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Mountain Biking in Bali
Trip Overview
11 Day Mountain Bike Adventure in Bali, including half day whitewater rafting and snorkelling. (Optional extension 3 day surf/surf lessons)
Time Of Year: April - November
Price: £1145
Duration: 11 days (+ optional 3 day extension)
Departure Point: Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
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Bali has been attracting tourists since the early 1900ís, with news of its exotic women and itís unique Balinese Hindu culture attracting travelers from around the globe. This was followed in the 1930ís by the discovery of itís surfing waves along the south coast, where the present day tourist resorts are based. We leave the crowds on the south coast, and go in search of Baliís unique scenery and culture, as well as some fantastic mountain biking moments that will remain with you long after you have returned home.

Bali is an island where flat land is extremely rare and mountain biking in Bali is characterised by steep ups and downs. Although there is an overall down-hill emphasis on the majority of rides, everyday includes some steep uphill sections. The trails are on a diverse range of surfaces from forest trails and compact red-mud to volcanic sand, lava and dust and there is as much singletrack as we can cram in.
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Itinerary
The trip starts in the Central volcanoes spending the first day in the saddle on the northern side of the volcanoes where the trail passes 2 crater lakes and ends with a superb 16km of down hill. The following day we ride around the rim of the famous Batur Crater finishing the ride across the vast lava field. After spending the night in the caldera we have an early morning ascent of the volcanic cone before an epic downhill ride to the south coast.

The following day is a rest day in the buzzing town of Ubud, the cultural capital of Bali with an optional white water rafting trip down the Ayung river.

The impressive Agung & Abang volcanoes sets the stage for the next couple of days including a dramatic 1200m descent to the east coast, where we spend the following day snorkelling over a famous Japanese wreck, more riding or just taking things easy.

The final days are based around some stunning ridge-top rides in the Karangasem region with a blast down a fast flowing river as a finale to this exhilarating adventure.

Day 1
Arrival at Denpasar (Ngurah Rai) airport. You will be met by one of the team and transported to your Hotel.
(Evening meal included)

Day 2
Free day to recover from the long journey, assemble the bikes, and explore the tourist areas of Bali. Optional ride around the local area to loosen up before a free evening to unwind or sample some of the legendary Kuta nightlife.
(Breakfast included)

Day 3
A short transfer Lake Buyan, one of three crater lakes in the Central volcanoes. We then follow small trails through the pristine sub-tropical rain forest which borders the lake and after a short Ďbike n hikeí section continue on past lake Tamblingan. This is follwed by a short truck ride to the start of an amazing 16km descent on jeep and singletrack along the northern side of the volcanoes and down towards the north coast. 35km of riding.
(All meals included)

Day 4
We transfer to Penulisan on the rim of the Batur crater and its highest point at 1700 m. The first part of the trail is on a broken tarmac road through cool pine forests. The road changes to jeep track and ultimately singletrack that takes us along the ridge top with superb views of the crater, and on a clear day down to the east coast. We continue on into the crater itself down the famous Ďlung busting hillí and onwards on small sand trails, finishing our ride by crossing the 1997 lava field on a small cobbled track. The night is spent in the crater in a small village next to the crater lake. 35km of riding.
(All meals included)

Day 5
Optional hike up Mt Batur (which rises around 700 m from the caldera floor) to watch the sunrise over this amazing landscape. We then have a short transfer t the start of our epic mountain to coast descent. We descend into a bamboo and pine gully, followed by hard and fast hard-pack jeep track through orange groves and vegetable farms, on down the side of a huge ravine on challenging singletrack and out on to the rice paddy plains where we navigate along rice bungs and irrigation channels down to the south coast. The night is spent in Ubud. 50km of riding.
(All meals included)

Day 6
Free time in Ubud. Spend the day exploring the many markets, shops and Art galleries, go to a spa and have a massage, take a white water raft down the Ayung river (optional) or, if you want to ride, why not repeat some of yesterdays great down-hill sections. The night life is thriving with lots of good places to eat and drink.
(Breakfast included)

Day 7
Starting on the edge of the Batur crater we head down hill for 8km before turning east and climbing steadily through pine forests for 10km to the top of a mountain pass between Mt Abang and Agung for lunch. This is an extremely remote part of the Island and we then descend down to the east coast, cruising down dry river beds and through cashew nut plantations.We overnight in a small fishing village called Amed. Ride length 35-45 km
(All meals included)

Day 8
Free day in Amed. The area offers ample opportunities to snorkel or dive, with two wrecks to be explored. There are also options for those that want more riding.
(Breakfast included)

Day 9
A day of small intricate trails through a mix of different environments. Starting high on the slopes of Mt. Agung, the trail descends via a network of singletrack paths which weave their way through shady coconut and bamboo groves. We continue on through stone cutting and carving villages and rock quarries until we reach a little known but spectaculr Water Palace at JungutanAfter lunchthere is a short downhill ride before we ascend to the top of a ridge. We ride down the crest of the ridge towards the sea, with great views on either side and finally drop down into the next valley via a crazy hill (options to walk this section). The night is sent in Padang Bai. 40km of riding.
(All meals included)

Day 10
Today we start at around 1200m, at a temple high up the slopes of Mount Agung. The ride navigates itís way around the top of a huge ravine and then follows a small single track path along the side of the ravine. The path continues through a large rock quarry and on down some fast sections of jeep track until we reach village of Muncan. After lunch it's whitewater rafting on the Telaga Waja River- another wild ride to end this amazing adventure holiday. Ride length 20kms. Night in Padang Bai.
(All meals included)

Day 11
Transfer back to the airport for international flight home.
(All meals included)

Optional 3 Day Extension
Surfing or surf lessons on Bali's fabled surf friendly coast line.
(All meals included)

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Trip Dossier
The trip dossier contains full and detailed information of the trip including:
  • Full Trip Itinerary
  • What is included in the trip
  • Getting to Bali
  • Visa Requirements
  • Exchange Rates
  • Climate
  • Injections
  • Travelling with your bike
  • Bike Hire
  • Kit List
This information can be used by those requiring more detailed information before making a decision about a trip, and should be downloaded and digested by all those booking a trip
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Dates & Pricing
Price includes: Airport pick-up and drop off, all accommodation, all meals (where stated in the itinerary), all transport and back-up vehicle, guides, 1 whitewater rafting trip.
Excludes: personal insurance, meals not covered in the itinerary, personal drinks (soft drinks, beer etc.), tips, international flight, bike hire, 2nd whitewater rafting trip.
Bali Mountain Bike Adventure
June 2011 11 days £1145
August 2011 11 days £1145
Optional Surfing/Surf Lessons Extension 3 days / 5 Days £195 / £295
Deposit £250
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