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Mount Agung A Hike To The Best Sunrise View

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As the highest peak in the island of Gods. Mount Agung is an adventurer top choice to conquer. Stands tall about 3031 above sea level. Mount Agung was known as the mother of the most famous temple Besakih. The largest and holiest temple in Bali located in the slopes of the mountain.

Mount Agung is an active volcano with a stratovolcano-type crater. It sometimes forms high fungus-shaped smoke in the morning. From Besakih Temple, Mount Agung looks conical and pointed perfectly. The mountain has a circular crater shape and wide.

Visitors can enjoy the most scenic panoramas of Bali from the top. Mount Agung has a wide crater with active magma. The air on the slope of Mount Agung is very cool. There are many farm fields in the slope of Mount Agung.

View From The Top. Img: wikicommons/Skyseeker

The locals growing vegetables and fruits for their living. They sometimes offer their harvest to the tourist. People coming there can buy and bargain directly with the farmer. A rare moment and experience that can’t be found in the big city. In the dawn, Mount Agung is shroud by a fog thin.

History of Mount Agung

People coming to Mount Agung is looking for a great shot. Interact with the local people and taking pictures of the locals. The locals in the village are known for their politeness and hospitality.

There are some ancient sites on Mount Agung. Visitors can see the ancient statues and holy water pool not far from the slope. For people living in the village, the sites are considered sacred.

Agung Mountain is a perfect challenge to climb. Some hiker and climber suggest it’s not a mountain for a beginner. For the locals, Mount Agung is the center of everything.

View of the mountain. Img: wikicommons/Ben Godfrey
View of the mountain. Img: wikicommons/Ben Godfrey

Mount Agung is a sacred and holy place for Hindu people in Bali. Based on the ancient book from Bali, called Lontar. The people believe that Agung Mountain came from the top of Himalaya Mountain. The mighty God brought to Bali Island to stabilize the land.

There are mountains surrounding the mountain. In the eastside, there is Mount Lempuyang for Ghnijaya God. Mount Bratan is in the west for Watukuru God. The north is Mount Mangu for Danawa God. The south is Mount Andakasa a place of Tugu God.

Summit to Mount Agung

There are three ways to go to the peak of Mount Agung. One entrance includes going through Besakih Temple. The second one is through Agung market. The most chosen entrance is going through Besakih Temple.

Village on the slope of the mountain. Img: wikicommons/Starco
Village on the slope of the mountain. Img: wikicommons/Starco

The hiking trails through Besakih Temple is the most challenging trail. But at the end of the trail hikers can achieve 3.031-meter summit. Besakih hiking trail also passing 3 sacred places, Pesimpangan Temple, Tirta Giri Kusuma and Kori Agung.

The ascend will take 6-7 hours to get to the top. And approximately 5 hours to get down. Most of the trail is straight up and involve climbing. But once at the peak, hiker will get an access to a 360-degree view of Bali and the volcano crater.

Going through the Agung Market is probably a better option for an inexperienced one. The trail is not as hard as going through Besakih Temple. The ascend also less than what it takes compared to the opposite entrance. Commonly, people will need 4-5 hours to get to the highest point.

A dog in Mount Agung
A dog in The Highest Mountain in Bali. Img: wikicommons/Jesse Wagstaff

Mount Agung is very compatible for a visitor who loves nature. The track to the top of Mount Agung is challenging. Be prepared for a physical and mental strain.

Best Time To Summit Mount Agung

The recommendation time to catch a sunrise is going in the midnight. Many hiker prefers to starts at 11:00 pm. Some will prefer to start at 02:00 am. It depends on the person walking pace.

What To Brings To Summit Mount Agung

Unless all the preparation is arranged by the guide. Bring enough water, pack a chocolate bar, sandwich or any food for breakfast. Bring a backpack and camera. Wear hiking boots, long pants, and warm jacket.

A headlamp, walking stick and pair of the glove should be on the checklist. Considered the trip starts at midnight. Make sure to hike as a group even better with a local guide. The locals living in the village will try to offer to guide. Before choosing any guide from the village. Make sure to agree on the price.

Sunrise from the top of the mountain. Img: wikicommons/Azhar J

As the holy and sacred mountain in Bali, visitors are expected to respect and following the ground rule. Visitor is not allowed to say any bad word, swearing and eating beef.

How To Get To Mount Agung

From Denpasar, visitors will have to spend an hour drive to get to the entrance. Half an hour from Ubud. Cost for transportation from Denpasar to the entrance point approximately is IDR 150.000.-. From Ubud, it will cost around IDR 100.000.-

The most convenient way is staying near the area. Not only it will save more times. It allows more time to prepare.

Facilities Around Mount Agung

Visitors can easily find and arrange summit packages to Mount Agung around the area. The packages offer by the locals or a tour company. The range of summit package cost vary around IDR 950.000.- to IDR 3.000.000,-

This fee usually includes breakfast, local guide, transportation from the hotel (Kuta, Nusa Dua, Seminyak, Denpasar, Sanur area).

Mount Agung Address & Location

Mount Agung is located in the Jungutan district, Rendang, Kecamatan Karangasem. Kabupaten Karangasem 80863

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