Adventure with Hiking the Highest Mount in Bali
Gunung Agung (Agung Mount) is the highest mountain on the small Indonesian island of Bali. Although peaks rise higher on Irian Jaya, Sumatra, Lombok, and Java, Bali’s status as Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination makes Agung perhaps the most-climbed high peak in the country. It located in Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia. Mount Agung Bali stands 3,142 meters above sea level and holiest mountain as it is believed as the home of the God.
Agung Mount’s Information
Agung is a volcano with an enormous and very deep crater that occasionally vents out smoke and steam. The highest point is on the southwest part of the rim, a barren and rocky hill of fine volcanic rock. The summit area is above the treeline, due to the high winds and sterilizing effects of recent volcanic activity, but it is my understanding that the summit never sees any snow. Still, the weather of the surrounding rainforests of Bali is almost always cloudy, and the potentially awesome view of the entire island spread out beneath you is extrmely rare.
The hiking routes or track
1. From Besakih (west) to the summit. This is a demanding climb starting close to Besakih Temple. The ascent will take about 6 to 7 hours and ends at the very highest point of the mountain. The final hour or so is exceptionally demanding often requiring ascent on all fours.
2. From Pura Pasar Agung (south) to crater rim above Pura Pasar temple. The climb starts directly at Pasar Agung Temple at an altitude of about 1,550 meters and brings you up to about 2,800 meters, resulting in a total ascend of about 1,250 meters. It generally takes three to four hours, however, experienced climbers in good condition hike up in less than two and a half hours and go down in one and a half hours. The first third of the climb is a dusty path through a forest (which can be very slippery in the dry season). During the second third you will walk over broken rock and the final third includes some climbing over solified lava. 2.1 From Pura Pasar Agung (south) to summit. The climb starts directly at Pasar Agung Temple and initially follows the same path towards the crater rim above Pura Pasar, but there is a junction point at roughly 2500m altitude where you can decide to continue up towards the rim (1h45m up), or turn left and circle around to reach the summit in 3-4 hours from that junction. It is not well marked but the local guides know it. Not recommended to try this without a guide unless you are an experienced mountaineer. There are apparently red-white dot marks like in Austrian mountains but they aren’t easy to find especially if you get clouds coming in.
3. From Duku Bujangga Sakti (north). A seldom used route but one which is most appropriate for less experienced trekkers and the slightly less physically fit. The ascent starts at 300 metres and involves an overnight camp at 1,700 metres, before the final ascent in the pre-dawn hours the following day. This route also allows you to walk around the rim of the crater to the absolute summit of the mountain. If you hiking this mount, you will see the all of Bali Island. If you want to be a challenger adventure tours who thinks that trekking or climbing is spectacular, this trek will be good choice for you. The amazing sunrise from the peak of Mount Agung as you’ve never seen from other places. August is the best month to hike this summit because you can see the cumulus clouds which look like cotton. You also can see Mount Rinjani outside of the Bali Island that is located at Lombok Island.