Mount Agung

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Mount Agung
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AN EXEPIECE LIKE NO OTHER
Jul 2022
The pick up was at 11.30am from my hotel in Ubud. I am a 51 year old female with good fitness and hence was anxious that I would be able to summit. I was introduced to my guide Wayan who had limited english however Wayan has been doing this trek for 25 year and immediately I knew I was in the best and most experienced hands of Ubud. We were served friend banana and hot coffee before we set off. It was cold and this went down fantastically well. It is a trek for people who have a good level of fitness and it is steep where majority of trek is walking on loose rocks. Bring your own headlight, warm gear and proper hiking boots. We stop for several breaks and the guides light fires which we sat around and served strong hot coffee. Wayan kept offering me banana bread at the breaks which I took as need the energy. The breaks are pinnacle as the legs need a short reprieve after the uphill grind. The stars were out on a perfectly clear night and was an awesome experince sitting on the side of this mountain, drinking coffee watching the lights below. The last km is very challenging and again,Wayah reminded me to follow his feet.You clamber at this stage and can only see head lights of those ahead of tou. Upon reaching the summit, we were a little early for the sunrise and sat around a fire and were served a breakfast of bread,boiled eggs and bananas which I gladly ate and need the protein and energy. The wind blew and it was freezing. The sunrise was spectacular and a reminder of How Great Tho Art. We took many pics and then started the down ascent which required extreme concentration. With the sun up, you become aware of just how far you have climbed upwards and am very relieved that I did not see this going up and frankly, not sure I would have preceded as it is trechous come down with the loose rocks. My knee took a pounding as just down and more down. My journey of Mt Angung is an exceptional one and possibly is of most challenging trek I have done. Again "shout out" to Wayan from Ubud Sun rise Trekking as without this man experi ce and encourage I would not have reached the summit. He also sang on the way down wich was delightful as took the " edge off" the daunting beginning decent. Food,water and concern was continually being offered which made me know I was in excellent hands. An overall incredible experince and I would recommend to anyone thinking of it....DO IT

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Kerry
South Africa21 contributions
Solo
The pick up was at 11.30am from my hotel in Ubud. I am a 51 year old female with good fitness and hence was anxious that I would be able to summit.
I was introduced to my guide Wayan who had limited english however Wayan has been doing this trek for 25 year and immediately I knew I was in the best and most experienced hands of Ubud.
We were served friend banana and hot coffee before we set off.
It was cold and this went down fantastically well.
It is a trek for people who have a good level of fitness and it is steep where majority of trek is walking on loose rocks.
Bring your own headlight, warm gear and proper hiking boots.
We stop for several breaks and the guides light fires which we sat around and served strong hot coffee.
Wayan kept offering me banana bread at the breaks which I took as need the energy.
The breaks are pinnacle as the legs need a short reprieve after the uphill grind.
The stars were out on a perfectly clear night and was an awesome experince sitting on the side of this mountain, drinking coffee watching the lights below.
The last km is very challenging and again,Wayah reminded me to follow his feet.You clamber at this stage and can only see head lights of those ahead of tou.
Upon reaching the summit, we were a little early for the sunrise and sat around a fire and were served a breakfast of bread,boiled eggs and bananas which I gladly ate and need the protein and energy.
The wind blew and it was freezing.
The sunrise was spectacular and a reminder of How Great Tho Art.
We took many pics and then started the down ascent which required extreme concentration.
With the sun up, you become aware of just how far you have climbed upwards and am very relieved that I did not see this going up and frankly, not sure I would have preceded as it is trechous come down with the loose rocks.
My knee took a pounding as just down and more down.
My journey of Mt Angung is an exceptional one and possibly is of most challenging trek I have done.
Again "shout out" to Wayan from Ubud Sun rise Trekking as without this man experi ce and encourage I would not have reached the summit.
He also sang on the way down wich was delightful as took the " edge off" the daunting beginning decent.
Food,water and concern was continually being offered which made me know I was in excellent hands.
An overall incredible experince and I would recommend to anyone thinking of it....DO IT
Written July 28, 2022
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Emeric V
Lyon, France21 contributions
Friends
As many people describe Batur in Agung's reviews.

Mount Batur reaches 1700m, it overlooks Batur Lake (1400m). The climb is an easy morning walk, only 300 elevation difference. A good way to start the day, walking with pets and children. Very crowded for sunrise.

Mount Agung is the highest peak of Bali, 3031m. It is officially closed but you can easily climb it, by yourself or hiring a guide (which I recommend). There are 2 ways:
-the "short way" from Pura Pasa agung, you start at 1700m and go to the top crater.
-the "longer" way, from Besakhi at 1000m up to the summit (see pictures I took this morning, January 2020).

