Travel Reference
In-Depth Information
Getting There & Around
From Batubulan terminal in Denpasar, bemo
(small minibus) travel regularly to Kintamani
(15,000Rp). You can also get a bus on the busy
Denapsar (Batabulan)-Singaraja route which
will stop in Penelokan and Kintamani (about
15,000Rp). Alternatively, you can just hire a
car or use a driver. From South Bali expect to
pay at least 400,000Rp.
Orange bemo regularly shuttle back
and forth around the crater rim, between
Penelokan and Kintamani (7000Rp for tour-
ists). Public bemo from Penelokan down to
the lakeside villages go mostly in the morning
(tourist price is about 6000Rp to Toya Bung-
kah). Later in the day, you may have to charter
transport (40,000Rp or more).
TREKKING GUNUNG BATUR
Vulcanologists describe Gunung Batur as a
'double caldera', ie one crater inside another.
The outer crater is an oval about 14km long,
with its western rim about 1500m above sea
level. The inner crater is a classic volcano-
shaped peak that reaches 1717m. Activity
over the last decade has spawned several
smaller cones on its western flank, unimagi-
natively named Batur I, II, III and IV. More
than 20 minor eruptions were recorded be-
tween 1824 and 1994, and there were major
eruptions in 1917, 1926 and 1963. Geological
activity and tremors have continued to occur
regularly.
Statistics aside, you really have to see it to
believe it. One look at this otherworldly spec-
tacle and you'll understand why people want
to go through the many hassles and expenses
of taking a trek. But is it worthwhile? You'll
get some amazing pictures and come close
to volcanic action not easily seen anywhere.
But the flip side is that it's costly, you have
to deal with various characters and at some
point you may just say, 'I could have enjoyed
all this from the parking lot viewpoint in
Penelokan'.
CENTRAL MOUNTAINS
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6 km
0
4 miles
Kubutambahan
Yeh Sanih
Sangsit
B A L I S E A
B A L I S E A
Singaraja
Sinabun
Jagaraga
Tejakula
Sukasade
Sawan
Tukad Mungga
Sembirenteng
Panci
Lovina
Sudaji
HPPGB
The notorious HPPGB (Mt Batur Tour Guides Associa-
tion; % 52362; Toya Bungkah office Map p247 ; h 5am-9pm;
Pura Jati office Map p244; h 3am-noon) has a monop-
oly on guided climbs up Gunung Batur. The
HPPGB requires that all trekking agencies that
operate on the mountain hire at least one of
its guides for trips up the mountain. In addi-
tion, it has developed an unsavoury reputa-
tion for intimidation in requiring climbers
to use its guides and during negotiations for
its services.
Reported tactics have ranged from dire
warnings given to people who inquired at
its offices to outright physical threats against
people attempting to climb without a guide.
There have also been reports of guides station-
ing themselves outside of hotels to intercept
climbers.
Pinning these guys down on rates can be
enough to send you back to South Bali, but
expect to pay the following:
Anturan
Tembok
Air
Gitgit
Lupak
Kaliasem
Terjun
Penginyahan
Silangayang
Gitgit
Selat
Kembangsari
Gunung Penuttsan
See Gunung Batur
Area Map (p244)
(1745m)
Bantang
Dusa
Blandingan
Gunung
See Danau Bratan Area Map (p249)
Mabi
Penulisan
Batur
Songan
Toya
Lampu
(1717m)
Mampeh
Belantih
Kintamani
Gunung Catur
Catur
(2096m)
Toya
d
a
Bungkah
Danau
Batur
Danau
Pancasari
Kayuputih
Tunjuk
Buyan
Kubupenelokan
Danau
Batur
Banyuatis
Tamblingan
Danau
Munduk
Candikuning
Kedisan
Bratan
Penelokan
Gunung
Gunung Lesong
Umajera
Peludu
Abang
Bedugul
Buahan
To Seririt
(1860m)
Pelaga
(2152m)
(19km)
Gunung Pohen
Gunung
Temantanda
Sangiyang
(2063m)
Suter
Sekardadi
Su ngai
(2093m)
Katung
Nungnung
Pupuan
Batukau
Sekahan
Pujungan
Reserve
To Pekutatan
Gunung Batukau
Pacung
(28km)
(2276m)
Tegalsuci
Batungsel
Penyabangan
Sandakan
Pempatan
Bangklet
Belong
Pura Luhur
Sanda
Batukau
Jatiluwih
Kebonpadangan
Pempatan
Bonjaka
Wangayagede
To
Petang
To Bangli
Antasari
To Ubud
To Ubud
(14km)
(20km)
(23km)
(10km)
GUNUNG BATUR AREA
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This area is like a giant dish, with the bottom
half covered with water and a set of volcanic
cones growing in the middle. Sounds a bit
spectacular? It is. The road around the south-
western rim of the Gunung Batur crater is one
of Bali's most important north´Ü╗south routes
and has one of Bali's most popular vistas.
Most people intending to do some trekking
stay in the pleasant villages around the shores
of Danau Batur, and plan an early start to
climb the volcano.
Penlokan is also where you can take a
short road down into the crater. From here,
a road loosely follows the shore of Danau
Batur, linking the villages of Kedisan and
Toya Bungkah.
Entry Tickets
If you arrive by private vehicle, you will be
stopped at ticket offices at Penelokan or Kubu-
penelokan; to save any hassle, you should stop
and buy a ticket. Entry is 4000/2000Rp per
adult/child. Bicycles are free (and should be,
given the climb needed to get here). This
ticket is for the whole Gunung Batur area;
you shouldn't be charged any more down at
the lakeside.
Information
Services are few in the Gunung Batur area.
There is an international ATM in the car
parking area for the Lakeview Hotel. In
Kubupenelokan there is a post office and in
Trek
Duration
Cost
Batur Sunrise
4-8am
200,000-300,000Rp
Gunung Batur
Main Crater
4-10am
200,000-300,000Rp
Trekking Agencies
Even reputable and highly competent adven-
ture tour operators from elsewhere in Bali
cannot take their customers up Gunung Batur
without paying the HPPGB (see above) and
using one of its guides, so these tours are
relatively expensive.
Pretty much all the accommodation in the
area can help you put a trek together. They
can recommend alternatives to the classic
Batur climb such as the outer rim of the
crater, or treks to other mountains such as
Gunung Agung .
Trekking agencies can also arrange other
WARNING
The Gunung Batur area has a reputation as
a money-grubbing place. Keep an eye on
your gear and don't leave any valuables in
your car, especially at the start of any trail
up the volcano. Break-ins are common.
Also be wary of touts on motorcycles who
will attempt to steer you to a hotel of their
choice as you descend into the Danau Batur
area from the village of Penelokan. Finally,
Orientation
The villages around the Gunung Batur crater
rim have grown together over the years in a
continuous, untidy strip. The main village is
Kintamani, although the whole area is often
referred to by that name. Coming up from
 
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