Kaspars on a hike in Bali, near Batur lake

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Do you want to  go on a hike in Bali?

And now you are thinking of doing either mount Agung or mount Batur hike? Because that’s what everyone is doing in Bali. Everyone wants to experience a sunrise volcano hike in Bali. Well, ok, 98% of hikers do the Batur hike, very few – Agung or anything else.

Let me just tell you that there is another great hiking trail in the area.

It’s a relatively easy hike. It’s very easy to get to. The views from the top are super cool. And the best part – most likely there will be only a few other people on the mountain. Not hundreds or thousands like on Batur.

It’s the Bukit Terunyan Hike, and it starts from the village called Trunyan, situated just across the lake from mount Batur.

Hiking in Bali

1. The Bukit Terunyan Hike: Basics

Ridge hike in Bali, near Batur lake
Hiking in Bali

If you like hiking, then you should definitely try the Bukit Terunyan hike.

STARTING POINT: Trunyan village;

TIME: around 2 hours to get to the very top, and another 2 hours to get down.

So, in total it will take you around 4 – 5 hours, if you’ll be stopping along the way. If you are going fast, like I did, you will make it to the top in 70-80 minutes. And it’s possible to walk down in around 60 minutes, if you’re fast.

Beautiful views start after around 40 minutes of walking, once you make it to the ridge.

DIFFICULTY: moderate, includes a lot of walking on rocks and volcanic sand;

TIPS: don’t go on a very sunny and hot day, because for most part of the trail you are fully exposed to the sun. Bring water and snacks. There are no any shops or anything on the way to the top. Last small shop is right at the beginning of the trail, just across the road.

On the poster at the start of the trail it says, that the distance is 3,9 km and elevation is 1355 m. Is it the total distance until the highest point? It could be. And 1,355 m a.s.l. / 4445 ft must be the highest point of the trail. Mount Batur stands at elevation of 1,717 m (5,633 ft).

During my first time there I wasn’t asked to pay anything.

On my second visit I was asked to pay 50 000 IDR.

I was also told that a local guide is necessary.

But since I said I had been here before, they easily allowed me to go on my own. Can you do it on your own? It’s up to you to decide. You can take a wrong path, as nothing is marked here. But at the same time there are only a couple of places where you can make a wrong turn.

2. The Bukit Terunyan Hike: My Experience & How to Get to the Top

Hiking in Bali

In the last 2 weeks I’ve done this hike twice.

And it’s a hike I found completely by accident. Good that I didn’t try to Google this trail, because I wouldn’t find anything. And… would probably assume that it’s impossible to do what I wanted to. Because there is no information about trekking in Trunyan online.

I had seen this mountain many times. Every time I was in the are of mount Batur, I would look at it and think – I guess, if I make it to the ridge, it should be relatively easy to walk all the way to the top?

And I had noticed it every time I was doing the mount Batur sunrise hike.

It’s there. In the middle between Batur and Agung.

Kaspars hiking in Bali
Walking down the mountain, by taking a different trail

Ok, so how to get to the top of the mountain?

Trail starts right from the road.

A couple of minutes of walking and you have to turn to the left.

From here on it’s very easy. You just follow the trail, which slowly takes you higher and higher.

After 20-40 minutes of walking, depending on your speed, you will end up on a narrow tarmac road.

If you like hiking, then you should definitely try the Bukit Terunyan hike.

Turn to the right, and follow the road.

Very soon tarmac ends, and it’s just a sandy road. Follow it.

After some 5-10 minutes there will be a sharp turn to the left. From here you should take a trail that goes to the right, and leads you to the ridge.

5-10 minutes of walking and again you’ll have a choice, whether to go to the left or to the right.

Go to the left, and follow the trail. Trail that looks like this.

Trail in the mountains

It’s up to you to decide, how far are you walking.

I can highly recommend you to walk until the end.

If not for anything else, that because of this view of mount Agung, that you’ll be awarded with at the very end.

Mount Agung in Bali
View of Mount Agung in Bali
Epic sunset hike in Bali

At the end the trail just ends.

