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Mount Agung Overview

Mount Agung, a stratovolcano, provides the highest point in all of Bali, and the famous thing to do here is to hike to the top and witness the magical sunrise. It is located at an elevation of 3031 meters above sea level. Mount Agung is home to Bali’s mother temple, Besakih, making it one of the most famous attractions. 

Mount Agung, also known as Gunung Agung, is the highest point on the island and is a well-known volcano in Bali. This is a stratovolcano that has an impact on the climate of the surrounding area. Because of the higher rainfall, the west side of Agung is lush green and rich in biodiversity, whereas the east side is inaccessible due to the mountain's dryness and barrenness.

Its unique natural landscape dominates the surrounding areas by influencing weather and climate, and the mountain appears to be picture perfect. From the top of the mountain, you can spot the peak of Mount Rinjani located on the island of Lombok.

Pura Besakih is the famous temple in Bali located high on the slopes of Agung. A path that connects the southern and the western ascent is open during the dry season. The climb from Besakih is quite difficult and the most important trek available here is the sunrise trek that starts around 10:00 pm at night and reaches the top to witness the holy fresh rays of sun from the east.

Elevation: 3031 meters above sea level

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Highlights

• Mount Batur is a stratovolcano that provides the highest viewpoint in Bali
• It offers a panoramic view of the whole of Bali, as it is situated at an elevation of 3031 meters above sea level
• As it's well for its sunrise trek, one can choose a moderate-difficult trek to enjoy the breathtaking scenery

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Mount Agung, for a good trek and sightseeing in pleasant weather, are June, July, August, September, and October. Although the best time to visit Besakih Temple, a temple located on the slopes of Mount Agung, is considered to be April due to its festivities.

During this time, the temple's entire entrance is beautifully decorated with bamboo poles, flowers, coconut leaves,creating an enchanting atmosphere. There is a line of women dressed in beautiful white gowns, adorned with beautiful flowers and fruits, and carrying offerings on their heads. All of this adds up to a spectacular visit.

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Other Essential Information

Tips for trekking in Mount Agung:

  • To complete the difficult climb up Mount Agung, you must be physically fit
  • Stay hydrated throughout the trek
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing and specially curated trek shoes
  • A good headlamp is definitely preferable because it frees up your hands while climbing
  • Carry a sunscreen as you will be trekking down during the day, and as soon as the sun rises, it becomes extremely hot
  • Though not required, climbing Agung with a guide is HIGHLY recommended; it would have been nearly impossible to navigate our way to the top without the expertise of a local guide to show us the way
  • Carry a camera to capture the picturesque views of the mountain

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Point of Interest for Mount Agung
Go on a Sunrise Trek
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Go on a Sunrise Trek

This is without a doubt Bali's most difficult, but also truly adventurous and wonderful trek. Mount Agung, or Gunung Agung, is Bali's holiest mountain and is thought to be the home of the Gods. Your trek will include passing through the wild tropical Bali jungle, vast rice fields, and volcanic rocks until you reach Bali's dominant landscape and the island's highest peak, 3,031 meters above sea level.

Difficulty Level: Hard

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Visit the famous Besakih Temple
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Visit the famous Besakih Temple

Besakih Temple is known as Bali's "mother temple," as it is home to at least 86 temples, including the main Pura Penataran Agung (the Great Temple of State) and 18 others. Besakih Temple is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, including rice terraces, hills and streams.

The temple is best visited in the early morning and late evening when it is quieter and less crowded. A certain dress code must be followed, and visitors must wear a sarong, a sash (both of which can be rented), and a proper t-shirt or top.

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Mount Agung FAQs

Is Mount Agung open for hiking?

The Mount Agung trail is open all year and is a beautiful place to visit at any time. People usually start the hike around 2:30 am to see the sunrise from the peak; and these hikes are both fun and thrilling.

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When did Mount Agung last erupt?

Mount Agung last erupted on 13 June, 2019. After a large, lethal eruption in 1963-64, Mount Agung on Bali in Indonesia remained quiet until a new eruption began in November 2017.

Throughout 2018, there were explosions that sent ash plumes several kilometers above the summit, as well as the slow effusion of lava within the summit crater. Later, from February to May 2019, activity was characterized by increasingly frequent and intense explosions with ash emissions.

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At what height is Mount Agung located?

Mount Agung is located 3031 meters above sea level.

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What type of volcano is Agung?

Mount Agung is a stratovolcano formed by a series of recurring eruptions, composed of alternating layers of lava and ash.

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Mount Agung Reviews

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Devi Guha
Reviewed: 23 Feb 2019
5.0/5
The trek began at night and they were very alert about the safety of the group. Our guide was experienced and helpful, which is why we had such an amazing experience. The view of the sun rising from the top is something we will always remember. Thanks to Thrillophilia.
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Arun Moras
Reviewed: 10 Mar 2019
4.0/5
This volcano trekking will be the best thing you do in Bali. I took Thrillophilia’s help for the booking procedure, which was smooth and fast. The trek ended all the way to the top of Mount Ayung, and once we all reached the top, we could see dense rice fields, crater lakes and even the sunrise.
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Satyen Tambe
Reviewed: 19 Feb 2019
4.0/5
The all night trek was one of the most exciting activities we did in Bali. We started as early as 01.00 in the morning and walked all night. The sunrise from atop Mount Agung was well worth the effort.

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