26 Feb Best Volcano Treks to Try in Bali
Best Volcano Treks to Try in Bali
If you’re looking for a bit of adventure while vacationing in the vibrant Bali, consider an exciting climb on one of its volcanos.
The best time to climb is from April to September (the dry season) because, during the rainy season, the tracks get muddy and slippery, making it difficult or almost near impossible to climb.
Height: 1717 meters
Mount Batur is the easiest climb of the three volcanos, offering amazing views of Lake Batur and the ocean. It is also Bali’s most active volcano, so check whether there have been any recent eruptions, just to make sure everything is safe before you go.
The track starts out as a dirt path, but as advance, the trail gets steeper and rockier. The vegetation is mainly limited to grasses growing among the rocks. Near the summit, you will encounter a small vender that sells refreshments.
On the summit, views reach as far as Mount Rinjani. Your guide might even treat you to an egg boiled in volcanic steam before going back.
The trek is pretty straight forward, so you shouldn’t have many problems if you have a decent physical condition.
It takes up to one or two hours to reach the summit and the same time to get down. But it might take longer if you want to explore the rim of the crater or take a few breaks to enjoy the views.
Height: 3031 meters
The trek starts at the stairs of the temple. Bring a flashlight, as the first part of the trek through the forest is not that well-lit. After walking uphill in the dark for about three hours, you should reach the summit as the sun starts to rise over the hills. It can get very cold here, especially when the weather is windier, so do not forget to pack some extra clothes.
You need to be physically fit for this trek as it is a rather long climb with some steep sections.
It takes about two to four hours to reach the summit and a little less to get back.
Height: 3726 meters
The Rinjani trek takes two nights and three days and is the most difficult and amazing trek out of all three.
The trek starts from the National Park entrance to the rim of the volcano. The first half of the day goes through the monkey-filled jungle. As you get closer to the rim, you’ll find mostly grasses and small bushes.
Explore the crater, take a dip in the blue crater lake or relax your sore muscles in the nearby hot springs before climbing up to the opposite site of the rim.
The last day you’ll have to get up early to catch the sunrise at the summit. On a clear day, you’ll get a breath-taking view of Lombok, the Gili islands and Bali as the sun appears.
Then you will begin your descent all the way down to the village of Sembalun where the trek ends.
Climbing Rinjani is a hard trek, having steep sections, especially near the summit, so you need to be in good shape to reach the summit of Mount Rinjani.
The usual length is three days and two nights, but you can shorten your trip. Then you’ll have to spend less time trekking the area around the volcano and crater. However, you are not allowed to climb Rinjani without a guide, so you need to participate in an organised tour.
Finally, you should know that the treks differ in difficulty and length, but they all provide excellent views of the volcanos and nature surrounding them.