The adventure begins when you choose a mountain climbing activity. In Bali, there are several mountains for climbers. Among others are Mount Agung, Mount Batur, Mount Abang, Mount Catur, and Mount Batukaru. With varying heights, the five mountains have different hiking traits. Not only vegetation that grows on each hill, but air temperature and humidity also make the impression of every climb so meaningful.
Mount Agung is the highest mountain on the island of Bali with an altitude of 3142 meters above sea level. Based on the beliefs of the Balinese Hindu community, Gunung Agung is a place where the gods live. To reach its peak, there are 3 hiking trails. If passing the Southwest direction, which is Besakih Temple in Rendang District, Karangasem Regency, climbers must hire the services of a guide. In this climbing route accidents often occur. So, to avoid something undesirable, climbers are advised to be accompanied by a guide. The second path can be taken through Budakeling, Bebandem, and the third route through Pasar Agung Temple from the Selat District. If climbers want to pass the third lane, they are required to hire the services of a guide.
The second favorite mountain is Mount Batur with an altitude of 1,717 masl. Mount Batur is directly opposite Mount Abang. Both of these mountains are bounded by caldera or Lake Batur. Some adventurers consider Mount Batur hard to climb because of its steep roads. Plus, the path is wet because of the saturated fog. Climbing a mountain does have its own challenges. Climbers will get an amazing view from the top of Mount Batur. In general, they choose to climb at night so that the sun rises right when they reach the summit. The starting point of the hiking trail is in Penataran Agung Temple and Pasar Agung Temple, Kintamani, Bangli Regency. Although the starting points are close together, the vegetation along the hill is different. So, first, check the preparation and path you choose.
Third is Mount Abang. Mountain with an altitude of 2,152 meters above sea level is never deserted. In addition to tourists who climb, Mount Abang is also often visited by the community to chant prayers. At some points, there are pelinggih, the place where prayers are sung. Prepare the equipment you want to bring! Don’t let the cold air make you give up when crossing hill after hill.
The next mountain has a peak called Puncak Mangu with a height of 2,096 meters above sea level. At the top of Mount Catur there is a temple. The name of which is the same as the peak name, Pura Puncak Mangu. The temple is the place of Dewa Sangkara or the God of Prosperity. Two starting point hiking trails are in Goa Jepang, around the tourist area of Bedugul. The second pathway is in the village of Pinggan, Kintamani District, Bangli Regency. The traditional nuance is getting thicker when entering the Puncak Mangu area. There are temples and gazebos to rest. Furthermore, the fifth mountain is Mount Batukaru.
Having a character that is almost the same as Mount Catur, Mount Batukaru is the second-highest mountain in Bali with an altitude of 2,276 meters above sea level. Mount Batukaru can be reached bypassing the city of Tabanan which the top of the mount stands a temple, Pura Puncak Kedaton. There are several places that can be a stopover before starting to climb, such as the hot springs of Yeh Panes and Jatiluwih. The first climbing post is in the Village of Wangaya Gede. Apart from this climbing post, there is Pura Luhur Batukaru at an altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level. Well, in general, from the first post to the top, you need climbing time for 5 to 6 hours. Prepare your departure time if you want to enjoy the morning sun on the peak of Mount Batukaru.
Which mountain do you want to climb? The five lists above can be one alternative choice to color your vacation. Prepare your departure and enjoy the beautiful expanse of nature in every corner of the Island of the Gods.