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Elevation: 3,031 m (9,944 ft) Prominence: 3,031 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerSangat Tinggi Province: Bali
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Eruptions: 1808, 1843, 1963-64

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Gn Rinjani at sunrise, 85km to the east, as seen from Agung, Bali (Wolfgang Piecha, June 2011)Gn Rinjani at sunrise, 85km to the east, as seen from Agung, Bali (Wolfgang Piecha, June 2011)
Gn Rinjani at sunrise, 85km to the east, as seen from Agung, Bali (Wolfgang Piecha, June 2011)
Gn Rinjani just after sunrise, 85km to the east, as seen from Agung, Bali (Wolfgang Piecha, June 2011)Gn Rinjani just after sunrise, 85km to the east, as seen from Agung, Bali (Wolfgang Piecha, June 2011)
Gn Rinjani just after sunrise, 85km to the east, as seen from Agung, Bali (Wolfgang Piecha, June 2011)
View of the giant old caldera north west of Agung, with Batur in the centre and views of Lake Batur (right) and Gn Abang (left) (Wolfgang Piecha, June 2011)View of the giant old caldera north west of Agung, with Batur in the centre and views of Lake Batur (right) and Gn Abang (left) (Wolfgang Piecha, June 2011)
View of the giant old caldera north west of Agung, with Batur in the centre and views of Lake Batur (right) and Gn Abang (left) (Wolfgang Piecha, June 2011)
Wide panorama on the caldera of Agung (Wolfgang Piecha, June 2011)Wide panorama on the caldera of Agung (Wolfgang Piecha, June 2011)
Wide panorama on the caldera of Agung (Wolfgang Piecha, June 2011)

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Bagging It!

This Ribu is the highest point on the popular island of Bali and holds incredible spiritual significance for the Balinese. It is still an active volcano, and the last major eruption was in 1963. Folklore has it that when the deities made mountains for their thrones they set the highest peak in the east, the direction of honor to the Balinese. In every temple a shrine is dedicated to the spirit of Gunung Agung. The tapering form of cremation towers, pagodas, and even temple offerings bear the shape of a mountain, mirroring reverences for this holy volcano. Every aspect of Bali’s geography and ecology is influenced by the towering range of volcanic peaks that dominate the island. They have created its landforms, periodically regenerated its soil, and helped to produce the dramatic downpours which provide the island with life-giving water. The Balinese recognize these geophysical facts of life, and the island’s many volcanoes, lakes and springs are considered by them to be sacred.

There are two routes to reach the crater rim which leave from different places. If you aim to reach the highest point of Gunung Agung then one needs to depart from Pura Besaki, Bali’s most sacred temple. The best guides are to be found in the nearby village of Selat. However if you are happy to reach the rim which is short by about 150 meters from the very top, then start hiking from Pura Pasar Agung which is Bali’s highest elevated temple. Views from both sides are just spectacular.

To reach the summit from Pura Besakih takes approximately 6 hours, and many people climb at night in order to reach the top for sunrise. Pura Besakih is not one temple but a vast complex of temples sprawling across the mountain side. For most visitors the first impression is of the hundreds of towering meru, their many tiered roofs of black palm fibre thatching pointing skyward. Their structural core, is an unobstructed square tunnel down which deities, ancestor, and spirits can descend on festive occasions to take their places in the shrines at their base. Pura Besakih is a landing field for the Gods.

The central temple in the complex, Pura Penataran Agung, is dedicated to the God Shiwa. Pura Batu Madeg (Temple of the Standing Stone), approached from behind the Pura Agung and to the left (northwest) is dedicated to Wisnu. Pura Kiduling Kreteg (Temple of the South Bridge) over a bridge and across a gully to the right (southeast) is dedicated to Brahma. There are nineteen more temples spreading up the mountain slopes, each with its own purpose and ceremonial season, but the three dedicated to the Hindu trinity are the most important. Almost every day village groups come to pray and collect holy water to take home for local temple ceremonies, or to pay their respects upon completion of the complicated cycle rituals.
Each temple in the complex has its own annual ceremony and approximately every tenth year the impressive Panca Wali Krama, a purification for the whole of Bali, draws almost everyone on the island to refresh their links to the Gods.

