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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. A visit to Mount Agung represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tulamben itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Unfortunately we went on a bit of a cloudy day and when we finally reached the crater we couldn't see anything further than 10m in front of us. Basically make sure it's a clear, sunny day or it's a bi...  more »
  • Comment as a moderate budget traveller. We left for Padang Bai by scooter. Wake up to 00:15 time to make the trip (it climbs, but no need to put foot ashore, beautiful road). We opted for a departure from the Pasar Agung Temple (being the shortest but steepest). We could take a guide directly from the parking lot (which is cheaper than a round with transport etc). Mounted in 3 hours and 45 minutes with including breaks (we opted for the highest peak, cad 3031 m). Got to the top at 5:30 (first come). Extraordinary landscapes on Rinjani, Batur, Abang, Munduk, Amed, the sea... Provide hiking shoes (the floor may be slippery on the descent especially) and warm clothing to the Summit. Descent long, very long, especially for the knees! But we find the view down from the volcano. Note that we did not have Vertigo (no ravines for example) but the hike didn't rest not a walk Sunday morning either fun!
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  • We made up our minds to get to the summit before sunrise and we didn't regret one bit of it, except... the weather Here are a few key takeaways 1. Don't go unless you are physically FIT and under 40. ...  more »

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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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