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CENTRAL MOUNTAINS

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GUNUNG BATUR AREA •• Orientation

CENTRAL MOUNTAINS

Kubutambahan

B A L I S E A

Singaraja

Tukad Mungga

Lovina

Kaliasem Selat Sinabun Sukasade Panci Anturan

Gitgit Terjun Air

Gitgit Sudaji Tembok Silangayang

Kembangsari Penginyahan

Dusa Bantang

See Danau Bratan Area Map (p249)

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Kayuputih Tunjuk

To Seririt (19km)

Banyuatis Umajera

Sungai

To Pekutatan (28km)

Pupuan Pujungan

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Munduk

Sangiyang Gunung

(2093m)

Gunung Batukau (2276m)

Pempatan Batungsel

Sanda Kebonpadangan

Antasari To

(14km)

GUNUNG BATUR AREA

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This area is like a giant dish, with the bottom half covered with water and a set of volcanic cones growing in the middle. Sounds a bit spectacular? It is. The road around the south- western rim of the Gunung Batur crater is one of Bali’s most important north–south routes and has one of Bali’s most popular vistas. Most people intending to do some trekking stay in the pleasant villages around the shores of Danau Batur, and plan an early start to climb the volcano.

Orientation

The villages around the Gunung Batur crater rim have grown together over the years in a continuous, untidy strip. The main village is Kintamani, although the whole area is often referred to by that name. Coming up from the south, the first village is Penelokan, where tour-group busloads stop to gasp at the view, eat a buffet lunch and are hassled by the ever- present souvenir sellers.

Wangayagede Petang

(20km) To Ubud

Batukau Pura Luhur

Jatiluwih Bonjaka

(23km) To Ubud

Tamblingan Danau Buyan

Gunung Lesong (1860m)

Gunung Pohen (2063m)

Reserve Batukau



Danau

Candikuning Bedugul Temantanda Katung Nungnung Pacung Sandakan

Penyabangan Tegalsuci Belong

Bangklet Pempatan

To Bangli (10km)

Penlokan is also where you can take a short road down into the crater. From here, a road loosely follows the shore of Danau Batur, linking the villages of Kedisan and Toya Bungkah.

Entry Tickets

If you arrive by private vehicle, you will be stopped at ticket offices at Penelokan or Kubu- penelokan; to save any hassle, you should stop and buy a ticket. Entry is 4000/2000Rp per adult/child. Bicycles are free (and should be, given the climb needed to get here). This ticket is for the whole Gunung Batur area; you shouldn’t be charged any more down at the lakeside.

Information

Services are few in the Gunung Batur area. There is an international ATM in the car parking area for the Lakeview Hotel. In Kubupenelokan there is a post office and in Kintamani there is a Bank BPD. There are no services in the villages around Danau Batur. The moral here is: bring lots of cash from the lowlands.

Sekahan Sekardadi Suter Pancasari

Bratan Danau

Peludu Pelaga Lampu

Gunung Catur (2096m)

Catur

Belantih Mabi

Kintamani Batur

Bungkah Toya

Kubupenelokan Penelokan

Batur Danau

Buahan Kedisan

Abang Gunung

(2152m)

Gunung Penuttsan (1745m)

Penulisan

Mampeh Toya

Batur Gunung

(1717m)

Lupak

See Gunung Batur Area Map (p244)

Blandingan Songan Jagaraga Tejakula Sawan Sembirenteng

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Sangsit Yeh Sanih

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GUNUNG BATUR AREA •• Trekking Gunung Batur

Getting There & Around

From Batubulan terminal in Denpasar, bemo (small minibus) travel regularly to Kintamani (15,000Rp). You can also get a bus on the busy Denapsar (Batabulan)–Singaraja route which will stop in Penelokan and Kintamani (about 15,000Rp). Alternatively, you can just hire a car or use a driver. From South Bali expect to pay at least 400,000Rp. Orange bemo regularly shuttle back and forth around the crater rim, between Penelokan and Kintamani (7000Rp for tour- ists). Public bemo from Penelokan down to the lakeside villages go mostly in the morning (tourist price is about 6000Rp to Toya Bung- kah). Later in the day, you may have to charter transport (40,000Rp or more).

TREKKING GUNUNG BATUR

Vulcanologists describe Gunung Batur as a ‘double caldera’, ie one crater inside another. The outer crater is an oval about 14km long, with its western rim about 1500m above sea level. The inner crater is a classic volcano- shaped peak that reaches 1717m. Activity over the last decade has spawned several smaller cones on its western flank, unimagi- natively named Batur I, II, III and IV. More than 20 minor eruptions were recorded be- tween 1824 and 1994, and there were major eruptions in 1917, 1926 and 1963. Geological activity and tremors have continued to occur regularly. Statistics aside, you really have to see it to

believe it. One look at this otherworldly spec- tacle and you’ll understand why people want to go through the many hassles and expenses of taking a trek. But is it worthwhile? You’ll

WARNING

The Gunung Batur area has a reputation as a money-grubbing place. Keep an eye on your gear and don’t leave any valuables in your car, especially at the start of any trail up the volcano. Break-ins are common. Also be wary of touts on motorcycles who

will attempt to steer you to a hotel of their choice as you descend into the Danau Batur area from the village of Penelokan. Finally, some of the vendors in the area can be highly aggressive and irritating. Guide services are controlled by the HPPGB (Mt Batur Tour Guides Association; see right ).

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get some amazing pictures and come close to volcanic action not easily seen anywhere. But the flip side is that it’s costly, you have to deal with various characters and at some point you may just say, ‘I could have enjoyed all this from the parking lot viewpoint in Penelokan’.

HPPGB

The notorious HPPGB (Mt Batur Tour Guides Associa- tion;%52362; Toya Bungkah office Map p247 ; h5am-9pm; Pura Jati office Map p244 ; h3am-noon) has a monop-

oly on guided climbs up Gunung Batur. The HPPGB requires that all trekking agencies that operate on the mountain hire at least one of its guides for trips up the mountain. In addi- tion, it has developed an unsavoury reputa- tion for intimidation in requiring climbers to use its guides and during negotiations for its services. Reported tactics have ranged from dire warnings given to people who inquired at its offices to outright physical threats against people attempting to climb without a guide. There have also been reports of guides station- ing themselves outside of hotels to intercept climbers.

Pinning these guys down on rates can be

enough to send you back to South Bali, but expect to pay the following:

Trek Duration

Batur Sunrise

4-8am

Gunung Batur Main Crater

4-10am

Cost

200,000-300,000Rp 200,000-300,000Rp

Trekking Agencies

Even reputable and highly competent adven- ture tour operators from elsewhere in Bali cannot take their customers up Gunung Batur without paying the HPPGB (see above ) and using one of its guides, so these tours are relatively expensive. Pretty much all the accommodation in the

area can help you put a trek together. They can recommend alternatives to the classic Batur climb such as the outer rim of the crater, or treks to other mountains such as Gunung Agung . Trekking agencies can also arrange other

treks in the area, to Gunung Abang or the outer rim of the crater, or to other mountains such as Gunung Agung. All of the agencies listed here can get you up Gunung Batur

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