Mt. Batur Sunrise

Bali Coast to Coast

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Trip code: 
TOI
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Hike through rice terraces, villages, forests and volcanoes as you discover Bali from Coast to Coast.

Step away from Bali’s famous south-coast beaches and uncover an island of rich traditions, smouldering volcanoes, sprawling rice terraces and surprisingly few visitors. Exploring the island on foot, get to the heart and soul of Bali with sweeping vistas from mountaintops to charming valleys filled with plantations and rice-fields. Walk along jungle trails and crater rims, take dips in soothing hot springs and cooling waterfalls and explore the underwater world of surrounding oceans. Visit enigmatic temples, savour sumptuous dishes and discover the Island of the Gods, far from the madding crowd, hiking from coast to coast.

Highlights

  • Bali’s coasts and mountains on foot
  • Rice fields, jungles, volcanoes, villages and plantations
  • Rich culture and traditions

Key information

  • 13 days land only/ 15 flight inclusive
  • 8 days walking point-to-point
  • Altitude maximum 1,717m (optional 3,142m), average altitude 750m
  • Accommodation 12 nights in standard and comfortable hotels, all en suite
  • Gili Islands extension available
  • Trip can be booked to run back to back with 'Indonesia Volcano Trek' (TOJ)
  • Optional Single supplement

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 9 lunches
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Pace:

Approximately 2-7hrs walking, mostly 4-5hrs.

Terrain:

A mixture of terrain, some muddy trails, some through rice paddies, a couple steep trails and steppes.

Day by day breakdown
Day 412.5km/8.0miles
Day 515.0km/9.0miles
Day 625.0km/15.0miles
Day 717.0km/10.0miles
Day 810.0km/6.0miles
Day 1015.0km/9.0miles
Day 128.5km/5.0miles
Rice terraces

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Depart London

    Depart London

  • Day 2

    Arrive Bali; free afternoon on the beach at Canggu.

    Those on the group flights normally arrive around lunch time. Land only passengers can arrive any time. This afternoon is free to enjoy the beach and relax after the long flight. We will meet early evening for a briefing.

  • Day 3

    Visit Tanah Lot Temple and learn about rural life

    We start our exploration of Bali by learning a bit more about two important sides of its personality: its Hindu faith and its rural practices. Our first stop of the day is Tanah Lot Temple. Spectacularly situated on a rocky outcrop with crashing waves, this temple is an integral part of Balinese mythology and one of the ‘seven sea temples’ which are said to form a chain around the island. The temple itself is only accessible at low-tide but despite being off shore in the Indian Ocean, there is a fresh water spring at its base which is said to contain holy water. The temple’s inner sanctum is located on top of the rocks but is only accessible to the Hindu faithful.


    We continue on to the village of Tunjuk (about 45mins) where some of the elders show us how to prepare temple offerings by weaving palm fronds as well as weaving pandanus leaf and making floral offerings. These offerings are an integral part of Balinese culture and every morning such offerings are placed at temples but also in front of homes and shop-fronts all over the island.
    Our exploration of local village life continues in the rice fields as we follow farmers who will show how to plant, transplant and harvest rice (depending on the season).


    We prepare for partaking in farming activities by donning a traditional conical farmer’s hat and repellent and picking up a small farming tool known as a mattock (all provided by the farm). It’s a good idea to have sunscreen and wear flip-flops as well.
    After having fun in the fields and getting a better appreciation for Balinese life we transfer to the remote village of Belimbing (about 1hr) where we will start our walking adventure tomorrow.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Trek from Belimbing to Muncak Sari

    Starting in Belimbing Village, we spend the day hiking through rice terraces, remote villages, bamboo bridges, coffee plantations, lush forests, temples and gorges as we head deeper into Bali. We eventually arrive at the village of Muncak Sari on the slopes of Mount Batukaru.  From here we transfer to Wongaya Gede where we spend the night. Today’s hike takes around 5 hours, but the footpath we follow is well worth the effort.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Rice terraces, Batukaru Tempe and on to Munduk

    A more leisurely day after yesterday’s efforts. This morning we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Jatiuwih rice terraces. We spend about 2-3 hours hiking through these stunning terraces and learning about the ‘subok’ style of irrigation which has given the region its UNESCO status.
    From here we visit the nearby Batukaru Temple set amidst lush green forests. Here we enjoy lunch in the beautiful setting of bamboo forests set deep within this mountainous part of the island.


    After lunch we have the opportunity to participate in a traditional Balinese temple ceremony. We dress in appropriate attire (provided) and are guided through the temple ritual and learning about its significance. We later adjourn to a tented camp where a sumptuous afternoon tea awaits.


    Returning to our hotel we prepare for checkout and continue our journey to the Munduk area (about 1hr).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Munduk to Banjar Trek; on to Lovina

    After breakfast we start today’s hike heading into the dense tropical rainforest before coming out with sweeping views over rice terraces and the north Balinese coast. We follow a track through a combination of highland ecology and wet agriculture areas and a changing landscape. The hike is a bit more challenging and takes about 7 hours.
    Upon arrival at Banjar Village in the late afternoon, we can soothe any stiff muscles with a bath in the sacred hot spring found here. It’s then just a short transfer (30mins) to the black-sand beach of Lovina where we spend the night.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Trek from Menyali to Sekumpul Waterfall

    We transfer 45mins to the start of today’s trek, Menyali. Here we wander through the village and can buy some locally produced hand-made crafts designed by the Menyali people. As we continue on our way we enjoy panoramic views until we reach the village of Lemukih and the rice field trek.


