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Review of Mount Batur

Mount Batur
Ranked #3 of 42 things to do in Kintamani
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hikers will enjoy climbing this volcano, and the rewards of the views into the crater and of the crystal clear waters of Lake Batur. (Note: visibility may be limited during the rainy season, Dec.-March.)
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

Worst experience on Bali! Let me explain why! And let me show alternatives.

1. Mass invasion of tourists. And with invasion I mean a never ending snake of people from bottom to top and back. No joke! On the top of mt. batur were at least 300 people. I Never expected sooooo much people. While watching sunrise other people walking around all the time, stand up in front of you for selfies etc.
2. Booking a guide, means booking someone showing you the way! Not more! Our guide told us nothing about history and geology of Mt. Batur. I knew more then him after reading Wikipedia article. But the guide never stopped asking us, if we like to have a longer tour (for more money of course).
3. Mafialike trekking agencies try to force you book a guide. (Mine was Arlinas)
4. Breakfast: = a joke, toast with egg and banana.
5. Equipment: another joke! Just a simple torch with not enough power. After 30min walk light was gone! Nothing else of equipment.
6. The price is horraible expensive for the provided service (300k per person) I was in a Group of 4 people after negotiation.
6. Last but not least the view. The view is beautiful that's true. But millions of views are beautiful while sunrise.

Ok, if you still think I want to hike Mt. Batur... please don't or go without guide. The way up is no problem if you have the right shoes, torch and googlemaps. Just start from black lava hostel and follow the way to the Pura penataran agung temple, turn right and head to the Pura Payogaan temple (check Google maps). Follow the trail (5-10min) until you reach a shack where they sell water, etc. From here just follow the masses.

If you want to see the sunset alone and without spending so much money, avoid Mt. Batur, rent a scooter and watch it from the south-west caldera of the volcano. This means nearly same angle to the sunrise and you got Mt. Batur, Mt. Abang, and Mt. Agung on your photos. Which is more impressive! Just give it a try. If you don't like it you can go next day to Mt Batur.

16  Thank msmacco
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Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

We have been coming to Bali for 5 plus years now and we never fail. To take a motor bike trip up the mountain. It never fails to inspire me love the view.
It is a nice ride on the motorbike takes a little over a hour to get up there and about 45 min back from Ubud.bring a jacket as it gets cool as you climb up the mountain.

Thank James V
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Reviewed 19 June 2017

Started the hike at 4 am and reached the top 6 am from Toyabungkah was worth waking up early morning for sunrise. The hike was a bit tiring as I am less exercise climber but still manageable. Though it was particularly clear weather as I can stun wonder4full sunrise. I would still strongly recommend the hike.

My guide was a local villager named Jero Susun and he was so kind, knowledgeable and nice person. He even made us hard boiled egg in the volcanic steam and sandwiches at the top.

Do bring some jacket or warm cloth, its need but I would suggest to help support the locals hire them for a guide. A few extra dollars wouldn't hurt right?

Thank Carles C
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Reviewed 19 June 2017

Very good experience .#waitformetoreachtothetop. Timing of the climb r very inconvenient. People would like to hike in broad daylight.We had to reach at the base at 3:30 am and then start the hike. It was pretty dark so we coudnt enjoy the beauty of the place plus the cold. So if u go, go with thick jackets........

Thank reeyabansal317
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Reviewed 17 June 2017

We started our journey from the hotel at 3am. We arrived at the base of Mt Batur by 3.30am and soon started the climb. At the base of Mt. Batur we met our lady guide who was very patient and gave us plenty of stops if we needed one. Just make sure that all the stops won't delay you from reaching the top before sunrise. We were also given each a torch light as it was very dark when we started the climb, you will need that and also good pair of walking/trekking shoes because there are a lot of small and big stones as you climb.

The first hour was an easy climb until the 2nd hour which was a bit tough. You'll definitely need a good pair of walking/trekking shoes. After an hour of the climb there is one stall selling drinks like water, Pocari sweat, Coca Cola and what nots, so you don't have to worry about having to carry bottles of water, even at the top of Mt Batur there are locals selling drinks, tidbits ,hot coffee and even hot chocolate.

If you perspire quite a fair bit, it's good to bring extra clothes and a hand towel. We reached the top at about 520am, there are plenty of sitting area but as more people reaches the top there will be limited sitting area and that's why we brought along our foldable chair (Helinox). Soon after we were served with our breakfast box which includes 2 buns, 1 orange , 1 hard boiled egg and a bottle of water. We decide to have hot coffee and we paid about USD 2-3 i think and it was in a long glass, didn't quite finish it as there was no milk. We waited till sunrise and the view was very spectacular, but the weather was a little misty so the view was obstructed a little bit. About 645am we started to descend and it wasn't as hard climbing up.

While you are climbing up, please bear in mind that there are no toilets but as you make your way down we come across one toilet and thank you for that! Entrance fee is about IDR10,000 about just a few cents. No toilet paper but there is water. The scenery down also has a nice view and good for taking pictures. Overall we enjoyed the climb, we do see seniors who made to the top of Mt Batur and if they can do it, so can we!

4  Thank KittyLiaw
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