This trekking adventure on Bali, the island of God's, takes you on a journey through unspoiled rainforest and on to the peaks of Mount Batukaru and Mount Batur, past the tranquil lakes of Danau Tamblingan and Danau Beratan and along the impressive terraced paddy fields. Throughout the two weeks you'll experience beautiful sunrises and sunsets, impressive waterfalls with natural rock pools to swim in, looming volcanoes and dramatic dances and colourful ceremonies with great food, a welcoming atmosphere and an aura and serenity that is revealed by the local Balinese, who are truly happy and blessed in their lives.
Working in partnership with Wise Steps Travel, one of the Indonesian pioneers of responsible, educational and accessible travel with a similar ethos to Adventure Alternative, Wise Steps dive into the real life of a society and all that it has to offer and push for positive change within the Indonesian tourism industry to protect the wonderful nature and culture. This trip is designed to minimise the negative effects of tourism and maximise your cultural experience on a journey with the perfect mix of leisure and active experiences away from much of the traditional tourist trails.
Ulun Danu Beratan Temple on the shores of Lake Beratan
What are the main highlights of our Bali Trekking Holiday?
The following are some of the highlights and experiences during our two week itinerary;
- Stunning eco-friendly accommodation for five nights at Bali Eco Stay Cottages in Tabanan, the 'Garden of Bali'
- Visits to a number of beautiful waterfalls across Bali, all with natural rock pools to swim in
- Plenty of time to cleanse your mind and soul through Balinese massage, yoga and meditation, purification ceremonies and detox spa and sauna treatments
- Incredible food which tends to blend a variety of spices with fresh vegetables, meat or fish, a mix of indigenous cuisine, other regional Indonesian cuisine, and Chinese / Indian cuisine.
- Historic temples and religious sites dotted all over the island, including Pucak Mangu Temple and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
- Trekking off the beaten track through unspoiled rainforest and on impressive active volcanoes
- Authentic homestay experiences which offer interaction with the family and the village, market visits and some of the best home cooking
- Visits to the Bali Wildlife Rescue Centre and an environmental project near Ubud
- Free time in Ubud to plan your own itinerary, including the likes of the Pura Taman Saraswati, Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave), Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Tegenungan Waterfall, a number of museums, shopping, day hikes and adventurous activities... Too much to mention under highlights!
- Five nights accommodation at Swasti Eco Cottages, a healing village hidden in paradise
- Surrounded by nature, culture, wildlife and that famous Balinese hospitality throughout
Bali Trekking Holiday map showing trekking and vehicle routes
What is the trekking like in Bali
Trekking in Bali is a mix of forested volcanic mountains and iconic rice paddies throughout what is some of Indonesia's most scenic locations. Certain places around the world were intended to be explored by foot and Bali certainly falls in to that category. Aside from the exotic rainforests on majestic mountains and terraced rice paddies, you'll discover hidden waterfalls with rock pools to swim in, historic temples dotted around the island, stunning lakes and beautiful sunrises and sunsets with views as far as the eye can see.
What wildlife can you see on a trek across Bali
Bali is certainly a place where nature lovers feel at home, largely thanks to its complex ecosystem. Expect to see the likes of the Balinese macaque (or the Balinese long-tailed monkey), Javan Langur, Balinese Crested Duck, Javan Rusa deer, wild Boar, the wild Banteng, Asian palm civet and with about 280 species of birds its a bird-watching paradise. If you're very lucky you could spot the critically endangered Bali Starling or the kuskus, a hairy marsupial that lives on top of trees. Some very big snakes can also be spotted, like the king cobra and the reticulated python which are normally harmless to humans, however be careful if you see one.
When is the best time to trek in Bali
We prefer to run our trekking options outside of the high season of June, July and August and the Easter and Christmas holidays. That helps to keep our advertised cost down as hotels will push prices up during these busier times but we'll still try and keep our dates within the dry season which tends to be from April until the end of September. It is still possible to trek in the rainy season, however tackling a forest trail or mountain path during the rains is much less enjoyable and you'll not have the views you get in the dry season.
This Bali trekking holiday is a moderate mountain and rainforest adventure across Bali, experiencing the unique culture, food and welcoming atmosphere that Bali is famous for.