If you wish to be on the summit for sunrise then it is wise to spend the night prior to the adventure at one of the home stays that are easy to find at the parking area of the temple. Your home stay will also organize your compulsory guide that is absolutely essential for successful climb. Estimate six hours for your hike to the summit which includes 45 minutes of rest time, meaning that you need to start your extremely exhausting but most memorable adventure around midnight. The first 45 minutes will lead you past the mother temple (927m) , and then along vegetable plantations following an actual trek that is used by worshipers to reach the last temple (Pura Bangpuhan, at 1,182m) belonging to the Besakih temple complex. Once you pass the temple, cross the parking area and then the path leads slightly downhill before ascending past two recently cleared open fields. This will take a good 20 minutes ending at the entrance of the forest, (1,316 metres) where the actual fun starts.

For the next three to four hours a good torch or much better a high quality head light is absolutely essential, as the dense forest prevents any moonlight from penetrating down to the track. The first hour and half is steep but still comfortable and often broken by flatter passages across ridges. This first 1/3 of the uphill struggle ends at a point which we call the “super root ”, (1,723 metres) a very steep section across some massive roots offering good grip.

The following two hours are very tough, steep and often very slippery. Here one starts to realize why Gunung Agung is without doubt one of the hardest volcanoes in Indonesia to climb, as the path leads straight up towards the summit and not crisscross up a flank like found on most hills in Europe. At an altitude of 2200 meter the forest gradually gets less dense and with it the path starts to become stonier and often covered by loose gravel offering an additional challenge. After four hours of hard and strenuous slow climbing our so called base camp (2,622 metres) is reached. This is an area which offers very little space for two tents and is often used by local hikers as a resting point before heading to the summit for the sunrise.

The next section, which is a good 300 metres long, climbs just over 100 metres altitude and is the only part of the entire hike where utmost care needs to be taken. This is the only area where one could fall over a cliff and with it get seriously injured. The final hour of the climb continues to be very steep and frustratingly slow going. You reach the final cone of the volcano which is very rocky at the lower section. The last 100 metres before the first summit are not that steep anymore but offer terrific views of the highest point of Gunung Agung which is about 350 meters ahead to the East. Once again at this point extra care must be taken from the often howling trade winds which can gust up to 100km an hour. There are several cracks in the ground offering protection from these freezing cold winds. Especially during the months of June, July, August and September we were several times forced to quit here as it was simply too dangerous to continue with our quest. This first summit is actually only 11 metres lower than the highest summit.

The final 15-20 minutes along the ridge are an absolute joy. By now the sunrise is only minutes away and the entire horizon is painted with the warm colours only found during tropical sunrise. Despite the glory in the distance one needs to watch every step along the mostly less then one metre wide track. Missing a step could easily result in a disaster as on both sides the mountain falls down several hundred metres. About half way across the ridge there is one last technical passage which requires the utmost of attention, as the path winds in the shape of a horseshoe around and up a recent rock slide. This section is very slippery and offers very little grip and is best conquered going up on all fours or downwards on your backside.

Once past this section, there is only 100 metres left to the summit of a very special mountain, offering some of the best volcanic views in Indonesia. The crater is an impressive 700 metres in diameter. For most Balinese Gunung Agung is very simply their holy mountain and only very few ever consider actually venturing to the top of this sacred volcano. The catastrophic eruption of 1963 killed over 20,000 people and left an everlasting deep respect for this life giving and life taking mountain of the Gods. Many maps still list Agung as being over 3140m high – in truth it is approximately 100 metres less than that as a result of the powerful 1963 eruption.

Every summit is very special in it’s own way and Gunung Agung is certainly not different. What makes this mountain very different is the fact that after 6 long and extremely physically demanding hours you reach the summit of a mountain towards which every single building and temple on Bali is orientated. Not a day passes in the lives of every Balinese where not at least once a day he visits his temple at home for a prayer in respect of the holy mountain and Pura Besakih the mother temple.
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Shorter hike to the crater rim only: The route from Pura Pasar Agung reaches the crater rim but you cannot get to the summit. There are always guides waiting at the car park of Pura Pasar Agung (1,575m). The hiking adventure starts at the car park with a welcoming or heart breaking 297 steps to, or from the temple. At the gates of the temple, guides will make an offering to the Gods, to ask for forgiveness, protection and a safe return from this sacred mountain. It would be terrific if you also show your respect and light up a few incense sticks, place them on one of the shrines and say your own short prayer as a sign of respect to the people and culture of Bali.

