Three Peaks of Bali to Climb

Any guidebook to Bali will tell you that it is essential to climb a volcano in Bali. It is inexpensive, not difficult, safe and very beautiful here. If you have never seen the sunrise at the top of an active volcano, be sure to try it! You will remember this morning for life.

Today we will talk about three of the most interesting peaks on Bali that are worth climbing! Two of them are active volcanoes. They are all different and interesting in their own way and will appeal even to experienced trekking enthusiasts who have conquered more than one peak.

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Mount Batur volcano

It is the most famous, popular and easiest volcano for hiking. Its height is only 1717 meters, and no physical training is needed to climb it, so it attracts hundreds of tourists every day. If you are coming to Bali for a couple of weeks and have no experience with mountain climbing, we recommend starting from this volcano.

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 Facts about Batur

  •  Batur is an active volcano, it has erupted more than 25 times since 1800.
  • The most recent eruption occurred in 2000, causing damage to nearby villages and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people.
  • The volcano is located in the Batur caldera, which was formed by the collapse of a previous volcano.
  • Batur is considered to be a sacred site by the local Balinese people.
  • At the summit, hikers can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and the nearby caldera lake.
  • The Batur caldera also contains a large lake, which is popular among locals and tourists for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities.
  • It is also possible to visit the nearby hot springs and temples located on the slopes of the volcano.
  • In addition to its natural beauty, the Batur volcano and its surrounding area are also home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, including many species that are endemic to Bali.



Mount Batur climbing

  • Climbing Mount Batur Volcano is not particularly challenging and can be completed by most people in good physical condition.
  • The best time to climb the volcano is early in the morning before the heat of the day sets in.
  • The hike to the summit of the volcano is approximately 1,5-2 hours long (one way), depending on the pace of the hiker.
  • The trail is well-marked and relatively easy to follow, but it can be steep and rocky in some places.
  • Hikers should be prepared for changes in weather and should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. It is also a good idea to bring plenty of water and snacks to fuel the climb.
  • Overall, climbing the Batur volcano is a unique and rewarding experience that offers a glimpse into the island's natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Climbing the Batur volcano without a guide is not recommended for a number of reasons. Firstly, the trail to the summit of the volcano is not always easy to follow, especially for first-time climbers. There are many potential pitfalls and hazards, such as steep and rocky sections of the trail, loose debris, and sudden changes in weather. Without a guide to show you the way and provide guidance, you may become lost or disoriented, putting yourself at risk. Secondly, climbing the Batur volcano without a guide means that you will miss out on the valuable information and insights that a guide can provide. Overall, it is strongly recommended that you climb the Batur volcano with a guide to ensure your safety and maximize your enjoyment of the experience.


You can climb the Batur volcano as part of a group or individually. We run tours every day. At the same time, the price of the tour already includes a transfer from the hotel to the volcano and back, a guide, a flashlight, breakfast and snacks, water and insurance. You can include a visit to the springs in the tour - this will be a great way to end the trip and start a new day.

Find out more about the tour

If the night travel is too tiring for you, then you can arrive at the volcano early and relax in one of the glamping at the foot of the mountain. Here is a list of the best glamping sites before climbing Batur.

Mount Abang

Mount Abang is the second-highest mountain on the island, with an elevation of 2,152 meters above sea level. It is located in the central part of Bali, in the Batur caldera, and is surrounded by other peaks such as Mount Batur and Mount Agung. The mountain is not a popular destination for hikers and climbers yet, but if you already climbed the Batur volcano, and love trekking - it's certainly worth it to hike the Abang mountain.


Facts about Abang

  • Abang is not a volcano, it is a mountain and the third-highest peak in Bali (2152m)
  • From the top there is a stunning view of the Batur volcano and the lake, you can see the entire Kintamani area from a new angle.
  • The trail to the top of the mountain passes through a picturesque forest with many centuries-old trees and the purest air.
  • At the summit, you will find a split gate and several altars of an ancient temple, destroyed in 1926 by landslides after the eruption of Mount Batur.


 Mount Abang trekking

  • The hike to the summit of Mount Abang is challenging but not impossible for most people in good physical condition.
  • The best time to hike Mount Abang is during the dry season, from April to October.
  • There are several different routes to the summit of Mount Abang, ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging.
  • The hike to the summit of Mount Abang usually takes between 4-6 hours, depending on the route and the pace of the hiker.

It is worth it to hire a guide to help you navigate the trails and provide information about the mountain and its history.

Learn more about Mount Abang trekking with My Bali Trips.

Agung volcano

Agung is a stratovolcano and the highest peak on the island, with an elevation of 3,031 meters above sea level. Agung is considered to be a sacred site by the local Balinese people, and it is often visited by pilgrims who come to pay their respects to the gods. The volcano is active and has erupted several times in the past. 


Facts about Agung

  • The 1963 eruption of Agung was one of the largest and most destructive in the volcano's history. The eruption lasted for more than a year and caused widespread devastation, including the destruction of several villages and the evacuation of thousands of people
  • Despite the risks, many people continue to live on the slopes of Agung, drawn by the fertile soil and the spiritual significance of the mountain
  • There are several temples located on the slopes of Agung, including the famous Besakih Temple, which is considered to be the "mother temple" of Bali.
  • The summit of Agung is often shrouded in clouds, making it difficult to see the views on some days.
  • For more than 50 years, Agung was sleeping, and in 2017 he began to show activity again. The ash column rose to a height of 4 km. The next activities were also observed in 2018 and 2019, after which the volcano subsided again, and after a while, pilgrims and tourists began to climb it again.
  • Agung is considered to be a sacred site by the local Balinese people, please respect it.


Mount Agung trekking

  • Despite the potential risks, Agung remains a popular destination for hikers and climbers, who come to enjoy the beautiful views and challenging trails.
  • Agung trekking in Bali is a real challenge even for well-trained people. You have to climb a steep rocky slope at 45-degree angle.
  • The track takes from 4 to 6 hours and the same takes the way back. During all this time your knees a pressed hard. 
  • There are 3 routes: 8,4km, 10,2 km and 14,5 km.
  • The most difficult part of the trek is a steep rocky slope with a 45-degree angle and an elevation gain of 1300 meters.
  • The best time to hike Agung is during the dry season, from April to October.
  • It is strictly forbidden to climb without a guide, it is very difficult and dangerous, and in the dark, it is easy to get lost on the rocky part of the volcano.


We organize individual ascents to the Agung volcano, you can find the offer here.



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