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Everything you need to know about hiking Mount Agung

Everything you need to know about hiking Mount Agung

Reaching the top of the holy Mount Agung rewards you with incredible views and the knowledge that you have conquered the highest mountain in Bali. This is an experience keen hikers won't want to miss. 

How to go about hiking Mount Agung

The most popular way to hike Mount Agung sounds crazy at first - it involves setting off at 2 a.m. When you reach the top to witness sunrise, though, it all makes sense. 

Most hikers choose to begin from one of the two most common departure points - the Pasar Agung Temple, from which the summit can be reached in three to four hours, or the Besakih Temple, from which it takes five to seven hours to reach the top. The latter route takes all night and is more challenging while hikes leave from the Pasar Agung Temple at around 2 a.m. to reach the summit for sunrise. Hiking through the pitch black is worth it when you see the sun coming up over Bali!                  

A guide is required for hiking Mount Agung. The easiest way to go about hiking Mount Agung is booking through an agency, but be sure it is a reputable one. Hotels often have tour desks which can assist you with booking. Don't be afraid to ask plenty of questions and check to see if the agency knows the guide personally. A good guide is important because parts of the track can be dangerous if you are not accompanied by someone familiar with the terrain. 

Things you need to know

Mount Agung reaches more than 3,000 metres above sea level and the track includes steep climbs that are challenging. You should have a good level of fitness before you tackle this climb. 

The track is narrow and rocky in most places, with jungle giving way to open rocky areas as you get higher. For the last stretch of the trail you will have to scramble up steep rocks, so brace yourself for an adrenaline rush! 

By the time you reach the top, you might experience strong, cold winds, so you should wear layers that you can peel off and put back on again. The descent can be just as challenging as the hike up and you will need shoes with good grip to help prevent falls on your way down. 

Climbing Mount Agung might be a challenge, but organising your trip to Bali won't be when you book through Hoot Holidays. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you with your trip to Bali.