Let me start by saying this was the most physically challenging activity I have ever done in my life. The only experience that came close to Mt. Agung was pledging for a semester. But just like pledging, this was worth the pain and suffering.
When my friends and I bought our plane tickets to Bali (Indonesia) I started to look up anything that we could do. I mean, anything. From snorkeling, white water rafting or ocean floor walking, nothing was considered a "bad idea".
As I was searching for all the cool activities we could participate in, I came across a website called, Bali Trekking Tour. When I saw that we could climb a mountain over 10,000 feet tall AND see the sunrise, I jumped at the opportunity.
Mt. Agung or to the Balinese, Gunung Agung, is considered a duplication of Mount Meru, the central axis of the universe.
Agung stands at 10,308 feet (3,142 m), it’s considered to be an active volcano but has not erupted since 1963-64.
There are two different starting points for the trek, from either, Besakih Temple or Pasar Agung Temple. The “easier” route starts from Pasar Agung Temple at a higher elevation and less hiking time.
However, my friends and I chose to leave from Besakih Temple, which starts at about 3,000 feet on the mountain. It was the most challenging activity I have ever done in my life. We took a couple 20 minute breaks and one long break all the way up Agung.
As you can tell I was in pain, tired and miserable. To be honest, I don't remember at what point of the trek this picture was taken but I want to tell myself it was at least a quarter of the way (probably not).
At some points of the trek I thought to myself, "and you signed up for this because....why?". I'm not going to lie, I thought about why I signed up for the trek but never thought about quitting.
At about 9,000 feet on the mountain I was starting to feel dizzy and light headed. If you climb any mountain, you will begin to feel these effects. Just pace yourself and you'll eventually get to the summit. Our tour guides were extremely helpful, kind and had an awesome sense of humor.
I still think about seeing the sun creep over the horizon, as the colors of the sky changed from dark blue to what you see above.
When you get to the top of a mountain all the pain and adversity you went through in order to get to the top, disappears.
After climbing up this mountain 7,000 feet and 7 hours later the goal had been reached, the mission was complete.
Agung in Indonesian stands for. Big. Yes, Mt. Agung translates to Big Mountain. Trust me, it was.
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