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Climbing Bali Mount Agung

Climbing Bali Mount Agung

Mt. Agung or Gunung Agung in Bali is an active volcano which is also the highest point on the island of Bali, Indonesia. It is believed, by the Balinese, to be a replica of Mt. Meru a holy mountain in Hindu as well as Buddhist cosmology. Legend has it that Mt. Agung is a part of Meru that was brought by the earliest Hindus to Bali. On the slopes of the mountain also lies Bali’s stunning Besakih Temple.

Mt. Agung’s last eruption occurred in 1963. Today, it is still an active volcano with a crater that is vast and extremely deep. If you climb up the peak of Mt. Agung, you may be able to see Mt. Rinjani’s peak, which lies on Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara, even though both of them are often covered in clouds.

Although the mountain’s latest eruption in 1963 killed hundreds of inhabitants, the lava flows missed Bali’s most important temple, Besakih Temple a.k.a the Mother Temple, which is considered a miracle by the Balinese. They believe that the gods did not want to devastate the temple, but they just wanted to show their power instead.

The mountain can be reached from two routes. The 1st route is from Besakih, taking you to the higher western mountain top and starting at approximately 3,610 feet. The 2nd route, which is estimated to take you 4 hours, leads you to the southern mountain top and starts higher from Pasar Agung Temple, near Selat. Throughout the dry season, a path to connect the western ascent with the southern ascent is accessible.

Whether you are an experienced or inexperienced climber, it is suggested to always use a tour guide when trying to climb Mt. Agung. You can get tour guides in Pasar Agung Temple and also in Besakih. If you want to climb the mountain from Besakih, you need to take note that it is relatively tough. Climbing the mountain is usually started at 10.00pm if you want to reach the peak at dawn. If you decide to do an overnight camp, you will reach about ¾ of your way up. Meanwhile, for a dawn arrival, climbing from Pasar Agung Temple is usually started at about 2.30am.

Climbing Mt. Agung is way tougher compared to the more popular climb of Mt. Batur. Unlike climbing Mt. Agung, reaching the top of the mountain doesn’t require you to use ropes. You should be ready of mild altitude sickness that may happen and you should always carry warm and water-resistant clothing since unpleasant weather conditions can develop fast. It is recommended to reach the peak at dawn to avoid clouds covering the top that happens usually from 9.00am onwards. Please also note that no water is available along the path, so you should always bring enough water. It is recommended to climb Mt. Agung when it is the dry season to avoid landslides or flooding.

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