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All about Mount Batur, the active volcano in the heart of Bali

Mount Batur is an active volcano in Bali, popular for the views of sunrise from its summit. Trek to the top or take a jeep tour, tread its caldera and catch a glimpse of the Lake Batur!

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ADDRESS

Mt Batur, South Batur, Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali, Indonesia

RECOMMENDED DURATION

4 hours

UNESCO YEAR

2012

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Did you know?

The crater of Mount Batur contains a younger volcanic cone known as Gunung Batur II.

From the summit, trekkers can enjoy panoramic views of Lake Batur, neighboring Mount Abang, and even Mount Rinjani on clear days.

Mount Batur is an active volcano that last erupted in 2000, and its most significant eruption was in 1968. Mount Batur's eruptions are generally mild and do not pose a significant threat to nearby communities.




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Mount Batur Sunrise Trek with Breakfast & Hotel Transfers
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Mount Batur Sunrise Trek & Visit to Natural Hot Springs with Private Round-Trip Transfers
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Mount Batur Sunrise Trek and Hidden Waterfalls Tour with Round-Trip Transfers
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Mount Batur Private Sunrise 4X4 Jeep Tour
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6 hr. - 10 hr.
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What is Mount Batur?

Mount Batur is an active volcano located in the central highlands of Bali, standing at 1,717 meters above sea level. It sits within a large caldera alongside Lake Batur, a significant feature formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. 

The volcano has a history of eruptions, with notable activities recorded in the 20th century. It is of great significance to the Balinese culture, revered as a sacred site and integral to local agricultural practices due to its fertile volcanic soil. The area around Mount Batur, including the caldera and the lake, is a key part of Bali's tourism, attracting visitors for both its natural landscapes and cultural importance.

Known for its scenic beauty and spiritual importance, Mount Batur is a popular destination for trekking, especially for witnessing sunrise views from its summit. 

History and geography of Mount Batur

History and geography of Mount Batur

Best time to go on a Mount Batur tour

The best time to visit Mount Batur is during the dry season, which runs from April to October in Bali. During these months, the weather is generally clearer and less rainy, making it more suitable for trekking and enjoying panoramic views from the summit. You could opt for a sunrise trek; though it does start in the early hours of the day, you’ll be treated to spectacular views and a cooler temperature for climbing. 

That said, if you want a bit of an adventure, visit Mount Batur during the wet season, between October and March. A trek might be challenging during this season with the rains making the trail a little slippery, but the lush green views from the summit would assuredly make it worthwhile!

Things to know before you book a Mount Batur tour

  • If you’re unsure about being able to make the trek, don’t worry! There are also jeep tours available that would be perfect for you.
  • Jeep tours and guided treks both offer transfers from these regions: Denpasar Ubud, Sanur, Seminyak, Canggu, Legian, Kuta, Nusa Dua, and Jimbaran.
  • If you opt for a sunrise tour, your journey will start at 1 am, and at 2.30 am if you choose to trek. A jeep tour starts later, anytime between 2.30 and 4 am, depending on where you need to be picked up from.
  • Along with your Mount Batur tour, you can also take a dip in the hot springs on your way back. The hot springs are especially refreshing if you’ve chosen to trek up the mountain.
  • Tickets include breakfast at the summit. Boiled eggs and a sandwich cooked on the volcanic steam will be served.
  • Your tour guide will help you learn more about the mountain and its significance and guide you safely up the mountain.

