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Kestala, Gumung and Tenganan Trekking  

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Bali’s diverse landscape lends itself to some excellent trekking opportunities for active travellers. It is always important to wear a pair of sturdy walking shoes and bring along a camera to capture inspiring moments on film. A bottle of mineral water is also necessary to avoid the risk of dehydration along the way.

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One route in particular commences in the village of Kestala in East Bali and is a 3-hour journey with some mild hiking involved. From the drop of point trekkers must first wade across the Buhu River where a nearby dam is an important water source for the communal irrigation systems of local rice terraces and farm land.

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Venturing up to the dike-track, trekkers will be greeted by a stunning expanse of rice-fields. When weather conditions are favourable there is a clear view of Gunung Agung, the highest and most sacred mountain in Bali. While to the east, Mount Bisbis of Lempuyang rises in the distance.

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At the end of this track lies Gumung village, which is famous for its basketry and handicrafts that are woven from an indigenous plant. This village is also known for its production of local palm wine called tuak.

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The pathway out of this village leads through a landscape of forest and coconut groves. A stop at Bukit Moding offers a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean in the distance and the ancient village of the Tenganan that lies below.

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Historically a walled and fortified settlement, the community of Tenganan has attempted to maintain the traditional way of life and resist outside pressures of modernization and consumerism. The people here belong to an ancient sect of Hinduism and perform unique ceremonies that are based on their warrior heritage.

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The trek continues with an inspection of Kubu Langlang temple and then concludes at Tenganan village to experience firsthand the simple existence that the people here have carved out.

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