The Ultimate Volcano Adventure in Indonesia

Tackle a legendary trio of mountains in Bali and Lombok on this island-hopping, summit-bagging odyssey


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The Ultimate Volcano Adventure in Indonesia

Tackle a legendary trio of mountains in Bali and Lombok on this island-hopping, summit-bagging odyssey


10 nights




7 days off work




Up to 14 people


Denpasar International Airport, Bali



Hotel · Wild camping · Spa Hotel



This trip is brand new


Big pushes to multiple summits will test your endurance on this one. Bring a good level of fitness and a love for heading up, up, up.

Summit Bali’s two tallest peaks: rainforest-covered Mount Batukaru (2276m) and the still-active Agung volcano (2690m)

Climb Lombok’s Mount Rinjani (3726m), wild camping beside volcanic rims and crater lakes under the glow of the stars

Hike through tea plantations to sacred temples and otherworldly waterfalls for dreamy wild swims

Ease achey muscles in hot springs, catch unrivalled sunrises and bunk down in plush spa hotels for R&R, Indonesian-style

Day 1

Welcome to Bali!

Your host will meet you on arrival at Denpasar Airport in Bali and transfer you to your hotel in Seminyak. Settle into the Indonesian pace of life with some downtime at the hotel or a stroll along the beach, before meeting up with your fellow adventurers for dinner and chat about the adventure ahead.

Day 2

Hike Mount Batukaru (2276m)


5-6hrs · 7km · 1463m up · 1463m down

Waste no time as you set out to tackle your first volcano summit of the trip: Mount Batukaru, Bali's second highest peak at 2276m. This lesser-visited trail is one of the most unique mountain treks in Bali. The volcano is extinct, which has allowed a dense verdant rainforest to take hold on the slopes. The route heads through the lush forest until you reach around 2000m, where the vegetation becomes thinner and the views of the surrounding valley open up. Upon reaching the summit, if conditions are clear you'll have a 360-degree vista over the island Bali before descending via a different route, completing the circular hike at the temple of Batukaru. From here you'll hit the road to Ubud, the artsy centre of Bali. Head out to enjoy a well-earned dinner before bed.

Day 3

Explore Tampaksiring


3hrs · 5km · 75m up · 75m down

Today is a lighter day, after your first summit effort yesterday and with a big one coming up tomorrow. Discover the Tampaksiring area with short walks, meandering from local markets to herbal plant gardens and rice terraces. Visit the 11th-century Gunung Kawi temple where you'll be treated to Indonesian coffee, local herbal drinks and traditional Balinese cake. Hike on through rice fields to another ancient temple, Bukit Gundul, before lunch and in the afternoon you'll head to the Tirta Empul temple, with its sacred pools which are used by the local people for purification rituals. Grab an early dinner and bed down tonight as you'll be waking up extremely early tomorrow.

Day 4

Sunrise ascent of Mount Agung (3030m)


6hrs · 9km · 1200m up · 1200m down

So, extremely early means around 01:30 am – but it will be more than worth it to watch the sunrise from the roof of Bali. You'll be dropped off on the flanks of the still-active Mount Agung volcano at the Pasar Agung temple (1490m), one of the oldest, holiest and largest temples on the island. A tough hike takes you to the sacred summit at 3030m, believed by Balinese people to be home to the gods, including Lord Shiva. At the top you'll have breakfast and watch the sunrise over the endless panorama, looking down on the islands near Nusa Lembongan. Descend back down the volcano and hop in the van for a ride to the village of Taman Ujung for some well-earned downtime this afternoon and evening.

Day 5

Speedboat to Lombok Island


2hrs · 2km · 125m up · 125m down

Time to tick off another Indonesian island as you hop on a speedboat for a beautiful journey to Lombok. Reaching Lombok, head to Senaru for a hike to the Senaru Waterfall where you can have an al fresco shower under the cascade. Settle into your lodge in Senaru village and have a relaxed evening fuelling yourself up on Indonesian food ahead of the big adventure on Mount Rinjani, starting tomorrow.

Day 6

Set off for Rinjani


8hrs · 6.5km · 1489m up

Time to start the big one. Check in at the Rinjani National Park office, grab breakfast and meet up with your specialist guide and crew for your three days on Mount Rinjani. The trek starts from Sembalun village with a gentle ascent walking through open grassland. Tuck into lunch at 1800m above sea level, with a good 650m of elevation already under your belt. Tackle a steep trail through a pine forest in the afternoon before reaching Pelawangan Camp at 2639m. Enjoy a spectacular sunset over the enormous crater rim while your crew prepare dinner. Settle in for your first night camping on an active volcano beneath the Milky Way.