Mount Batur jeep tours vs treks

Aspect
Mount Batur Jeep Tours
Treks
Accessibility
Mobility and age no bar! However, this is not recommended for infants.
Suited for active individuals, but if you're travelling with infants, better to opt for a jeep tour.
Experience Level
Hiking experience doesn’t matter
Requires moderate fitness
Duration
Typically 2 to 4 hours
Sunrise trek: 2 to 3 hours, day trek: 4 to 6 hours
Scenic Views
Panoramic views from designated viewpoints
Views along hiking trail and summit, depending on what trail you’ve picked.
Guided Experience
Led by experienced guides in jeeps
Guided by trekking guides. Can also be done solo.
Flexibility
You can add extra stops in and around the mountain, but jeep tours mostly follow structured itineraries with designated stops.
Explore at your own pace, especially if you’re going solo!
Transport
Comes with transfers, both pick up and drop-offs.
Depends on whether you’re booking a guided trek or going solo
Guides

Taking drones on your Mount Batur tour

Luckily, the rules surrounding drones are not very strict in Bali. But there are rules, of course, that you must follow if you want to shoot with a drone in Bali (home to Mount Batur) that would depend on three factors: your age, the weight of your drone and the purpose of your shoot.

There are two categories you should know about:

  1. Category 1: Shooting for recreational purposes such as entertainment, sport, or a hobby.
  2. Category 2: Shooting for professional purposes such as making feature films or news.

If you fall in Category 1, are over 18 years of age, and are carrying a drone that weighs less than a kilo, then you’re golden!

When will you need permission to fly a drone?
Getting drone permits
Some other rules you should know
  • If you fall under Category 2
  • If your drone weighs more than 2 kilos, even if you’re in Category 1, you must be over 20 years of age.

To get your drone permits, contact the Directorate General of Civil Aviation or AirNav. You’ll need insurance coverage and a letter of purpose. A pilot’s license is recommended, but not mandatory.

  • Don’t fly above 500 feet off the ground
  • Stay away from private property
  • Keep the speed below 161 kmph
  • Don’t fly your drone during the night
  • Stay away from military and airspace
  • Steer clear of crowds

What else can you do when you're on a Mount Batur tour?

A woman in a hot spring Mount Batur
Woman at Kanto waterfall in Bali - Mount Batur

Discover hidden waterfalls

Bathed in a halo of light created by the opening of the caves, the hidden waterfalls inside them are not too from Mount Batur. You will not regret a visit, and a dip in these clear waters!

Woman watching mount batur from a cafe in Kintamani

Catch views of the surrounding valley from Kintamani Highlight

Getting here makes for one hell of a drive! There are quite a few cafes and restaurants in this area where you can indulge in a meal while overlooking breathtaking landscapes.

Mount Batur: FAQs

What different types of tours are available for Mount Batur?

Sunrise treks and jeep tours that combine nearby attractions like the hot springs and traditional villages are the most popular types of tours available.

How physically demanding is the Mount Batur trek?

It's considered moderate in difficulty, and suitable for those with average fitness. The ascent takes about 2 hours. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you can take a jeep tour!

Can I hike Mount Batur without a guide?

While it's possible, hiring a guide is recommended for safety! Especially if it’s your first time.

How long does it take to climb Mount Batur?

If you’re trekking, it’ll take approximately 2 hours to ascend and 1.5 hours to descend. If you’re on a jeep tour, it should not take more than an hour!

What is the best time of day to start the Mount Batur trek?

You should go early in the morning, around 2–4 am, to catch the sunrise at the summit. Aside from the stunning views, going at this time means it’ll be comfortably chilly even during the summer.

What wildlife might I see during a Mount Batur trek?

Your usual birds and monkeys. Larger wildlife is rare, so have no fear!

How do I get to Mount Batur from various locations in Bali?

Most guided tours include hotel transfers! Just make sure to check for pick-up details when you book your Mount Batur tour. 

Is there a particular season when Mount Batur is closed to visitors?

There is no specific closure season, but treks may be canceled during severe weather or volcanic activity. Make sure to keep an eye out for updates!

Are there any recent volcanic activities that might affect my tour of Mount Batur?

Mount Batur was last recorded to be active in 2000 and is not expected to be active any time soon. It might put you at ease to check for yourself before you head off!

Is Mount Batur wheelchair friendly?

The terrain is rugged, so not really. However, you can check with your tour operator about accommodation on a jeep tour!