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10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience


The beauty of Bali is unquestionable. Is there anything that you can’t find in Bali? It’s my only question. The beaches are bright and brilliant with all the warm sunlight hitting the grains of white sand. The green paddy fields covering your view as far as you can see. The culture is extravagant and the architecture is a delight to look at and know about. The land of active volcanoes which are in itself is the nature’s wonders and the numerable mountain peaks with the scenic beauty. There are not just one but different types of sceneries to behold in Bali. This large variety of nature’s diversity is what you get if you decide to go for out for a trek in Bali. Trekking in Bali is definitely an exquisite experience and here are the suggestions to consider for some of the best treks in Bali.

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1. Mount Batur Sunrise Trek

10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience-1 Why take the easy way out? Beat the crowd, get your boots dirty, and work those thigh muscles by trekking Mount Batur Volcano! The magical island of Bali offers not just a relaxing tropical paradise, but also an opportunity for a unique trekking experience. Your sweetheart by your side, a drizzle, some chai with hot snacks, and a long trek - what else do you need to make it a perfect evening? Once up top, pat yourself on the back and wait for the stunning sunrise over the Mount Batur Volcano. Witness the different side of Bali by trekking Mount Batur Volcano.

Located at an elevation of 1,717 meters, Mt Batur is a sunrise hike. It is one of the most famous treks and must visit places in Bali. The mountain is also considered sacred as per the Hindu believe. The hype of this trial is all worth it. Start your trek early in the morning, get energy from the local Balinese breakfast before you begin your journey to enjoy the spectacular views of the surroundings. If you think, that's about it. Wait, because Mt. Batur is also home to the hot springs which would be such a treat after the tiring hiking trails.

You can get a combined package and go for Mt Batur Trek and natural hot springs in the same day.

2. Mount Agung Trek

10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience-2 Another marvelous location to witness the sunrise is the Mount Agung Trek located in the vicinity of Mount Batur Lake. This trek is also known for its scenic sunrise and sunset. Mount Agung is the highest mountain peak in Bali elevated at an altitude of 3,142 meters above the sea level. It is often called as the home of the gods and is considered extremely pious and sacred by the Indonesian people. The trek begins from the Pasar Agung Temple and takes 4-5 hours for a fit person to complete. The difficulty level of the trek is a bit higher than that of Mount Batur due to its height but the panoramic views make it all worth it. You can also see the Mount Rinjani from the top located on Lombok island in Bali.

3. Batur Caldera Trek

10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience-3 Paving your way through the green trails and reaching amidst the clouds, every part of this trek is scenic and fill in nature’s colors. Batur Caldera trek is often trailed by the trekkers looking for some offbeat adventure and the landscapes of sunset and sunrise. From the top of the peak, you can witness the long coastline of Lombok Island, the vistas of volcanoes, the Twin Lake and the green valleys. If you want, you can go a step ahead on this trekking tour and camp on the top for the rest of the night and wake up with the eye-pleasing view of the sunrise before you head down to the base point.

4. Penebel to Jatiluwih

10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience-4 A trip to Bali is incomplete without trekking amidst the rice paddies of the island. This trek takes you to the Tabanan region of Bali, which has seen history being unfurled right in front of its eyes. From the wars of the kings and Dutch invasion, the trek will offer the memoirs of the past. You will also spot the Besi Kalung temple, the sacred temple for Balinese people where they offer rice to the Gods for prosperity. The end point of the trek is Jatiluwih. The terrace fields of paddy are listed on the UNESCO world heritage site. The breathtaking views of the green rice paddy fields and the volcanos and mountains in the backdrop is no less than a visual treat for the eyes. You will also come across the local villages and their culture while hiking. The trek is a perfect mix of adventure, natural beauty and local culture of Bali.

5. West Bali National Park Hiking

10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience-5 Strolling amidst the national park of Bali, you have a chance to spot the exquisite variety of wildlife that Bali has to offer. Among them, monkeys are found in abundance in this national park and they are considered sacred by the Balinese people. They would surround you because they are most friendly monkeys you would ever see. The national park houses close to 300 varieties of fauna, 200 varieties of different bird species and also a number of endangered and vulnerable species of wildlife. Bali has a plenty of wildlife attraction which is both fun and exciting.

6. Sambangan Garden Trek

10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience-6 How would you like trekking combined with the pinch of adventure sports? Sambangan trek takes you along to show you the hidden side of jungles of Bali. Trekking amid the dense woods of Sambangan, you get to witness a variety of nature’s beauty. The place is full of secretive spots so much so that it is called the ‘Secret Garden’ of Bali. The waterfall of Aling Aling is the highlight of the trek where you can take a dip in the waterfall and also enjoy the adventure sports of rappelling and canoeing. The trek takes you through the Trying Tali Dam, Muara rice fields and numerous waterfalls such as Changing Waterfall, Dedari Waterfall, and Cemara Waterfall.