The path first leads to the left around the temple, past a couple of water reservoirs tanks, from where you have beautiful views of the temple. Then across a small opening in the woods and then immediately into very steep and dense high alpine rainforest. The track climbs steeply up a narrow path that is carved by deep ravines and littered by countless roots from magnificent tall trees often requiring hands and feet to scramble over. If you depart at 2.30 am for a sunrise at the summit then a good torch light is absolutely essential to illuminate the path. More practical is a headlight allowing you to keep your hands free.
After a good hour the forest gets gradually lighter and less dense and eventually the path passes a small concrete dam which channels rainwater from the higher mountain region into PVC pipes back to the reservoirs just above Pura Pasar Agung. This normally marks the first third of the track. Here the path flattens for a couple of metres and offers good views on the return journey.

After a short flatter passage across a small ridge the path now inclines again rather steeply, but this time up the first rocky surfaces. Here the forest is not as dense anymore and every metre altitude gained offers increasingly better views of Bali far below. At times this section can be slippery, especially after recent rainfall. There are several short and steep drops requiring your hands for additional safety, but definitely nothing to worry about. This next section will take about 1 hour of continuous hard steep hiking ending once the vegetation gives way to pure volcanic rock surface. If you depart Pura Pasar Agung around 4 am, by now the horizon will be lit up by early morning light, making the remaining route clearly visible.

At this stage (2,425m) it is crucial to be lead by your local guide as there is no more clearly visible path ahead. The only signs of the track are countless graffiti painted by local mountaineers over the years. If you are on the way up, and should for some unexplained reason become separated from your guides then simply follow these markings up to the top. However on the way down those markings are rather difficult to see and should you be unlucky to experience a weather change with thick mist and fog, then you are in deep trouble.

The final third of the track is very steep, rocky and at times very slow going and often slippery, but what a small price to pay for the dramatic scenery unfolding in every direction. Two-thirds of Bali including the coastline as well as the neighbouring islands of Lombok, Nusa Lemongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Dua far below you. Then to the West the entire mountain ranges of Bali including the towering volcanoes of East Java in the misty distance. Finally ahead of you a rugged mountaintop with the the peak of Gunung Agung high above to the left, which is separated by a deep – and impossible to pass – volcanic ravine.

The last third will take a good 1 to 1 1/2 hours of very hard work, and concentrated high altitude climbing. The final 75 metres are not as steep and the going gets suddenly easier which increases the personal satisfaction. The view from the rim (2,866m) is simply breathtaking. Volcanic scenery at its best. Here your guides will make offerings and prayers to the Gods and thank them for protecting everyone on their journey as well as for the joy received by reaching the top.

Eventually the decision has to be made to start the long, hard and strenuous journey back towards Pasar Agung – a journey that will take about as long as it takes to get up.

Bagging information provided by Heinz von Holzen

Practicalities

Getting there Car hire is easy and cheap in Bali and drivers should know the starting points.
Accommodation There is some very basic accommodation near Pura Besakih but guests have reported bed bugs! Better stay in one of the main hotel areas.
Permits Not necessary but have a photocopy of your passport just incase.
Water sources Take sufficient supplies with you.
Recommended Hotel: Great Mountain Views Villa Resort Agung Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): ubud

Location

Origins and Meaning

‘Great’ mountain in Balinese/Indonesian.

Links and References

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31 entries for “Agung”

  1. avatar

    I did this climb back in ’88 with Son No.1 who was then just 11.

    If you pass by Jakartass Towers, Dan, have a look at – ahem – my etchings. One is of Agung as the sun rose.

    Posted by Jakartass | October 29, 2009, 10:33
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    Lovely stuff. My own experience was somewhat less pleasant – leeches, wind, torrential rain, vertical muddy slopes and an utterly sodden jumper at 5am. Will be going back next year to hopefully admire the view from the puncak.

    Posted by Dan | November 10, 2009, 12:56
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    If you’re booking a package (transport + guide) for the Agung climb, be very clear which route you want. In Ubud a few days ago, I booked what I thought was the climb from Pura Besakih (as I wanted to go to the true summit), but turned out to be from Pura Pasar Agung. It was a great hike with excellent views from the crater rim, just didn’t get quite as high as I expected! I’ll just have to go back and climb it again :-)

    Personally I found the climb *down* to be far more challenging than the climb up. If you’re prone to knee pain, pop a couple of ibuprofen pills before the descent.

