Mount Agung in Bali

Bali Volcano and Island's Highest Mountain

Update on Mount Agung Volcano - October 5, 2017

Mount Agung, or Gunung Agung as it is referred to by locals, is Bali’s tallest mountain with its peak at over 3,000 meters above sea level. The stratovolcano is the major natural landmark in East Bali and has great influence over the local climate of East Bali, as well as cultural and religious aspects of all Balinese Hindus. There was a devastating eruption in 1963, but volcano was showing increased seismic activity in September 2017, here are some important points about Bali's most active volcano:

  • Volcanic activity was raised to level IV (highest) since Friday, 22 September, 2017.  
  • All those within a 12-km radius have already been evacuated. 
  • Tremors around Mount Agung indicate an eruption is likely.
  • News headlines tend to be sensationalised, however, there’s no ‘tsunami’ or ‘mass panic’. 
  • Ngurah Rai International Airport continues to operate normally, and all flights are as scheduled.
  •  Life goes on as usual in central and southern resort areas such as Ubud, Kuta, Nusa Dua, Sanur and Jimbaran.
  • Avoid any travel plans to East Bali (Candidasa, Padangbai, Tulamben, Amed and Klungkung), particularly anywhere within 12 km of Mount Agung.
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Climbing Mount Agung

During Mount Agung’s quieter times, it is a favourite challenge among trekkers and climbers. Bali’s ‘mother temple’ of Besakih calls the mountain its home, with its grand complex situated on the southwestern slopes. During these safe times, guided climbing tours usually start out very early, with the longest treks usually setting out before midnight. Shorter treks, on the other hand, set out at the Pasar Agung Temple after midnight, ensuring you reach the peak just before daybreak to capture the first light of day, and it's truly a remarkable experience. You can see the whole island from the top of the mountain – a true 360-degree panoramic view. It's highly advised to take a guide with you. It's best to book a professional guide once you know your travel plans, but there are many locals who will act as a guide in the town at the foot of the mountain.

Standing at the summit of the mountain on a clear day, you can also usually capture a glimpse of Mount Rinjani, the tallest peak on the neighbouring island of Lombok. Before any climbs, it is advisable to report to the local police station in Selat village before you start off on your expedition, and back down again after you’ve accomplished your climb. Going with an accompanying local guide is very recommended – information available at the reporting station, and included if you book a sunrise climb such as the tour available below.

Mount Agung

  • Location: Jungutan, BEbandem, Karangasem, East Bali
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