You don’t like the outdoors? Unbe-leaf-able. See what I did there? Anyway, I’m sure if you clicked on this article that’s not the truth. Because today I want to take you along to four of the most incredible hiking trails in Bali, Indonesia. If you want to discover secret waterfalls, sacred volcanic peaks, rice paddies, ancient temples and giant trees, a hike in Bali is the activity for you. Bali is a paradise on Earth for hiking enthusiasts or even just nature-loving tourists. So, let’s get into it.
1. Mount Batur Hike
First up is the Mount Batur Hike, one of the best hikes in Bali. Before I jump into the details, here’s a friendly reminder: watching the sunrise from the mountain is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t forget. Okay now for the nitty gritty stuff. The total distance of the hike is 7.7 kilometres long. Along with a total elevation gain of 1717m. So, prepare yourself, be it mentally or physically, for about 4 hours of hiking.
Start the hike from the centre of Batur town and head upwards, away from the lake. As you ascend, enter a forest where you have a choice to take the hiking route upwards, or the slightly longer but less steep motorbike route. Both routes take the same amount of time so it’s just up to you and your fitness level. Equally important, the hike should be completed with a guide. Several guides will be more than willing to take you up the mountain. Now you’re sorted, enjoy the hike.
2. Ubud Rice Fields Walk
There’s a reason why this is labelled a walk and not a hike. The elevation gained is only about 300m so it’s a great option if climbing hills is not for you. Although it’s a bit easier regarding elevation, it’s still an 11-kilometre walk that takes around 5 hours to complete. And you’re probably wondering why I’m adding a walk to an article hike. Well, maybe you’re not but let’s just act like you are so that I can explain why I’m talking about this. This is a great opportunity to explore the countryside of Ubud along with the popular rice fields.
The walk starts in the centre of Ubud at the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Once on the path, walk until you reach a bridge across a stream, with views of the jungle below. Spot the scenic temple hidden in the jungle. After looking at this, head up the right-hand side of the temple towards the ridge. A single paved road will lead through the entire route. While walking, enjoy the views of terraced rice fields, palm trees and villas. Passing the rice fields, a broad road invites you to cosy cafes for a snack or something to drink. Decide if you want to continue on the path or if you’re done for the day.
3. West Bali National Park
This one is for the full-on advanced hikers. Here in West Bali National Park, you can embark on a 32km hike that takes about 2 days and is quite challenging. However, shorter, easy strolls are also available. So, plan anything from a two-hour hike to a full-on jungle expedition. And I say jungle expedition because this is the best trail to experience Bali’s wildlife and nature. In fact, you’ll see herds of Sunda deer and ebony leaf monkeys along the way.
Make sure to book the hike ahead of time because you need a permit and a guide to access the trails of West Bali National Park. You can do this at the convenient office at the gates of the park or over the phone. The best time to commence on this hike is early morning to avoid the heat of the sun and see most of the wildlife. Your guide will help you to spot large squirrels, larger than domestic cats, giant monitor lizards and many of Bali’s 280 bird species. In the park, an experienced and knowledgeable guide is not only there to keep you safe, but also to turn a simple hike into an unforgettable experience.
4. Mt Agung
Remaining in the difficult category, this hike is a bit strenuous and could take up to 10 hours to complete. The summit of Mt Agung, Ubud and up to 12km of its surroundings have been off-limits since the 2018 volcanic eruption. In fact, Mt Agung is home to Indonesia’s most iconic volcano. This is because the volcano is so high, 3031m high to be exact. it’s easy to imagine that you are on top of the world. The Balinese Hindus believe that if you climb to the top of the mountain, you are in the domain of the gods.
Due to the height of the volcano, the weather conditions are unpredictable and could sometimes be dangerous. For this reason, I recommend hiring a guide to successfully climb the volcano. The climb to the top is normally six to seven hours, and the descent is quick. So, make sure you’re fit and ready before heading up this one.
Think outside. No Box Required in Bali
Bali’s unbelievable nature scenes are a must-see when visiting Indonesia. I think one of the best ways to experience this is to get up and close and go for a refreshing hike. However, if this is not your scene, I totally get that. Why not try walking along Bali’s marine life instead? As always, thank you so much for being here!