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Mount Batur is an active volcano in Bali, Indonesia with a 7.5 kilometre wide caldera. The volcano’s summit is 1,700 metres above sea level and many visitors arrive here to watch the sunset. The climb to the top of Mount Batur takes around two hours, with many locals acting as guides.
The best way to see Mount Batur is by trekking, which will allow walkers to pass over the black sand and lava from hundreds of years ago. Most treks start early in the morning, with breakfast being enjoyed while taking in the sunrise. On the way back there is a Balinese coffee plantation that sells Coffee Luwak, which is the world’s most expensive coffee.
There are 15 villages on Mount Batur, as well as the famous Pura Ulun Danu Batur, which is Bali’s second most important temple. Hiking tours can be booked in any of these villages, with some companies also offering cycling tours. The entire highland area surrounding the mountain is a tourist community, with a number of places to eat and shop for souvenirs, but there are no bars here.
Address and contact: South Batur, Kintamani, tel: Association of Mount Batur Trekking Guides (62) 366 52362
Opening times and fees: Open 24 hours a day, foreigners: approx SG$31 to SG$42 for a guideWhere to stay
There are very few hotels near Mount Batur itself, though there are some in nearby villages, like Sebatu, Payangun and Tegallalung. Most accommodation in this area is in the form of four-star resorts and above, apart from the three-star DD Ubud Villa, though it is a lovely property.
Tranquil spas, outdoor swimming pools, beautiful gardens and great restaurants are all standard amenities found at hotels near Mount Batur. In-room amenities include LCD television, air-conditioning, private balcony or terrace and a refrigerator. Rooms at the Padma Resort Ubud feature espresso machines and pillow menus, while the all-suite The Kampung Resort Ubud boasts separate living and dining areas.