Once the authorities have a clear go-signal to hike Mt. Agung, book a sunrise trip with a local operator. You won’t regret it.
Overall, the hike is moderate to difficult, but when you overcome the challenging uphills and the slippery rock slopes, the rewarding views would be with you for life.
Read our hiking experience…
What to bring when hiking Mt. Agung in Bali?
You don’t need to bring much. Packing light is essential, but the following items should be with you at all times during the hike.
You’ve been warned: Do NOT wear ordinary running shoes. Also, don’t wear these Vibram Five Fingers either.
You need hiking boots or trailrunners with a traction that’s intended for tropical terrains. You’ll be walking on mud (when raining) and some loose soil, and crushed volcanic rocks near the summit.
We wore our Salomon Speedcross 3, which was just okay for the job.
During our Mt. Agung hike, we decided to wear shorts. Looking back, it wasn’t a good idea. Hiking pants keep you protected from the elements.
There are steep parts of the trail that require you to grab on to something (e.g., branch or rope when available). Protect your hands from the cold and from sharp objects.
It will be very cold at the summit. Downs are not ideal based on experience. We should’ve worn a hardshell jacket intead.
Non-Cotton, Quick-Dry Shirt
You’ll be sweating as you battle with the cold. A quick-dry shirt dries much faster, yet it’s highly breathable to keep you dry and cool at the same time.
A Few Food Items
Your tour operator is most likely to give you breakfast and lunch, but you’d want something to eat along the way. Get some protein bars, chocolate, and a bottle of water.
It’s best not to rely on your pants’ or jacket’s pockets.
Instead, get a small backpack/daypack for your wallet, ID, and smartphone. Wrap these essentials in plastic in case it rains.