Everything You Need to Know about Mt Batur Volcano Hike

Mt Batur Volcano Hike
Mt. Batur is the most active volcano in Bali and it’s last eruption was recorded in 2000. The peak sits at 1717 meters (5,633 ft.) above sea level and offers breathtaking views of Lake Batur, black lava from the last explosion, and surrounding mountains. Whether you love photography or just want to have the best possible experience, the best way to enjoy this hike is by getting up bright and early for the sunrise hike. Oh and don’t forget to pack some water!

Best time to do the Mt Batur Volcano Hike 

May through July is deemed the best time to go to Bali, but as long as it’s not raining the sights will be stunning. Since Bali is located so close to the equator, the sunset doesn’t change much. You can expect the sun to be setting from 6-6:30 anytime of the year that you go.


We got to our hike a little late starting at 6 am and missing the sunrise on the summit of the trek. We had a local tour guide with his own adorable 11 year old side kick who carried bottled water and coca cola for sale on his back. You will have to pay a fee for the guide and may have to negotiate a bit, but it is rumored to be difficult to climb the volcano without being bothered by guides if you do not get one.

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You can get a package deal of a guided tour and driver for $75 through your hotel. If they don’t offer it ask around in Ubud, and be willing to negotiate. Just remember, the average cost for a car for a day is $55! So you’re paying $20 for tour guide for the hike. Use that knowledge to help you negotiate. If you are solo travelling, it may be best to try to join others to help split the cost up.

Doing the Mt Batur Volcano Hike without a Guide

Doing the Mt Batur Volcano Hike without a guide is completely possible. You may just need to be patient and be willing to deal with being hassled during your arrival and the first 20 or so minutes of your hike. Locals will tell you its too hard, and some may even try to tell you the wrong directions on purpose. If you can handle the pestering for a bit this hike shouldn’t serve any problems for experienced hikers. Their aren’t any trail markers, but still the path is very obvious. Doing it on your own could save you anywhere from 20-40 bucks to go splurge on some Bintang!


Our Guide for the Mt Batur Volcano Hike

Mt Batur Volcano Hike

This wasn’t quite “our guide.” He was accompanied by an older man who helped us out as well. But this kid schlepped up a backpack filled with water and cokes to sell to us. He later challenged us to run down the mountain to see who could do it faster!

Mt Batur Volcano Hike


The hike is relatively easy with a few steep, but brief parts of the trek. The summit can be reached within an hour to two hours depending on your level of fitness. There are two ways to go up, which ever way you do you will come down the other way. The Mt Batur volcano hike approximately 5 km roundtrip. You will walk along some leaves, some dried lava, and some epic paths that look like they were right out of Lord of the Rings.

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Once you get to the top your guide will cook you an egg in the steam from the mountain making a delicious hard boiled egg. But that’s not all! They also made us a fried banana sandwich and offered us coffee for a small price. The food was part of our hiking fee at the bottom of the mountain with our guide. If you’re guide carried a backpack, you can buy water or coke from him for a small upcharge.

Mt Batur Volcano Hike
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After enjoying your volcanic breakfast you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking views for as long as you like before starting the descent. Be prepared to literally be sitting in a cloud when you are on the top of the volcano. We only had brief moments of clear sky until another cloud rolled through. Being inside a cloud is a pretty awesome experience, but it can hinder your ability to see some of the amazing views below and capture the perfect picture.Mt Batur Volcano HikeMt Batur Volcano Hike
Mt Batur Volcano HikeOverall, this hike was refreshing and beautiful. This is a great way to experience Bali and say you were standing atop an active volcano. We loved our tour guides, they were helpful and spoke very good English, oh and they made us food! People of all ages can do the hike and you may even have a wild dog follow you to the top!

Directions to Mt Batur Volcano Hike 

Overall, this hike was refreshing and beautiful. This is a great way to experience Bali and say you were standing atop an active volcano. We loved our tour guides, they were helpful and spoke very good English, oh and they made us food! People of all ages can do the hike and you may even have a wild dog follow you to the top!

Directions to Mt Batur Volcano Hike 

Getting there and away can be a bit difficult depending on where you are staying. For $55 you can forget your worries and have a driver take you there and anywhere else for the day. Or for those on a budget, you can rent a bike for $5 and head there. Use the map to guide you!

We enjoyed the hike a lot and it was one of our highlights of Bali. We definitely recommend making the journey to go do this, especially for those who can wake up early!

Check out the rest of our photos from our trip below. Let us know of your favorite part of this hike if you have done it before. If you have any hiking recommendations for Bali share them with us in the comments below.

Mt Batur Volcano Hike

Mt Batur Volcano Hike

Mt Batur Volcano Hike

For having clouds

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Megan Indoe

I am a traveling crazy cat lady who takes every opportunity to pet the random cats I find across the world on our adventures. I quit my job to follow our dreams of traveling the world and making our own rules along the way.

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