Day 7

Summit Mount Rinjani (3726m)


11h · 6.5km · 1500m up · 500m down

Rise early again for a big sunrise summit attempt. Roll out of your tent in the dark with the stars twinkling above and set off on a three-hour climb to reach the pinnacle of Mount Rinjani at 3726m. You'll be rewarded with that fuzzy summit feeling and amazing sunrise views while looking out all the way back to Bali (and the familiar silhouette of your old friend, Mount Agung). Take your time on the peak, soaking up the scene before descending back down the ridge to camp for a much-deserved breakfast. Pack down camp and start your gradual descent to Segara Anak Lake with its healing hot springs, where you can swim and soak your tired limbs following your volcanic exploits. Enjoy a lakeside lunch with views of the active volcano Mount Baru before it's time to start heading up again, with an ascent to the next camp site at Senaru crater rim in time for sunset.

Day 8

The big descent


5hrs · 5.5km · 40m up · 2040m down

You know the old saying: what goes up... must embark on a six-hour, 2000m ramble all the way back down the active volcano. Tuck into breakfast first at your camping spot before packing down and hitting the trail all the way to Senaru village. The route today completes an epic circular around the Mount Rinjani complex – something very few other trekkers do; most go up and down via the same route. Hop in the van at Senaru for a drive to the plush Living Asia Resort and Spa on the Lombok coast for some proper R&R (and perhaps a shower) after your wild camping escapades.

Day 9

Chasing waterfalls


3hrs · 4km · 160m up



With the big hikes of the trip well and truly under your belt, you'll tone things down today with some light hikes to two epic waterfalls in the south of Lombok. First up, Benang Stokel Waterfall, with its multiple cascades down a wall of lush tropical greenery, and then on Tetebatu where the falls are smaller but there's a beautiful natural pool to take a refreshing dip in. Dry yourself off and head on to traditional Saak village, home to the local indigenous people. The Sasak people represent the majority of the island's people, as they make up about 85% of Lombok's population. Village life is based around weaving and farming, as Lombok's fertile soil creates the perfect landscape for crops to thrive.

Day 10

Speedboat back to Bali

Soak up the last of your delightful accommodation on the Lombok coast this morning, tuck into breakfast and grab a dip in the pool or the sea. Your host will then drive you back across Lombok to the harbour where you'll take the speedboat back to Bali. Check back into your hotel in Seminyak, where it all started 10 days ago. Get ready for one last dinner together with your fellow adventurers and new-found friends as you toast the end of an epic adventure.

Day 11

Bye bye, Bali

Your adventure comes to an end today, as you enjoy breakfast and some free time in the Seminyak area (depending on your flight time). Your host will transfer you back to the airport in time for your onward flight.



Expert, English-speaking trekking guides


8 nights in plush, authentic hotels and spa resorts, 2 nights wild camping


All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 2 dinners


Airport transfers, boat transfers between Bali and Lombok, and everything in between


Porter and cook for the Mount Rinjani trek


Camping equipment for the nights spent on Mount Rinjani


National park entrance fees and permits

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share




Day 2 – Day 5

Hotel · Twin share




Day 6 – Day 7

Wild camping · Twin tent




Day 8 – Day 9

Hotel · Twin share




Day 10

Spa Hotel · Twin share




Day 11




What is the food like?

Indonesian food varies greatly by region, but there is one thing you can always depend on finding: rice. Expect to eat a range of curries, noodle dishes and soups. Nasi Goreng is a popular dish that is often served with a spicy sambal (a chilli-based paste that you will find everywhere). Breakfasts at the hotels and on Rinjani will vary – from Lombok-style banana or pineapple pancakes, to omelettes, fried or boiled eggs, pisang goreng (fried sweet banana) and fruit salads. Lunches and dinners may include dishes such as mie kuah (noodle soup with vegetables and boiled eggs), mie goreng (fried noodles with vegetables, eggs and fried chicken), nasi goreng (fried rice with eggs and chicken) and nasi campur (steamed rice with sautéed vegetables and chicken).

During the expedition on Rinjani, you will have a cook join your team to ensure that everyone is well fuelled. Where lunches and dinners aren't included, you'll be able to head out to local restaurants or eat at the restaurant at your hotel to sample the various amazing dishes that Indonesia has to offer. You should budget between £5-£12 per meal for the meals not included.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for – please just request this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Seminyak, Bali

Your first and last nights of the trip are spent at Pelangi Bali Hotel & Spa, situated right on the beach in the Seminyak area of Bali. There is a spa, an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar and a beach restaurant serving Indonesian specialties and European dishes. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Ubud, Bali

You'll spend a night in Ubud at the 4-star Ubud Wana Resort, which has three outdoor swimming pools and a spa centre. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with en suite bathrooms.

Alamdhari Resort, Bali

Spend a peaceful night at Alamdhari Resort and Spa, set in green surroundings with an outdoor pool, gardens and terraces to take in the scenery. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with en suite bathrooms.

Taman Surgawi Resort, Bali

After you've tackled Mount Agung you can soak up the views of the volcano from your plush base at Taman Surgawi Resort & Spa. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and bar or treat yourself to the spa after your big hike up Agung. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with en suite bathrooms.

