Mount Batur

Mount batur
Aaron Rentfrew, Sunrise from Mount Batur, CC BY-SA 4.0

Mount Batur is one of the many natural attractions on the Indonesian island of Bali. It is the second highest volcano on the island after Gunung Agung and offers tourists much more than just a spectacular hike through a partly still active volcanic landscape.

Where is the place of interest?

The stratovolcano is located in the northeast of the island and reaches an altitude of just below 1800 meters. From its summit, a breathtaking view opens up over the island and to the volcano’s now bigger brother, Gunung Agung.

The ascent to Mount Batur is usually from the village of Toya Bunkah. There are also some inexpensive accommodations there.

In which season is it worth visiting?

The months of April to October are not only ideal for a trip to Bali, but also for an ascent of Mount Batur. The summit of the volcano should only be climbed with a local guide.

During the rainy season from January to February, going up would be too much of a safety risk. Climbing at midday is also not recommended, as there are hardly any shady plants along the way. Therefore, it is best to leave early in the morning. Then not only the temperatures are more pleasant, but also the sky is cloudless.

What activities are available at Mount Batur?

mount batur volcano
Pablo Guerrero, Batur Volcano From The Crater Rim (183444551), CC BY-SA 3.0

Mount Batur is the ideal destination for nature lovers and passionate hikers. The climb is not the easiest and leads over a steep path of lava scree.

In total, the ascent takes between two and three hours, depending on your physical condition. During the climb, hikers can experience Bali’s unspoiled nature up close and in some cases marvel at the native monkeys that live in the bushes here.

At the foot of the volcano are many other attractions such as natural hot springs, which invite you to take a relaxing bath. In addition, Pura Ulun Danu Batur, one of the most important temples of the island, is also located nearby. It is also worth visiting the lake at the foot of the volcano and the village of Trunyan with its unique cemetery.

Local rules of conduct

A trip to Mount Batur is an unforgettable experience. However, the ascent should never be undertaken without a local and expert mountain guide. For locals, tourists climbing the volcano without a guide is an absolute no-go.

For the ascent is also very important the appropriate clothing. Sturdy shoes, a warm jacket and a well-functioning flashlight or headlamp (if climbing in the dark) are a must.

This is what you should have done at the sights

An unforgettable experience for any visitor is to see the sunrise on Mount Batur. Every single meter of altitude covered is worth it. However, to experience the natural spectacle live, the climb must be started in the early morning hours. At the top of the volcano and above the cloud cover, sunrise reveals an unforgettable experience.

For whom is the sight suitable?

mount batur summit
Christophe95, Mount Batur sign, CC BY-SA 4.0

At an altitude of just under 1800 meters, Mount Batur is just the right destination especially for sporty and fit travelers who enjoy spending time in nature.

Additional information about Mount Batur

Not only is the hike to the summit spectacular, no, it is complemented by the fact that it is still an active volcano that last erupted between the turn of the millennium between 1999 and 2000. The activity of the volcano can be seen in many places where steam from the ground comes to the surface.

It is also worth knowing that the caldera of Mount Batur with its size of 10 x 14 km is one of the largest in the world.

Our conclusion

On a Bali trip, the hike to Mount Batur is not only an experience, but almost mandatory. Marveling at the unique landscape and getting up close and personal with a sunrise at the top of a still active volcano is more than just a unique experience.

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