It's perfect for people with all levels of trekking experience or adventurous families and mixes boutique style eco-accommodation with local homestays well away from traditional tourist trails.
|Day||Travel Time||Description||Meals Provided|
|1||2 hours||Ngurah Rai International Airport - Tabanan: Arrive in Bali at Ngurah Rai international airport in Denpasar where you'll be collected for the transfer to our accommodation at Bali Eco Stay in Tabanan, the Garden of Bali! Bali Eco Stay is green sanctuary in the heart of Bali where you can immerse yourself in a traditional Balinese lifestyle. It's the perfect place to start any holiday, a mountain resort within a natural setting of food forests, rice fields, natural springs and waterfalls feeding private rock pools, all with the backdrop of towering mountains away from the well-beaten tourist trails of Bali – the Bali from 40 years ago with its untouched pristine landscapes and charming villages steeped in profound local customs. Accommodation: Bali Eco Stay
|2||n/a||Bali Eco Stay, Tabanan: Full day to enjoy the stunning surroundings and adjust to the unique Balinese way of life. There are some optional extras that you can plan for with the lodge, including a 2-3 hour easy / moderate walking tour or just explore the neatly designed permaculture gardens and shower / swim in the nearby waterfall and rock pool. Some other options include a purification ceremony with local Balinese women, a variety of unique and fascinating workshops in local arts and crafts, Balinese massage and yoga and meditation, all organised by the lodge. Accommodation: Bali Eco Stay||B/-/-|
Mount Batukaru (2,275m): 8-hour trek to the summit of Mount Batukaru (2275m), the second highest mountain in Bali and the highest peak in the Bedugul volcanic area. A 20- minute drive will take you to Pura Batukkaru temple at the edge of the rainforest where you start your mountain trek. From here its a challenging but spectacular climb with expansive views of the whole region on the way to the summit and on the descent. The Batukaru massif contains three ancient volcanic craters and is densely covered with primary rainforest with terraced rice fields and banana plantations on the lower slopes. Much of the summit has been cleared to accommodate the temples which gives unobstructed views of Mount Agung to the west and on clear days you can see all the way to Java’s easternmost peaks. To the east you can see Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok. Filtered spring drinking water and lunch will be provided by your guide during the trek. Accommodation: Bali Eco Stay
|4||1 hour||Bali Wildlife Rescue Centre (Friends of the National Parks Foundation): A relaxed start to the morning before visiting the Bali Wildlife Rescue Centre, which rehabilitates native endangered wildlife and releases it back in to the wild, most of the wildlife they work with are victims of illegal trading and poaching. After the visit we'll head back to the Eco-Lodge to join in with one of the traditional classes teaching how to weave coconut palm leaves to create shelters. Accommodation: Bali Eco Stay||B/-/-|
Bali Eco Stay, Tabanan: Another full day to make your own plans and enjoy your last night at this extraordinary location hidden away from the traditional tourist trails of Bali. Accommodation: Bali Eco Stay
|6||8 hours||Village trek to Jatiluwih: Say farewell to our new friends at the Bali Eco Stay and drive for just under an hour with our guide to reach the remote village of Belimbing, well known for having the most beautiful and striking rice terraces on the island of Bali. From Belimbing we'll trek along rice fields, through coffee plantations, across rivers, over hills and valleys, and through bamboo forest, jungle and small remote villages, all the while experiencing a variety of plantation and dry and wet vegetation. This is an enjoyable trek to our homestay in the village of Jatiluwih, located in the very heart of this rural community. Accommodation: Traditional homestay at Jutiluwih||B/L/D|
Rainforest trek to Tamblingan Lake: After a traditional breakfast with our Balinese hosts we continue our trek from Jatiluwih to Tamblingan Lake, largely through deep Bali rainforest as we explore the jungle and all the hidden treasures you can find within it; including giant trees, ferns, mosses, lichens, bamboo, vines, creepers, carnivorous pitcher plants and dozens of types of wild orchids. Some of the wildlife that we could be lucky to spot in its natural habitat include wild buffalo, deer, pigs, miniature squirrels, macaques, leaf monkeys and a wide variety of birdlife. A picnic lunch will be served in the middle of the jungle, prepared and cooked by your guide. Accommodation: Ayodya Bungalow by the side of Lake Tamblingan
