A classic ride around the rim of the famous Batur crater, down the ‘lung busting hill’, finishing across the 1927 lava field. If you only have one day to ride in Bali, then this is the one to go for.
Suitable for anybody with off-road experience and can be adapted to most abilities. Some steep up and downs but you can always walk!
Easily asseccible from the southern resorts, Ubud or Candidasa.
This ride begins at Penulisan, 1.5 hours from Ubud and perched on the outer rim of the Mount Batur caldera at 1700m. The initial part of the trail is on a broken-up tarmac road before you switch to cool pine forest singletrack that takes you along the ridge top, giving superb views of the crater and all the way down to the east coast.
Then comes the infamous ‘Lung-busting Hill’ taking you down into the inner crater. The hill is so named for having only five people ride up its entirety. Luckily in this case, you are going in the opposite direction and so can allow yourself a smile at the expense of those deluded enough to attempt it as a climb.
Reaching the floor of the caldera, you roll onwards on narrow sandy trails past several rustic villages before ending on a high note with a ride through the solidified lava field from the 1997 eruption on cobbled doubletrack.
The temperature can easily soar above 40°C here, with the heat bouncing up at you off the rocks so that it seems that molten lava must surely still lurk just beneath the surface. After this you’ll be happy to find the crater lake at your journey’s end where it is possible to take a quick dip.