Wonderful hikes in Bali and Lombok The Indonesian island of Bali not only offers its visitors ideal surfing conditions, impressive temples, and lush jatiluwih rice terraces: nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts also get their money’s worth on the island.
In the jungle, on Bali Driver, at waterfalls and canyons you will find the unspoiled spectacular nature that you will not find in the south of the island.
The neighboring island of Lombok also offers unforgettable dream landscapes around the Rinjani, the second-highest volcano in Indonesia, in addition to white dream beaches and good surf spots.
We have been living in Bali most of the year since 2016 and have explored the most beautiful hiking opportunities on the island of the gods and their neighbors.
We say: Hiking in Bali and Lombok is worthwhile.
Let us inspire you in this post.
The most beautiful hikes in Bali, Bali is home to active and inactive volcanoes.
Many of these volcanoes offer those who go to the summit unforgettable views of neighboring volcanoes , crater lakes, the sea, jungle and, with luck, even the Rinjani or Ijen on the neighboring islands of Lombok and Java.
Good to know: Ideally, all volcanoes are climbed at night, because the clouds gather just a few hours after sunrise and otherwise prevent the view.
1. Mount Batur Sunrise Trek
Let’s start with the most popular, but also the most crowded of all volcanoes in Bali: the Gunung Batur.
The Batur is 1,717 meters high and is climbed at night with a guide to watch the sunrise from the summit.
The two-hour climb takes place with a head torch through the dark.
Only at the summit is the natural spectacle of the sunrise over the crater lake Danau Batur, Gunung Agung, Gunung Abang, Batukaru and with a bit of luck even Lomboks Rinjani.
On most tours, the mountain guides even prepare breakfast on the summit: there is coffee, bread, and eggs cooked in the hot lava earth.
The trek is challenging for beginners, but doable.
2. Mount Abang Sunrise Trek
If you want a less overcrowded volcano climb and are in good condition, then the climb to the third-highest volcano, the Gunung Abang, is a good choice.
Gunung Abang is 2,152 meters high and is located in the very east of Bali.
On a day trip, you can start climbing at night to see the sunrise on the summit and descend after breakfast.
Alternatively, you can go up late in the afternoon and stay at the summit to rest.
In the morning you can then enjoy your breakfast with a view and relax again.
On the summit you can see the sea, the Gunung Agung, the Gunung Batur, the crater lake “Danau Batur” and with a clear view you can also see the Mount Rinjani on Lombok.
3. Mount Batukaru’s ascent
A more popular but worthwhile tour with locals is the Gunung Batukaru climb, which starts near the famous UNESCO Jatiluwih rice terraces.
The Batukaru is the second highest mountain in Bali at 2,276 meters .
It is an inactive volcano with a pure jungle landscape away from the tourist areas.
Small deer, macaques and luwaks live in the rainforest.
The challenging climb takes about four hours , but is mostly in the shadow of the jungle.
At the summit, you have a panoramic view of Bali’s volcanoes and the island of Lombok and Java.
4. Further worthwhile climbs
There are some volcanoes on Bali that can be climbed.
The Gunung Agung , which the Balinese call the seat of the gods, is a mental and physical challenge.
It is 3,142 meters high and can only be climbed with a guide.
However, due to repeated eruptions, it has been blocked since 2017.
A slightly less demanding variant of Agung, Batur, Abang and Batukaru is the stair climb to Pura Lempuyang , one of the most sacred temples in Bali. It is located on the Lempuyang summit.
The holy temple is hardly visited. During the sunrise, the surrounding rainforest becomes visible and there is a very special atmosphere.
On the way back you meet small cheeky macaques and you can see the majestic Gunung Agung from different viewpoints.
The Gunung Pucak Manggu is also worthwhile. Like the Batukaru and Lempuyang ascent, it leads through the jungle and offers a beautiful view at various points on the overgrown summit.
Ideal if you want to combine a lonely jungle hike with a volcano climb.
If you prefer something a little more leisurely, you can also go on trips to one of the many waterfalls in Bali , take one of the hiking routes through the Jatiluwih rice terraces or wade through a canyon.
5) Hidden Canyon in Sukawati
A tour of the Hidden Canyon in Sukawati is a very special day activity in Bali.
The Hidden Canyon is divided into three gorges that are not easy to cross. The first two in particular are demanding because they carry water.
