Gunung Batur is the second, with a summit over 1,700m above sea level and 700m above the surrounding landscape.
It is possible to climb Gunung Batur from a variety of locations within the greater caldera area. The two most popular starting locations are Kedisan and Toya Bungkah, with Toya Bungkah having more accommodation and a slightly more relaxed feel.
It is forbidden to climb the mountain without an authorised guide from the HPPGB, which has a monopoly on guiding services. They're a pushy bunch and there are reports, although unconfirmed by us, of them harassing trekkers that set off up the mountain without one of their guides. Beside this annoyance, it's not really a trek that you would want to do without a guide at night anyway unless you are an experienced climber.
There are essentially three different trekking options when departing from Toya Bungkah -- short, medium or long. Each will start at the same time and arrive at the summit for sunrise with the longer treks taking a different route down the mountain in order to get some different perspectives on the volcano crater and other eruption sites.
Climbs commence at approximately 04:00 and are physically demanding, involving some sandy sections, plenty of rocks to scramble over and a forest to navigate through. Those without a decent level of fitness will find this very difficult indeed and some may not be able to make it for sunrise. Those with a healthy weight and a reasonable level of fitness should be able to complete the trek, but not without a great deal of huffing and puffing and sore muscles the next day.
The views from the summit of Gunung Batur really are fantastic, with views to Gunung Agung partially blocked by Gunung Abang, and Lake Batur and Trunyan and many of the other villages lying inside the great caldera.
The best method of arranging a guide is through your guesthouse as part of an all-in-one package including accommodation and meals. The cost is dependent on whether accommodation is shared with another person or not, but a twin share package including guide on a long trek, accommodation, dinner, breakfast, a snack on the mountain and water should cost no more than 350,000 rupiah per person.
The costs for guides listed at HPPGB offices are negotiable and are as follows:
Short: 300,000 rupiah
Medium: 450,000 rupiah
Long: 600,000 rupiah
The ascent of Gunung Batur really in one of those must-do activities for the adventurous when visiting Bali.
Last updated on 1st June, 2011.