Source)

The months between May and July are generally the best time to visit Mount Batur before the monsoon winds arrive.

Tips For Trekking in Mount Batur


  • Even though it is possible to trek without a guide, it would be much more efficient and safer to enjoy Mount Batur with a guide. Most hotels and tour companies offer package deals to Mount Batur for anywhere between IDR 8,00,000 - IDR 12,00,000 which includes pick-up and drop to your hotel. The cost for just a guide on arriving at Mount Batur is around IDR 30,000.
  • For the trek, wear comfortable clothes like leggings or shorts and don't forget the proper footwear! Some parts of the trail have stones and sand that make it slippery. Carry an outer layer (like a jacket or a sweater) that can easily removed when it gets hot during the day. In the monsoon months, there are sporadic showers so don't forget to pack a waterproof jacket!

  • Some guides carry refreshments for the journey, but it isn't always the case. Do pack some snacks and juices for the trek. If not, there is a warung (food stall) at the top that serves hot drinks and light snacks. It is slightly overpriced, so be prepared to shell out if need be!

History of Mount Batur


Still an active volcano, Mount Batur is located at the centre of two calderas found north-west of the larger Mount Agung. Its outer caldera is believed to have formed around 29,300 years ago. Today, it hosts a caldera lake on its south-east side. The winner caldera formed around 20,150 years ago. This inner caldera lies beneath the lake, with the volcano’s vents produced over it, although it is primarily localised near the summit. Its first explosion dated back to 1804. These historical eruptions generally see mild to moderately explosive activity, although it does not always emit lava. When it has, the basaltic lava flows down the summit to the caldera floor and shores of the lake.

Following water pollution from tourist activities and agricultural run-off, the water in the lake noticeably decreased and the growth of water hyacinths increased. Due to this, the State Ministry for the Environment named Lake Batur as one of 10 lakes in Indonesia to require attention in 2009.

Lake Batur has been Identified among the 10 Lakes in Indonesia that Need Attention (Source)

There have been efforts by locals to reduce littering along Mount Batur. This is generally attributed to hikers who leave wrappers, plastic bags, and the like along the trail while entering and exiting the volcano. Because Mount Batur is not a government-managed attraction, it has no entry fee and this resulted in a lot of foot traffic.

The climb to Gunung Batur or Mount Batur provides you with a stunning view of the Lake Batur. On the way back you can taste some herbal teas and coffees to add a local flavour to your scenic trek up one of Bali's best mountains.

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