    Posted by Gerry Beauregard | June 5, 2010, 21:52
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    This just in from Heinz von Holzen…..

    “Finally we found route #3 up to the summit of Agung.
    When back in Bali you must attempt this rout, which is without question one of the most exciting climbs in the whole of Indonesia. You depart from Pasar Agung and follow the normal trek for a bit more then one hour. What follows is 100% excitement. Not to be recommended to the faint hearted, as there are several difficult to pass passages. We will do the same path shortly again and then take a rope for additional safety. Roman was a bit shaky. It only takes a bit more then 3 1/2 hours of which 2 1/2 are most memorable. Guide absolute essential
    Contact I Kadek Budi on HP: 085 238 421 298″

    Posted by Dan | August 8, 2010, 22:11
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    Successfully reached the true summit from Pura Pasar Agung last week – along with Heinz, Roman and one of the very few guides who know this route. Not an easy hike by any means (even with an expert guide) and definitely not recommended to anyone who hasn’t already climbed the mountain numerous times via the conventional routes. Shortly after a cement pillar at 2,510m you have to head down to the left (west) and cross the boulder-strewn southern face of the mountain. There are lots of ravines and places where it would be easy to twist your ankle but what initially looks almost impossible is not actually as hard as it first appears. However, in bad weather it would be madness to attempt this route. There is a lone pine tree surrounded by all this bare rock at about 2,591m which is actually visible from the main Pura Pasar Agung trail. There are on or two places where intermediate scrambling skills are needed and where a fall would definitely result in broken limbs (most notably a ‘bad step’ at 2,762m). However, it is wonderful to be able to explore this rarely-visited area of the mountain. There are some sections where you can tell that other people have been here but for the most part it is just bare rock that you have to scramble over. Eventually the summit ridge is reached and you may meet people climbing up from Besakih who will wonder what on earth you are doing! A very interesting but demanding and potentially dangerous hike that should not be attempted except by those with plenty of experience on Agung who are looking for a new challenge. It takes about 4 or 5 hours each way.

    Posted by Dan | September 13, 2010, 02:21
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    Just returned from Agung on the alternative new route. It has now been marked with white/red dots, by Guide Wayan who developped this trail (hp; 0852372506) with the assistance of Heinz von Holzen. It took me less than 5 hours uphill and 3,5 hrs down – two hours each direction less than a japanese group that started in Besakih. Hence, they missed the sunrise. Definitely only with guides (maximum 4 persons per guide) and for experienced trekkers, as three-point securing is needed at many places.

    Posted by wolfgang piecha | June 11, 2011, 22:13
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    Hi Wolfgang – could you explain a bit more the three point securing please? And how much does a guide cost? THanks! Kat

    Posted by kat | September 30, 2011, 14:40
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      Kat,
      this new route of Wayan and his uncle is – for Indonesian gunungs – unusually steep and rocky. So, when you move one free hand or foot to a place up- or downhill, you must make sure that the other three hand(s) and feet have firm and solid ground – otherwise you may fall really deep. So, in many parts it is not what you normally expect when you talk about “trekking”. If you are prepared for this, then go for it. If not: take the traditional route.
      Best
      Wolfgang

      Posted by wolfgang piecha | October 28, 2011, 05:16
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    Hi Wolfgang,
    It seems that Wayan’s number is incomplete/wrong number. Can you give me the right one? Plan to go there with him next month.
    Thanks,
    Suria

    Posted by Suria | October 25, 2011, 10:36
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    Hi Wolfgang, This is Wayan, your guide when you climbed up Mt. Agung. I just remember the sites you’ve once told me, so I never post for the comment, especially about my wrong number.Thanks for the recommendation. And for those who want to climb Mt. Agung from Pura Pasar Agung and Pura Besakih pls contact me. I guarantee you will be pleased and satisfied with my guidance :-)

    Posted by Wayan | November 29, 2011, 15:45
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      Hi Wayan, good to hear from you! I hope to make it to Puncak Agung in May again – with u again.

      Posted by wolfgang piecha | December 4, 2011, 09:13
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        We wanted to start the new lunar year by watching the sunrise from Gunung Agung so we contacted Wayan. At our request, he safely led us through challenging wind conditions (trees blew over at the base of the mountain). We reached the summit, had a safe descent, and a truly memorable experience due to Wayan’s local knowledge and professionalism. Just to note, he is quick, but his Mom and his younger sister can both climb quicker!