|8||5 hours||Village trek to Ambengan: After breakfast we continue our trek towards the twin waterfalls of Banyumala, through forest and past clove tree, coffee and orange plantations and rice terraces. The impressive waterfalls at Banyumala are a welcome sight after three days trekking and the natural pool formed by the waterfalls that feed it is a great spot for swimming in a tranquil world surrounded by forest. We'll continue on towards the village of Ambengan where it is a 20 minute drive to our hotel. Accommodation: Mafa Lake View||B/L/D|
Rainforest trek to Bedugul: Trek up to Pucak Mangu Temple on solitary jungle trails through unspoiled rainforest where we have breath taking views of Lake Beratan and Northern Bali. We'll spend some time at the temple to enjoy the beautiful panorama and explore old temple structure. Pucak Mangu Temple was founded around 1633AD and is typical of many other temple's in Bali. The building structure is based on the tri mandala (three zones) concept consisting of three courtyards, namely jaba sisi (outermost courtyard), jaba tengah (middle courtyard) and jeroan (innermost courtyard) with a typical Balinese building structure. The site is famous for meditation. Late afternoon we'll arrive at Plaga Village or Bedugul where we'll get a vehicle transfer to the ancient town of Ubud. Accommodation: Swasti Eco Cottages
|10||n/a||Swasti Eco Cottages: Day for some R&R at Swasti Eco Cottages, described as a healing village hidden in paradise where there is some superb dining options, detox, yoga and meditation and a world class organic spa and sauna. Others will want to explore the historic town of Ubud with its charming cafes and shops, Ubud is known as a centre for traditional crafts and dance. Accommodation: Swasti Eco Cottages||B/-/-|
Ubud Town: Today gives you the chance to visit one of the local foundations nearby in Ubud to learn more about their local work and projects and have a sharing session with some of the volunteers, for example Permaculture Farms or the Bali Water Protection Project which has been delivering practical programs and public education activities to communities all over Indonesia. In the afternoon we can visit one of the famous waterfalls in Gianyar District. Accommodation: Swasti Eco Cottages
|12||3 hours||Mount Batur (1,717m): Early start for a sunrise trek on Mount Batur, an active volcano located at the centre of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung. Its a trek of just under two hours to reach the summit and even though the highest point is just over 1,700 metres the views across the island and beyond give a sense of being at a much higher altitude. Stunning views of the majestic peak of the neighbouring Mount Abang hovering above the clouds, the distant cone of the sacred Mount Agung on the horizon and the caldera lake spread out below are well worth the early start. Accommodation: Swasti Eco Cottages||B/-/-|
Swasti Eco Cottages: Second day for some R&R at Swasti Eco Cottages and to explore the historic town of Ubud. Accommodation: Swasti Eco Cottages
|14||1 hour||Swasti Eco Cottages - Ngurah Rai International Airport: Transfer back to airport for departures||B/-/-|
Bali Trekking Holiday Cost - £1,495.00
The advertised price is based on us putting together a team of 2 people or more, if you want to arrange trip during what is Bali's high season (June through to the end of August) then the cost per person will rise - contact us for details.
- Vehicle transfers needed (air conditioned vehicle - includes airport transfers)
- All accommodation (13 nights at hotels / accommodation listed in the itinerary)
- Meals as detailed on the itinerary (a number of lunches and dinners not included)
- English speaking specialist guide
- All entrance fees / activities for locations mentioned in itinerary
- Project visits and sharing session with environmental related foundation in Ubud
- CO2 emission off-set
- Foundation contribution
NB: All our tours / itineraries in Bali are designed to be responsible and 10% of local profits are invested in to local educational facilities. The local community and project visits support these communities directly and all CO2 emissions are automatically off-set by a forest conservation project in Indonesia. All our tour leaders, guides and drivers are first aid trained and are authorised to carry first aid kits. They are not authorised to administer medication, however they will have the contacts of good hospitals, clinics and doctors across Bali.
- Return flights to Ngurah Rai international airport in Denpasar
- Visa (not required for a lot of nationalities, ask us if you are unsure)
- Certain meals (check itinerary)
- Hard and soft drinks
- Optional activities or services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips and personal expenses
- Personal travel insurance
Choose a scheduled date or contact us to set up private dates or a bespoke itinerary. The minimum deposit is £100.00 and the balance is due six weeks before travel.