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Reviewed May 19, 2012

My husband was picked up by the guide from puri sunia ubud at 2 45 am- Mt batur is 11/2 hrs away, he said the trek up the mountain took abt 2 hrs and was not too hard.It rained that day at the top,so unfortunately,their group couldn't visualise the crater.But he enjoyed the 2 hr climb and said it needs only reasonable level of fitness and is not dangerous.I did not attempt the trek since I had to look after our young kids,but the view of the mountain and lake batur was picturesque even from afar.The guide charged him abt $4500000 rupiah.He was bk at the hotel by 9.30 am.

1  Thank rampriya2000
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

How did we get there?
We were staying at Ubud town. The hotel helped us arrange the tour. It cost Rp500k per person. (a little bit on the expensive side I think) I think you could find your way there at a lower price and there are lots of guides waiting there as well. I'm not sure if it is mandatory to have a guide, but I did see a group who went up on their own. If you're taking the normal route up and down and just follow the crowd, I think you'd do fine without a guide. There are no paths that are hidden/covered, it's clear cut.
What did our package include?
A pickup from hotel @3am, ~1.5 hours drive to the volcano base, a simple meal of banana crepe (yummy) + tea, water, a guide to 4 hikers, a torchlight, a meal at the top (bread, banana, and boiled egg), and the return trip.
What do you need?
Must have: good shoes, back pack to carry water, towel, simple first aid, camera, and get to bed much earlier the night before.
Optional but helpful: head torchlight so that hands are free, a walking/hiking pole, gloves (sharp volcano rocks), light jacket (can be nippy, but gets warm once you start hiking), cold energy drink
BTW, I did the climb without the optional items, but I'd consider having them as it'll make the climb more fun too.
How's the hike like?
I'd rate the hike medium difficuty - because the steep climb is not that long ~45mins to an hour depending on your pace. So at a good pace, you'd do fine for a non climber.
Medium because the path is covered with a lots of loose rocks, pebbles, this is where you'd need to focus during your climb as you could slip quite easily.
You'd start off walking for quite awhile at a gradual almost flat climb (~1hr) and then once closer to the top (you'd be able to see it) that is when the climb becomes more steep.
The guide gave us plent of rest at the right points. The climb will be done mostly in the dark, you'd need to rely on your torchlight to place your steps, hence having a head lamp helps keeping your hands free and balance better. Throughout the climb, you'll be able to check out the lake at the bottom, and the mist/clouds below you. Great view of the stars, moon and town lights too.

On your way up, you will encouter some of the locals trying to sell you coke as well. For sure it's not street price, but totally up to you to purchase if you think you need a sugar rush.

You'll reach the top before sun rise, and there's plenty of opportunity to take great pictures, different colours as the sun rises. Depending on your luck, if it's not too cloudy, you'll get a good view. Breakfast will be served at the top - take your time, and I think you could continue to hike a little more to the volcano mouth and then descent.

Our guide offered to take us on a different trail for a tip (up to us to give), and we went for it. We went round the volcano, more awesome view, lots of little holes in the ground with steam hot enough to cook an egg coming out. Also got to see other "active" parts of the volcano - not exactly red lava, but you could sense the ground is hot, and steam coming out of the sides of the mountain. There is a part of the climb down that is quite interesting too, more sandy like path, allowing you to sort of "ski" down... and then rocky again, and you'd be connected back to the path that you came up with. We reached the bottom at about 9am.

Got back to the hotel by 1030 - and still have so much of the day left.

Recommened for nature lovers, people looking for a good workout, enough with the temples. Not recomended for peeps with weak legs and knees.

14  Thank cheo_o
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

We were picked up at 2am from Nusa Dua and arrived at the starting point at around 3-30am. My teenage daughter and me were lucky to have a lady guide, Wayan assigned to us. We headed straight for the toilets as there are no toilets at the peak. We came prepared with headlamps, trekking shoes and a backpack with some snacks, water, rain coat, windbreaker and our cameras.

At the beginning, we were overtaken by two fast paced groups. We were reasonably fit but decided to take it slow and easy. We walked in pitch darkness for half an hour through what we later found out were vegetable plots. The trek became rockier and then started to incline. As the real climb started, we came upon the two groups of hikers who had overtaken us taking a break. It was a good morale booster for us as we overtook them!

After another hour or so of steady non stop climb, we reached the windy top. It was 5-30am and we had lots of time to relax before the sunrise. There were a couple of huts at the top and we stopped at one where the guide gave us our breakfast, bread with jam, eggs and some bananas. There was a mother dog and her puppy at the hut and we shared our breakfast with them. We decided to stay there as the guide assured us that this place had the best view.

The scenery of lake and mountains and shimmering sky was well worth the climb. We sat there in the cold windy dawn enjoying the sunrise. We could also see the peaks of Mt Rinjani on Lombok Island. At around 7am, the guide took us round the crater and we took some shots being careful not to step too close to the rim. We went down to where steam comes out from the fissures, a reminder that this is an active volcano. We also saw a cave.

The journey downhill took a much faster pace and the guide took us on a different route. We had to be careful of our foothold as the path was steep and rocky. As it was daylight now, we could see the fertile black volcanic soil that supports the farming in this area.

We reached the starting point at 8am and was asked to fill up a form and leave a tip for the guide if we wished.

We enjoyed our climb and the experience of being on an active volcano. An experience not to be missed!

4  Thank nellielim
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

i went there almost every week and i never get bored watching the view from above. one of the best view in bali

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Reviewed May 3, 2012

AwesoMe experience. Loved every second of it. Bali Eco cycle guide was fab. I am of average to good fitness level and found some parts exhausting. But amazing to get to the top. Do it esp if weather is kind. Amazing !!!!

1  Thank Carolyn L
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