Home of the Gods and Bali’s highest peak, Mount Agung calls to all those who like to conquer. Climbing its lofty summit is probably the toughest but most rewarding adventure challenge on this gentle island. Unless you are an experienced mountaineer, hiring a guide is essential and you need to be in good physical shape as the climb takes eight to 12 hours in total. There are a couple of different routes to the summit: the longer, easier trek starts at the temples of Besakih and you’ll need to leave around midnight in order to catch the sunrise. The reward is the glorious panorama of Bali spreading below you, including the magnificent chain of volcanoes and crater lake. You’ll also see across the straits to the island of Lombok and its own majestic Mount Rinjani. Anyone of medium fitness can certainly reach the top and, no doubt, will be exhilarated by the climb but it’s not for the faint-hearted. The dry season (June-November) is the best time to climb.
Mount Agung is in the north east of the island and is most easily accessed from Padangbai, Candidasa or Amed. A guide and pick-up service can be organised through your hotel, villa or tour agency.