Some hit Bali for the surf while others head out for a bit of relaxation on the beach and some passionate shopping. Then there are those who head to Bali because they want to explore the mountains. The mountains in Bali come from the volcanoes of the Ring of Fire so they are truly spectacular even if there aren’t too many of them.
Most of the mountains are in the northern area of Bali and there is a lot to do once you get out there. Some areas have a lot of lodging options and are great for spending longer lengths of time while other areas are just good day trips. You will need to explore different areas to plan out your vacation and select the best lodging options.
Just remember to pack some warmer clothing when exploring the mountains of Bali. Most people think of the sun, surf and sand when they head to Bali but it can be much chillier when you get up in the mountains.
To help you determine where you might want to explore in Bali, consider just a few possible destinations:
This is one of the biggest mountains in Bali and there is no lodging available. You can access the longest trail from Pura Besakih and that is also a great place to spend the night before you head out on the biggest hiking adventure in all of Bali. If you don’t think you can sustain a 5-7 hour uphill hike and make it back to your lodging point safely, then you can go to the southern point of the mountain for a shorter hiking route.
This is actually a hiking trail inside a larger crater called Batur. You can hike other areas of Batur, but what makes Abang special is the forest surrounding the trail. A lot of hiking in bali is done in the wee hours of the morning because there are no tress to shield from the intense sun and high humidity. This is one of the trails that you can actually enjoy during the day since the forest blocks the blazing sun.
You will need to bring your own water and refreshments since there isn’t much here for purchase. There is no lodging either, so you will need to stay in Penelokan or another community the night before or after. Head east out of Penelokan on the main road to find the access point into this hiking trail.
Stay in Sarinbuana if you want to hike in this mountain range because it is one of the more remote hiking destinations in Bali. Access can also be gained from Kuta if you are staying in that area. You will basically have to find the Eco Lodge and plan y our hiking adventure from there. This is a high mountain, so it may not be a good pick for those who without extensive hiking experience.
This mountainous area is known for maintaining jungle land, which is not easy to find in Bali anymore. You can even camp out in this area if you like to rough it and really get up close and personal with the natural environment.
If you are going to explore the Bali mountains remember to check the weather forecast before planning the exact day to hike. There are monsoons and other weather events that may make hiking undesirable on some days.