This 2nd option is short (8 km) but steep (over 2000m elevation). Basically you start at midnight to arrive before 6 am, for sunrise. You need an average fitness. It requires carefulness, and some equipments: front lights, good shoes and a jacket.
Be aware that descending the higher, rocky part is the most difficult. It's slippery and some stones may fall: remain
concentrated.
Overall it's a great experience. The sunrise colors and the view is the best reward.

Written January 29, 2020
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Ula M
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I was trying to do research to see if we could do it and it was pretty much useless. So we decided to go and see for ourselves. At first I was scared going up because in my head it seemed like a vertical climb. At night you cannot really see much and because of the clouds, the trail is visually cut off. I was terrified, and I am a rock climber (indoor though). But then going down I almost laughed at myself. It’s not that bad and you can always go on your behind and use your arms. We had such a phenomenal tour guide and a driver, I think they come in package. Not only a caring and knowledgeable but has such a wonderful personality. Excellent English! He made us feel safe and helped me when needed. And also made the climb fun and insightful. I would highly recommend going with him if you are not sure.
His name is Medi +62 852 37500553
Written July 24, 2022
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Batur Caldera Explorration
Kintamani, Indonesia120 contributions
Friends
Moutn Agung Bali... The to of Mount Agung reach sub-alpine altitude, Mount Agung has been in eruption status last year, it is still not widely allowed for climber officially but in individual or personal eager there are some climbers to this Bali highest top of volcanoes, the volcano seems dormant for this moment, there are two main starting point to climb up Mount Agung: From Besakih takes 6 hours to the top and from Pasar Agung takes about four hours to the top. As my since 1990s experience climbing Mount Agung from Besakih has more spectacular views than from Pasar Agung though it takes longer. The view of Mount Rinjani in Lombok including sunrise is our most target to get here, and the view of Batur Caldera is fantastically double concentric caldera views, the 6 hour exhausting climb will be quick disappear once you are reaching the top and the views. What I suggest for the Mountain climber in the world who want to climb this volcano to get information if the volcano is already save to climb...
Written June 8, 2018
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RachyDee123
Jurong East, Singapore7 contributions
Couples
Just be very aware that unless you are a very, VERY experienced hiker/climber with an excellent level of fitness and a general disregard for health and safety, you will not have a good time doing this trek. I am a rock climber and I'd say I'm probably the same fitness as my boyfriend. We are in mid/late 20's and have our general health. The climb started relatively steep, with the climb becoming more steeper and less safer the higher we ascended. It became apparent to us that if there was a serious injury near the peak then there were no qualified first aiders with us. We felt very, very unsafe. I'd have like to have said the view was worth the climb but it totally wasn't - there was a ruddy great big rock in the way! What a waste of £40!!!!! 2 days later and I still cant walk, everywhere aches and I feel like I was totally mislead about the nature of the trek. I'm sure that there should have been some kind or ropes or something to stop us falling over on rocks. Complete torture for 10 hours!!!!
Written September 19, 2013
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divertliving
Rochester, NY211 contributions
Couples
Traveling Bali can sometimes be hard with the massive flow of tourist. If you wake up super early before everyone you will be able to see a side of the island most people sleep through.
Written May 9, 2019
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Athina S
Nicosia, Cyprus10 contributions
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We climbed the mountain on 11-12 June 2014 to see the sunrise. The night trek was challenging and towards the end extremely steep - rock climbing skills are definitely needed - but as soon as we reached the peak the view was amazing. However, when we started our descent, one of us lost his footing and started running down a steep cliff which ended in open air! He tried to stop himself from falling into the air by falling down and rolling on the stones several times. He was seriously injured on the head and other parts of the body, so he couldn't walk down anymore. The guides immediately came to help us, they tried to stop the bleeding, but there was not much they could do as there was no way to help him descend the mountain. We were stuck on the top for 6-7 hours waiting for help, while he was bleeding and suffering from hypothermia and altitude sickness. After a long wait, the locals came with bamboo sticks, with which they made a make-shift stretcher and slowly carried him down 5 hours later. He was eventually saved, but the whole process took about 12 hours. So, although it is extremely beautiful and worth the trouble, our advice is to be very careful while climbing, as one missed step may cause your life.
Written June 13, 2014
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intrepidk
Singapore, Singapore10 contributions
Solo
Most people who choose to climb Mount Agung go only up to the crater rim via Pura Pasar Agung which is about 200m below the actual summit but still offers spectacular views of the sunrise and the vicinity. As the other reviews have pointed out, the crater rim trek is by no means an easy trek and you need to either have prior trekking experience or be physically fit to be able to enjoy it.

