After climbing Mt Kinabalu (4,095M) in Apri, 2013 I'd thought I'd be OK for Mt Agung (3,013). I was wromg. Mt Agung is a more challenging steeper climb, the uneven path is practically straight up.
In early December I was staying at Jimberan and had an early dinner as the driver was picking me up at 12.00. There was a long two hours drive to the base of Mt Agung.
With not much sleep and not feeling that great, I started off in the dark at just after 2.00AM. Within an hour I had met two group who were descending due to difficulty and lack of fitness.
My guide was Made Leni has summited more than a hundred times is actually the younger sister of Wayan who is often mentioned in this thread. Made was very helpful in lighting out the path as she waited for me to catch up.
After about five hours we were 2,700M up, I was exhausted. Made told me another two hours and even more steep to the top. We had a rest and watched the beautiful sun rise. At that time two young lads were decending having decided it was too difficult. I also decided not to continue.
I was dissappointed in not been able to do better BUT next time will be better prepared.
Mt Agung is a serious challenge and not a mere hike to watch a sunrise. If you want to do that I suggest Mt Batur.
I would suggest anyone who want to attempt Mt Agung to stay closer to the mountain, get a good night sleep, have proper hiking shoes, take jumpers and jacket which you can layer off, take lots of water. Made and Wayan are part of a pool of 28 local guides that work on a rotational basis. They are well recommended.
Some one mentioned about cutting toe nails. I know from experience that this is important. After seven hours of downhill trekking where the toes are hitting the inside of your shoe, the nails take a heavy pounding. At Kinabalu, mine turned blue and were eventually lost.!
Good luck to those that are willing to take up the challenge