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BATUR VOLCANO (Gunung Batur) + HIKING + SUNRISE

BATUR VOLCANO

– All Details to Know About Batur Volcano –

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT BATUR VOLCANO?

THE MOST ACTIVE VOLCANO IN BALI
Since 1800’s this volcano erupted 26 times in 200 years.
The biggest eruption happened in 1926.

EXOTIC VOLCANO 
You visiting exotic mount with nice view, lake, horizontal line and other volcano.
You can also watch sunrise and sunset from here. One of the best place to see that moment.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
If you like outdoor exercise, you might love this place.
You need a lot of energy, courage and concentration to hike this volcano.

CLOSE TO UNMAINSTREAM TOURISM SITE
This place are close to beautiful UNMAINSTREAM place. Such as Kintamani hot spring, Trunyan cemetery, etc. It just only one way to the site. So, you spend your time efficient to visit these place.

BATUR VOLCANO

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WHAT IS BATUR VOLCANO?

DESCRIPTION:

Batur volcano is an active volcano which is located in the district of Kintamani, Bangli regency, Bali province. There are two concentric calderas on Mount Batur. The first caldera wide is 13.8 x 10 km square contain a caldera lake. The second caldera wide is 7.5 km square.

The recent activity of Batur volcano generated at least 22 eruptions since 1800. Historic lava flow happened in 1849, 1888, 1904, 1905, 1921, 1926, 1963, 1968 and 1974. The activity of Batur volcano in historical time was highlighted by the explosion in 1963, 1967, 1994, 1999 and 2000. These activities (eruption & explosion) makes the Batur volcano as one of the most active volcano in Indonesia.

In September 2012 Batur Global Geopark was declared by UNESCO for its cultural significance and natural scenery.

BATUR VOLCANO

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BATUR VOLCANO HIKING – WHAT TO EXPECT?

THE MOST SCENIC SUNRISE
You can see the most scenic sunrise in Bali island.

BEAUTIFUL PANORAMA
Hike this volcano and reach on the summit you can see the beautiful view such as Batur lake, sea, horizontal line, Mt Abang (caldera), Mt Agung and Mt Rinjani on other island.

BATUR LAKE APPEAR
The actual catch is not just the sunrise, but the hazy Batur lake that gradually discloses itself out from the misty valley. Lots of who were there to see sunrise were not realize, the actual goal is to see Batur lake reveals its beauty out of the valley shrouded in the fog.

BATUR VOLCANO SUNRISE

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HOW MUCH IS THE BATUR VOLCANO ENTRANCE FEE?

GOVERNMENT TAX (Retribusi):
IDR 30K

*) It applied on the day time only. On the night time, no ticketing man on the ticket window.

BATUR HIKING ENTRANCE FEE:
IDR 100K

*) It applied on the Batur sunrise trekking time only (1 AM – 5 AM). On the day or night time, no ticketing man on the ticket window.

HIKING GUIDE FEE:
IDR 350K – 400K per group. Max 4 persons.

*) Guide fee on the peak season become IDR 400K.

**) The hiking operator not allowed us without a guide. It’s a mandatory refer to their rules.

***) I found the Batur sunrise trekking tour in Ubud offered very cheap price: IDR 300K-375K per pax. Include: transport, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, etc. It seems they have a contract rate.

GOVERNMENT TAX (RETRIBUTION)

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WHERE IS THE BATUR VOLCANO LOCATED?

VOLCANO LOCATION:
Village (Desa):
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Kintamani
Regency (Kabupaten): Bangli
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 65 km northeast of Denpasar or 2 hour and 15 minutes.
About 42 km northeast of Ubud or 1 hours and 30 minutes.
About 80 km northeast of Kuta beach or 2 hours and 30 minutes.
About 83 km northeast of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour and 45 minutes.

MAP OF BATUR VOLCANO:

HOW TO GET TO BATUR VOLCANO?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

There is no direct public transport to get there.

*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this hiking post or basecamp and use google maps as your navigator. Don’t forget to wear warm jacket. It’s cold when driving to this spot.

**) Other option you can take a Batur hiking sunrise tours.

BATUR VOLCANO & LAKE VIEW FROM PENELOKAN VIEW POINT

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WHERE IS THE BATUR HIKING POST?

HIKING POST (BASECAMP):

There are three track or hiking post (basecamp) to reach the summit of Mt Batur.

1. Pura Pasar Agung temple (Pura Jati)

This hiking post located in ?? meter above the sea level. This post is the most common  track to reach the Batur summit.

LOCATION:
Village (Desa):
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Kintamani
Regency (Kabupaten): Bangli
Province (Provinsi): Bali

*) Your car or scooter not allow to reach Pura Pasar Agung temple because not enough space for parking. They will ask you to parking near Pura Jati Batur temple. I already provide it on the map below.

MAP:

2. Toya Bungkah

This hiking post located in ?? meter above the sea level. This hiking post offering you short and quiet track  to reach the summit

LOCATION:
Village (Desa):
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Kintamani
Regency (Kabupaten): Bangli
Province (Provinsi): Bali

*) This track suitable for European or fast trekker/walker because it’s not too crowded. You can walk or hike freely without waiting in the back of other climber.

