Mount Batur

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Plan your visit to an active volcano in Bali

Nestled in the heart of Bali, Indonesia, Mount Batur stands as a captivating active volcano that attracts adventurers and nature lovers alike. Renowned for its stunning sunrise treks and panoramic views over Lake Batur, here is an in-depth exploration of what to expect when visiting this active volcano.

Mount Batur at a glance

Planning a visit to Mount Batur
  • What are the Mount Batur opening hours?
    Mount Batur is accessible 24/7, throughout the year, making it an ideal spot for both sunrise and sunset viewings.
  • Where is Mount Batur located?
    This iconic volcano is situated in Northeast Bali, within the Bangli Regency. Its location offers a breathtaking escape into nature, far from the bustling tourist centers.
  • How many entrances does Mount Batur have?
    If you’re trekking, there are two primary access points to start at: Pura Jati and Toya Bungkah. Toya Bungkah is the busier route, but shorter than the Pura Jati route, which starts at the Pura Jati temple and offers better views of Lake Batur!
  • How many visitors does  Mount Batur see per year?
    Each year, Mount Batur sees approximately 200,000 visitors!

Mount Batur opening hours

Mount Batur welcomes visitors around the clock, open 24 hours a day throughout the year, making it an exceptional destination for both sunrise and sunset treks. While the mountain itself does not have last admission times, these may vary if you are joining a guided trek, as different trekking companies have their own operational hours. It's advisable to check with your chosen provider for specific timing details.

Best time to visit Mount Batur

Planning a visit to Mount Batur

The best time to visit Mount Batur is undoubtedly during the early morning hours, allowing visitors to experience a breathtaking sunrise from the summit.

Weekdays are preferable for those seeking a more tranquil journey, as weekends typically draw larger crowds. 

The dry season, spanning from April to October, presents ideal trekking conditions with minimal rainfall and clearer paths, making the ascent safer and far more enjoyable. Peak tourist months run from July to September.

Where is Mount Batur?

Mount Batur is in the scenic Kintamani District in the northeastern part of Bali, Indonesia. This prominent volcano is approximately an hour's drive from Ubud, making it an accessible escape into nature.

The area is marked by its dramatic landscape, with dried black lava flows dotting the pathways, and the quaint village of Kintamani.

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Mount Batur Sunrise Trek with Breakfast & Hotel Transfers
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Mount Batur Private Sunrise 4X4 Jeep Tour
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Mount Batur & Natural Hot Springs Private Sunrise Jeep Tour
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Mount Batur Private Sunrise Jeep Tour With Photographer & Hotel Transfers
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How to Get There?

Getting to Mt. Batur by car

By Car

Traveling by car is the most straightforward way to reach Mount Batur, with the journey taking approximately two hours from Denpasar, Bali's capital. You’ll have more flexibility with a car and the comfort of traveling at your own pace.

Getting to Mt. Batur by taxi

By Taxi

Taxis are readily available from major tourist centers across Bali. Although convenient, this option can be costly, especially for a round trip, as taxis may charge a waiting fee during your trek.

Getting to Mt. Batur by bus

By Bus

Local buses travel to Kintamani, the closest village to Mount Batur. While this option is economical, it is less direct. Once in Kintamani, you will need to hire a taxi or a motorbike to reach the start points, adding an extra step to your journey.

Getting to Mt. Batur by bike

By Bike

Renting a motorbike is a popular and adventurous way to reach Mount Batur, suited for those comfortable with longer rides. It offers an exhilarating way to explore Bali's scenic routes, though it requires some experience with motorbiking.

Parking facilities at Mt. Batur

Parking Facilities

At Mount Batur, parking facilities are available but limited. There are no large, designated parking areas, but several smaller lots exist near both the Pura Jati and Toya Bungkah starting points. These areas can accommodate a moderate number of vehicles, catering primarily to visitors arriving by car or bike.

