Mount Rinjani, standing at 3,726 metres above sea level is the second highest volcanic mountain in Lombok island of Indonesia. Adventure enthusiasts can go trekking on this active volcano and witness some of the most unthinkable sights on the way.
Where is it:
If you are planning to trek Mount Rinjani, then you have an option to choose your starting point. You can either start from Sembalun or Senaru depending on when you want to reach the top. It is said that if you want to summit earlier in the trip, then choose Sembalun or else choose Senaru.
If you are planning to start the trek from Sembalun, then you can choose to stay at Rinjani Garden which generally costs ₹2,131 per night and if Senaru is your starting point, then you can book a room at Rinjani Lodge which generally costs ₹4,731 per night.
The trek at Mount Rinjani is not for amateurs. The terrain is covered with volcanic ash, loose stones and rocks making it slippery and difficult to climb. Being the second highest volcano in Indonesia, Mount Rinjani is notoriously challenging to climb. Not just physically, it is also mentally taxing as it takes two nights and three days to complete the whole trek.
DIY or not:
While it is technically possible to trek Mount Rinjani on your own, it is heavily discouraged by. Unless you have an advanced level hiking experience in the tropics, don’t consider doing it without a guide.
For lone trekking, you need to sign in at the park office and pay an entrance fee.
For guided trekking, there are several organisers or tour companies that provide different packages.
Adi Trekker, +62-8199-1028-066
Hajar Trekking, Phone - +62-819-1601-4731
The cost involved for trekking depends largely on the number of days you want to stay in the mountains, when do you want to go for it, whether you are travelling in a group or not and which company you choose. The general price quoted by most of the tour operators varies from ₹ 8,125 to ₹ 18,532
When to do it:
Rinjani is opened from April first week to January yearly. The place is closed from January second week to March end due to heavy rainfall in the area. April to June is considered as the best time for hiking here.
The three-day trek begins from Senaru Village, which is located in the east of Lombok islands and ends at Sembalun Village. The route for the most popular picked up trekking is: Senaru Village - Senaru Crater Rim - Segara Anak Lake - Sembalun Crater Rim - Rinjani Summit - Sembalun Village