MAP:

3. Bukit Selat

This hiking post located in ?? meter above the sea level. This hiking post offering you short track  to reach the summit

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Songan
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Kintamani
Regency (Kabupaten): Bangli
Province (Provinsi): Bali

*) I never try this track.

TRAVELER WATCHING BATUR SUNRISE

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WHAT IS THE BEST TIME FOR BATUR HIKING?

OVERNIGHT HIKING:
Start on 3 AM.

*) This is the most efficient hiking. You can watch the sunrise after you reach the summit.

SUNRISE TIME:
6.20 AM – 6.25 AM.

*) The gradation color start at 5.45 AM.

BEST MONTH FOR HIKING:
Juli – September

*) Those months are the peak of dry season, almost no rain or just little rain.

**) Don’t visit on Indonesian holiday, it will be traffic jam and long queue to reach the summit. It’s very crowded, dusty and noisy hiking.

***) Also don’t visit on Indonesia independence day: August 17th, it will be super crowded by local who hike and celebrate it on the summit.

TRAVELER ENJOYING BATUR SUNRISE

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WHAT GEARS & TOOLS NEED TO BRING?

TOOLS & GEARS FOR HIKING:

Headlamp (Smartphone flashlight)
Warm jacket
Hiking shoes or trekking sandals
Raincoat (on the wet season)
Mineral water & snacks

*) Better bring your water and snack because the price of that item on the top of mount are amazing expensive.

A MUSED TRAVELER WATCHING THE SUNRISE

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BATUR SUNRISE

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*) If no luck then the sunrise will be like in the picture below:

MOUNT BATUR FOGGY SUNRISE

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*) Better you check the weather forecast below before you decide to hike the Batur volcano.

THE MONKEYS COMING AFTER SUNRISE

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*) After the sunrise, usually the monkeys will appears to find foods. Sometime they will scramble to each other when visitor giving the foods. The big monkey will become the winner, this area is his territory.

A MONKEY ENJOY SUNBATHING

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BATUR VOLCANO STATUS:

OPEN FOR ANY TREKKING/HIKING/CLIMBING ACTIVITIES

*) On September 25th-27th, 2012 it closed for any hiking/climbing activity due to forest fires around the Batur volcano.

BATUR CRATER

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*) After you reach the summit you can continue to the Batur crater. You will see the sulphuric steam.

STEAM THE EGGS AT BATUR CRATER

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*) You can bring some egg and steam it. Just put it in the steam hole and then cover it with the grass. After 20 minutes your egg ready as your breakfast.

THE MONKEY HAVE A BREAKFAST ON BATUR VOLCANO

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*) Along the Batur summit till the crater you will see some group of monkey. They aren’t aggressive.

BATUR VOLCANO

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BATUR VOLCANO VIEW FROM ACROSS THE LAKE

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BATUR VOLCANO VIEW FROM THE PENELOKAN VIEW POINT

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BATUR VOLCANO VIEW FROM THE SOUTHWEST SIDE POINT

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BATUR SUNRISE

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*) I never get bored hiked the Batur volcano. It’s been four times and i always amazed by the sunrise view from the Batur’s summit. Very beautiful!

**) It was not hard trekking because Batur is just a small volcano. Overnight hiking recommended to get the best sunrise view from the summit. Better you start at 2 AM from Ubud.

WATCH THE BATUR SUMMIT ON VIDEO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILYhSSCSqNs

SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR BATUR VOLCANO:

You can combine to visit these places after hiking Mt Batur:

1. Toya Devasya hot spring
2. Batur lake.
3. Trunyan cemetery.
4. Batur Geopark museum
5. Penelokan view point
6. Kintamani Eco Bike coffee shop (cafe).

You may check our recommended itinerary here: Day 4 itinerary.

CHECK THE WEATHER FOR TOMORROW TO GET BEST BATUR SUNRISE



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4 thoughts on “BATUR VOLCANO (Gunung Batur) + HIKING + SUNRISE

  1. Thao Tran

    Hi, we have a group of 17 people, travel to Bali on June.

    We want to submit the Batur on our trip. Do you know any guide contact for the trekking?

    Thanks for reading my comment

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Hi,
      I have no contact of guide Batur trekking.
      Usually on the Batur trekking post (basecamp) they have dozen of guide.
      They empowering the local old and young people to be a Batur trekking guide.
      When the guide lacking, they will call any guide in the nearest village.
      In 5-10 minutes they will come and ready to be your guide.
      So, you don’t have to worry that you gonna miss a guide for your night hiking.
      It won’t happen.

  2. Ruby

    Did the trek few days ago! Sunrise up there is amazing! Be prepared to work out a little, the way to the top is steep and slippery. If you have a headlamp, don’t forget to bring it with you. That’s the one thing I really wish I had then.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Thank you for the info & the suggestion about the Batur sunrise trekking.
      I think you can also use a light from your smartphone too.

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