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Facilities - Planning a visit to Mount Batur

At Mount Batur, you will find basic facilities to accommodate your needs during the trek. Restrooms are available, though they are quite rudimentary and primarily located at the trek's start points. Local vendors are stationed along the path and at the summit, selling refreshments and snacks which can be a welcome treat during and after the exertion of the climb. Cloakroom services are limited, so it is advisable to carry only essential items that you can manage throughout the hike.

Accessibility - Planning a visit to Mount Batur

The natural terrain of Mount Batur, which includes uneven paths and steep sections, makes it unsuitable for wheelchairs. Visitors with mobility issues should consider this before planning their trip, trek in particular requires good physical condition to navigate safely.

Visiting with family - Planning a visit to Mount Batur

While families are welcome at Mount Batur, bear in mind that facilities specifically tailored for young children are minimal. It is generally advised not to make the trek with infants.

Rules & Regulations - Planning a visit to Mount Batur
  • No littering: All visitors must carry out their trash to help preserve the natural beauty of Mount Batur. Ensuring no litter is left behind is crucial for environmental conservation.
  • Stay on paths: It is essential to stick to marked paths while trekking. This helps prevent accidents and minimizes human impact on the surrounding ecosystem.
  • Photography: Taking photos is encouraged to capture the beauty of Mount Batur, but always be mindful of privacy and cultural sensitivities when photographing local people or sacred sites.
  • Drone Use: Operating drones requires prior permission and may be subject to restrictions. Check with local authorities or your tour operator to ensure compliance with local regulations.
Dining - Planning a visit to Mount Batur
  • Batur Sari Restaurant
    Batur Sari Restaurant offers a variety of traditional Balinese dishes including their famous Bebek Betutu (slow-cooked duck in Balinese spices).
  • Amora Bali Restaurant
    Amora Bali excels in serving freshly grilled fish caught from Lake Batur. Their Ikan Bakar (grilled fish) is marinated in a special blend of Balinese spices and grilled over coconut husks, providing a unique flavor that compliments the mountainous backdrop.
  • Pulu Mujung Warung
    Famous for its Babi Guling (Balinese roast pork), this  pork is seasoned with traditional herbs and spices and roasted to perfection.
Stay - Planning a visit to Mount Batur
  • Budget-Friendly: Batur Green Hill Guesthouse
    The Batur Green Hill Guesthouse is a cost-friendly option with basic rooms and essential amenities. The guesthouse provides a friendly, local atmosphere and easy access to Mount Batur, making it ideal for early trekkers.
  • Mid-Range: Lakeview Eco Lodge
    Lakeview Eco Lodge features well-appointed rooms with traditional Balinese decor and a restaurant serving local cuisine. Not to mention, stunning views of Mount Batur and Lake Batur
  • Luxury: The Ayu Kintamani Villa
    The Ayu Kintamani Villa provides five-star accommodations with private pools, spa services, and elegant suites. Each villa offers panoramic views of the surrounding nature and is equipped with modern amenities, catering to those looking for an upscale retreat.

Things to do near Mount Batur

Panoramic view of lake Batur, Bali

Lake Batur

Just a short distance from Mount Batur, Lake Batur is Bali's largest crater lake and offers a serene environment perfect for relaxation after a trek. The lake is ideal for photography, fishing, or simply enjoying the peaceful atmosphere. Boat tours are also available, providing a closer view of the surrounding mountains and the traditional fishing methods still used by locals.

View of the ancient village Trunyan and Hindu Temple from Lake Batur, Bali, Indonesia

Trunyan Village

Known for its unique and ancient funeral traditions, Trunyan Village lies on the eastern shore of Lake Batur. Unlike other Balinese communities, the villagers of Trunyan do not cremate their dead but instead place them in open bamboo cages under a sacred tree. This practice offers a fascinating glimpse into the cultural practices that have been preserved over centuries.

