Do I Need to Book a Tour?
There isn’t a direct and marked path to the peak of Mount Batur, so even for seasoned hikers, it’s best to trek with a guide. You’ll start your climb in the pitch black at around four am, so attempting to navigate the path without an expert is unwise.
The easiest option is to book a tour which includes transport from wherever you’re staying in Bali, along with a guide. Many of the tours also allow you to combine your hike with a refreshing dip in one of the local hot springs such as Toya Devasya, or a visit to Ubud’s famous monkey forest.
You can arrange a tour via your hotel or from one of the many tourist offices that litter the streets of Bali, or you can book online ahead of your trip. Prices will vary depending on where you’re based, with Ubud being one of the closer destinations to Mount Batur.
For more pillow time, there are also plenty of five-star hotels nearby to Mount Batur that would require a later alarm clock. That way you can also enjoy the sublime views for a few days too.
While there are many reputable companies to choose from, we recommend Bali Trekking Tour for a professional, safe, and friendly experience with local guides who know Mount Batur well.