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Mount Agung, Bali

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Climb to the highest point in Bali at Mount Agung, an active volcano. Although it has not erupted since 1964, the volcano still belches smoke and ash occasionally from its large, deep crater. The Balinese believe the volcano to be a replica of Mount Meru, the central axis of the universe according to Hindu mythology. Climb to the lip of the crater, or continue on all the way to the summit to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Along the way, stop at one of the largest and holiest Hindu temples in Bali, which features stepped terraces and courtyards centered around a lotus throne. Unfortunately, a local syndicate operating in and around the temple targets tourists, forcing them to pay for a guide to accompany them to see the majority of the temple. The ascent to the summit does not require special mountain climbing experience or equipment, but inexperienced trekkers should take a guide. Wear sturdy shoes, and warm, layered clothing, including waterproof attire. Note that cloud cover obscures the view from 9 a.m. onwards. To visit Mount Agung and other attractions in Tulamben, use our Tulamben trip planner .
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  • October 4, 2017
    After having booked our trek to ubud for 1 200 000 for two, the taxi comes to pick you up at your hotel between 11:30 and midnight. The road to the starting point takes about 1 h 30. Arrived in the parking lot we find our guide that we share stroke another couple and a score of other people who will climb stroke us the Summit each stroke his guide. Departure around 2: 00, we will begin with climb hundreds of steps pr reach the temple, first laying prayer, small warm-up. Start of the ascent by a walk in the forest dirt trail. After an hour, we arrive on the most complicated part of the course, difficulty that will not diminish to the top. A path made of rocks, very steep (one wonders even how we going to go down) where helping hands very often. The ascent is punctuated by numerous breaks, the pace is not fast. Last break before the Summit, last straight line and the Sun finally under our very eyes offering a wonderful, a real special moment as say the Balinese. The cold is by however terrible, think to bring extra sweaters, gloves, hoods or caps are not too! I'm not necessarily a big sports and I went up to the top without great difficulty. In summary challenging ascent, painful but not difficult physically, cold, night, the trail very steep and actually type of rocks you climb.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Mountain Agung 有2條路線,一條從Besakih Temple 出發,單程6~7小時,到火山口3031m處。另一條從Pasar Agung Temple標高約1563m處出發,單程約4小時,網上資料寫全長8km(我的手機Gps測得來回應超過11km)爬昇1200m,抵到山頂2850m,我們選擇了後者。一路下雨,到了山頂天氣放晴,看到日出,很累卻很值得。  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    Wonderful view. The ascent to the mount is friendly and the views are beautiful. Restaurant styles all in and funny.
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  • July 19, 2017
    Our nocturnal ascent on Mount Agung was literally the highlight of our holiday in Bali. From our bamboo hut near Candidasa we arranged a private guide who picked us up at 1AM to travel to the Besakih Temple, the starting point of the trail to the top. Around 2 am we were at about 1500m altitude at the Besakih Temple ready for the climb. The climb is doable for non-experienced hikers, but you need some level of fitness to complete this challenge. The last 300m are pretty tough, means climbing bare rocks with both hands and feet. The sunrise from the summit at 2800m is an unforgettable moment. What a view! The descent is fortunately easier than the climb. The ascent took us about 4 hours and the descent somewhat over 3 hours.
  • June 15, 2017
    Very challenging walk from Besakih temple. We decided to do it in 2 legs to see both sunset and sunrise First - 4.5h climb to last base camp at about 2800m, pitched tent at sunset. Second - 45m climb to the summit at 5am, enjoyed the sunrise, beautiful scenery, views to Limbok/Rinjani, and all across Bali. One thing to note, the temperature drops to single digits, so proper camping gear required should you decide to camp on the mountain. P.S. I might have too many photos of Agung, but it's 100% worse it. The best thing I did in Bali.
  • May 2, 2017
    The view is beautiful..3142 Mosl, with stone on lon trek, see How far you can bear...
  • February 16, 2017
    there is a lovely scenery and there are normally beautiful sunsets. don't forget to bring your camera!
  • April 28, 2017
    Lovely views over to the mountain

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Tulamben remains a small, quiet town built around a single tourist attraction. Still, it offers a number of lodging options. Several budget-friendly bed and breakfasts, hostels, and motels sit on roadside locations, convenient for exploring the rest of the island and ideal for the backpacker. Head along the shore for slightly more luxurious options with better amenities--perfect if you're planning on spending a little longer in Tulamben.
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