The small island of Lombok is dominated by the spectacular Mount Rinjani 3726 m in Indonesia’s second highest volcano. semi active and held in awe by the islanders who regularly ascend the steep trail to the crater rim. In 2004 Mount Rinjani won the world legacy award and the volcano recognized internationally as an important eco tourism destination. Starting points for such a trek can begin at Senaru in the North or from Sembalun in the East, this two main route mostly used for treks attacks Rinjani from the West with descent to the awesome crater lake before before again climbing up and out onto the summit. The faster more direct route to summit, which is popular for those tourist that don’t want wish to spend days on this expedition can be attempted from Sembalun climbing up Rinjani’s western slopes. Both trekking route offered breathtaking and magic experience.
Mt. Rinjani is actually made up of the peak of Gunung Rinjani (3726m) ,which has never erupted, Danau Segara Anak , the crater lake and Mt. Baru (2351m), a much younger cone within the crater lake. Gunung Baru erupted as recently as 2004.
Most of the area around Mt Rinjani was declared a national park in 1997. Over 6000 trekkers were drawn to the mountains mystique and challenging climbing in 2008 and positive steps have been made to direct some of the tourist dollars towards upkeep of the park.
Thousands of Indonesians come to Mount Rinjani every year and the pilgrimage is a seen as a sacred journey and a way to pay respects to the mountain. The native Sasak people have a strong relationship with the mountain and may make several pilgrimages a year, particularly around the full moon, to bathe in the hot springs and make offerings.
The national park office stops all treks to Rinjani for the first 3 months of the year when the tracks are often slippery and dangerous due to the wet season. Pondok Gunung Baru runs organized treks between April and Desember to maximise safety and give you the best chance of experiencing good weather.
Trekkers can expect awesome views, challenging walking and a deep sense of achievement from finishing one of Indonesia’s best kept secrets: the Mt Rinjani trek!
Rinjani Trek Highlights
– Watching the ever changing scenery as you ascend and descend Mount Rinjani
– Sunrise on Mount Rinjani taking in spectacular view of Segara Anak Lake and the island of Lombok stretching far below
– Segara Anak Lake
– Summit Hike Rinjani
– Hot Spring
– Crater Rim
ABOUT THE TREK
You will encounter steep ascents and descents on a fairly good system of tracks whilst on the trek.. A good level of fitness is required. Please contact us if you would like some suggestions in relation to pre trip training or if you are concerned about your fitness level.
All meals will be prepared by your guide and porters on open fires and fuel stoves. Your porters will exhibit super human strength in getting all
your camping gear up the mountain and is a constant source of amazement to trekkers! Expect traditional Indonesian style rice based meals. The meals are excellent relative to what you might expect on a typical western style commercial trek. The staff take great pride in their cooking skills and presentation of your meal. Any offers to help are welcome but not expected.
All your camping gear is supplied but if you want to take your own light weight sleeping bag or sleeping mat thats fine. This can be arranged at your pre trip briefing in Senggigi Beach. Most trekkers will carry a small pack or day pack with personal items such as clothes, toiletries and photography gear. Keep the gear to a minimum and don’t take anything up the mountain that you don’t have to!
See our What you need to Bring section for more information.
You will most likely experience hot, sunny days on your trek. Common sense rules in relation to sun care are applicable to ensure you have a good time on route. Keeping your skin covered up and staying hydrated will stop most problems before they begin.
One of the highlights of the trek is the guided ascent of the summit from base camp at Pelawangan 11(2700mt) to Gunung Rinjani (3726m). Any attempt on the summit will start early in the morning, around 3AM, to take in the famous view before the cloud comes in and so there is enough time to get to the crater lake in the afternoon. This will involve using a head torch whilst making the ascent. The last kilometer of the ascent is not for the faint hearted and involves climbing on loose scree just below the summit.
The ascent of the summit is hard and extremely rewarding, however the trek to the base camp is enough for many visitors to Rinjani and you can always discuss your fitness and expectations with your guide on route to Pelawangan II.