Climbing Bali’s Gunung Agung is easily the most physically taxing activity I have ever done. And while this was my second attempt (the first was unsuccessful as someone in our group couldn’t go on), I still wasn’t as prepared as I could have been. Other climbers I saw on the day were not prepared at all. While this isn’t a technical climb, it is a difficult one and you’ll make it a ... Read more about How to prepare for climbing Gunung Agung .
Gunung Agung is the tallest and most revered peak on the Indonesian island of Bali. On a clear day (billboards not withstanding) it can be seen from just about anywhere on the island. Last year as a part of the World Nomads travel writer scholarship programme, I made an attempt on the peak but we had to turn back as one of the party couldn’t make it. Today, just under a year later, I made a ... Read more about Photos from the summit of Gunung Agung on Bali .
I accept that I won’t win any headline writing awards for the title of this piece, but really, for all those who want to complain about how busy Bali is these days, how bad the traffic is, how you can’t swing a cat without hitting a drunk Australian in Kuta, how Ubud is under attack by Eat, Pray, Love yoga mat-wielding tourists… for God’s sake, get out of there and make a side trip to ... Read more about A side trip to Sidemen .
Built on the slope of Bali's highest peak Gunung Agung, Besakih is a complex of almost two dozen temples stepped up the slope. While the site is thought to have had spiritual importance since the 14th century, the central temple of Pura Penataran Agung dates back to the 17th century. A major eruption of Gunung Agung in 1963 saw the lava flow miss the temple by metres. This close call only ... Read more about Pura Besakih .