Climbing Agung is not for everyone! We totally underestimated it. It was so, so hard, but the view and the sunrise were incredible.
First of, our guide was fantastic! Months before we travelled there, I contacted Wayan Widiyasa (email@example.com), whose name came up a lot on the internet. We decided to go for the longest climb, from Purah Besakih to the summit, price was 850.000 Rp for 2 people. Wayan did not guide us himself, he belongs to a collective with 28 local guides. Our guide's name was I Gede Mundut Aryana, and he was amazing (can be contacted through the same emailaddress). He stopped at all the right spots, feeling when we needed rest. Especially on the way down (which was maybe even harder than up - it certainly felt much longer), he helped me out a lot. I could not have done it without him!
The climb was, as said, hard. The path is basically just a straight line from the temple to the top. Nothing like European mountain paths. It was steep, climbing with hands and feet (and ropes) at times. It's about 6-7 hours to the top. Then, you take the same path down. Which took us about 5 hours as well (mostly because of me, my boyfriend could have done it faster). Wear good trekking shoes to get a good grip on the surface (it gets slippery, especially after rain). Bring layers of clothes, it gets cold at the summit. And bring enough water and snacks.
If you are an experienced climber, and/or are very physically fit, this is definately an interesting trip. Don't underestimate it though!
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