Also known as Gunung Agung, Mount Agung is a famous active volcano, in addition to being the highest point on the island of Bali. Mount Agung has an elevation of 3031 metres above the sea level, and is also known to dominate the surrounding areas of the island, thereby influencing the region’s climate as well as rainfall patterns.
Mount Agung is a stratovolcano, which is why it has a large and deep crater. Additionally, the western side of the mountain is lush green, rich in biodiversity and has dense forests, whilst its eastern side remains inaccessible due to the dryness of the mountain.
The trek to Mount agung typically has two starting points. One starting point is from Puru Pasar Agung, located in the south, where the ascent begins from the Pasar Agung Temple at an altitude of 1700 metres. The trek from this starting point to the top takes anywhere between 4 to 5 hours. The other starting point of the Mount Agung hike is from Besakih, close to the Besakih Temple, which is located at an altitude of around 1000 metres. The trek from this starting point is quite demanding, and can take around 6 to 7 hours to get to the summit.
When going for the Mount Agung trek, there are two trekking routes that you can take. While one route starts from the Besakih Temple, at 1000 metres above the sea level, the other begins from the Pasar Agung Temple located much higher up in the mountain.
However, both the Mount Agung trekking routes offer some of the best views of the island, as well as the dense jungles that the mountain is home to. In the shorter trekking route, you can also soak in some of the most spectacular landscapes of Bali, in addition to witnessing the crater of the volcano. The trek will also offer you a beautiful sunrise sky, making you feel like you are standing on the top of the world.
Hiking or trekking boots to trek comfortably.
A light jacket (or two) to protect yourself from the wind and cold weather before sunrise.
A raincoat or windcheater to protect yourself from sudden weather change.
Water to hydrate yourself during the ascent.
Snacks to keep you energized.
Headlight and torch for finding your way in the dark.
Emergency first aid for any unwanted medical issues or injuries.
Camera for clicking the views of the sunrise.
The duration of the Mount Agung trekking ranges between 5 to 7 hours from Pura Pasar Agung, and 6 to 8 hours from the Besakih Temple.
The trek is quite strenuous and difficult, and requires a high level of fitness.
The best season for trekking in Mount Agung is during the dry season from April to October.
The ending points of the Trek are at the Crater Rim from the Pasar Agung Temple in the south, and to the summit of the mountain from the Besakih Temple in the west.
It takes around 5 to 7 hours to climb Mount Agung from the Pasar Agung Temple starting point in the south, and between 6 to 8 hours from the Besakih Temple in the west. The total time for the Trek is around 12 to 14 hours up and down.
The best time to do Mount Agung trekking is during the dry season in Bali, between April to October. This is when there is little to no rainfall in the region, making visibility quite high in the mountains, and longer daylight, thereby making it easier to find your way to the top.
Yes, the trek to Mount Agung is a guided tour and the guide for the trek is quite experienced and an expert professional who helps trekkers navigate their way to the top.
The trek to Mount Agung is a strenuous and difficult trek, with a tough climb, and a major part of it being done during the night.
Anyone going for the overnight Mount Agung Volcano Trekking via the Besakih Temple must be a minimum of 17 years of age.