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Hiking Mount Batur In Bali – A Complete Guide

Hiking Mount Batur at sunrise is one of the most popular things to do in Bali. So here’s all you need to know when planning your trip.

How To Get To Mount Batur

Mount Batur is located in the far north east of Bali, around 40km from Ubud and a 1 hour 30 mins drive by car.

It is not possible to trek Mount Batur without a guide, therefore transport to and from your accommodation will be included in your tour.

Most people choose to do Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking from Ubud, although pick up can be arranged from all over Bali.

Accommodation pick ups start at around 2am. This is in order to reach the starting point of the trek for around 4am.

The trek takes roughly 1 hour 30 mins to reach the summit, with the aim of arriving for sunrise before 6:30am.

Our amazing Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking experience was organised through Your Bali Trekking Tours and we can highly recommend them.

Hiking Mount Batur Prices

Prices start at around 350,000 IDR per person, and we can personally recommend Your Bali Trekking Tours.

Prices include:
– Transport to and from your accommodation
– Full guided tour
– Breakfast/Dinner
– A Head Torch
– Water

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Taking pictures of the glorious volcano beforehand

Best Time To Visit Mount Batur

It’s important to remember to take something warm for the top because it can be extremely cold no matter what time you visit.

A warm boiled egg in between your palms is nice, but isn’t quite enough to keep your whole body warm.

Tourists and food do attract monkeys, so remember to keep your belongings safe and zipped away in a bag.

Please do not torment the monkeys as it could be an early end to your trip if bitten by one.

If you’d like to see more monkeys in their natural habitat we recommend visiting Ubud Monkey Forest.

What To Pack

Photography Camera


Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle


Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Mount Agung puffing smoke on the walk down from Mount Batur
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Watch out for those monkeys!

What To Expect When Hiking Mount Batur At Sunrise

Mount Batur is the second largest active volcano on the island after Mount Agung, and Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking is one of the most popular things to do in Bali.

Don’t worry though, it’s nothing like Mount Rinjani on Lombok, this is much more tourist friendly.

Standing at 1717 metres tall, due to Mount Agung’s consistent eruptions, it is the highest Volcano hike accessible to the public.

There is no need to worry however, as trekking Mount Batur is monitored daily by seismologists and the last eruption was in the year 2000.

The total distance for trekking Mount Batur is a maximum of 9km there and back, depending on which trail you take. There is a harder route and an easier route. Your tour guide is likely to give you the option on the day.

Hundreds of tourists head up to Mount Batur for sunrise to catch the incredible 360 degree landscape from the top.

With views looking out to Mount Abang it will be a breathtaking experience that you’ll remember for a life time.

There have recently been a few tours operating a sunset trek! Which although are less popular, can be incredible if the clouds clear.

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The view from Mount Batur at sunrise with our gang!

What To Expect When Hiking Mount Batur At Sunset

The trek itself is classed at mediocre difficulty level, however we promise it’s really not that hard!

After trekking for roughly 90 minutes, when you reach the summit, you’ll receive some food and a warm drink from your guide.

This is usually a banana sandwich and a boiled egg, cooked by the volcanic steam at the top of the trek.

Overall, having climbed Mount Batur for both sunrise and sunset, we’d recommend sunrise for an almost guaranteed amazing experience.

Sunset is much more of a risk as it’s very rare to catch a good one, but you’ll be pretty much the only tourists on the mountain!

We visited Mount Batur twice, once at sunrise and once at sunset.

The following photos show the trail and journey of our sunset trek in the light of day, so you can envision what it’s like in the dark.

Either way it’s a must on your Ubud itinerary.

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Ready to start climbing!
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The rainfall started as we began trekking Mount Batur, but it didn’t stop them from smiling
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The kind of terrain at the start
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It gets tougher past half way
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She’s happy to have reached the top!
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Kisses and celebrations
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The temperature at the top dropped drastically, especially in the fog!
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We warmed up with the natural volcanic steam and even cooked our eggs and bananas!
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Time to eat!
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The clouds eventually cleared, so we were rewarded with an awesome view of the lake and city below
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Jumping for joy!

Where To Stay In Ubud


Alaya Resort

Alaya Resort is located in the heart of Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali.

The resort is set amidst the rice fields, offering an outdoor pool and a fitness centre.

Guests enjoy free daily afternoon tea and tropical fruits.

The contemporary Balinese-style rooms all come with a flat-screen TV and a private terrace overlooking the natural greenery.

The private bathrooms, decorated in artworks, provide complete facilities.

Alaya Resort Ubud is just 200 metres away from the Monkey Forest and 700 metres away from Ubud Market.


Pertiwi Bisma 2

Featuring 2 landscaped pools and a restaurant, Pertiwi Bisma 2 offers guests a memorable stay, a 5-minute drive from Ubud Monkey Forest.

Free WiFi is available in all areas, and also free shuttles to Ubud Market.

Rooms in Pertiwi Bisma 2 come with air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, an electric kettle and a coffee/tea maker.

Nestled within tropical gardens, they all come with a private terrace. Complimentary bottled water is provided.

Balinese dance classes, trekking and hiking activities are also available.


Sila Urip Guest House

Nestled amongst lush garden, Sila Urip Guest House is located in the tranquil part of Ubud.

Each room here will provide you with a terrace and a seating area, where you can enjoy garden view from each room.

Featuring a shower and private bathroom, rooms also come with free toiletries. Guests can also order room service.

At Sila Urip Guest House you will find a garden and a terrace. The friendly staff can assist with bike hire, shuttle service and airport transfer at additional charges.

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