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CLIMB THE MIGHTY MOUNT RINJANI 3726M a.s.l

Highlight

( Summit , Lake, crater Rim, hot spring and Exploring caves, Gunung Baru)

Type

Trek Expedition, Adventure, Ecotourism, Volcano.

Term of booking

Minimum 4 days before arrival date, confirmation, advanced deposit is required.

Introducing

The Basics

At 3,726 meters asl, Rinjani is the second highest mountain in Indonesia outside of Papua. It is very climbable by visitors with a high level of physical fitness. Critical is to understand and respect this great mountain: sadly, visitors have died here through failing to follow sensible procedures and make all necessary preparations.

Few actually make the very strenuous effort required to reach the actual summit but instead stop at the crater rim (approx 2,700 m) where the views of the crater lake are mind blowing. To make the extra 1,000 metre ascent to the very top requires a considerably higher level of fitness, not to mention strength of spirit and sense of adventure.

Typically, a trek to the crater rim involves two days and one night on the mountain. The longer ascent to the summit can be done with just one night's camping but is often part of a longer trek of 3-4 days and two or three nights.

For all but the most experienced and well prepared mountaineers, you will need to climb Rinjani with the services of a professional guide - but bear in mind that the guides themselves are not subject to any kind of certification requirements. Pay close attention to the guidelines below and do not underestimate the dangers. Tourists do die on these peaks, even those led by supposed "guides".

Proper sturdy climbing/hiking boots are an absolute necessity as is a substantial waterproof, windproof jacket, and a head lamp. If you are going to the top, use of poles (walking sticks) for getting through the scree (loose rock) at the top is highly recommended. By 2000m, you will feel like you are not in the tropics any more as rising wet, hot air loses its temperature and falls as rain. If it is wet and your bottom layer is cotton, you will be in trouble already. Air temperatures towards the summit are as low as 4°C, often with a significant extra wind chill factor. You must prepare accordingly.

Guides and trekking agencies

At times it seems that everyone in Lombok is a trekking guide for Mount Rinjani, especially on the main tourist strip in Senggigi.

Take most of what you are told with a pinch of salt and you will find the most experienced and reputable guides at the main trekking centres at Senaru and Sembalun Lawang. It does happen that tourists who are experienced hikers find themselves better prepared than the guides for mountain conditions. Most Lombok residents are completely out of their element in the mountain and (for instance) a flash thunderstorm might take them off-guard. Some seem to think their sole responsibility is to tell you which way to walk, cook noodles along the way, and throw leftover food packets into bins for the local monkeys to raid, tear apart and fight over.

To avoid disappointment or death by exposure due to incompetent guidance it is therefore highly recommended to avoid package deals purchased away from Senaru, so that you can negotiate with the guides themselves and make sure that they are actually competent. If there is a problem, you can then find a different guide company in Senaru.

To help you judge the experience of a potential guide, here is a checklist of concerns:

  • are they prepared for flash rain? eg, do they have plastic liners, and raincoats or emergency ponchos?
  • are they prepared for dealing with someone suffering from exposure? they should be able to provide space blankets.
  • Are they checking that everyone is taking a thermally protective layer (eg polypropylene)?
  • are they taking a first aid kit?
  • what about a map and compass?
  • what about a trowel or fold-away shovel for burying human waste? Toilet paper?
  • sanitation - if they are cooking, are they going to wash and clean their hands and all plates etc using detergent/soap?
  • get them to pitch one of theirs tent to demonstrate that they can, and that the tents are complete. Check that they pitch it using pegs and with the fly sheets secured away from the tent so that moisture does not seep in even if it is windy and raining.
  • do they have a working mobile phone for emergency calls? with credit?

The above is what you would expect a professional and experienced guide to be able to do in any other country, but in Indonesia all bets are off. Don't waste 3M rupiah (or even 1M) on a 20-year old boy who might lead you to your death.

Guide fees are a movable feast and generally negotiable. Ignore anybody who tells you that the rates are officially set by the park authority. A sensible price range would be:

  • 2 days, 1 night trek to the crater rim only: Rp 1,500,000 to 2,000,000 per person.
  • 4 days, 3 night trek: Rp 2,500,000 to 3,000,000.

These will vary though according to how busy the guides are and how many people are in your party. Some guide companies will charge as little as 900,000 rupiah per person for a 2-night trek in the off-season, but perhaps that is because they haven't bought proper tents (for instance). Refer again the above checklist, be sensible and do not be too tight.

