Reaching a height of 3000 metres above sea level, Mount Agung is the highest point on the island of Bali. According to local legends, the Hindu God Pasupati split the giant Mount Meru to create Mount Agung with a fragment. The mount has great spiritual significance to the Balinese. Most travellers who have conquered Mount Agung recommend a Candidasa hotel such as the Alila Manggis as a convenient accommodation option for the excursion. On average, the hike to the top of the Mount takes up to five hours with some parts being quite difficult. However, once you reach the top, the magnificent view and the incredible spiritual air will more than make up for your hard effort.

The top of the mountain can be reached via two common hiking tracks. The Pasar Agung route takes about three to four hours to reach a height of about 2000 metres. Panoramic views as well as a look into the famous crater can be enjoyed from the end of the route which is just 100 metres below the summit. The second route starts near the Besakih Temple or the Mother Temple of Besakih. This route will lead you through the dense Besakih jungle and take you to the highest point of the mount in five to seven hours. The very top section of this trail is exceptionally challenging. The best time to start this route is at night so that you can be at the top to see the beautiful sunrise.

On certain auspicious days and certain times of the month, the trek to the top of Mount Agung is not possible. If you are planning to climb the mountain, be sure to check early and to arrange an appropriate day. It is also recommended that you stick to the dry season as climbing Mount Agung during the wet season can be very dangerous. You will also require a guide to ensure your safety. If you are not a regular hiker, make sure you prepare for the challenge by improving your fitness and stamina.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.