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7. Mount Batukaru Jungle Tour

10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience-7 Batukaru is the second highest peak of Bali situated at an elevation of 2,275 m. The highest point of the trek is Bedugul volcanic area which is also the end point of the trek. The volcano is encompassed by the rainforests of Batukaru which offers a unique trekking experience in Bali. This trail is highly unexplored and only a limited number of people are allowed for this trek at a time after obtaining their special passes. So if offbeat trekking is on your mind, do make little extra efforts for this trek which is full of blissful views and nature’s elements. From volcano to the mountains crowded by clouds, the dense rainforests and a number of wildlife species.

8. Mount Rinjani

10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience-8 The land of volcanoes has yet another scenic spot to offer to the trekkers. The Mount Rinjani volcano is one of the volcanoes situated in the vicinity of Mount Batur which offers the great view sunset and sunrise. This is not a day trek so get closest to nature while trekking up this mountain peak in Bali while you camp underneath the sky and wake up the magical sunrise. There is also a Blue Crater Lake where you can make a stop for a while and take a dip in the lake to relax your nerves.

9. Munduk Bali Hiking

10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience-9 A serene village located in the north of Bali, Munduk is a small hamlet perched at an altitude of 1,000 meters. Surrounded by the mountain ranges, valleys and rice fields Munduk is an extremely heavenly place for the nature seekers. The whole region has a number of treks to choose from. There are about 12 short treks in the hamlet for you to trek. The village was once occupied by the Dutch and hence you will find a touch of Dutch buildings and culture. The trail is filled with a number of waterfalls where you can take a bath to rejuvenate your body. The water here is believed to have healing properties.

10. Twin Lake Jungle trek

10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience-10 Twin lake is Bali is one of the most visited spots in Bali which is considered highly sacred by the local people in Bali. Tamblingan Lake and Buyan Lake are the two lakes surrounded by the lush green hills. The end point of the trek offers a great panoramic view of the two lakes encompassed by the mountain peaks and volcanoes and separated by a trail of the jungle. This trek takes you through the dense forests of the Bali which has a huge variety of flora and fauna and the plants which locals grow here for medicinal purposes.

11. Sekumpul Waterfall Trek

10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience-11 Located in the northern region of Bali, amidst the dense jungles of Bali, Sekumpul waterfall is a refreshing surprise that appears before you while trekking. Sekumpul waterfall is the highest and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful natural bodies in Bali. You haven´t even heard the best part yet. Sekumpul Waterfall is a combination of seven waterfalls falling from the green hills straight to the pond below. This magical cascade in no less than nature´s wonder to witness. The hiking trail doesn´t disappoint as well. Thi trek will take you through the green woods of Bali, the lush green paddy fields, the historical and sacred monuments and fruit orchards. You can pick the fresh fruits from the orchards to gain energy while walking. You will also come across the local Balinese village called Baliage. It is home to the warm Indonesian people and you can see them living the raw lifestyle, their cultures and traditions, their work in rice fields and what not.

The trek is labelled as moderate. It is a walk through the wet woods, staircases of the abandoned ruins, a stroll across the river before you finally see the awe gaping beauty of the waterfall. There are several other points of attractions and treks in the vicinity. You can also go for Niagara Falls Lemukih, which is located just 2 km from the Sekumpul waterfall. Both the treks can be covered in the same day and all full of natural beauty.

12. Tirtagangga water palaces trek

10 Best Treks in Bali For A Great Hiking Experience-12 If you are looking for something unique and new to trek to, then Tirthagangga is just the place for you. Needless to say, it has an abundant amount of natural beauty but what differentiates this place from any other trek is that it has historical and as well natural significance. Tirtagangga is a 20th-century royal water palace. It is an important sacred spot for the Hindu believers. The names itself shows the references from the Indian mythology. Tirta Gangga literally means the water from the holy Indian river, Ganga. It has become a religious spot for the locals. But it means something else for the travellers. During your hiking trails, you will encounter the enchanting rice paddy fields, the local villages and a ton of water bodies. The palace was once an abode to the former king and was known for its spectacular irrigation methods. Now with the breathtaking views, it has become a point of leisure for the locals. It is a 5 km trek and you can enjoy a dip in the lakes and ponds of Tirtha Gangga once you reach your destination.

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