MOUNT BATUR SUNRISE TREKKING: Everything you need to know
The Mount Batur sunrise trekking is an amazing experience during your time in Bali. It offers one of the best viewpoints of Bali and is one of the best spots to watch the sunrise in Bali. The Mount Batur sunrise hike is not too long and difficult and therefore doable for (almost) everyone. In this blog post you will find all the information you need to know about the Mount Batur sunrise trekking. Is it worth it,the price of Mount Batur Sunrise trekking, how long does it take to get to the summit of Mount Batur and what you need to prepare.
Where is Mount Batur
Mount Batur, also known as Gunung Batur, is located in Bali, Indonesia. It is a 2-hour drive from Canggu/Seminyak and about a one hour drive from Ubud. The district where the volcano lies is Kintamani District. It sits at 5,600 feet above sea level which is 1717 meter of altitude. The Mount Batur is an active volcano, just like the Mount Agung. Although Agung’s last eruption was in 2019, and the last eruption of Batur was in 2000.
About Mount Batur
Mount Batur is a sacred stratovolcano in Bali of 1717 meters height located in Kintamani. Batur volcano is considered to be more than 50.000 years old and was even more than 4000 meters high before the first eruption 29,300 years ago. This eruption caused a collapse of the magma chamber that created two concentric calderas. Nowadays Mount Batur is marked by a collapsed top that is called a caldera.
Mount Batur is still an active volcano but is highly monitored and safe to climb. The last eruption of Mount Batur was in 2000 and you can you see the wide lava fields that was created by the eruption. You can also explore the lava fields by foot, jeep or motorbike tour.
Mount Batur hike key facts
Before you set off for the Mount Batur hike, below some key facts! It’s important to know that there are two different routes to get up Mount Batur. The ‘longer’ version which takes about 2 hours one way and is 11 kilometres out and back. And the shorter route which only takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach the top and is 7 kilometres out and back. We did both routes, the longer version in April 2019 and the shorter version in October 2021. Make sure to discuss this with your guide as the shorter version will most likely appeal more to most of the people. If you want to make sure to have a guide that goes the shortest route, contact @Gunungbaturtrekking on Instagram or Watsapp them on +62 831 1908 60 25.
Hike distance and duration: The total distance of the Mount Batur hike is 7 kilometres out and back for the short route and 11 kilometres out and back on the longer route. The shorter route will take you anywhere between 45 minutes and 1 hour if you have a fast pace. The longer route will take you about double the time as you first trek a bit through the forest while on the shorter route you start already at a height of about 1250 meters at Pura Pasar Agung.
Difficulty and incline: The Mount Batur hike is done by many people, young and old. However, you do have to conquer incline and many uneven steps. The longer route has about 700 meters of inline over 11 kilometres of hiking. The shorter version has 500 meters of incline over 7 kilometres of hiking. I wouldn’t say the Mount Batur hike is difficult, it’s moderate but can be heavy at some points. It all depends on your fitness level and if you’re used to hiking. However, the view with sunrise is well worth the climb!
How to book a Mount Batur sunrise trekking
The best way to get to the Mount Batur summit is by booking a sunrise trek. You can’t go by yourself. There are different tours available as you can either choose to have transport included or drive to a meeting point yourself. However, I would only recommend driving yourself when you’re based in Ubud or even closer to Kintamani. Otherwise the drive is too far and too early before you can start hiking Mount Batur.
As said before, there are two routes up Mount Batur. The longer and shorter version. If you want to be sure to have the shortest version of 3,5 kilometres one way that will take you 45 minutes to one hour, then book with the guide we went in 2021. Contact @Gunungbaturtrekking on Instagram or Watsapp them on +62 831 1908 60 25. Please tell you booked via Digital Travel Couple, no affiliate but just fun for them to know 🙂
How to get to Mount Batur
The most common way to do a sunrise is to book a tour that includes hotel pick up. Most of the tour companies offer the tour including pick up and breakfast. But check this beforehand so you’re well prepared! Most trekking companies include a hotel pick up and breakfast in their rate, and the price vary depending on your pickup location. You can also drive yourself to point in Kintamani where you will meet your guide. That’s actually what we did the second time hiking Mount Batur. We met our guide from @Gunungbaturtrekking about 5 minutes away from where we would start the climb. This lowers the rate of course as you only pay for the guide and no extra’s.
How much does it cost to hike the Mount Batur Bali
Prices vary depending on what’s included or not. Check this beforehand in the reviews or directly with your guide, because otherwise you might want to prepare some breakfast or transfer for yourself. Prices also vary depending how big your group is. We paid 200.000 IDR per person with a group of 4 people and had our own transport by scooter. The more you have included such as breakfast, transfer etc, the higher the price will be. Private tours are also possible for a special occasion, check with your tour guide what the current prices are.
If you want a complete day tour in Kintamani, then you can also book a Mount Batur Bali trekking tour in combination with a coffee plantation and even include water rafting in your tour schedule!
