Bali has a lot of cool mountains! Over the years I’ve slowly but surely started to get up most of them. I started with Agung back in 2011 and 2015. Since then I’ve tried to go up the others as I come back to Bali quite regularly. 

This time I chose to hike Abang and it was a blast.


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I climbed Abang at the start of October 2019 so I’ll detail my account below.
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I was staying in Ubud with my wife and chose to ride my scooter early in the morning to get to the summit for sunrise. Abang isn’t a long mountain so a morning is all you’ll need to hike this amazing mountain.

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I left the hotel in Ubud and headed for the Abang hiking starting point which you can find here
The ride from Ubud took me 50 minutes as I left at 4am. If you choose to go at another time then it may take over an hour as the traffic really starts to build from 6am onwards.
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There had been huge wind storm and there were trees blown down on the road and I managed to weave the motorbike around them. There is a registration post just before you turn off the main road to head to the stating point but no one was around so I carried on. After a few minutes you’ll see a metal sign that goes over the road saying Abang. You go straight up the bumpy road and this leads you to the starting point. If you use google maps then it will bring you straight to the beginning of the hike.
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Start of the hike

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There is only one way to go once you park the bike and that is up. There are some off shoot trails but just keep on the main trail up all the way. The trails do fork at points but they all join back up after 50m or so, just keep going upwards and you can’t get lost.

The first part of the hike is relatively flat and a very nice trail. There are some really nice viewpoints at the temples and through the trees. There is one viewpoint through the trees where you can see Agung in all its glory. 
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About half way up the trail is where it turns a little to the left and then starts to get quite steep. Here is where the path gets rougher and if you can, make sure you have good shoes with grip and some hiking poles. This will make your life much easier as it is quite slippery going up and down the trail. 
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After another 40 or so minutes past the turn you’ll reach the summit. The views at the top are spectacular towards Batur and the huge caldera. There is a temple on the top and there is a sign asking you not to go to the toilet around this area. You’ll also pass some camping spots just below the summit where people set up camp. 
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Summit

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Once you are on the top there is a small path heading down the other side of the mountain. Take this trail down 50m or so until it ends and you’ll have an amazing view back towards the summit and of Agung. You can’t see Agung from the summit so you’ll have to walk down  the trail a bit to get the views.
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Once you’ve spent enough time on the top its time to head back. The way down is quite steep and slippery and if you didn’t bring poles now will be the time that you’ll wish that you had. I was back down to the parking lot in 30 minutes but if you aren’t sure footed it may take you an hour to get back down. Once you get to the little turn the path gets flat again and you can go much faster than higher up on the mountain.
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If you’ve managed to avoid paying the fee at the entry hut on the way in there is no need for you to pay on the way out. There is no maintenance to the trail and rubbish everywhere so I’m not even sure where the money goes. When I was riding out a guy on a motorbike with a huge down jacket called out to me but I just kept riding. By the looks of the clothes he was wearing it seems he pockets all the money. If you ride fast past the hut you can easily avoid paying the money that clearly goes to corruption. 
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NB: I was reading an article in the Bali Tribune that talks about some Russian investors wanting to invest $10 million USD for a cable car to the top of Abang. It’s still getting permission from the local people so be sure to get there sooner rather than later as the mountain may soon be a tourist mecca. You can read the article here.
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Would I recommend this hike?

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This hike is one of the best on the entire island. Considering Agung is closed due to volcanic activity, Batur is over crowded to hell and Batukau is a jungle path, Abang really appeals. The trail is in really good condition and the hike is very pleasant through the jungle on a very wide path. I didn’t see a single hiker when I was on the hill but looking over to Batur there were hundreds of other people on the mountain. If spending your day alone in nature on a very nice trail through the jungle appeals then this is the mountain for you!
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Logistics for the trip

How to get there


For the exact starting point of the hike click here.

I stayed in Ubud and just rode the scooter up early in the morning. It took under an hour to get there from Ubud. If you’re coming from further south like Kuta you will need to add at least another hour onto that time for the ride. It makes sense to stay in Ubud or closer to Kintamani to cut down on the travel time.

Where to Stay

My wife and I stayed at Tu Sandat homestay which we booked on Booking.com for $25 AUD a night. Ubud has a huge variety and as the mountain isn’t long you get much better quality accomodation staying in Ubud compared to Kintamani. For the hour drive there it is certainly worth the extra comfort. 

How long is the hike

The hike is only 6km return with an elevation gain of 800m. Even if you are very slow the time from the carpark to the summit will most likely only take 2 hours at most. The trail is in great condition except for a few steep parts further up the mountain. 

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Gear

  • Small backpack
  • Head Torch 
  • Rain proof jacket and pants (the weather may be clear but you want to always be prepared. Mountain weather is unpredictable) 
  • Breakfast and snacks 
  • Warm Jacket 
  • 2l water minimum 
  • Camera
  • Hiking boots or trail shoes with really good grip
  • Hiking poles – the trail is very steep after the last campsite 

 

 Do you plan to hike Abang? Let me know in the comments how you get on.

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