THE RINJANI TREK
Mt Rinjani, located in Lombok island, Indonesia, is the second
highest mountain in Indonesia (at 3726 meters height). It is a
volcano, with huge crater lake and smaller active volcano inside
it. The trekking tour usually consists of viewing the crater's
rim, lake, hot spring, cave and summit. Depending on how many
days you have for the tour, you could spend the night on the
rims (there are two rims: Senaru Rim (Rim I) and Sembalun Rim
(Rim II) or at the lake.
Actually, There are many routes up the mountain, but the main
access is from Senaru in the north and Sembalun Lawang to the
east. The challenging three-day Rinjani Trek route from Senaru
to the crater rim (Plawangan), down to the stunning Lake then on
to Sembalun Lawang, is considered one of the best treks in South
East Asia or the 3-day Rinjani Trek that includes the climb to
the summit and usually begins in Sembalun Lawang.
Mt Rinjani is quite a tough mountain and needs extra level of
fitness to pass all of the treks. Safety measurements are
minimum. Trekking path are steep, sometimes slippery or become
like small rivers if rain falls uphill. Most serious injuries
are caused by falling from the cliff and hypothermia. Most tour
operators are very cautious about the guests' fitness (since
it'll affect their reputation badly), and offer detours or a
shorter trek if you could not manage to finish your full treks.
Rinjani Trek Ecotourism Program has received the following
International and National Awards;
The World Legacy Award sponsored by International Conservation
and National Geographic Traveler, June 2004 The Award for
Innovative Ecotourism from the Ministry of Tourism, September
A finalist in the Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Awards, April
Summary of the treks:
- Sembalun Lawang - Pos 2 Tengengean: Mostly is savanna, with
mild rising trek
- Pos 2 Tengengean - Pada Balong: Steep climb with soil trek,
- Pada Balong - Plawangan 2: At the back of the mountain, with
cliffs on left and right side, sandy trek
- Plawangan 2 - Summit: 45 degrees or more of sandy trek with
cliffs on left and right side
- Plawangan 2 - Lake camp area: Steep climb with huge rocks trek
(1-2 meters height)
- Lake camp area - Plawangan 1: Steep climb with huge rocks trek
(1-2 meters height)
- Plawangan 1 - Pos 3 Mondokan Lolak: Steep climb with loose
sandy trek (slippery when wet)
- Pos 3 Mondokan Lolak - Pos 2 Montong Satas: Forest area, soil
/ mud track, with mild rising trek
What to Bring:
- Enough clothes for the trekking. Make sure you wear dry
clothes. Wrap in water proof container (flash rain, mist, and
river crossing may wet your clothes). Don't bring too much
because there's no place to bathe and it's heavy. Leave your
bathe packs behind.
- Tissue. To go to toilet
- Jogging pants preferably water proof, to keep your feet warm.
- Extra socks.
- Wind breaker, preferably water proof. Weather is cold, but
heavy wind makes it worse. Thick jacket makes you sweat a lot
during hiking and heavy.
- Rain coat
- Flash light. It's a must. The summit trek starts at 2AM, with
lights only from your flash light.
- Optional hiking shoes, unless your sport shoe can handle a lot
of sand. For a multi-day trek strong boots are highly
- Optional - Bird book and binoculars, though on most treks the
itinerary leaves time only for opportunistic bird watching. Best
areas for bird watching are around the crater lake and in the
jungle on the Senaru side. If you want to do serious bird
watching it is preferable to arrange a trek for that specific
purpose, off the main trek routes (which are very busy at high
season) and with a guide who knows the best places to go.