4 Important Things Before Climbing Mount Agung
Not only Kuta or Ubud, Bali also has the charming Gunung Agung (Mount Agung). The Balinese believes that Mount Agung is sacred. This is the highest mountain in Bali. It is about 3.142 meter above sea level. Located in Karangasem district, the climbers around the world (local tourist and overseas) remarked this mountain as the most favorite one to climb.
To climb this sacred mountain, at least please take attention for 4 important things:
1) Do not bring food or drinking water containing beefs
For Balinese, a cow is a sacred animal. Thus, including the food containing the beefs it must be honored, or cannot be eaten. For the Hindus, a cow bringing the peace and tranquil to the world. So with this reason please do not bring any food or mineral water containing beefs inside it.
2) See the weather
The weather is the important aspect for climbing activity, especially to climb the highest mountain in Bali, Mount Agung. Abort your climbing plan if the rani falling. On the rainy season, the weather at the top of mountain is unpredictable, and of course, danger. The pathway can be very slick.
3) Enough equipment
This is including for the foods and drinking water. From Besakih Temple (where the climb begin), it will need about 7 – 10 hours to reach the top of mountain. Back again to the mountain slope at the hours, so total journey will be around 15 – 20 hours.
4) Do not climb when there is a ceremony
At Mount Agung there are 2 big important temples they are Besakih Temple and Pasar Agung Temple. It is very advised for all climbers to do not climb when there is a ceremony in those temples. This is the way we honor and tolerance with the parish.