Discover Mount Rinjani - Lombok
Mount Rinjani is an active volcano on the island of Lombok and at 3,726m is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. If you are an adventurous traveler who wants to conquer the challenge of hiking up the slopes of an active volcano, Trip Guru would like to suggest a trekking tour of the majestic Mount Rinjani. The trek through the lush forest and the rugged, rolling slope is challenging and not for the faint of heart, but ultimately, the breathtaking view is worth the effort.
While trekking through the tropical forest, covering much of Mount Rinjani's slopes, be on the lookout for the rare and elusive Ebony leaf monkeys. The tropical forest is full of life; long tailed grey macaques, deer, wild pigs, birds, and other wildlife also dwell within the forest. Above the tree line, the ground gives way to barren rugged scree, a reminder that this is no ordinary mountain but an active volcano. From the crater's rim, travelers are treated to the awe inspiring panorama of the crescent shaped sulphurous lake, Segara Anak, from which a new volcano, Mount Barujari has emerged after the eruptions in the 1990's. Segara Anak is a spiritual place and is the site of the annual sacred Hindu ceremony of Mulang Pekelem. The 3 day Rinjani trek route from the traditional village of Senaru, up to the crater rim, down to Segara Anak, and ending at Sembalun Lawang is the most popular route. Other routes are available depending on one's skill and physical fitness.
Since the mountain is an active volcano, Trip Guru urges travelers to follow the safety precautions and instructions from the guides. Climbers are also advised to bring a substantial waterproof, windproof jacket as the rising wet air from the tropical forest start to lose its temperature and come back down as rain. Other than climbing, travelers can also explore the 3 famous caves: Gao Susu, Gao Payang, and Gao Manik. Visit the rejuvenating hot springs that are found on the mountain which the locals believe have healing properties. There are also several picturesque waterfalls cascading through the tropical forest.
The villages of Senaru and Sembalun Lawang are the starting points for the climb up Mount Rinjani. Senaru Village is a 3 hour drive to the north of Mataram while Sembalun Lawang Village is a 4 hour drive to the east of Mataram. The best season for climbing is April-December. The park is closed from January-March due to heavy rain. The park may also be closed in case of volcanic activity.