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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Gunung Agung June 13th 2012

Since the Nepal trip I have an almost constant desire to be walking, trekking- whatever you want to call it. This trip to Bali presents Gunung Agung (3142m) as the next challenge. Gunung Agung is a volcanic mountain, it is the highest peak in Bali and the 5th highest volcanic peak in Indo. It is 3142m high at the highest peak with a crater of around 700m in diameter and about 500m in depth. It is hugely significant to the Balinese in a spiritual context and is home to the Besakih Temple (Mother Temple). It last erupted in 1963 with significant loss of life (2000 people) and homes, Pura Besakih was spared. There are 2 main approaches- from the south via Pura Pasar Agung in Salat, or the west from Besakih (this is longer and means ... read more
The top
From the top
From the top

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Gunung Agung May 7th 2012

I got chatting to Christine, a girl from Belgium, also travelling alone, on the boat trip back to Lombok. We got momentarily separated by a horse man who insisted i get in his carriage. we went about 100meters and then he wanted 70.000 from me! Here that's big money (fiver lol). I was furious but then his mate arrived and my idea of running off went out the windeow. Instead I give him 10,00 and stormed off. Apparently this happens often. Anyhoo - Chritine wanted to do aAgung too. We exchanged deets and then went our separate ways in Padangbai. Me back to Kuta to find Christoph. Then that night at 8pm. Christoph and I travelled to Besakih, a village that has the great besakih temple. It's the holiest sight in Bali. Simply because of it's ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Gunung Agung January 12th 2011

Nous sommes restes dans un bungalow pres du Palais. Apres l'avoir visite, nous avons organise avec notre hote, Ketut Sarjana, une randonnee a travers les rizieres et parmi les villages des alentours. Nous avons pu avoir de jolies vues du volcan, Mont Agung. Le lendemain, c'etait un jour important pour les villageois: le jour de la benediction du riz. Ca consiste a emporter diverses offrandes aux temples et de prier les dieux de proteger les cultures de riz. Nous avons pu y assister, il a juste fallu porter le costume traditionnel: le sarong - Tout le monde etait vetu de blanc sauf Dave et moi (en rouge et violet), bref on etait reperable a des kilometres a la ronde!... read more
Tirta Gangga
Tirta Gangga
Tirta Gangga

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Gunung Agung August 6th 2009

We spent a few days in Ubud sorting our bags out, doing some washing, shopping and eating lots of lovely food! We then decided it was time to see some of the island as we had only been to the harbour and to Ubud so, we set off with Ketut our host, on a trip around the island for the day. We visited Goa Gajah, the elephant cave, followed by Tirta Empul and it's holy springs. From here we went for lunch overlooking Gunung Agung, the holiest peak in all of Bali, it was pretty chilly looking out over the massive volcano and i even got goose bumps - very nice sensation! After lunch we took a lovely drive through the rice terraces and through some handicraft villages along with a trip to a coffee and ... read more
The contents of our bags.........
Tel taking a rest in the sun
The stunning rice terraces

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Gunung Agung July 16th 2009

Tuesday, July 14th Today we had to say goodbye to Ric and the nice people at Ocean-Sun because we were off to climb the volcano, Gunung Agung. When we tried to pay, their credit card machine didn't work and we didn't have enough cash, and since this part of Bali has very few internet providers and no ATMs at all, we had to take their banking details and promise to pay the balance into their account when we arrive back in Denpasar. Pain in the butt, but what can you do? We were told that the nearest ATM was in Amlapura, a town en-route to the volcano. After a few wrong turns we eventually found a bank but we couldn't get any cash. We continued driving around in the hope of finding another ATM, because if ... read more
Our den for the evening
The Team
Red faced

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Gunung Agung December 24th 2008

At 4am a bluebird pulls up to the gate. For the next half hour en route to Juanda, as the meter ticks away, Teghan recounts the previous late night out when she’d met with a few friends at the Lido to wish our collegue Dave farewell. She didn’t drink too much and left around midnight. She noticed a motorbike pull into the bar’s car park only to turn around and exit just after her. The journey across town follows well light avenues with ocassional traffic. But pulling into our neighbourhood in east Surabaya, a less travelled road obscured by tall tamarinds, the motorcyclist pulled alongside Teghan and tried to snatch her purse containing her plane tickets and a considerable sum of cash. The purse strap wrapped around her neck did not snap as the thief had ... read more
blowfish, Legian
Bakso
Sideman

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Gunung Agung October 28th 2008

Okay... Where to begin. Today was a huge day. Last night while trying to figure out how we were going to get back to Kuta from Ubud we ended up booking a car and driver for the day to take us to about a million different places before depositing us back in Kuta. I have seen every color of green ever created today, more rice terraces than you can count, and beautiful temples. So bear with me... I will give you a little background (thank you Lonely Planet) and a lot of photos... First stop was Goa Gajah. It was discovered in the 1920s and is believed to have been a Buddhist hermitage. I'm not sure if it translates as Elephant Cave or it's just what it's called in English but needless to say, no elephants ... read more
Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Gunung Agung August 25th 2008

Day 5: Gunung Agung It’s pitch black. My knees ache. My legs are loose, wobbling with each unstable step. This is not helping in the least bit. The scree beneath my feet, the chalky volcanic rock, crumbles with the slightest pressure. I grip a flashlight in my mouth with clenched jaws and take a large step over an ice-less crevasse, then reach out for the boulder opposite, quickly feeling for handholds. Up ahead, as a streak of light breaks the horizon, there is a tussle. Irregular noises catch my attention as a chorus of stone ring down the mountainside. A voice sounds alarm. Someone has gone down. I quickly pull the light from my teeth and look into the darkness. It isn’t long after dinner when Laura & I are in bed that I find myself ... read more
Closer Than The Sun
The Darkside of the Cauldron
Breaking Light

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Gunung Agung January 11th 2008

Sometimes, beautiful moments may come unexpected. This Friday, I was on an office trip to Sidemen Village at Karangasem Bali. It is quite a remote area which takes 1 hour drive from Denpasar. At first, I didn’t have any thoughts in my mind. Just prepare myself in a very long journey to a remote area which took 2, 5 hours drive, as said by my Balinese colleagues (which in fact never went to Sidemen anyway). Then miracles happen. First, I just realized that the new driver is formerly worked in a travel agent. He used to bring tourist from every part of the globe in tour exploring Bali. Made, the driver’s name, suddenly introduce me and Dina, my colleague, to a new world of Karangasem. He explained and brought us to places which I never knew ... read more
Me and Dina
a Hill on His Own
Old Lady Made Canang Sari




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