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Bali Gunung Agung Trek

Towering over its eastern end, Gunung Agung is the highest and most sacred mountain on the resort paradise island of Bali. Agung is high & dominant enough to affect the climate around it; the clouds that come from the west have their moisture sucked by Agung so that west of Agung is green and lush while east of Agung is dry and barren. Agung is also the 5th highest volcano in Indonesia.

The 3142-m-high summit of Agung contains a steep-walled, 500-m-wide, 200-m-deep crater which occasionally belches menacing smoke, reminding all that the volcano is only taking a break between eruptions. Mount Agung last erupted in 1963 and this was one of the largest 20th century eruptions anywhere in the world and caused extensive damage and considerable fatalities.

Mount Agung has huge spiritual significance to the people of the island, and is home to the 'Mother Temple' of Besakih. It forms part of a chain of volcanos that make up the back bone of Bali.

There are several climbing routes up the mountain and none if them can be considered as easy hikes as Gunung Agung is not for the faint-hearted and the service of a local guide is absolutely essential for any hike.

The most direct & toughest trail which leads to the summit start from near the Pura Besakih temple on the southwest side of Agung is a tough steep 2000m ascent which takes up to 12-15 hours and recommended for very fit trekkers looking for a challenging hike.

The slightly easier, shorter, and more straightforward route begins from Pura Pasar Agung and is more suited for reasonably fit hikers. The trail takes us along the lower edge of the crater rim however we won’t be able to reach the summit of Gunung Agung from here.

On this trip, we'll take the least-known but easiest route which starts from the northeast side of the mountain.  It involves an overnight camp, breaking the long trek into 2 easier / shorter parts and makes the summit achievable for the less experienced or fitter hiker.

Whichever route we take, once at the summit, it's worth every drop of sweat as the scenery on a good weather day is stupendous, and you can see almost every corner of Bali.

Included

  • Airport transfers to hotel
  • Hotel with daily breakfast
  • Full Agung mountain trekking arrangement ( including licensed experienced guide, camping equipment, transport from/back to hotel)

Excluded

  • 2-way international airfares between Singapore & Bali
  • All airport taxes & surcharges
  • All meals except indicated in itinerary
  • Personal trekking gear ( eg. waterproofs, trekking poles)
  • Tipping & gratuities to guide & local staff
  • Personal travel insurance, pre-trip medical immunizations
  • All expenses of a personal nature

Gunung Agung

Duration : 4 days
 
Dates : Upon request
          
Maximum Altitude : 3142m Agungi Summit
 
Grading :
 
Best Season : May - Oct (dry season)
Not Recommended: Dec - Mar (wet & rainy)
Not Climbable: April (off limit due to festival)
 
Group Size : Min 2 persons
 
Group Size
4D Land Price
04 & more persons
$
02 - 03 persons
$
   
 
  • Return international airfare can be arranged on behalf.
  • Air fares prices range from as low as $150 to $350.


Day 1

Arrive Kuta airport and transfer to hotel.  Rest of day free and easy.

Day 2

Morning transfer to local village on the northeast side of Gunung Agung where we'll start our ascent up Agung.  Camp overnight in tents. (B/L/D)

Day 3

Early morning hike to Agung summit, then descend back to camp for brunch and then we'll transfer back to our Kuta hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 4

Depart Bali for home. Depending on flight schedule, activities can be arranged in the morning at extra cost (B)

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The best time to climb Agung is from April to October. During the rainy months of January and February, Agung should not be climbed as the rains can be heavy with possible flooding and landslides around the Agung areas, with the summit areas distinctly cold and windy which will make a climb potentially hazardous since the summit ridge trail is steep and exposed.

Trekking up Gunung Agung requires a minimum of five leg-burning hours to reach the summit; plan on around four more hours for the descent. Depending on the route taken, extremely fit trekkers can make the summit in around five hours with very few breaks. This means most fit trekkers will take about 6 or 7 hours to reach the top and about 5-6 hours to come down. Hence a pre-midnight start (for the Besakih route) is crucial for reaching the summit before sunrise and enjoying the views before afternoon clouds take over.

Agung is not quite high enough for serious altitude sickness but may still affect those who are susceptible to it. One concern is that adverse weather conditions develop quickly and warm waterproof clothing is required and should be carried. A dawn arrival at the top is recommended in order to avoid clouds that typically cover the top from approximately 9 am onwards. There is no water available along the route.

The climb does not require any technical skills or special equipment, just good boots because the lower section through the rain forest can be very slippery when it is raining (and it can rain heavily for hours at any time of the year, even in the so-called 'dry season'). Sandals are not recommended due to the hard rocks and innumerable tree trunks & roots which are capable of inflicting real damage to unprotected toes.

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