Hiking Mount Agung: Midnight misadventures on Bali's Highest (and Toughest) VolcanoSunday, June 26, 2016
|Sunrise from the crater rim of Mt. Agung in Bali, overlooking Mt. Batur's Caldera|
❝ If you are feeling miserable and questioning your decision at least once, you can be sure it is going to be an adventure to remember.
I was surely having one. ❞
|Deities at the crater rim of Mt. Agung|
Mountain: Gunung Agung
Height: 3142m / 10300ft
Type: Active Volcano
Elevation Gain: 1300m/4270ft in 4-5 hours
(Pura Pasar Agung to Crater Rim)
Total time: 12-14 hours
Location: Bali, Indonesia
|(Clockwise L-R) Madé, our Balinese guide; The lush rainforest in the lower reaches of the volcano; Milkyway arching across the sky over the glittering island of Bali.|
|Mt. Agung casts its towering shadow over the island of Bali at sunrise|
|(Clockwise L-R) At 10000ft, Agung's summit is high above the treeline; The brutal descent through seemingly endless forest stretch towards the end; Incredibly steep lava slopes that require a lot of clambering while going up and are super tough on knees while descending.|
|Mt. Rinjani (3726m) on neighbouring Lombok island as seen from Mt. Agung's slopes. Exactly 5 days after, I was standing atop Mt. Rinjani, I decided to hike up Rinjani right after I got down Agung, an aching body notwithstanding. Impulsive decisions, FTW!|
- Hiking trails to both the crater rim and summit aren’t technical but are challenging, require a good level of fitness.
- There are no water sources along the way, so carrying sufficient water and some food is essential.
- The summit/crater rim can get very windy and cold, carry some warm wear for the volcano top.
- Agung is the holiest volcano in Bali and is highly revered by the Balinese, be respectful towards the mountain.
- Hiking shoes with a good grip are essential. Sandals won’t work on this trail. Do remember to clip your toenails before the hike; the descent can be extremely painful otherwise.