        Posted by Matthew | January 24, 2012, 10:08
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      Wayan, do you have an email where I can reach you? I would like to climb mt.Agung around July 4. Thanks.

      Posted by Ming | June 21, 2012, 09:02
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      Wayan,

      I will be in Bali next week and would love to hike up Agung. Are you interested / available? If so, how can i reach you to discuss details?
      Thanks

      Posted by Martin | May 19, 2013, 16:49
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    I was considering climbing agung in late June 2012. I wanted two climb with my 13 year old son and 12 year old daughter. Two years ago we did mt batur without any difficulty. Can anyone provide any advice?

    Posted by Doug | May 5, 2012, 04:34
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    i a guide to m.agung, from besakih temple Hp +6285 237 856 516 (i nengah SARMADI )

    Posted by i nengah sarmadi | June 12, 2012, 22:22
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    Guys, thank you very much for Wayan’s coordinates! Excellent guide with lots of stories if you are inquisitive type.
    Did the hike on May 26 starting from water station not far from Besakih (1300m). It’s a nice option as you start midnight and has a bit less to walk in the night comparing to traditional route.
    it was only 2 of us, so we went pretty much non-stop and made an hour break at about 2800m with fire as it was too early to reach the summit with unavoidable freezing. Met with another small group (guy+guide) and made it together to the summit by 5.30 as planned.
    the view was clear and Rinjani was magnificent as expected! we spent about an hour making pictures, chewing snacks and trying to warm up. Very cold!
    the way back was tough as the slope is very steep and i obviously don’t have muscles for descending. 4 hours with about 15 min nap and few breaks. that’s when the cultural insight information was streaming=)
    all in all excellent overnight hike. pretty demanding. even massage could not save me from muscle pain (nothing like that after Rinjani, Lawu or Kinabalu). Highly recommended!!!

    Posted by Yakov | June 15, 2012, 14:40
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    In Besakih, Pak Mangkumo’s homestay is a pleasant place to stay.

    There’s now a paved road from the main Besakih temple car park up to Pura Pengubengan at 1150m- about 15 minutes drive instead of a 1 hour walk. The trail starts about 30 meters before the large car park in front of Pura Pengubengan.

    I had a trouble-free six hour climb up the conventional route with my guide Komang (hp: 087862012320), but he did tell me that strong winds had forced his party to stop short of the summit a week earlier. Other guides are Badra (hp 08123651066), a senior guide in Besakih, and Wayan (hp: 085238544199) in Selat.

    GPS heights were 2610m for Puri Agung (a large, sheltering rock which offers the highest feasible camp site), 2948m for Puncak Satu (where the path shallows out onto the final ridge), 3032m for Puncak Dua (an intermediate top) and 3045m for Puncak Tiga (the true summit).

    Although the hike is somewhat long and arduous, the terrain on this route is not difficult compared to other big Indonesian volcanoes or compared to the Pura Pasar Agung route up to the Agung crater rim. The forest path is very well-defined and the higher slopes have firm rocky footrests rather than the subsiding scree common elsewhere. The only worry would be strong crosswinds on the summit ridge.

    The dawn views from the summit were superb. Just looking down the slopes of Agung over the surrounding villages was giddying. I did not quite feel as if I was in an abode of the Gods, but I did feel as if I was in an abode of people who abide in very high places.

    It was also good to see the mountains of Central Bali after clnmbing Batukaru the week before. Looking from Agung westward, Batukaru (2274m) is the cone shaped-mountain on the left. Beside it is Adeng (1812m), then the bigger shapes of Sangihan (2092m) and Pohen (2063m), then the smaller tops of Lesung (1860m) and Tapak (1905m), which overlook Lake Tamblingan and Lake Buyan respectively. Somewhat to the right is the large mass of Catur (2096m), which overlooks Lake Bratan. The only lake visible, however, is Lake Batur to the north, between Mount Agung and Mount Batur. Far to the east is Gunung Rinjani in Lombok and to the west Gunung Raung in Java.

    Visitors to Bali who enjoy hiking and have the necessary equipment with them should not miss this opportunity!

    Posted by John Hargreaves | August 8, 2012, 10:01
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    Some say the route via Pura Pasar Agung was easier vs. Besakih. I am a bit confused.

