Hiking in Munduk village should be on top of your list if you love hiking in a lush tropical paradise. The area has been designed for this kind of activity and here are at least 12 hiking trails you can choose. Some of these Munduk hiking trails are easily carried out with a local guide to have background information about the area, which is easily arranged in Munduk village.
It is great to have someone with you who is sort of a walking encyclopedia so that it is not necessary for you to flip through specialized guide books by yourself. Please don’t worry about the cost, it’s just about $25 USD for an experienced English speaking guide that last for 2 until 3 hours. The guide will take you along the “Loop Track” which starts in Munduk village and then take you passing villages, their plantations into the mountains of Munduk. The highlight of the track is the two waterfalls namely Red Coral and Laangan. The hike is not that intensive, only the steps up will make you sweaty. Besides plants and herbs, the guide will provide you information about how was Munduk in the past, all the developments and eco initiatives that have occurred.
If you would like to go hiking around Munduk, here are the 12 hikes offered:
1. Red Coral (“Tanah Barak” in Balinese language) Waterfall Trek, lasts 2 hours, easy level. Its highlights are cloves, vanilla, avocado and Bali coffee plantations and Red Coral Waterfall.
2. Loop trek that contains a number of waterfalls in Munduk, last 2 until 3 hours, moderate level. Its highlights are Red Coral waterfall, walking along small river bank and Laangan Waterfall which is the highest one in Bali.
3. Environmental trek combining waterfall and rice fields, last 3 until 4 hours, easy level. Its highlights are Red Coral waterfall, walking along small riverbank to Dayang village and rice field views.
4. Inter Village trek, lasting for 4 until 5 hours, moderate level. Its highlights are the biggest and oldest banyan tree in Bali, to Bolangan for terraced rice field views.
5. Stone Water Spring Trek, lasting for 3 until 4 hours, easy to moderate level. Its Highlights are Batumejajah settlement where water comes out of stones, coffee, vanilla and clove plantations, rice terraces and Balinese villages.
6. Dutch colonial trek, lasting for 4 until 6 hours, challenging level. Its highlights are Pesanggrahan where the first guest house in Bali was founded in 1906, Balinese villages with rice terraces, coffee and clove plantations, Lake Tamblingan and alternative hiking route or transfer by car to Munduk.
7. Subak trek (“subak” is a traditional Balinese water distribution system), lasting for 2 until 3 hours, easy level. Its highlights are Subak Suradadi, herbs and spices, Dayang village, traditional tunnel and public bathing place.
8. Mendaum Riverside trek, lasts for 3 to 4 hours, moderate level. Its highlights are by car to Mundukan Tingkih village, walking along river banks, Laangan waterfall which is the highest one in Bali.
9. Tropical Fruit trek, lasting for 3 to 4 hours, moderate level. Its highlights are by car to Bestala village, visiting nearby villages, traditional genggong music (based on request). In Kayu Putih village there is ancient sarcophagus or pre-historic sandstone coffins and several fruits in season in which the best time is to visit is in November to January.
10. Inter Lake Trek, last for 2 until 4 hours, moderate level (in which transport and canoe are not included). Its highlights are by car to Lake Buyan, a vegetable and strawberry plantation center, temples, Telaga Aya which is the canal connecting Lake Buyan with Lake Tamblingan.
11. Historical Trek, lasting for 3 to 4 hours, moderate level. Its highlights are route of the ancient Majapahit expeditions, visiting ruins, Lake Tamblingan, transfer by car to Munduk.
12. Balinese patriots long march trek, lasting for 3 to 4 hours, moderate level. Its highlights are route through mountain posts of the Balinese patriots who confronted the Dutch in 1945-1950, Balinese villages and plantations, view of the oldest and biggest banyan tree in Bali.
If you really would like to get away from the crowds of modern life, heading to the mountain village of Munduk and stay at this retreat surrounded by gardens and panorama of mountains is a great choice. Swimming pools are also available here. If you enjoy Munduk why not take it up a notch and go climbing up to the peak of Mount Abang, Mount Batukaru, Mount Batur or Mount Agung.