The Mount Batur sunrise trek in Bali, Indonesia is a rewarding and magical way to start the day. Plus, sunrises in Bali don’t get better than this!
Bali is an island full of adventure and one of those adventures starts bright and in early. We’ve traveled to Bali multiple times and both agree no other morning was as epic as the one where we went on a Mount Batur trekking tour for sunrise. Most things to do in Bali start after sunrise so we promise this is the only one that requires such an early wake-up call. Trust us sunrise at Mount Batur is worth it. If you can’t make it there early enough for sunrise the Mount Batur hike is still a must even in the afternoon. Bali is full of volcanos but Mount Batur is the most active volcano in Bali. We’ve put together everything you need to know about trekking Mount Batur.
Mount Batur volcano is located on the island of Bali and the Kintamani District. It sits at 5,600 feet above sea level and like mentioned above it’s the most active volcano in Bali with the most recent eruption in 2000. It is also referred to as Gunung Batur.
You’ll more than likely be staying in Ubud or down in one of beach towns by Kuta. The most common way and easiest way to Mount Batur is by booking a sunrise trek that includes hotel pickup. Most trekking companies include this in their rate, and the price varies on your pickup location. You could hire a taxi but it won’t be much cheaper than booking a sunrise trek that includes transportation and a guide up to the top. It is possible to rent a motorbike and drive yourself but it’ll be dark the entire drive so we’d advise against this. For reasons unknown, there are lots of people and dogs out at 3 am, and you’ll have to weave your way through small villages narrowly avoiding these obstacles.
- Ubud to Mount Batur | 30 miles (49 km) 1 hour 20 minutes
- Kuta to Mount Batur | 49 miles (79 km), 2 hours 10 minutes
There are several hostels and a few five-star hotels nearby that we’d suggest staying at. This would require a lot later alarm clock and you could enjoy the view for a few days. Trekking tours would also be cheaper as you wouldn’t need transport.
The best time to trek Mount Batur is during dry day season in Bali which is May through September. We hiked in April which is technically rainy season but we had a good dry day. You wouldn’t want to trek on a rainy & cloudy day as it would be slippery and you wouldn’t see much. Well, that all depends on your physical ability. The Mount Batur sunrise trekking tours start in complete darkness and you make your way up 2,296 feet. It took us about 2 hours to summit Mount Batur. The entire trek including watching the sunrise on Batur took 5 hours.