What a breathtaking view! 5633ft/1717m high, the active volcano of Mount Batur is definitely one of the most popular treks in Bali, and it’s only when you reach the top do you realise why.
More often than not, we try and avoid the really popular tourist spots, but unfortunately (or fortunately) for us, the two other volcanoes we wanted to trek were both closed for treks due to recent volcanic activity. So in a way we were forced to pick Mount Batur, since we *really* wanted to trek a volcano. TREK AN ACTIVE VOLCANO? ARE YOU MAD? we hear many a voice echo, but there’s nothing to worry about, really. The last time Mount Batur erupted was in the year 2000, which makes it perfectly safe to trek. It is the easiest of all the treks in Bali, but we found ourselves out of breath quite a bit (maybe because we are a little unfit) but the trek wasn’t exhausting or tiring like some other treks we have done.
You arrive at the base at 3 AM, get briefed and set out trekking the darkness by around 4 AM, giving you two solid hours to climb 5600 feet and make it to the top for the mesmerising sunrise.
There are a LOT of agencies that organise treks to Mount Batur and we did our research and pre-booked one with Bali Sunrise Trekking and Tours, who give you hotel transfers, coffee/tea on arrival, a guided trek, and breakfast atop the mountain for ₹2600/$40 per person with a minimum 2 person booking. We found this agency most professional, with a pick up at our Ubud hotel at 2 AM sharp (hotel pickup and drop is complimentary in some areas and additional charge in others), and everything as per schedule. You can book the tour online, here. They have an added option of a visit to the Batur Hot Springs after the trek for an additional cost, which we would not recommend because while the idea of soaking in Hot Springs after a long trek sounds magical, the Hot Springs they take you to aren’t exactly “natural” or “hot”. The facilities are terrible, making the end of what should be a relaxing experience, quite disgusting; let’s leave it at that. Overall, the trek to Mount Batur is completely worth it; worth the breathlessness, the frequent stops, the sore limbs and the 1 am wake up call.
P.S. If you go on the trek and feel like mid way you’re not capable of completing it, for an additional ₹500/$10 , you can sit on a dirt bike behind an experienced rider who will take you to the top, so you don’t miss that sunrise!
Tips for Mount Batur Sunrise Trek
– Sleep early, get plenty of rest, you’ll have to be up really early to get to the trek on time.
– Carry a small backpack with some energy bars/biscuits in case you get hungry/ breakfast is insufficient. Either that or you can pick up something to eat/drink from the several rest stops en route, even Bintang
– Carry a jacket/windcheater. At 5600 feet at 6 AM, you’re going to need it.
– Your trekking agency should give you a bottle of water, check beforehand, else carry your own bottle
– WEAR GOOD SHOES. A good grip means you won’t slip on the rocks and don’t have to slow your pace too much
– Tip your trekking guide. Around 50,000 IDR/₹250/$5 should be more than enough.
– There are no bathrooms on the way, so if you don’t go before the trek, we’re afraid you may have to answer nature’s call in the great wide open. So, obviously you wanna ensure you don’t overeat the previous night 😀
You can also book other treks on other volcanoes in Bali subject to availability.