1. Mount Batur
Also known as Gunung Batur, this is one of the most well-known hikes in Bali. Standing majestically at over 1,700 miles high, Mount Batur is an active volcano that offers mesmerizing views of Lake Batur. Pack a picnic hamper and set out early in the morning to catch a glimpse of Mount Batur famous sunrise views.
However, there are two routes that travelers can take for this Bali trekking Mount Batur hike. The more difficult of the two, leaves from Toya Bungkah or Pura Jati, and takes a good 2-3 hours to reach the summit. The easier trail ideal for novices involves a short drive towards Songan which begins from the car park and takes just 45 minutes to reach the summit.
Tip: Hire a Bali trekking guide, or join a Bali sunrise trekking tour for some company, and take a dip in the hot springs atop the summit.
Situated in the eastern Bali, Tirtagangga is known for its beautiful rice fields and its magnificent water palace. The area also has a number of rather enjoyable hiking trailers for leisurely hiking. It is a great place to stroll around for novices, while experienced hikers can arrange a guide to lead them on a more challenging route. You may also tag along with a group of hikers who set out together on this Bali trekking tour.
One of the best linear trails if you are ready for the challenge takes you from Tirtagangga all the way through the villages of Bukit Kusami, Lempuyang, and Budakaling. This Bali trekking adventure will take about 6 hours to complete. Relax and unwind by splashing in the large swimming pool at Taman Tirta Gangga or explore the local artists busy at work in the nearby villages.
Tip: Set out early in the morning to avoid the heat and tackle the trail before the heat gets unbearable.
3. Mount Agung
Mount Agung is the highest mountain in Bali that is also considered to be one of the most sacred volcanoes on the island. Locals believe Mt. Agung to be a replica of Mt. Meru the central axis of the entire universe. Like Mt. Batur, Mt. Agung is famed for its mesmerizing sunrise views. This summit stands at a height of 3,031 meters and it takes about 6 hours to hike to the top from Besakih temple.
You may also start hiking from Pura Pasar Agung, if you wish to set out on a shorter trail. The hike will take you anything between 3-4 hours to complete. Be prepared to spend other 3-4 hours to head back to the base. Both of the routes require a guide that can cost you anything between USD 28-70.
Tip: Check with locals about the best time to hike as it is prohibited to hike the mountain during religious holidays.
4. West Bali National Park
Located on the western coast of the island, West Bali National park is mostly a thick and well-preserved forest. It is a slice of nature, where you can spot a number of rare species of birds such as the endangered Bali Starling. There are a number of hiking trails that pass through this gorgeous national park. A park permit with a guide can be arranged at the park's headquarters that'll cost around USD 28 per person.
Park your car at the headquarters in Cekik, and head out for 7-hour long hike through the lush green national park. If you do not fancy such a long Bali trekking trip, you can also opt for other hikes that last anything between 1-2 hours such as the Teluk Terima or Prapat Agung trail.
Tip: Be sure to carry a picnic hamper, a camera, and also some swimwear for a spot of snorkeling at the marine park.
5. Campuhan Ridge
If you want to go hiking in Bali without a guide, Campuhan Ridge is the perfect trail for you. Located in the charming village of Ubud, this is a short and easy hike on a paved road that winds its way through a gorgeous jungle landscape. Campuhan Ridge is ideal for those who love nature but have never hiked before. The trail begins near Ibah Hotel and the walk is pleasant and best enjoyed early in the morning. This 2-km walk will lead you to Karsa Kafe where you can feast on a delicious breakfast before heading back to where you started from.
Tip: Carry plenty of water, a sun hat, and some knickknacks