Towering 3000 metres above sea level, and rarely seen out of the lofty clouds, Mount Agung is the highest mountain on the island of Bali. It has huge spiritual significance to the Balinese, and is home to the “Mother Temple” of Besakih.
It is part of a chain of volcanos that make up the backbone of Bali. It last erupted in 1963.
At lower elevations, the mount is covered in lush forest, but gives way to a desoltate landscape of barren volcanic rock. For those who climb to the crater rim, the views are extraordinary in all directions, particularly dramatic at sunrise.
Trekking up Mt. Agung, driving to the temple on top, or photographing it from the beach on a misty or clear day, will leave a big impression.
Mount Agung is in East Bali. It is worth the drive from anywhere you’re staying. You might be lucky enough to have a view of it on a clear day from your villa.