In the Hidden Canyon you are surrounded by high rock faces and deep green jungles .
Sometimes you have to wade waist deep through the river. The tour through the Hidden Canyon is an incomparably beautiful experience, but without a guide it can also be dangerous.
6. Hike in the Jatiluwih rice terraces
The Jatiluwih rice terraces are not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, they are also much less crowded than the Tegallalang rice terraces in the Ubud tourist area.
There are four signposted hiking routes that lead through the beautiful rice terraces. The hikes take one to three hours.
If you have enough time you can spend a night in the area to combine the Jatiluwih rice terrace hike with the ascent of Gunung Batukaru and then take a look at the lakes to the north.
The most beautiful hikes on Lombok
Many travelers head to Lombok from Bali to climb the Rinjani.
However, it is worth staying longer, because Lombok offers many other natural highlights around the Rinjani.
7. Gunung Rinjani climb
The Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia and makes the volcanoes in Bali look small compared to its 3,726 meters.
The ascent of the Rinjani is very demanding and brings even experienced mountaineers to their limits.
Therefore, you should only get involved if you have sufficient mental and physical resilience.
As a rule, the Rinjani climb lasts three days and two nights .
The highlights are the view of the Segara Anak crater lake and neighboring peaks, the view of the neighboring islands, and the fantastic sunrises and sunsets.
Good to know: Since the earthquake on Lombok in summer 2018, the Rinjani climb has been less crowded. For a long time, the ascents were only made up to the edge of the crater because the summit was closed. Before planning your trip, find out whether the summit is open again.
8. Pergasingan Hill panoramic mountain from Sembalun
Pergasingan Hill is a great option for those who don’t yet trust the Rinjani or who want to “warm-up” for it.
The 1,700 meter high panoramic mountain is in Sembalun, one of the starting points of the Rinjani ascent.
It can be climbed in about two hours .
It’s best to start early in the morning to marvel at the sunrise from the summit.
The views of the sea, the neighboring islands, the mountain village of Sembalun, Mount Rinjani and the neighboring peaks are spectacular.
You can also hear the gentle prayer call quietly during the ascent , which creates a very special mood and helps you to overcome the steep ascent.
9. Tetebatu paddy field hike
Rice is also grown on Lombok.
Tetebatu in particular is known for its large rice fields.
In a guided rice field hike, you can marvel at the impressive rice fields and the panoramic view of the mountain landscape.
Many hikes lead across the rice fields, through the rainforest of Mount Rinjani National Park to the Jeruk Manis waterfalls .
If you like cycling, you can also go on a bike tour through the mountain region of Tetebatu.
There are also providers here who organize such a tour for you.
10. Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile waterfalls
The mountain village of Senaru is best known as the starting point for the Rinjani ascent.
If you have some time left in the mountain village, you can also visit the two impressive waterfalls Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile .
In just two hours you can visit the waterfalls on a hike through the geopark with a small river crossing.
If you are lucky you will also see monkeys and monitor lizards.
Guide: hiking in Bali and Lombok
1. Hiking equipment in Bali and Lombok
When hiking in the tropics there are often extreme conditions that have to be taken into account in the packing list for the trip.
Our durable clothing and outdoor gear for the jungle, volcanoes, and rice fields were:
- light, quick-drying, breathable and non-slip hiking shoes (without Goretex)
- long hiking pants to protect against shrubs and leeches
- as well as a windproof jacket for the cold peaks
2. Best time to go hiking in Bali and Lombok
In Indonesia there is the rainy season and the dry season .
Although the rainy season has its beautiful sides, the dry season is preferable for hikes in Bali and Lombok.
The rainy season is unpredictable, because the weather can change suddenly.
A monsoon-like rain can be a real danger during a volcano or jungle hike.
Hikes are available on Bali between April and September .
April, May, June and July are the best months for hiking in Lombok .
3. Guide: yes or no?
Whether you need a guide for your hikes or ascents depends entirely on your project.
A guide for easier hikes is nice-to-have, but not a must.
The situation is different at Mount Rinjani or Gunung Agung. The ascents are so demanding that only extremely fit and experienced hikers can go to the summit on their own.
The Rinjani guides also carry your luggage, which makes your hike much easier. You can also get lost while climbing the Rinjani and Agung.