    Posted by Joe | August 14, 2012, 16:41
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      It’s a few years since I climbed the Pura Pasar Agung route, but from memory I think the Besakih route is harder mainly because it is longer. The Besakih route involves 1900 metres of ascent and descent in a single 11-hour hike, which is bound to be taxing. But as long as your guide keeps you on the firm track on the upper slopes, you should have a solid footing all the way. The Pura Pasar Agung route is a few hours shorter, but it has more sandy and pebbly sections that sap your calves just to keep your foot planted.

      So which one suits you would depend on the kind of fitness you have, and also on the weather- the Besakih route is much more exposed. In my opinion, the Besakih route is worth the extra effort for the 360 degree views.

      Posted by John Hargreaves | August 20, 2012, 20:45
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    Hello everybody,
    Is it wise/feasible to climb Agung early January? Is January weather around Agung generally conducive to climbing? I’m thinking of climbing Agung via the 3rd route described above.
    Marcus

    Posted by Marcus Malabad | December 1, 2012, 00:29
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    I’ll be in Surabaya, Indonesia in 21st of march, been thinking of going to Bali for hiking Gunung Agung. I do not have a lot of money so i’m thinking of doing the trip like a backpacker. i’ll be doing this alone, so Id want friends, anyone?

    Posted by Peng | December 10, 2012, 11:57
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      being that you will be in surabaya.wouldnt it make more sense to do one nearby.theres some great ones not far away. ie.. bromo,semeru,arjuno,penangunggan.

      Posted by chris | May 19, 2013, 17:17
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    Hi..

    Just to inform that the option #3 is the shortest way to reach the real summit. The path is quite hard and challenging. It is about 4,5 hours. If u don’t like to go down through the same path, u can go down through Besakih Temple.

    Posted by wayan widi yasa | June 10, 2013, 06:11
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    Heres my report :) Contacted Pak Wayan who arranged for me to climb with Gede whom I honestly think is one of the best guides I have been with. We climbed via Besakih. Started at 11pm from the 2nd temple, with Gede offering prayers in the dark eerie courtyard. The climb starts off gently and soon it becomes apparent you are moving upwards in a spiral. In the dark, its hard to see the terrain you are walking on but it becomes apparent coming down that there are some areas you will be walking on loose black soil. Gede was amazing, his pacing is slow and sure, we talked while walking and soon 2 hours had gone by. By the 3rd, we were too fast for sunrise and camped by the big rocks circa 2500m, and spent the next 3 hours building a fire, having a cup of coffee and eating cup noodles that Gede brought. He had lugged all of that food up with him!! We picnic-ed till 5am and slogged upwards to the summit. It becomes harder as I went up and soon I was scrambling on fours. What made it hard was the complete lack of sleep and soon the strong cold winds and the exertion just made me giddy. Its just so difficult looking at that false peak and thinking how close it looks but it never came! However, slogged to it, and soon it becomes apparent that the real summit was a good 30 mins more to go. It was 615am by the time we crossed those ridges and finally arrived at the summit. Gunung Agung is certainly scary coming down! Besides the loose sand on the 75degree slopes you have to traverse that can just cause you to slide off the edge, the strong winds and the complete lack of sleep just makes it one of the hardest challenges you face. Cost-wise, its definitely one of the more expensive mountains I have climbed, but for Gede’s company and the sheer experience of climbing the highest and most significant mountain in Bali, its worth the money. We did it in less than 7 hours in total, but we were quick coming down (i needed to catch a ferry). Definitely, not a mountain you want to mess with by coming from the beach wearing sandals, shorts and a t-shirt. Come prepared- winds are cold. The trek down requires proper shoes with well defined threads. One slip is all it takes and it is very easy to slip up coming down those rocks. Bring a pole, you will need it coming down loose soil. Its a mountain you can pace yourself, and as long as you go slow and constant, you can make it in good time.

    Posted by thomas | June 6, 2014, 22:25
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      Thanks for all the helpful info! Would you mind sharing what you paid for the guide, or in your experience what would be a fair rate for a guide to the longer peak?

      Posted by Astara Light | August 23, 2014, 20:48
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    Does anyone know something about the routes to climb from the east and from the north.

    They are mentioned here:
    http://wikitravel.org/en/Mount_Agung#Climbing_routes
    and here:
    http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Thomas%20Ulrich/traces/1421269
    http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Thomas%20Ulrich/traces/1421270

    These require camping for a night but that is fine by me.

    Posted by Tihomir Rangelov | June 10, 2014, 15:27

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