Mt. Batukaru (Gunung Batukaru) Tours
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While travelers flock to more celebrated Balinese peaks such as Mt. Batur and Mt. Agung (when volcanic activity permits), it’s likely you’ll have the wild and unspoiled slopes of Mt. Batukaru to yourself. Even if you don’t choose to summit this 7,467-foot-high (2,276-meter-high) peak, admire majestic views from Pura Luhur Batukaru temple below.
Most organized Mt. Batukaru tours either focus on the lower slopes and scenic foothills, view the peak from the pretty highland town of Bedugul, or visit the thatched shrines of Pura Luhur Batukaru temple.
If you’d like to hike, your best option is to arrange a private guide, either online or on arrival at the Pura Batukaru temple office. Expect the guided trek to the summit and back to last a full day. An even more scenic route leads up from near Jatiluwih; you’ll need a private guide and driver to find it.
Things to Know Before You Go
- A must for nature-lovers, the slopes of Mt. Batukaru are home to deer, macaques, palm civets, and more. There are even rumors of big cats.
- Wear comfortable shoes—sneakers are sufficient—and bring layers as it can get cool at the top, especially at sunrise.
- If you plan to stop at Pura Luhur Batukaru temple, dress respectfully, with shoulders and thighs covered.
- Adventurers will find space to set up a tent at the summit of the mountain.
How to Get There
If you’re aiming to reach the summit of Mt. Batukaru, you can start from either Pura Luhur Batukaru temple or near Jatiluwih, famous for its scenic rice fields. Neither is accessible by public transport, so most travelers arrange a tour package that includes a guide and driver.
When to Get There
As with other Balinese volcanic peaks, Mt. Batukaru is best climbed during the dry season (roughly May to September). Leeches can be a particular trial during the wet season. Sunrise from the summit rewards the early morning start with views across to the volcanoes of East Java, the south and north coasts of Bali, and, if you’re lucky, Lombok’s Mt. Rinjani.
Bali’s Sacred Mountains
Bali’s most sacred mountain is its highest peak and most active volcano, Mt. Agung (Gunung Agung). Yet Mt. Batukaru, its second-highest peak, also plays an important role in local beliefs, and the route up from Pura Luhur Batukaru is lined with temples and pilgrims. For people seeking a quieter climb than the ever-popular Mt. Batur, though, rewards go beyond the spiritual.
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Mt. Batukaru (Gunung Batukaru)
Get off the beaten path as you visit the "real" Bali on this small-group excursion to the island's lush interior, where you enjoy hiking, visits to remote rural villages and a stop at the magnificent Pura Luhur Batukaru Temple. During the course of your day, get the chance to learn about Balinese agriculture as you admire the area's intricate rice terraces and then explore one of the island's holiest Hindu temples. This small-group excursion, limited to just 6 participants, also includes a guide, all entrance fees and round-trip transport from your hotel.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Discover the secluded beaches and idyllic landscapes of northern Bali during this full-day trip, covering the towns of Lovina, Singaraja, and the mountain resort of Bedugul. Visit the Candi Kuning fruit and flower market, for a taste for the region's prodigious agriculture, then explore the idyllic Lake Beratan near Bedugul and its serene shoreline temple. Take a stroll through the rain forest to the scenic Gigit Waterfall and check out Lovina, Bali's former capital, before stopping in the historic town of Singaraja. This north Bali day trip also includes round-trip transport from your hotel, entrance fees, and guide.
Discover the gorgeous landscapes of Bali during this small-group rain forest adventure by 4WD vehicle. This off-road adventure is a great opportunity to discover a way of life largely untouched over hundreds of years. Bounce along rustic roads as you travel past ancient religious sites, lush rain forests, steaming mineral pools, untouched villages, and striking rice paddies. Then stop for a lunch of Balinese favorites as you enjoy incredible vistas of nearby Batukaru Mountain. Your 4WD adventure also includes morning tea, beverages, and English-speaking driver/guide, and round-trip transportation from select hotels.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Mt. Batukaru (Gunung Batukaru)?
The best ways to experience Mt. Batukaru (Gunung Batukaru) are:
- Jatiluwih Batukaru Mountain Nature's Best Tour
- Bedugul and Singaraja Tour
- Small Group Waka Land Day Trip in Bali Outback
- Jatiluwih E-bike
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