The Senaru Ascent Route

This is by far the most used route as it allows the (relatively) less strenuous trek to the crater rim only. You start at an elevation of 600 metres in Senaru village, normally in the late morning or early afternoon and make the 6 hour ascent to the crater rim before dark. The route passes through POSII at 1,500 m, breaches the treeline at 2,000m (POSIII) and then it is a bit of slog up gravel paths to the camp site just below the crater rim at 2,600m. Wake before dawn to make the 20 to 30 minute final climb to the crater rim to enjoy sunrise and the iconic view across Segara Anak to Gunung Baru.

If that has not sapped all of your energy you can then make a very precarious descent down to shores of the crater lake and bath in the hot waters. You need some confidence to do this as it is a steep descent of 600+ metres using handrails and ropes.

And then it is back to Senaru the way you came.

There is an option to go on to Plawangan II where you overnight again before making the ascent to the aboslute summit. This is not especially recommended from the Senaru side though. If you want to get to the top, the climb to Plawangan II is best made from Sambulan Lawang.

     » Rim Program     1N/2D ---> Beginner Trekking

The Sambulan Lawang Ascent Route

Starting in the morning from the Rinjani Trek Centre in the village, the climb to Plawangan II at 2,638m will take about 8 hours via POSI (1,300M), POSII (1,500m) and POSIII (1,800m). Overnight at the campsite here and go for the summit starting at 3.00AM the next day. You need to be well rested as this is a stiff task - the final climb is nearly 1,100 metres on difficult ground.

Serious trekkers should explore the options of staying on the mountain for 3 nights or more with a planned trek that takes in the crater rim, down to the lake shore, the absolute summit and more. Such treks can start in either Senaru or Sambulan Lawang.

   » Summit  Program 2N/3D ----> Classic Trekking Program
   » Summit  Program 3N/4D ----> Fun Trekking Program
Note:
Sembalun Trek, is the path traveled by visitors, especially by the fans trekking. Route is a gateway Sembalun Lawang – pelawangan Sembalun takes 7 hrs and to peak rinjani takes 3,5 hours from Plawangan.
This point is very dramatic and impressive tourist trail you go through a savanna and desert ridge winding with a gap on the left and right channels. This route is not too steep, but because the field is dominated by savanna make your trip sweating by the heat of the sun that stung, but it will go away when you made was struck by the beauty of desert scenery and vast forests along the valleys nan green east of Mount Rinjani, even your eyes will be spoiled by the beauty of the strait Alas and Sumbawa Island in the distance.

Climbing to the peak is generally done at 2.30 o’clock AM, from pelawangan sembalun to Puncak Rinjani take around 3 – 4 hours, this meant that to enjoy the sunrise (Sunrise) from the summit of Mount Rinjani, After arriving at the summit of Rinjani you can rest a moment while enjoying the panorama of nature and pride to ourselves has been set foot on one Indonesia horizon, and will engender awe of God’s creation.

Senaru Trek, is the busiest route, it is because besides the tourist path often trekking also used as a route by which indigenous peoples would do the customary ritual / religious at the top of Rinjani or lake Segara Anak. Integrated Climbing Center (Rinjani Trek Center) Senaru Route that is Senaru – Pelawangan Senaru – Segara Anak Lake on foot takes ± 7 – 9 hours through the tourist trail in primary forest and along the trail has provided a means resting on each post. From the gate Senaru to Lake Segara Anak there are three headings. Along the way trail visitors can enjoy the beauty of wilderness and stunning stones. from Lake Segara Anak if you want to continue the journey to the summit of Mount Rnjani you need to go to pelawangan Sembalun, which take ± 4 hours.


Torean Trek. Along this trek, from the village to the time Torean Tiu (TNGR limit) which is a post for climb to the fields, grazing fields, plantations and the production forest area. Slope of 20 -45% range with a limit Torean village TNGR (Post I) ± Km 5.00 Km to the slope of ± 10-30% Flora that can be found namely: Bajur, Klokos Shrimp, Rattan Forest, Ward, Lengsir, Guava, Bunut, Blimbing Forest, Juwet, ferns, Ketimunan, Rajumas, Tapan Dawa. As for fauna that can be found ie: some species of birds (perkici, Daweuh, Kecial, Drongo). Distance from Postal III Plawangan Torean toward Torean ± 3.50 km with a slope of -40% ± 30, along the way we will be in the clamp 2 pieces of the mountain and we also enjoy the flow of the river (crow) White.

Descriptive day to day tour itinerary, price, flight schedule, hotel/accommodation, weather condition etc, Please do not hesitate to contact us

 

"...The expedition is exhausting, no doubt, but the sheer size and beauty be seen to be believed. This was definitely a life altering experience ..."

Gerrard Neve, Rinjani 2004

 
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