You can’t go any further. Or at least that’s how it looks.

I’m thinking of going there again, when I’ll have time. And I’ll update this guide if I find some ways to continue further on. What I found already on my second time there, is that there are some smaller side trails. But I didn’t have time to explore them yet.

I’ve seen sunset here twice. I guess it should be a nice sunrise spot as well.

3. Getting to Trunyan Village / Starting Point

Sunset near Batur lake
Sunset over Batur lake

There is no public transportation in Bali.

Hence your two best options are:

Why hire a driver for a day? Because you should have someone waiting for you to finish the trail. It’s a small village, and you may not be able to find a transportation back otherwise. Or it may cost you twice as much as you would pay if hiring a driver for a full day. Especially if you are thinking of finishing the hike after the sunset.

4. Where to Stay in Bali

VALUE FOR MONEY / CHEAP – Wijaya Guest House

Wijaya Guest House in Ubud, Bali
Wijaya Guest House in Ubud, Bali

Looking for a nice and cheap room in Ubud? Here you have one.

Ubud is a good choice from where to go on this hike.

Situated just a 5-minute drive from the city center, Wijaya Guest House is a budget accommodation I can highly recommend. It’s a very nice, family-run guest house I’ve been staying at several times, spending over a month in total there. Rooms are big, bright and you also have a private terrace, where free breakfast is being served every morning.

There is no AC.

I don’t recommend it, if you don’t drive a scooter. Because you can’t really walk anywhere from here. Even though it’s that close to the city. The road going into the city is busy and there are no street lights.

Double room starts at 110 000 IDR.  Check prices and availability.

Have you been hiking in Bali? Have you tried the Bukit Terunyan Hike? What was your experience?

1-Minute Bali Travel Guide

When to Go to Bali?

June – August is the top season in Bali.

March – May is a good time if you want to avoid crowds. There’s more rain during the spring, but it’s also my favorite time of the year in Bali.

September – October is also a very good time to visit Bali. But it’s just that everything is more dry during this part of the year.

Where to Stay in Bali?

Kuta / Seminyak is close to the beach, cheap, but also crowded. Canggu is also close to the beach, but it’s more stylish and not so crowded. Ubud is a good point from to explore the whole island.

Kuta / SeminyakIbis Bali Legian (value for money), M BOX SEMINYAK (nice and cheap hostel).

CangguSurf Motel (value for money).

UbudLili House Ubud (value for money), Halaman Depan Hostel (super cheap hostel, nice owners), Wijaya Guest House (cheap, value for money).

What to Do in Bali?

Check out the Balangan beach and Virgin beach.

Visit Pura Gunung Kawi temple and Uluwatu temple.

Visit Ubud, Jatiluwih rice terraces, Nungnung waterfall and Sekumpul waterfall. Go cliff jumping in Aling Aling waterfall. Go on a mount Batur sunrise trekking tour (volcano hiking).

Go on a day trip to Nusa Penida and Ijen volcano.

How to Rent a Scooter in Bali?

It’s cheap. It’s very easy. There are a lot of options.

Starts from 50 000 IDR / day (500 000 IDR / month).

All about renting a scooter in Bali.

Book Your Trip Like a PRO

1. Book Your Flight

Find cheap flights using Kiwi.com, Momondo.com. Or subscribe to Dollar Flight Club, if you don’t want to be searching for the flights yourself. Momondo usually is my first choice.

2. Book Your Accommodation

Booking.com, Agoda.com and Airbnb. I use Booking and Agoda at least a dozen times a year, and Airbnb – when looking for a long-term stay. My best tip is to ALWAYS compare the price. Sometimes the same hotel is cheaper on Booking.com, other times – on Agoda. Always compare the price!

3. Buy Your Travel Insurance

World Nomads and SafetyWings are two companies I can recommend. World Nomads offers some extra benefits, that will be important for those doing some higher risk activities, while SafetyWings is significantly cheaper. SafetyWings is only $9.25 / week.