    This trek takes us out into nature, following a small foot path, through rice paddies and coffee plantations and many spectacular views over the surrounding region. Eventually the winding footpath takes us down into a valley where we hike to the five huge waterfalls of Sekumpul. This section of the hike does involve wading calf-deep through a number of jungle rivers.
    Remember to bring your swimmers as it is possible to swim at the base of some of the falls.
    After a packed lunch by the falls we head back on the path which takes us up some steep steps before we reach our waiting vehicle for the transfer to Kintamani (just over 1hr). Depending on time and the mood of the group we may stop off and visit the Jagaraga Temple for its bas-relief.
    The trek is a moderate one and should take about 6 hours.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Mt. Batur 3-crater summit

    It’s up early as we aim to get to the top of Mt. Batur’s crater before sunrise. Departing the hotel around 03:30 it’s a short drive to the start of the trek.  After a safety briefing we start climbing the mountain, following a quieter route which takes us up through the jungle before ascending up to a volcanic rocky path. The trail is steadily uphill but there are numerous opportunities to stop for a rest along the way. After approximately 2hrs of climbing we approach the top of the main crater (at 1717m) where the landscape becomes windswept and with very little vegetation.


    The sun rises around 06:00 and, weather permitting, we admire a glorious sunrise looking out over Mt. Abang and Mt. Agung. On particularly clear days it’s even possible to see Mt. Rinjani on the island of Lombok in the distance. We have a simple breakfast with hot tea or coffee as we watch the view before making our way back down along a different trail.


    Our descent takes us down a small, steep path on the west slopes of Mt. Batur to a 2nd crater from the 2001 eruption. As we continue we eventually reach the 1999 crater with its smoking cone from which we take time to observe the lava field surrounding the volcano. The last portion of the trek is across black lava and a sea of sand.


    Once at the bottom (after about 2hrs) there is time to enjoy a dip in local hot springs by Lake Batur (remember to bring swimwear and a change of clothes) before returning to our hotel to change and pack in preparation for check out.


    We will rest and have lunch at the hotel before transferring 2hrs to the easternmost part of Bali near Amed.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Free day with optional activities

    The beachside village of Amed is best known for having one of the most accessible wreck dives in the world with the USS Liberty just offshore. The top of the wreck is only 3m deep so even snorkelers can get a glimpse of the ship, whilst the bottom is about 30m deep and requires SCUBA diving equipment.


    The day is free to rest or enjoy one of the optional activities. For those who are not divers it’s possible to go on a snorkelling trip on a nearby reef, take a cooking class to learn some of the secrets of the wonderful Balinese cuisine, or just relax on the beach, soaking in the sun and village life.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Tirtagangga Palace and Gumung Hike

    A leisurely morning before we visit nearby Tirtagangga. Literally translating as Water of the Ganges, this sacred water palace was built in the early twentieth century by the last king of Karangasem and boasts many decorative ponds and founts, lush plant life and natural bathing pools.


    After lunch we start today’s easy 3hr hike from the village of Gumung. The walk takes us through some of the regions loveliest scenery with paddies and plantations and eventually a hill from which we have the most stunning views of eastern Bali. After enjoying the view and some refreshing coconut water, we descend once more finishing on a beautiful white sand beach where we have time to relax and go for a swim.
    From here it’s about 1hr’s drive to the village of Sidemen. Often referred to as ‘what Ubud was like 25 years ago,’ sleepy Sidemen is located within a beautiful valley with terraced hills overshadowed by the towering form of Mt. Agung.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Sideman village trek (optional Mt. Agung trek)

    Today there are two options, one leisurely and one very challenging. The first of these is an easy 2.5hr hike around the surrounding countryside taking in the plantations of coffee, cloves and dragon fruit (known locally as salak), rice paddies and bamboo forests with Mt. Angung as a backdrop. Returning from the hike in time for lunch, the afternoon is free to relax or go on another hike by yourself.


    The second option is climbing Mt. Agung (3,142m) (there is an extra cost involved for this option). Bali’s most challenging trek is also one of its most rewarding ones but does require good fitness levels to undertake.


    Leaving the hotel at midnight, the transfer takes about 30mins to the start of the trek at Pasar Agung temple. Here we meet our experienced local guides and start the 1,100m ascent at around 01:00. The climb takes about 4-5hrs and the trail varies in inclines and terrain.
    Arriving at the top in time for sunrise, we enjoy a breakfast, a well-deserved rest and the views out over Bali and Lombok (weather permitting).


    The descent takes a similar amount of time (4-5hrs) and we should be back at our hotel in Sidemen in time for lunch and a nice, relaxed afternoon.


