A land of towering volcanoes, lush rainforests, and meandering rivers, the island of Bali is full of exotic and breathtaking trekking opportunities. Accentuated by a truly unique culture and spirituality, the land itself is powerful. By exploring the 5 best trekking experiences in Bali, not only will you experience physical exercise with panoramic views and amazing images to take home, but the spirit of the land will leave a lifelong impression on your soul if you are open to feeling it.
Best Trek in Bali # 1
The Mount Batur Sunrise Trek is a cornerstone experience for any traveller in Bali. An active volcano, Mount Batur is sacred to the Balinese and sits at 1717m above sea level. During your hike which departs at 3am, you will witness the transition from a star filled night to dawn’s break at the peak, where the curtain of night lifts to reveal breathtaking views over the caldera’s lake and Mount Rinjani in the distance. After your descent, soothe your muscles with a soak in a natural hot spring and enjoy a delightful brunch. The experience is mystical and an epic adventure not to be missed!
Best Trek in Bali #2
Trekking and Canyoning in Sambangan, located in Northern Bali, is full of staggering waterfalls and a unique place where cultural, spiritual, and natural worlds merge. Alongside a visit to four refreshing waterfalls, your adventure will also meander through rice paddies and farming of crops such as coffee, cocoa, palm sugar, jackfruit, and bananas. A luxuriant rest at the “secret natural swimming pool” accompanied by fresh tropical fruits, provides a dreamy break from the hike, and at the end your efforts will be rewarded with a delicious lunch.
Best Trek in Bali #3
For an even deeper immersion into this region, try the 1 day North Bali appreciation tour which begins with a sunrise atop Kintamani. Watch the horizon move through shades of crimson as the clouds circling Mount Batur rise like feathery wisps at day break. Next, you will take a leisurely stroll through the rice paddies of Singaraja, and if you are up for more physical exertion, you are welcome to assist the local farmers in plowing the land with buffalo! The highlight of this tour is most surely the hidden gem of Sekumpul waterfall, unique in that it is not just one waterfall but seven, all cascading over the top of a jungle filled ravine, like a scene out of the Jurassic era.
Best Trek in Bali #4
Mount Agung, the highest point on the island, is believed by the Balinese to be a replica of Mount Meru, the central axis of the universe. It is home to Pura Besakih, the most important temple of Bali. Trekking Mount Agung is challenging but well worth the 12-hour trek that begins at Pura Besakih. You can also shorten the duration by leaving from Pasar Agung Temple and both options lead you to the summit where sunrise and views of Mount Rinjani will quite literally take your breath away.
Best Trek in Bali #5
The Old Nature cave trekking adventure begins in the famous “Sangeh Monkey Forest” where you are guaranteed to see monkeys! Next you will meander through the rice paddies and witness traditional Balinese life. After exploring the old nature cave and hiking along the beautiful Penet River Valley, you will enjoy a well deserved refreshment and venture into a traditional Balinese village to learn how to plait pandan mat, a special skill to take home with you!
Bonus Best Trek near Bali:
Trekking Mt. Rinjani should be at the top of your list, as it is considered one of the most beautiful places in Lombok to watch the sunrise. It is the second highest volcano in the country; after Mount Kerinci, and Rinjani is one of the best destinations for trekkers in Southeast Asia. An ideal trek usually starts from the closest point to the volcano which is Senaru village. You get to the top by passing the magnificent Senaru crater rim, then go to Segara Lake for a moment of peace, and finally, stop by the hot springs and then head back to Senaru village. The trek usually takes 3 to 4 days, or it can be extended to 5 or 6 days at a more leisurely pace. The trek is so stunning and beautiful in nature that you might want to stay there forever.
Although Bali is a tropical island with a similar ecosystem to many others across the Earth, it is the culture and history of spiritual reverence the truly makes hiking in Bali come alive to a depth of experience like nowhere else on Earth. So grab your camera and hiking boots, open your heart and senses, and prepare for a journey like no other as you venture into the 5 best trekking experiences of Bali!
Written by Joia