If you're doing the real summit, you can do it either via the Besakih Temple route or via the newly discovered / invented Pura Pasar Agung route. Both routes involve at least 5-6 hours of trekking on a relentless, unending incline all the way to the summit and the same duration on the way back down. If you're the casual trekker type, you're better off doing Mount Batur or attempting the crater rim trek if you're feeling adventurous. For the real summit trek, if you are not conditioned physically to climb mountains of this scale or haven't prepared for the climb beforehand, you're not going to make it to the summit. Or in the event you do, you will not be able to enjoy it. For a comparison, I found the overall experience of Mt. Agung to be tougher than Mt. Kinabalu and Mt. Rinjani as you have a lot more opportunities to rest and camp on Kinabalu and Rinjani where as Mount Agung is pretty much a 12 hour grind. A good way to prepare for the climb is by stair climbing and long distance running if you don't have similar mountains to practice on nearby.

Warnings aside, this is probably the most rewarding activity that you can undertake in Bali. Apart from the joy of being able to complete the climb physically, the views you get from the mountain are unparalleled and will be etched in your memory for a long time. The different, vivid colours of sunrise, being able to see the ruggedness of the caldera of the volcano and just the sheer scale of it will humble you and make all the effort and pain you have to go through worth it.

Between Besakih and Pasar Agung routes, I would personally recommend the Pura Pasar Agung route as you get spectacular night-time views of Bali beyond 1900m where as you will still be trekking through the dark forest beyond 2200m via the Besakih route. If the weather is favourable like it was during my climb, you'll even get to glimpse the outline of the milkyway with thousands of bright stars! You can get to Pura Pasar Agung by yourself (on a motorcycle or rented car) as Google Maps GPS is pretty accurate all the way to the top. But do take into account that if you're riding / driving yourself, it'll take you 2.5 - 3 hours from Denpasar and still have the 12 hour trek to do before you ride / drive back. So a more comfortable option is to have yourself picked up through a guide arranged transport.

The summit should not be attempted without a guide. There are white markings along the way but it would be so easy get lost in the darkness of the night and end up in a completely wrong place. I left Seminyak at 9pm on a motorbike and with the help of Google Maps GPS reached Pura Pasar Agung at about 11:45pm. I had arranged to meet with our guide Pak Wayang Dartha here beforehand. His email communication was prompt and included all the necessary details of what was needed for the trek with no hidden costs. We started at about 12:15am after getting our water (if you don't bring it along, you can buy it at the security post). The trail goes through a few shortcuts behind the temple and joins a main trail through the forest. The entire trail is pretty dark and you need your own head lamp for it.

The first checkpoint is at 1900m just beyond the forest line but there are no significant markings indicating that this is a checkpoint. This is where you'll get the first glimpse of the amazing city lights and a starry sky (depending on the weather of course). The next part of the trail goes through a lot of volcanic rocks at a 30-45 degree angle. There will be places where you're better off climbing on your 4 limbs than 2. The second checkpoint is at about 2400m and this is where the trails to the crater rim and the real summit diverge.

The next 400m of altitude is on the exposed side of the mountain where you would have to traverse and scramble across volcanic rocks once again. Some of these can be slippery or prone to tumbling so you have to watch your step.

At about 2900m, you will be on the same level as the crater rim and will be able to see it in the distance. The last 200m to the real summit is through rocks adorned with white rock moss and volcanic skree.

At the top, the summit is quite narrow and exposed to the wind. You'll have to wear at least a windcheater / jacket with a head cap. Our guide Wayang Dartha was very professional with frequent funny banter and information about the mountain and local culture and customs. He knows several languages and can entertain you to make the trek more enjoyable. Along with his brother, he helped to make breakfast with boiled bananas, eggs, local chocolates and biscuits. We were on the summit for nearly 2 hours before beginning our trek down.

It's important to have a trekking stick on the way back down. You'll be stepping on rocks most of the time and that puts a lot of pressure on your knees. If you don't have one, ask your guide for one. Wayang was thoughtful enough to grab a stick from a nearby tree and hand it over to me as he noticed that I was beginning to hurt in one of my legs. Once again Pak Wayang made the return trek very comfortable with lots of stories to share, information about his life, his family, his past and current work etc. It really gives you a good perspective on life in Bali and particularly in small town places like Pura Pasar Agung. It's what makes the trek so enjoyable. There's also a huge willingness on his part to ensure that we got back down safely and comfortably. There was no rushing and we did plenty of pit stops on the way to make the down trek a lot easier. He was also more than happy to share his food and water with you.

