Mount Batur is an active volcano located in the Kintamani area in the center of two concentric calderas northwest of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The southeast side of the larger 10×13 km caldera contains a caldera lake. The first documented eruption of this volcano was in 1804 and the most recent was in 2000.
The ticket price for climbing Mount Batur varies depending on the tour operator and the package you choose. Some tours include transportation, breakfast, guide, and entrance fee, while others may charge extra for some services. The average price range is between $30 to $60 per person.
The best time to climb it is during the dry season from April to October. The peak hours are between 3 am to 6 am, when most people aim to reach the summit before sunrise. The opening and closing hours of the entrance gate are not fixed, but generally it opens around 2 am and closes around 10 am.
To get to Mount Batur, you can either join a tour that provides transportation from your hotel or rent a car or motorbike and drive yourself. The distance from Ubud to Mount Batur is about 40 km and takes about an hour and a half by car. The distance from Kuta to Mount Batur is about 75 km and takes about two hours by car.
What to see at Mount Batur depends on your preference and stamina. You can either hike to the summit and enjoy the panoramic view of the lake, the caldera, and the surrounding mountains, or you can explore the crater and see the steam vents, lava flows, and monkeys. You can also visit the nearby villages of Kedisan, Songan, Trunyan, and Toya Bungkah, where you can learn about the local culture and history .
There are many tours available for Mount Batur, ranging from sunrise trekking, cycling, camping, hot spring bathing, and more. You can choose a tour that suits your budget, schedule, and interest. Some of the popular tour operators are Bali Sunrise Trekking, Mount Batur Sunrise Trekking, Bali Volcano Trekking, and Bali Eco Cycling.
Some tips for visiting Mount Batur are:
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that can keep you warm and dry.
- Bring enough water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, flashlight, and camera.
- Follow the instructions of your guide and respect the nature and culture of the place.
- Be prepared for some physical challenges and altitude changes.
- Enjoy the experience and have fun!
Some prohibitions for visiting Mount Batur are:
- Do not litter or damage the environment.
- Do not feed or disturb the wildlife.
- Do not enter restricted areas or go off the trail.
- Do not make loud noises or play music.
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol.