It takes 2 hours driving to get to Kintamani area or 70 km from Kuta area or 50 km from Denpasar. The roads to get to Kintamani are in good condition and comfortable to pass. During late afternoon, the fog will start covering Kintamani area, extra attention needs to be paid while travelling up to the mountain. Kintamani area is dwelled by 15 thousand people who are working as farmers, merchants and some are working in tourism industry. The area consists of some villages which are well known as Bali Age Villages (Ancient Villages of Bali); they are: Kedisan, Buahan, Abang, Trunyan, Songan, South Batur, Middle Batur, North Batur, Sukawana and Kintamani Village.
Here is where an active volcano, mount Batur, and Lake Batur are located which are surrounded by an extraordinary view all the way up. Mount Batur has been erupted for many times since 1800. It is noted 24 times eruptions and still remains active up to now. From the top of this mountain, the whole Kintamani area can be seen, the dramatic view as well as rare sunrise exposure to experience. On top of this mount, the wonderful experience is presented. The view to be watched and captured by most tourists coming to visit.
The journey for a life time experience starts at 1 am in the morning. There are many travel agents and tours offer sunrise view trips in Bali. Either using one of these agents or do your own trip will be fine. However, should be remembered, you can only do your own trip if you have experience climbing up mountains before and know exactly what you are doing, accompanied by an experienced local guide will be perfect for you to start with. Get prepared with all needed equipments before. The 2 hours climb will need extra energy especially when it is done early at 1 am. Be sure that your body is in a good condition to avoid unexpected things happened. Another serious stuff needed is good lighting, since the path will be foggy, and the sight will be limited as there is no light. The most important is do not climb up the mountain alone, be with minimum 3 people in a group.
Starts from 2 hours driving from Denpasar with the agent, you will see the difference between the Bali Island during daytime and early in the morning. The roads are quiet and empty, the cool air is easily chilled you. The fog starts covering the streets when entering Gianyar regency and will be cooler and more fog on the way up to Kintamani. Arriving at Toya Bungkah, the unforgettable moment starts up. The hikers should report first to the guards at the post at the bottom of the mountain. Fee needs to be paid there at IDR 10.000,-. It is suggested for the inexperience hikers to be accompanied by local guides with fee at IDR 75.000,- per person. It will take 2 hours climb to get to the top.
On the way up will be like in a movie scene. Beautiful foggy scenery on the left and right is exceptionally fantastic. Big stones from the past eruption appeared to give more dream-like view. The combination of big black stones, foggy scenery and misty air makes the whole scene unforgettable. More wonderful view starts up before the sun rise. The sky turns into yellowish color. The darkness has faded away and changed by the light. The dawn has broken by the early sun rise in the east. The first light in the morning brings the warmth for the chilling bodies waiting for the close view. The 2 hours trip has paid back by the priceless moment. The whole mountain becomes clearer as the sun climbs higher to spot the beauty. Then the Batur Lake lies stunning underneath showered by the sun light. After awhile enjoying the early sun, it is the time to go back down. Going down is easier and takes less energy than going up. It is freer to step down without worrying about to fall, since the path is no longer dark. The amazing view is ready to take away your sight while going down. Moreover the chirping birds are accompanying your trip. The fresh air and cold breeze calm you down and give more relaxing mode.
Then after the sunrise view, would be nice for relaxing at the hot springs. The place can be reached from Penelokan village. Enjoy the warm water in the springs to relax your muscles after a few hours journey. Bath yourself while capturing the beauty of Batur lake. Your time would not be wasted here. Another activity is also available here such as boating. You will be offered to take the boat’s trip for an affordable price at IDR 10.000,- up to IDR 20.000,- a full joy for a day trip and cannot be replaced by anything.