Naris and Nadi were great guides for the morning hike up Mt Batur! They were such entertaining conversationalists in English they had us laughing the whole trek! Be prepared to get dusty from the volcanic dirt path. The driver was very prompt at picking us up on time at our hotel. Side Note: this company utilizes WhatsApp to call/text when coordinating drop off/pick up, so be sure to download the app before you leave your country of origin. Would highly recommend this experience, particularly with these two guides!
The first question to ask is whether or not you want to do a tour with Mount Batur and second whether or not this is the right tour company? To the first question, I'd answer a tentative yes. To the second question, I'd say no. Based on what I observed, there are better tour operators. I enjoyed the hike but found it very difficult to see where we were going, even with flashlights. My guide was great at helping me along but I still wished we had head lamps. The breakfast on this tour was mediocre at best and we weren't offered any beverages other than the water we carried up with us. I saw other groups drinking hot chocolate and tea, which I would have welcomed given how cold it was. One thing that really irked me is that many tour groups picked their guests up at the top of Lake Batur. Instead, we seemed to be the only group to walk down all the way. By the time we finished, the other four people in my group no longer wanted to go to the Coffee Plantation so we didn't end up going. I would like to have still gone. So my answer is go if you enjoy hiking but go with another tour company.
Tolle Tour! Wir wurden um 2 Uhr nachts direkt von unserem Hotel in Ubud abgeholt und sind, nachdem wir noch zwei weitere Personen in Ubud mitgenommen haben, zum Mount Batur gefahren worden,. Dort haben wir unseren Guide kennen gelernt, der uns mit Taschenlampen und Wasserflaschen versorgt hat. Anschliessend haben wir uns auf den Weg zum Gipfel gemacht. Unser Guide war grossartig, er hat immer nach uns geguckt, sichergestellt das es uns allen gut geht und uns an schwierigen Stellen geholfen. Tipp für den Weg nach oben: Eine Kopflampe mitnehmen - die ist an Stellen wo man sich mit beiden Händen festhalten muss um hoch zu kommen praktischer als eine Taschenlampe! Der Weg ist anstrengend aber mit Pausen zwischendurch auf jeden Fall machbar! Der letzte Teil ist etwas unangenehm weil es da steil bergauf über schwarzen Sand geht, auf dem man bei jedem Schritt wegrutscht, aber auch das klappt. Oben angekommen haben wir von das von unserem Guide mitgebrachte Frühstück bekommen (er hat es den Berg hoch geschleppt, Tipp: Frühstück vor dem Sonnenaufgang essen, danach kommen die Affen und die haben keine Scheu davor sich Sachen zu schnappen die sie haben wollen) und anschliessend auf den Sonnenaufgang gewartet (selbst Anfang Juni war es ziemlich kalt bevor die Sonne aufging, dicker Pullover und/oder Jacke sind zu empfehlen). Man hat von oben eine wunderschöne Sicht! Allerdings ist die Tour kein Geheimtipp und mit uns zusammen sind gefühlt 500 weitere Leute hoch gestiegen... es ist also relativ voll unterwegs und oben auf dem Gipfel. Nach dem Sonnenaufgang gings dann wieder runter, auch da hat uns unser Guide nochmal toll geholfen. Unten angekommen gings dann weiter zu der Kaffee-Plantage. Dort wurde uns kurz erklärt wie der berühmte Luvak-Kaffee hergestellt wird und noch die ein oder andere Sorte gezeigt und dann wurde uns ein Tablett mit verschiedenen Kaffees und Tees zum probieren gebracht, ACHTUNG: für das Probieren von dem Luvak-Kaffee muss man nochmal extra zahlen! Danach wurden wir wieder zurück nach Ubud gebracht. Wir waren ca gegen 11.30 dann wieder im Hotel in Ubud. Alles in allem eine tolle Tour, insbesondere unser Guide auf dem Mount Batur war super!
I was in a group tour, there were five persons in our group. Our driver Mr. Nengah is polite and friendly, he reached my hotel on time at 1 am. On the way he explained and advice good tips about the hiking conditions.
Everyone has different stamina but our guide Kadek is young and energetic, he is very thoughtful and helped me through out in this hiking trip. Will definitely go for this hiking tour next time, it was memorable and scenic.
What an amazing experience!! Our driver picked us up at 1:30am an hour earlier than expected, so make sure to verify the time prior via whatsapp. The ride up there wasn't too long and our group mostly slept. Once you get to the foot of the mountain you meet your two guides - we had Kadek and Wayan and they were fun and spoke great English and kept our spirit up when the hike got a bit rough. Speaking of which, it is NOT an easy hike. I'd sad medium to high level. This is because it is very hard to see they provide flashlights and the ground isn't very set as its a mix of sand and rocks. Once you make it up to the top there are several breaks along the way the view is absolutely to die for and it make it all worth it plus you get a warm breakfast and there is warm tea and coffee to great you : I would HIGHLY recommend this hike!!
Incredible experience with a wonderful guide!! Must do. Everything was fantastic and Naris our guide was so energetic and encouraging and set us up with the best spot to watch the sunrise over the lake and volcanoes. Excellent English and conversation. The coffee plantation stop was a bit uninformative and more of a pressure sales tactic but still worth the stop. Only caution, this is more than a moderate hike, very vertical on a lot of loose footing.
A very nice trip. Well, it is surely tough and my legs are still aching even though two days have passed. The route is tough and some part of it could be dangerous, so tourists need to be mentally prepared. After half way through the journey, I was regretting that I booked this trip. However, when you reach the top and reflect the way and have seen the magnificent view, you will realise that it is worth it! Will recommend to people who loves adventure and it physically fit. You need to take care of your knees.
The tour is well organised. The driver and the guide during the hiking were really friendly. I love hiking, so starting the hike under the stars really early in the morning as it was sill completely dark was a very exciting experience for me. Unfortunately it was cloudy when we got at the top so the sunrise was not as colourful as expected, but this is just unpredictable.
In some reviews you might read that the hike is convenient for all levels. It is not. Many people were struggling, so be prepared and get proper equipment as recommended. For my part I loved to walk up this path and I was happy to get to the top. The views from and of the volcano are stunning.
The other negative but also unpredictable point is that as a single traveller you don't chose the other people forming the group and sometimes, well, you could do without them. However this is a matter of luck. Also, keep in mind that many people want to climb Mt Batur so the spot is crowded, which makes this excursion a human and social experience as well.
The visit in the coffee plantations did not seem very authentic. However we had the opportunity to taste different varieties of tea and coffee from Bali, including the famous Kopi Luwak we had to pay an extra 50'000 for it though.
On the whole, I consider that 80 is expensive for a half-day excusion. I hope the driver and the guide who were both super nice will get a decent part of this amount.