Gunung Batur crater is one of Bali’s most important north–south routes and has one of Bali’s most stunning vistas. Most people
intending to do some trekking stay in the villages around the shores of Danau Batur, and plan an early start to climb the volcano.
Even day-trippers should bring some sort of wrap in case the mist closes in and
it hits 18°C.
The villages around the Gunung Batur crater rim have grown together in a continuous, untidy strip. The main village is Kintamani though the whole area is often referred to by that name. Coming from the south, the first
village is Penelokan, where tour groups stop to gasp at the view, eat a buffet lunch and be hassled by souvenir-sellers. Penelokan 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. You can travel between the Gunung Batur and Danau Bratan areas using
a beautiful mountain lane