There are numerous options of activity to choose when you are in Bali. The beauty of Bali will be your ultimate source of happiness while spending holiday here. This time, we will leave the land and go hiking, to one of mountains in Bali, which is Mount Batur. If you are mountain lovers, this option will be great. But don’t worry, this is also will be great experience for you who are not used to hike mountain. In this article, we will talk about Mount Batur, the beauty, how to get there, and also 8 tips to hike Mount Batur in Bali. But before talking about that, let’s get to know more about Mount Batur.
Mount Batur: The Friendly Mountain
There are a lot of highland in Bali, and one of them is located in Kintamani. Does Kintamani ring a bell? Yes, Kintamani has been favorite destination for tourists nowadays. It has Pura Ulun Danu Batur, Trunyan Village, Batur Lake, and Batur Mountain.
For Balinese people, 2 special mountains for them are Mount Agung and Mount Batur. They put these mountains as lingga buana or lingga alam, which means very important for religious life of Balinese people. While Mount Agung is acknowledged as Purusha or men, Mount Batur is the Pradhana or women. Both Purusha and Pradhana build the peace within the society. They believe that mountain is the source of life where the water comes from.
Bali is located in ring of fire, thus there are a lot of volcano mountains in Bali. Mount Batur was erupted for the first time in 1804. 17 years later, the second eruption occurred in 1821. The next eruption was happened in 1849, where the lava flew until the lakeside. During 1994 until 2003, there were 5 times eruptions. The 1998 eruption built a crater known as Kawah 98. But this should not make you afraid to hike Mount Batur. Even though Mount Batur is still active, the situation is very safe. That’s why this mountain has been hiking object for tourists for years. This is also the reason why you need to check out 8 tips to hike Mount Batur in Bali.
Mount Batur, 1717 Meters above Sea Level
The goal to hike Mount Batur is to reach the top, which located 1717 meters above sea level. During the trip to the peak, the beauty of Lake Batur will spoil you. The natural landscape is very great. You can choose the time to hike Mount Batur, and one of them is during pre-dawn. Start your trip from Pinggan Village near Pura Puncak Penulisan to enjoy the sunrise. The route to reach Mount Batur is not too hard. According to the official website, Mount Batur has been one of UNESCO’s Global Geopark Network. This award was given to Mount Batur due to the geological heritage, with significant natural value.
How to Get There?
Most tourists will come to the nearest village to Mount Batur, which is Toya Bungkah village. If you come here and this is the first time to hike Mount Batur, perhaps you may consider the help from a guide. Negotiate the price with them, and don’t hesitate to do initial research according the price. It will take around 1.5 until 2 hours to reach the top, according to your speed.
The first route is still a bit easy, but it will get higher weaving the forest during initial 40 minutes. You will need around 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach the first post from starting point. And then the last 50 minutes will be used to hike slippery track reaching the top. The path here is slippery due to the volcanic rubble. You can choose any travel agent like you want, like what Lonely Planet offers here. Next, we will talk about 8 tips to hike Mount Batur in Bali.
Tips to Hike Mount Batur in Bali
- Start the Trip Efficiently
You are the one who have the call to decide when to start the trip. But most tourists, both local or foreign one, will start the trip at midnight. By choosing this time, they will get the benefit of seeing sunrise during the hike. Don’t hesitate to ask the local people, they will gladly give you the informations. You can also search for the information related with Mount Batur on Internet, like TripAdvisor.
- Rest in Toya Bungkah Village, Kintamani
Toya Bungkah Village is known as transit place for hikers to Mount Batur. If you have arrived here before 3am, it will be good to stay for a while and continue the trip to catch the sunrise. You will meet another hikers here. Have a chitchat with them, most of them are experienced and always have stories to tell about Mount Batur. Interesting, isn’t it?
- Prepare Your Energy
No matter how high the mountain is, the next list from 8 tips to hike Mount Batur in Bali is prepare your energy. You can consume energy booster food like boiled egg and honey. Also put some chocolates and sweets in your carrier. If you don’t have the time to prepare these things, just bring along some cash. There are some shops that offer what you need.
- Wear Complete Equipment
This is one of basic tips to hike any mountain, including Mount Batur in Bali. You should wear proper clothes and bring the proper equipment like gloves, mask, shoes, flashlight, and hat. What you wear will boost the comfort during hiking journey.
- Be Careful at Night
Due to the climate of high land, it will be most likely foggy during the night. So if you decide to have a day trip to Mount Batur, you should go down before the night comes, unless the road will be clouded by fog.
- Prepare Raw Egg
One interesting thing that you can do in Mount Batur is boil raw egg through the hot steam. It’s natural and almost everyone will do it. Just simply find a soil with smoke originated from it, and place the egg for couple minutes. Without waiting for too long, you will have boiled egg fresh from the steam of Mount Batur!
- Bring Enough Water
When you are hiking with guide, sometimes they will give you a bottle of water. But this won’t be enough, so bring along your own water to make sure that you are well hydrated along the way. This will also helpful when you need to do your personal thing, because there are no toilets there.
- Watch Out the Monkeys
Don’t be surprised if you meet cheerful creatures during the hiking to Mount Batur. Monkeys will welcome you during the trip. To anticipate it, remember that they won’t hesitate to take some interesting stuffs in you. Make sure that all the important things are well equipped.
So these are 8 tips to hike Mount Batur in Bali. The ultimate message that you need to remember during the hiking is all the hikers must keep the secret and holiness of Mount Batur to any extent. Keep this as the basic principle. Have the outmost respect and enjoy the hiking journey! You will have maginificent and breathtaking view along the way.