At the end of it, it was not an easy trek but the views, the whole experience and the company of Pak Wayang Dartha, his brother and fellow trekkers made the trek worth more than the effort and stress on your body and mind. Give at least 1 full day to recuperate from the DOMs you'll suffer through post-climb. Cut your toe-nails, Carry enough cold wear. Gloves and walking stick(s) are highly recommended. Carry at least 2 litres of water / isotonic drink.
Written February 23, 2015
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Yoed B
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We've read reviews about the mountain. Cant understand until now why most of the people here lied. Bad people.

Very simple: if you're regular guys, like us (go to gim twice a week, my girl to Pilatis), do NOT do this.
If you are a mountain climber, and you want to stop being a mountain climber, then go for it. This will surely blow the wind out of your love to mountains.

Unlike any other trek ive ever done (NZ, Nepal, alps), that usually are hard but good, this nightmare is hard and keep getting harder. Yes, the view is great and all, you can see what you see from the window of your plane. Yes, it is high. No, it does not worth waste a full day of your trip + suffer.

You climb 4 hours with your hands and legs, when in the first part (that will also be the last) you are lucky to fill your cloths and bags with grey dust. Amazing.

They say going down ia easier. Well, a bit, but easier than Hell is still not that great.

To summon:
If you are reading this, it means you should not climb it. Just find yourself a different sunrise like everybody else with brain -Bromo or Ijen or Batur or whatever.
Do NOT climb up to mount Agony.

If i saved 1 soul by this post, i will surely get some credit points at heaven.
Written October 2, 2015
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Gza11
Perth, Australia3 contributions
Friends
Climbing up and down this volcano was the highlight of my trip to Bali!!

We booked from a local travel agency in Ubud, paid 500,000 per person, we were a group of 5, 3 girls 2 guys ages 26 - 36 of average fitness. Expect to pay more if you're a smaller group.

We were picked up at 12am from our hotel in Ubud and taken to the starting point, about 1.5 hours drive away where we met our 2 guides.
From there it was about 4.5 hours hike up the mountain starting from a temple, going through a little bit of jungle before it clears.
It is very steep, but doable. The ground is muddy / rocky. You don't notice much on the way up as it is dark, but on the frequent rest stops you can look back and realise how far up you are and how beautiful the island is!

We arrived at the summit about 6am and stopped for breakfast (provided by the guides) and to watch the sunrise - we all felt AMAZING at this stage... it is an extremely beautiful place, even though it was cloudy (at this stage we're above the clouds) the sunrise is beautiful.
Breakfast was simple but delicious, local buns and some hard boiled eggs.

Going down was the same route as going up, it took us about 4 hours and it was HARD due to the steepness and rocky / muddy ground.
It is still enjoyable though, now that the sun has risen you can actually see and appreciate the surroundings - rocks, trees and the occasional monkey.

At the end you will be SO HAPPY to get back to the start point - there is a little shop where you can buy beer, water and some snacks.

I cannot recommend this trek enough.. we were abit nervous to do it at first hearing about how hard it was, but it turned out to be very doable. Our legs were sore for 2 days after - but the good kind of sore that makes you feel alive and relaxed.

After the hike our driver took us to a local coffee / tea plantation where you can sample teas and coffees for free (and buy if you like). Kopi Luwak (the famous cat poo coffee) is also available.

Note that it is quite cold at the summit - you should definitely wear long pants and bring a long sleeve jacket. I hiked to the top in a singlet and was fine, but as soon as you stop moving you feel cold.
Also bring snacks for the way up and extra water (even though it is provided).

I cannot recommend highly enough our driver - he was open, friendly, full of recommendations, had a great sense of humour but beyond that went out of his way to help us by calling our previous taxi company to try and recover a camera we'd left.
Meeting and chatting to this guy in itself should be a tourist attraction :)

We really felt that we could trust him - he didn't try to rip us off (we knew prices from shopping around), and he was very accommodating - picking us up from Ubud, waiting for us while we had lunch, dropping us off in Uluwatu after the hike.

If anyone wants to contact him as a private driver or book tours (you can book pretty much anything through him - rafting, volcano, elephants, Gilli islands) his details:
Name: Yan Darma
Mobile: +62 87 862 236 284
Viber / Whatsapp: +62 812 46 059 004
email: darmono2003@gmail.com
Written May 2, 2015
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