The small island of Lombok is dominated by the spectacular Mount Rinjani (3726m), Indonesia's second highest volcano, semi active and held in awe by the islanders who regularly ascend the steep trail to the crater rim. We follow in their footsteps completing an introductory trek and wandering the crater to appreciate the bright emerald green waters of Lake Segara Anak. We then travel by boat to the tranquil Gili Islands where we can indulge in some snorkelling or just relax on its beautiful beac...
Vacation Style Family & GIT
Activity Level High
Within the mountain is a crescent shaped lake, the breathtaking Segara Anak which is a spiritual place. The Balinese come here each year and perform a ceremony to the mountain spirit. The Wetu Telu people also regard the lake as holy and come here to pray on full moon nights. This lake of sulfur is located 600 meters below the crater rim. Rising from the waters of this lake is a new volcano, Mt Baru, which is a result of a series of eruptions during the 1990’s.
Mt Rinjani lies within the Gunung Rinjani National Park. The park covers 41,330 hectares and sits inside a major bio-geographical transition zone (Wallacea). This is where the tropical flora and fauna of South East Asia meets that of Australasia. This National Park was established in 1997 and is one of over 40 throughout Indonesia.
Three-day Rinjani route from Senaru to the crater rim, down to the Crater Lake then on to Sembalun Lawang, is considered one of the best treks in South East Asia. More adventurous trekkers may want to head all the way to the summit of the volcano. This is best reached from Sembalun Lawang and takes four days, finishing up in Senaru.
The most popular way to climb Rinjani is through a four or five day hiking expedition, starting at Senaru and finishing at Sembalun Lawang. Trekkers begin from Senaru hiking to the stunning crater rim, down to the incredible crater lake and then onto Sembalun Lawang. More information about trekking up Mt Rinjani is available at the Rinjani trekking club website.
Senaru and Sembalun Lawang Villages are the two starting points to climb Gunung Rinjani. Senaru Village is a three hour drive north of Mataram, while Sembalun Lawang Village is approximately a four hours drive to the east of Mataram. You can get to Senaru by taking public transport to Bayan and then walking.
- 7 nights accommodation at hotel of choice, based on twin-sharing (2 persons per room)
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
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- Fully supported camping during climb - tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags and cooking equipment
- Bottled drinking water during transfers
- Tours and activities as indicated in the itinerary
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On arrival into Praya airport on Lombok, you will be met in the arrival hall by a World Expeditions representative and transferred to your accommodation at Senggigi Beach. Overnight Senggigi.
Transfer to Sembalun, trek to Savannah Camp
This morning you will have free time at your leisure. You will meet your guide and group members in the late morning for a pre-trip briefing before departing for the 3- 4 hour drive to Sembalun Lawang. Lombok is dominated by Mount Rinjani, Indonesia’s 2nd highest volcano, and Sembalun Lawang, lies on its eastern slopes. After lunch at Sembalun we commence trekking to Savannah camp (approx 2 hours, 9kms). Overnight: Savannah Camp. Distance in KM: • Senggigi – Sembalun: 118 km • Sembalun – Savannah Camp: 2.9 km
To Camp Plawangan II
After breakfast, then start our trek with a gentle ascent through open grassland to Pos 1 Pemantauan (1,300m), rest and enjoy the summit views of Mt. Rinjani. We continue our climb towards Pos 2 Tengengean (1,500 m), whjich is about a 1 hour walk from Pos 1 Pemantuan and then another 1.5 hour trek to Pos 3 Pada Balong (1,800 m), for lunch (approx 13:00hrs). After lunch we continue the trek up to Sembalun Crater Rim (2,639m), this is the 3.5 hour hard climb amongst the pine-like Casuarina species locally known as Cemara, with the opportumnity to spot wild pigs and the long-tailed grey macaque. We will reach the camp site of Plawangan II (approx 17:00), set up the tent and enjoy the views of the crater rim. Dinner is served at the camp site, rest and prepare for a early wake up for the trek to the Summit on the following day. Overnight: tented camp Distance in KM: Savannah Camp - Pos 1 Pemantauan (1,300m): 0.5 km Pos 1 Pemantauan – Pos 2 Tengengean (1,500 m): 1.2 km • Pos 2 – Pos 3 Pada Balong (1,800 m): 1.6 km Pos 3 – Plawangan II camp site: 2.3 km
Summit Mount Rinjani and descend to Segara Anak Lake
After an early morning wake up call at around 3am, we will begin our hike to the summit of Mount Rinjani (3726m). We leave at this time to make sure we arrive at the top before sunrise, not only to experience this spectacular sight but also to have the best chance of getting clear views. It is a 3 hour steady ascent to the summit. From the summit we will watch the spectacular sunrise with views across to Bali, Mt Agung and Sumbawa, the crater lake below, and the island of Lombok stretching far below. We return to our camp for a late breakfast and continue our descent to Lake Segara Anak within the crater rim below (2000m). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight: tented camp Distance in KM: Plawangan II camp site – Summit of Mt. Rinjani: 3.1 km Plawangan II camp site – Segara Anak: 2.7 km
Descend to Senaru and transfer to Gili Air Island
After breakfast today we begin the long journey to the island of Gili Air. We ascend to Plawangan (2640m), and then descend down the long trail to Senaru village, passing thick tropical forests rich in flora, bird life and a variety of butterflies. You might see orchids and, if lucky, the rare black ebony leaf monkey, known locally as lutung. Lunch will be served en route. After 7 hours walk from the rim, the trek ends at Rinjani Trek Center at the road head in Senaru. From Senaru, we proceed to Bangsal boat harbour, West Lombok. From here, we journey by public boat to the island of Gili Air. Overnight: Gili Air. Distance in KM: Segara Anak – Plawangan II: 2.7 km • Plawangan II – Plawangan I: 10.6 km • Plawangan I – Senaru: 10.6 km • Senaru – Bangsal (by car)
Gili Air Island
Today is at leisure on Gili Air Island. This idyllic white sand island can easily be walked around in just a few of hours and is one of the three coral-fringed islands located off the northwest coast of Lombok, and known collectively as the ‘Gilis’. They all have superb white sandy beaches, clear water and brilliantly coloured fish. For the active there are optional activities of diving and snorkling or you may just wish to find a cosy hammock, relax and watch local life go by. Overnight: Gili Air.
Transfer to South Lombok
This morning we will transfer back to the main island and the resort town of Kuta (not to be confused with Bali's Kuta). Lombok is a really diverse island, and during the day we will visit Sukarara, where we will see the various styles of weavings and textiles found on Lombok; the Pura Kalasa temple in Narmada; Mataram and the beautiful beach at Tanjung Aan. Overnight: Kuta Beach, Lombok.
In Senggigi, trip concludes
Following breakfast this morning, the trip concludes. Transfers to the airport will be arranged for your outbound flights.
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