Exploring Mount Batur - Guide to Mount Batur, Bali
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Situated in the cool mountainous region of Kintamani in north-east Bali, Mount Batur is the island’s second highest volcano (after Agung).
Travellers come for sunrise trekking, jeep safaris, and a taste of rural Bali. Infrastructure is still basic in this relatively remote destination, so don’t expect the facilities (or visitor numbers) of the South.
But if raw nature and off-the-beaten-track adventure is your thing, Mount Batur is a must. And don’t forget to pack a jumper!
Where to Stay in Mount Batur , Bali
Forget star ratings, accommodation in this area is all about the views.
Options include lakeside cottages, cheap-and-cheerful homestays, and hotels overlooking the volcano and lake. Prices are generally very pocket-friendly, though you’ll pay a little more for a private balcony with a view.
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Know Where to Go for Food and Drinks in Mount Batur
Lunch and dinner come with a view in this region, too.
Local warung (simple eateries) and coffee shops speckle the ridge in Penelokan. Stop by for a Kintamani coffee, home-baked cake, or nasi campur (rice with assorted meat and vegetable sides).
Most places have wide, open-air terraces looking out over mountain, jungle, and lake.
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Things to Do in Mount Batur
Sunrise volcano trekking is Kintamani’s biggest attraction. Starting bright and early at 2:30am, the trek to Batur’s peak takes around two hours.
At the top, you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree vistas of mountain and lake, streaked in dawn colours. Your guide (you must take one) will prepare coffee and breakfast while your rest — eggs cooked in the piping hot volcanic vents! It’s an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. But please, don’t try and make the climb solo. Not only is it unsafe, but the guides will cut you off and forcibly stop you.
If the early wake-up call doesn’t suit you, there are late-morning and afternoon options, too. Jeep safaris take in the frozen lava fields at the base of the mountain, and the lunar-like landscapes are quite spectacular.
A trip to the lake and hot springs is another popular excursion. Soaking in the warm, restorative waters offers a multitude of health benefits. And there’s a café attached for drinks overlooking the water.
Also within easy reach is the iconic water temple of Ulun Danu Batur. With its beautiful meru (pagoda-like) structures, it’s a great example of Balinese architecture — and it’s dedicated to the goddess of the lake, Ida Batari Dewi Ulun Batur.
Tours and Activities in Mount Batur
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