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Bali is famous for its surf and culture, but this island is blessed with landscapes that also include towering volcanoes and endless rice fields. The green center of Bali is the spiritual heart of the island; traditional architecture denotes that all buildings and even bedheads should face the mountains. So what is so special about these mountains?
1. Mount Agung
As the highest volcano on the island, Agung stands at over 3100 meters tall and the last major eruption was 1963. This mountain is believed to be the center of the world for Balinese, as all temples are pointed towards Mount Agung, which is home to the ‘Mother Temple’, Pura besakih, nestled at its base. this mountain is in Kecamatan Karangasem, a 1,5-2 hour drive from Jimbaran. Jiking up Agung can take between 3-6 hours depending on the route you take. The temple is easily accessible at the base of the mountain and is well worth a visit on its own. Please take a sarong and long sleeved clothing with you if you intend to visit Pura Besakih, adhering to the cultural etiquette.
2. Mount Catur
If Mount Agung is a bit high for you to attempt to climb, try Mount Catur that sits at 2096 meters tall and is covered in trees. Once you reach the top you can see Bratan Lake and the breathtaking view around the volcanic crater. rent a hotel car, pack a day bag, and enjoy the ride; it takes around 2 hours to reach the base.
3. Mount Lempuyang
Home of Pura Lempuyang, this mountain stands at 1058 meters above sea level and is located on the eastern side of the island in Kabupaten Karangasem. Many climbers take on the mountain to merely visit the holy temple and enjoy the views of Mount Agung across the valley. Lempuyang is around a 2 hour 30 minute drive from Jimbaran.
4. Mount Batur
For sunrise chaser, this is the easiest and most accessible volcano to climb, taking around 2 hours to reach the top. The caldera-volcanic surface was formed by the collapse of land from a volcanic eruption many years ago. You can still feel the warm air from the cracks in the ground as you climb, because this volcanic mountain is still producing some lava! Batur stands at 1,717 meters above sea level in the area of Kintamani, Kabupaten Bangli and is around a 3 hour drive from Jimbaran. It is highly recommended to leave Jimbaran at midnight, and start climbing the mountain by 4am, so you are at the top for sunrise.
Being called the ‘Island of the Gods’ is not over-rated as Bali offers many beatiful natural attractions for you to explore. Ranging from beaches to forest and the magnificent mountains, get your trekking shoes ready and start the journey! A guide and private car are a must; please contact Guest Activities to assist with arrangements by email to firstname.lastname@example.org