Things you should know before hiking the Batur Mountain
The Mountain of Batur is 1,717 meter high, and reach to the top of the mountain takes approximately two hours and a little bit less to the descent.
How the hike takes place?
Pick-up at your hotel
A driver will pick you up at your hotel around midnight at Seminyak / Kuta or around 2:00 am at Ubud. You will get a ride in a modern car with air conditioner and a private driver, so you can have some rest in your way to the Batur Mountain.
Arrival at Batur and preparation
You would arrive around 2:30 am at Batur, not so far away from the temple Pura Jati Batur. You will meet there your guide and get ready for the mountain climb.
The hike with the guide
The guide will lead you and adapt the pace of the hike to yours, but you can always ask to make a break if you feel exhausted! Along the hike, the guide will present to you the different plantations you will find: hot pepper, onions, ails, and also narrates you the good stories about the region and get to know the guide during this journey.
The first hour of ascent will be the easiest part: the path is a little angled and easy to walk through. However, the second hour will be more difficult and you will find a narrower path with rocks along the ascent. And every single step will be even harder with the sand and the slope making the trek exhausting.
You will be able to watch the stars shining in a dark sky.
At the top of the Batur Mountain
Once arrived at the end of your trek at the top of the Batur Mountain, it will be very cold, so you better bring with you your scarf, pullovers and windbreaker. You would be waiting for the sunrise around 6:00 am with your hot tea to warm you up. You would admire the sunrise in one of the highest spot in Indonesia.
You can take your breakfast and enjoy the tranquility of this place, and also get some of your energy back before you descend the mountain.
Descent, crater visit and views
On your way back on the descend, you will have a rest at the Batur crater, where you will still find some smoke going out and a hot steam from the heart of the crater.
You will enjoy the magnificent views of the Batur Lake and the Agung Mount. And once down the lake, you will have a great view of the Batur crater.
Guide or not?
This is the question that most of you are wondering when you plan to hike the Batur Mount. The thing is you won’t be able to do it by yourself as it is not authorized and can be dangerous as well.
What to bring for your trek at the Batur Mount
The climb of the mountain could be hard and exhausting, so you should arrive prepared for this. Having a good physical condition is necessary, but you will also need extra equipments, like hiking shoes, some clothes to keep you warm or even some food.
Booking your trek
You can expect to pay around 800,000 Indonesian rupees (around $60) per person for a group of 2 people (prices decrease for larger groups). So if you haven’t booked your trek to Batur Mount yet, you know what to do!