Mount Batur hot springs
Kintamani Highland

Kintamani Highland

This area offers spectacular panoramic views of Mount Batur and the surrounding valley. The highland is perfect for those who enjoy scenic drives or bike rides. Cafes and restaurants in this area offer the opportunity to dine with a view, where one can enjoy local cuisine alongside breathtaking landscapes.

Penglipuran, a traditional Balinese village near Ubud, Bali- Mt. Batur

Bali Aga Village of Penglipuran

A short drive from Mount Batur, Penglipuran is a traditional village that has maintained its ancient architectural styles and is known for its cleanliness and community management practices. Walking through the village, visitors can see the well-preserved Bali Aga culture, interact with the friendly locals, and experience the tranquility of traditional Balinese life.

The Mount Batur trekking starting points

Pura Jati - Mt. Batur

Pura Jati

Located near the village of Pura Jati, this entrance is commonly used for the standard sunrise trek. It is easily accessible by road from the main areas of Bali like Ubud or Kintamani. This path is well-trodden and suited for those who prefer a more straightforward and populated route. Ideal for general ticket holders looking for guided tours, it often features groups led by local guides.

People hiking at the mount batur

Toya Bungkah

Situated in the village of Toya Bungkah, this entrance offers a slightly more challenging trek and is less crowded, providing a more secluded ascent. Accessible by a similar route that leads to the hot springs, this entrance is perfect for those seeking a quieter climb. It is recommended for experienced hikers or those who have opted for private treks. This route also offers closer proximity to the natural hot springs, making it a favorite for those who plan to relax post-trek.

If you want to read more about trekking, we've got a Mount Batur trekking guide you might be interested in!

The highlights of Mount Batur

Woman enjoying the sunrise from the top of mountain Batur, Bali

Sunrise trek

The signature highlight of Mount Batur is the sunrise trek, offering breathtaking views as the sun rises over the horizon and illuminates Lake Batur and its surroundings. This early morning adventure is a must-do for any visitor, providing a spectacular start to the day with panoramic views of Bali.

Aerial view of Mount Batur

Crater exploration

Once at the summit, visitors have the opportunity to explore the main crater of the volcano. The terrain inside the crater presents a fascinating landscape of volcanic rocks, steam vents, and rugged paths, allowing for a closer look at the active geothermal activity.

Lava fields and black sand Mt. Batur

Lava fields and black sand

The descent from the volcano takes trekkers through ancient lava fields and expanses of black volcanic sand, showcasing the mountain's volcanic history and the natural forces that have shaped this landscape over centuries.

Woman relaxing in a Hot Spring

Hot springs

Near the base of Mount Batur, several natural hot springs are available for visitors to relax in after their trek. These thermal waters are believed to have healing properties and offer a soothing experience with scenic views of the lake and mountains.

Woman enjoying coffee with a view of Mount Batur

Food cooked using volcanic steam

Local vendors at the summit serve simple yet delicious Balinese cuisine, cooked using the steam from the volcanic vents. This unique dining experience allows visitors to enjoy a hot meal while admiring the sunrise and panoramic views.

Each of these highlights provides a unique insight into the natural beauty and cultural richness of Mount Batur, making a visit here a comprehensive and memorable adventure.

Visitor Tips

  • Early Start: Aim to start your trek around 4 AM to experience the stunning sunrise from the summit. The early start also helps avoid the heat of the midday sun.
  • Appropriate Footwear: Wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots with good grip to safely navigate the rocky and sometimes slippery paths.
  • Layered Clothing: Temperatures can be chilly before sunrise and warm up quickly afterwards. Wear layers that you can easily add or remove as needed.
  • Hydration: Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the trek. Consider a hydration pack or water bottles that can be easily accessed.
  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are essential, especially after sunrise when the sun can be quite intense.
  • Snacks and Food: Pack some energy-boosting snacks or a light breakfast to enjoy at the summit while waiting for the sunrise.
  • Camera and Batteries: Don’t forget your camera or smartphone to capture the breathtaking views. Make sure batteries are fully charged, as the cold can drain them faster.
  • Choose the Right Entrance: Decide which entrance suits your fitness level and desired experience—Pura Jati for a more straightforward path or Toya Bungkah for a quieter, more challenging route.
  • Guide Services: Hiring a local guide is recommended, especially for first-time visitors, as they can provide valuable insights and ensure safety during the trek.
  • Respect Local Customs: Be mindful of local customs and traditions. If you encounter any cultural ceremonies or local villagers, show respect by observing quietly or asking permission before taking photos.

Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Mount Batur

Where is Mount Batur?

Mount Batur is located in northeastern Bali, Indonesia, within the Kintamani District. It's approximately an hour’s drive from Ubud and is famous for its scenic beauty and active volcanic status. The area around the volcano is rich in geological and cultural history.

Can I visit Mount Batur?

Yes, Mount Batur is open to visitors year-round. It is accessible for trekking and other recreational activities, with various tour operators offering guided hikes, especially for sunrise views. Ensure to check with local authorities or tour operators for any seasonal restrictions.

Why should I visit Mount Batur?

Visiting Mount Batur offers a unique opportunity to experience an active volcano up close, enjoy breathtaking sunrise views, and immerse in the natural and cultural beauty of Bali. The panoramic views from the summit are unparalleled.

Can I visit Mount Batur for free?

No, visiting Mount Batur is not free. You need to pay for a trekking guide as part of a tour, which includes safety measures and local community support. The fees contribute to the maintenance and preservation of the area.

How do I book tickets to visit Mount Batur?

Tickets for trekking Mount Batur can be booked through local tour operators, travel agencies in Bali, or online platforms that specialize in adventure activities. Advance booking is recommended to secure your spot, especially during peak season.

How much does it cost to visit Mount Batur?

The cost varies depending on the tour operator and the package, generally ranging from $35 to $100 per person, including guide fees, transportation, and sometimes meals. Group bookings may offer discounts.

What is the best time to visit Mount Batur?

The best time to visit Mount Batur is during the dry season from April to October, with an early morning trek to catch the sunrise being the most popular option. Avoid rainy season as the paths can be slippery.

What are the Mount Batur opening hours?

Mount Batur is open 24/7, allowing visitors to experience the trek at any time, including the highly recommended early morning or nighttime treks. Night treks are particularly magical, offering a chance to hike under the stars.

Can I visit Mount Batur in a group?

Yes, group visits to Mount Batur are common and can be arranged through tour operators. It’s often more enjoyable and cost-effective to trek in groups. Large groups should consider booking private tours for a more tailored experience.

Can I visit Mount Batur with kids?

Yes, you can visit Mount Batur with kids, but the trek may be challenging for very young children. Consider your child’s age and stamina when planning the hike. It’s vital to ensure children are closely supervised due to the rugged terrain.

Is Mount Batur wheelchair friendly?

No, the natural terrain and trekking paths of Mount Batur are not wheelchair accessible, making it unsuitable for anyone who relies on a wheelchair. Alternative arrangements should be considered for those with mobility issues.

Can I buy food and drinks at Mount Batur?

Yes, there are local vendors at the starting points and summit selling snacks and drinks, but it’s advisable to bring your own water and food to ensure sufficient supply. Local offerings include simple, traditional Balinese food which adds to the experience.

How long does it take to visit Mount Batur?

The typical trek to the summit takes about 2 hours to ascend and 1.5 hours to descend, so plan for at least 4 hours in total, not including travel time to and from the site. Allow extra time to enjoy the summit and take photographs.

Is it worth visiting Mount Batur?

Absolutely, Mount Batur offers a memorable adventure with stunning natural landscapes, making it a worthwhile visit for anyone interested in nature, hiking, and cultural experiences. The sense of achievement from reaching the summit is rewarding.