From the concentration hotel, we will go on coaches of the organization, to the exit of stage 1 at Kedugun beach. The first 10 km. The stage passes through some of the most paradisiacal beaches in Bali, characterized by their black sand and famous for their great possibilities for surfing.
The terrain in these first kilometers does not have great difficulties,however, the sand and water will make it hard. Several river mouths will have to be crossed in which it will be inevitable to get your feet wet.
Then we will move away from the beach and the terrain will begin to rise progressively, crossing small typical Balinese towns, along roads and trails very suitable for trailrunning.
As we move away from the beach the vegetation will begin to change and the typical Bali rice fields will begin to appear.
The goal of this first stage will be located in the rice fields of Jatiluwit. Declared a World Heritage Site since 2012. A spectacular arrival for this first stage.
The name "Jatiluwih" is not exactly easy to pronounce. But the most curious thing is its meaning, because in Balinese, Jati means “really” and Luwih “wonderful”. That is, the meaning of Jatiluwih is "really wonderful."
Once at the finish line, the coaches will take us to the next town of Bedugul, where we will recover from this first stage. Bedugul is a town in Indonesia located in the mountainous region of the center of the island of Bali, next to Lake Bratan and a few kilometers from Lakes Buyan and Tambligan. Due to its altitude of 1500 meters above sea level, providing a very pleasant and comfortable climate.
Without any doubts Lake Bratan with its Ulun Danu Beratan temple (or temple of water) is the star of the area, you will recognize it because it is the image of the 50,000 IDR banknotes. Runners who have time can enjoy a visit.
Once you regain strength in Bedugul, the second stage will begin. Perhaps the hardest in terms of distance and unevenness of the entire Bali Volcano Race.
Lake Bratan is the second largest lake on the Indonesian island of Bali. It is more than a thousand meters high. In its beginnings it was a volcano crater, which over time was flooded until it became the lake that it is now.
The first kilometers of the second stage, the runners will have the opportunity to enjoy the lakes in the area, Lake Buyan and Tablingan running along their sides.
The hardest part of this stage will begin from there. Constant ascent to the first volcano, the Gunung Lesong at about 1,862 meters above the sea surface. Its main feature is its well-defined volcanic cone and covered with a lush forest and an interior depression of more than 100 meters. and without vegetation inside.
After descending from Genung Lesong, we will go to the second and demanding ascent, this time to Gunung Batukaru, the highest altitude in the area, which has a height of 2,276 meters above sea level.
From here we will descend again to reach the Jatiluwih fields again, as in the first stage.
Undoubtfully, the stage with the longest distance and the most unevenness of the Bali volcano Race, and also, perhaps, the most demanding.
Once at the finish, the couches will take us to the town of Kintamani on the sides of Lake Batur.
We are in another of the emblematic places of Bali, The landscapes are marked by a rugged relief, dominated by Mount Batur, a volcano that is still active today. Lake Batur stretches at the foot of the volcano.
The Batur volcano is considered one of the most spectacular and accessible volcanoes in Indonesia. With its 1,717 mts. Above sea level, this volcano is the second holiest mountain in Bali, after Mount Agung.
The third stage begins at 5:00 a.m. in the early morning from Lake Kintamani.
As soon as the stage begins, the runners must ascend to the mythical Batur Volcano, where the first runners will be able to enjoy the sunrise from its summit, one of the most wonderful events in Bali.
After touring the entire crater of the volcano, we will descend to look for the lava area that surrounds the volcano. An arid area, with black sand that in the heat of the day can be very demanding, at the same time as incredible.
After crossing the entire lava plain, we will head north of Lake Batur, to begin a new ascent this time towards Mount Abang. At 2,150 meters, Mount Abang sits on the eastern edge of the lake Batur and is the third highest peak in Bali after Mount Agung and Mount Batukaru. The volcano is considered inactive and its nature is still quite intact and wild, little modified by the hand of man. The view from the top is excellent and when the sky is clear. We will only need the descent to the sides of Lake Batur where the hot springs will make our recovery easy after this, also, demanding stage.
From there, the coaches will take us to Ubud, one of the main artistic and cultural centers of Bali (which in turn is an artistic and cultural center of Indonesia) and as a consequence has developed an important tourism industry.
The city of Ubud is located inland and is considered the spiritual center of the island of Bali. A super cozy space where local inhabitants and tourists coexist in perfect harmony, among markets, Hindu temples, yoga centers, traditional restaurants, charming places and an exuberant nature. In its surroundings there are innumerable points of interest that have made this population a must-see destination when visiting Bali. There we will enjoy our well-deserved rest and prepare for the awards ceremony that will be the end of this trailrunning experience.