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Updated by Joanna James on Jul 13, 2023
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Top Mountains in Bali - Rocky road and mean jungle to conquer

If you are looking to add some adventure to your Bali holiday experience then fancy taking a hike up a volcano or two...or three. These mountains are both stunning and challenging.


Mount Batur

Mount Batur is a favourite Balinese attraction with a reasonably short stretch of seventeen hundred metres but as much as a two hour hike up to the top for travellers. Though a tough climb, this trip will very much worth it once you feast your eyes on the gorgeous view of the sun rising over Bali and the scattered islands below. An organised tour is the best chance of having a smooth-sailing journey but you could always take the trip solo should you prefer to. Long as you are healthy, you will be able to make the climb from dirt path to rocky terrain with few problems. There's also a chance that your guide might cook you an egg boiled in volcanic steam before your trek downhill. This mountain is easily the easiest climb by far though it is in every way Bali's most active volcano. It would very well do to check ahead if the trek would be safe one or not. It still makes the perfect expedition, especially if you are looking for something other than the sun, sand and surf.


Mount Agung

Among things to do in Candidasa is a one hour car ride to the highest mountain in Bali. Mount Agung is a truly rewarding experience for the traveller thirsty for adventure, knowledge and serenity. At the base is the temple referred to by the locals as the "Mother Temple of Besakih". You can enter this revered site through hotels such as Alila Manggis which offer excursions to nearby attractions. The climb usually begins in the afternoon hours and it would be wise to bring a torch or lamp as the first part of the journey is three hours through the dark forest. According to folklore, the mountain came into being when the Hindu God Pashupati divided Mount Meru- the spiritual alignment of the universe. When you reach the top, the sun has usually gone down and the sky is a dull orange. Travellers pack extra padding as the mountain summit can get very cold especially when there is a lot of wind. The hike up can take up to six to seven hours if made briskly but travellers who trek always leave refreshed and happy to have experienced it.


Mount Rinjani

Climbing this one is no joke. Mount Rinjani puts up a pretty good fight to the travellers daring enough to take up the challenge. This classic hike will take close to two nights and three days and is said to be the best trekking experience travellers could have in Bali. The climb involves a cut through the jungle with monkey eyes on your every move through the foliage becomes less dense as you close in on the volcano edge. Special care needs to be taken with the pace of movement as it is easy to become entirely out of breath, especially if you are not in decent shape. There are some steep areas in the mountain terrain as you near the summit. It is difficult due to the grainy surfaces but once you get to the edges, you can spend the rest of the trip exploring the crater of the volcano. Take a dip in the blue lake there or relax in the hot springs before resuming to explore the other side of the volcanic rim. If you do manage to reach the summit, you will be rewarded with most amazing sights of Lombok, Gili Islands and of Bali itself just as the sun decides to come out.