    Please note that Mt. Agung may be closed at various time of the year if the trail is too wet or if a special ceremony is taking place at the Besakih Temple (which occur various times during the year at random).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 12

    Lempuyang Temple Hike; to Ubud

    Bali is a very spiritual island so today we head out on a spiritual journey of sorts as we head to one of the oldest temples on the island, Lempuyang Temple. To get there we transfer about 1.5hrs before a moderate 2hr hike through the jungle heading up to the temple which is perched at 1,174m above sea level.


    Before entering the temple we will need to put on Balinese attire and continue our journey by climbing 1,700 steps. The views of Mt. Agung and the surrounding countryside are fantastic.
    After visiting the temple we head back down (about 1.5hrs) to where our bus awaits. The drive to Ubud, Bali’s cultural and intellectual heartland is about 2.5hrs.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    Ubud

    Ubud’s origins can be traced back to an eighth century Buddhist priest from Java who initially came to this site to meditate. Today, Ubud retains a strong religious and spiritual identity whilst having acquired a reputation as a cultural centre attracting numerous Indonesian and foreign artists, writers and intellectuals over the years including people like Charlie Chaplin and H.G. Wells. This cultural expansion has, today, also moved into the culinary arts with numerous very good restaurants.


    Today is a free day to explore Ubud at your leisure whether wandering the town’s temples and museums, hanging out in its coffee shops or going for a spot of shopping in its boutiques. The leader will be available to advise on possible activities or site-recommendations and to help book specific activities if need be.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Depart Bali

    Those on the group flights will have free time until it's time for their transfer back to Denpasar airport (1.5hrs) for the flight home. The tour ends after breakfast for land only passengers.
    Those who are continuing on to the Gili Island extension will be picked up from their hotel this morning and taken to the ferry.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Indonesia

Many nationalities, including British, can now get a visa free of charge upon arrival at Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Batam, Bali and Yogyakarta. Where a free visa is not available the cost is generally US$35. The Indonesian government may change the visa policy on short notice and start charging for the visas so be prepared to pay for a visa in case this happens.

Vaccinations

Indonesia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential if your trip goes to Flores, Komodo, parts of Sumatra, Kalimatan or Sulawesi but not for Java, Bali or Lombok. and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit our Zika Virus page.

Eating and Drinking

12 breakfasts and 9 lunches included.

Indonesian cuisine is generally fairly simple, with rice as the main staple, though noodles are also common, accompanied by dishes created with various spices including coriander, cloves and chilies as well as coconut and lemon grass. Fish, unsurprisingly is popular but other meats are also common. Peanut based dishes such as sate or gado gado are also common on Indonesian tables (if you have a peanut allergy make sure to inform us before hand and to inform your tour leader). Food is often spicy but you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Western food is available in some places such as Ubud, Amed and Canggu, though it is well worth trying the local cuisine. Quite often tea or water (aqua) is drunk with a meal. Beer is not always cold whilst coffee is unfiltered and usually very sugary.
A number of our lunches are packed lunches as we hike.
Vegetarian food is available in Indonesia, however the concept of vegetarianism can be misunderstood so if you are a vegetarian please be clear and state that you don't eat meat, chicken or fish.

That said, in more touristy areas, especially Ubud, there is a lot of food option and some fantastic restaurants and coffee shops catering for all tastes and requriements. Snacks and fruits are provided but you may want to bring some snacks from home as well. Bring a water bottle as you will be able to refill it.

Weather

Indonesia has an equatorial monsoon climate with the weather remaining similar throughout the year. It is hot and humid; temperatures range from 23-33ºC during the day and rarely drop below 20ºC at night. In the mountains temperatures are much cooler and on the coast sea breezes usually keep temperatures comfortable. In most parts of Indonesia the long rainy season falls between late October and early May, though rain occurs throughout the year. Rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours.

Is this trip for you?

This is a trekking holiday and has been graded as activity level 3, moderate. There are 8 days with hiking ranging from a leisurely 2.5hrs to a challenging full 8hr day with an optional day of about 10hrs. Most of the walks are moderate, with a couple more leisurely ones and a couple more challenging ones. The optional hike up Mt. Agung is very challenging and requires very good fitness levels. All the hikes require reasonable fitness levels. Some of the hikes involve crossing rivers calf-deep.
Whilst this is not a traditional point-to-point hiking holiday as some bus transfers are required, the transfers are fairly short with the longest one being only 2hrs and most being 1hr or less.
Whilst Bali is a popular tourist destination, we visit some more off-the-beaten path parts of the island so service may not be as fast as what you are used to.
We have scheduled departures during the dry season, however there can still be some rain and temperatures, especially in the lowlands, often reach over 30’C.
This is a tour for people who want to see Bali from a different perspective exploring the islands many faces beyond the popular tourist resorts.
You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Standard and Comfortable Hotels

We stay in a range of hotels throughout the trip. Most nights are spent in comfortable hotels whilst four nights are in standard hotels. All rooms are en suite and wifi is available in most properties. Due to the itinerary, we change hotels every night during the first week but spend two nights in each place during the second week. This means that doing laundry during the first week is impractical.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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