About Mount Agung
A famous volcano in Bali is Mount Agung or Gunung Agung which is the highest point on the island. This is a stratovolcano influencing the climate of the surrounding area. Agung’s west part is lush green and rich in biodiversity since the rainfall is more there. The east part which is unreachable because of the mount is dry and barren.
The people of Bali strictly believe that Mount Agung is the replica of Mount Meru which is considered to the central axis of the universe. There is a legend floating around the island that this mount is a fragment of Meru brought by the first Hindus of Bali. Pura Besakih is the famous temple in Bali located high on the slopes of Agung.
Highlights: Eruptions happened several times in the past and the last one was in 1963-1963 but it still seems active with deep crate that emits smoke and ash occasionally. The tall conical mountain appears to be a perfect picture. From the top of the mountain, one can see the peak of Mount Rinjani located on the island of Lombok though clouds are intermittently present between them. To reach up to the mountain, you have two routes.
One from Pura Besakih to the higher peak in the west at around 1100 meters and the second one from Pura Pasar Agung near Selat leads to the south part but it took almost five hours to reach the top. A path that connects the southern and the western ascent will be 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 reach the top to witness the holy fresh rays of sun from the east.
Elevation: 3031 meters