Best time to hike the Mount Batur
The best time to hike the Mount Batur volcano is in the dry season. Roughly from May until October, but any other period when it’s dry could be a good time. During the rainy season it might get dangerous as slides may arise or rocks can be slippery. That also brings us to the subject of wearing quality hiking shoes with good grip. But I’ll get more into that later with “What to prepare before you hike Mount Batur”.
About the best timing to hike the Mount Batur in terms of a great sunrise, you have to be lucky depending on the season. We had a great sunrise with some low hanging fog in April. When we went in October it was completely clear without any clouds and we could see all the way until the volcanos in Lombok and East Java! If you want to have low hanging clouds the best months are August and September. The other months you have to be lucky to get a magical blanket of low hanging clouds which really makes you feel as if you’re in heaven! Always communicate with your guide about the best day to go up if you are flexible in your schedule.
How hard is the Mount Batur sunrise trekking?
This question is quite subjective as it all depends on your fitness level and experience in hiking. It was interesting for us to do the Mount Batur sunrise hike in 2019 and 2021 to compare. Also because we did a different and shorter route in 2021. Overall I think the Mount Batur hike is a moderate hike and doable for everyone with little to no hiking experience. Of course the way up you are hiking in the dark, so you will have to hike with your full attention and need a headlamp or flashlight.
And yes, it can be steep at some points and yes your heart rate will go up. But the view is so rewarding! There are some technical parts with loose stones and sand which can be slippery but no huge drop offs. Just stay focussed on your steps and you will be fine. Locals even do this hike on flipflops, not recommended of course…
What to prepare before you hike the Mount Batur
Wear a jacket
Wear good hiking shoes. Sneakers also do the job
Band-aids (in case of blisters..)
Headlamp. Your guide also might have one for you
Camera and lenses
In total you will hike around 2 hours, so you will need at least 1 liter of water. It can get cold at the summit especially when it’s windy. So you will also need a (light) jacket. Wear shoes that are comfortable for you to hike in. Take some band-aids with you in case of blisters or other small wounds. A headlamp or camera flashlight is needed in the first hours. The paths are uneven so at some points you have to climb a bit. If you know you’re getting hungry after an early morning workout, take some (healthy) snacks with you to keep your energy level high. Most trekking tours include breakfast, which consists of boiled eggs that’s cooked using the heat of the volcano, some bananas and hot coffee or chocolate drink. Nothing fancy at all so that’s why I suggest to bring a few snacks along.
And of course if you’re climbing the Mount Batur to catch some stunning footage then you really want to bring your camera and drone!! Different lenses are also recommended.
Our experience with the Mount Batur sunrise trekking
We hiked the Mount Batur volcano two times, in 2019 and 2021. The first time in 2019 was with a group of 25 people that contributed to the “Adventurebag Crew”. The mission of the group was to pick up trash when declining Mount Batur which is then called your “Adventure Bag”. However in 2021 we had a completely different experience as Bali was still closed for tourists. So we were only with a handful of other people on the crater of Mount Batur. Very special and happy we could experience the sunrise on Mount Batur in such silence without many other people!
If you’re lucky with low hanging clouds or fog you will be treated with some amazing lightrays that pierce through the clouds. If you have a telephoto lens then this gives amazing opportunities to create some compressed images of the trees and fog. In 2019 I shot this image below with my 100-400 lens.
Making your way down Mount Batur
Of course you can stay as long as you want on the crater of Mount Batur, but at some point you will have to make your way down. Most likely you will go another way down as you came up while walking along the crater ridge. The way down is a bit challenging as it’s super loose black lava sand. Be careful here and be prepared to have your shoes full of sand! Via this side you will have incredible views on the lava fields and Lake Batur.
The final part can be challenging again with rubble stones that can feel very unstable under your feet. We almost tripped over a few on our way down as our legs felt tired. So keep your attention with hiking all the time but of course don’t forget to enjoy the views along the way! When you’ve descent along the black lava sand and turn around, you can see the impressive crater ridge of Mount Batur that you’ve just conquered! When it’s clear of course…
The final meters back to the parking lot felt good after an amazing sunrise on Mount Batur! Are you convinced to do the Mount Batur sunrise trekking?
Have breakfast or brunch at one of the Kintamani cafes
In 2020 and 2021 there have been so much development going on in Kintamani considering hip cafes and new accommodations. So if you’re planning to explore Kintamani area then it’s definitely recommend to catch another sunrise in the area at some of the amazing Bali viewpoints. If you’re looking forward to a good breakfast with great coffee and views on the volcano you just climbed, then there is enough choice these days! Go to Montana cafe for the instagrammable hammock overlooking Mount Batur. Or go the Paperhills for some amazing Expat coffee and a Canggu foodie menu. It’s just incredible that the standard of food and coffee has been brough to Kintamani with some of the most amazing views you can have in Bali!
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We hope you will hike Mount Batur and enjoy the beautiful view! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments.
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