Mount Rinjani, Lombok

You'll spend two nights wild camping at stunning spots on your expedition up Mount Rinjani, overlooking the Segara Anak crater lake. You'll stay in twin-share tents with a sleeping bag, sleeping mattress and pillow provided by your host, plus group chairs and tables for meal times at camp and a private toilet tent for the group to share.

Stangi Beach, Lombok

We saved the best for your last two nights in Lombok with a stay at the 4-star Living Asia Resort and Spa, right on Stangi Beach – a beautiful part of the island. You'll enjoy the luxury vibe here after your wild camping escapades on Rinjani, staying in plush twin-share rooms with en suite bathrooms.


For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked throughout the trip for an extra charge, see Optional Extras. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area




Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali

Any time on Day 1


Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali

Any time on Day 11


Your host will meet you on arrival at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar Airport) and transfer you to your accommodation in Seminyak. On Day 11, your host will transfer you back to the same airport in time for your onward flight.

If you wish to arrive before the trip start date or stay on longer at the end, your host can arrange private airport transfers and extra nights accommodation in Seminyak – please see Optional Extras.

Travel options

Flights from major hubs in the UK, North America and Europe can reach Ngurah Rai International Airport, with transits in a number of Asian hubs depending on your route, such as Doha, Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore and Tokyo.

What about all the carbon?

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

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What's included?

  • Twin-share tent
  • Sleeping bag (bring your own if you prefer, or just bring a sleeping bag liner)
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Pillow
  • Camping chairs and tables
  • Toilet tent

What do I need to bring?


  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Hiking daypack (30-40 litres, big enough to fit your gear for the 3-day expedition on Mount Rinjani)
  • Waterproof liner for your hiking daypack


  • Long-sleeved thermal tops and full-length long johns (for colder nights camping on Rinjani)
  • Long sleeved and short sleeved t-shirts, appropriate for hiking in
  • Light waterproof jacket
  • Light waterproof trousers
  • Fleece jacket or similar for evenings
  • Buff or neck scarf for sun protection
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Swimwear for waterfalls
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Sleepwear
  • Ankle-high hiking boots or trail runners (worn-in)
  • Sandals for camp and general use at hotel & on bus and boat journeys


  • Cotton or silk sleeping bag liner
  • Sleeping bag (2-3 season - your host can provide this if you don't want to bring your own)


  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch
  • Reusable water bottle x1.5 litre (or x2)
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
  • Water purification tablets/treatment system (optional: your host will provide mineral water throughout the trip)

Pre/post trip accommodation in Bali (single/twin/double room)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Bali (single/twin/double room)

Per Night

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Private airport transfer - each way

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer - each way

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

This is a challenging trip with some big days on the trails, where you'll tackle a lot of elevation gain and descent. The terrain will be uneven at times, but no scrambling, technical trekking experience or equipment is needed to reach the summits. You'll need to be fit and happy trekking for up to nine hours a day with a lot of uphill trails, and a huge downhill day for your descent of Rinjani. Bring trekking poles to help your knees if hiking downhill causes you knee issues. Your host has built in lighter days in between your summits for recovery and to see the more relaxed and cultural side of Indonesia with easy hikes through rice paddies to waterfalls and villages.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

  • $3-5 USD per day for your main guide
  • $8-10 per day for your porter and local guide for the three days on Mount Rinjani

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Your host will provide mineral water throughout your trip from large containers. Bring a reusable water bottle to keep yourself topped up. If you wish to filter your own water on this adventure (or any other MBA trip where the local water supply isn't safe to rely on), please read our guide to the best water filters for adventurers.

Indonesia is positioned on both sides of the equator, so it has a similar climate year-round with average temperatures between 24°C and 35°C (75°F and 95°F). Indonesia's dry season (from mid-April to November) is when the conditions are ripe for volcano trekking. From December to March, the rains come which make the volcanoes less than desirable and potentially unsafe to hike on, so no trips are run during these months.

Yes, you can leave your excess luggage at the hotel in Seminyak on the morning of Day 2 and collect it when you return to the same hotel on Day 10.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

The weather from mid-April to early November is reliable and outside of the wet season, so weather-related issues are incredibly rare on this trip. The biggest potential for change is due to volcanic activity or eruptions. Naturally, the volcanoes in Indonesia are constantly monitored by scientists and your host will be alerted if there is any increase is seismic activity. If Agung or Rinjani are erupting, the itinerary will be adjusted to do treks to alternative peaks on other volcanoes.

You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daypack to carry personal items during each day of hiking.

From Day 6 to Day 8 you will be carrying your own gear, enough to last for three full days of hiking on Mount Rinjani. There are a team of porters who will carry the group's camping, cooking equipment, food and water supplies, so you'll just be carrying your personal gear. Your main pack can be stored with your host while you are on Rinjani.

Owing to the nature of this trip, it is essential that your personal travel insurance policy provides cover to the maximum altitude visited on this trip (3726m)

For current advice about travelling in Indonesia, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.


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