“People always underestimate this mountain,” says Wayan Dartha, a guide who takes visitors to the top of active volcano Mount Agung, in Bali. Photo: Ian Neubauer
“People always underestimate this mountain,” says Wayan Dartha, a guide who takes visitors to the top of active volcano Mount Agung, in Bali. Photo: Ian Neubauer

Views of Bali from on high: a prayer to Shiva ensures climb up Mount Agung, newly reopened to visitors, is rewarded

  • Hindu god Shiva is thought to live in the volcano. Guides like Wayan Dartha, affected by Covid-19 travel curbs, pray to him before taking tourists to the crater
  • The monkeys that once lived high up on the mountain moved down when the trees were killed by ashfall in 2017. ‘Now they eat everything we grow,’ Wayan says

“People always underestimate this mountain,” says Wayan Dartha, a guide who takes visitors to the top of active volcano Mount Agung, in Bali. Photo: Ian Neubauer
“People always underestimate this mountain,” says Wayan Dartha, a guide who takes visitors to the top of active volcano Mount Agung, in Bali. Photo: Ian Neubauer
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