Mount Rinjani National Park Information
The National Park extends over an area of 41,330 hectares. Community-based activities are conducted in conjunction with the Rinjani trek center in Senaru. Mount Rinjani and Lake Segara Anak located in the North of Lombok 85 kilometers from Senggigi. Mount Rinjani is the second highest peak in Indonesia standing at majestic 3726 meters above sea level. For the people of Lombok Sasak and Balinese alike, treat the mountain as a sacred place. They consider God to live at the summit of the mountain.
One of the large crater called Segara Anak Lake, located at 2000 meters above sea level is the destination of many pilgrims, who make the annual trek up the steep slopes in order to places offerings to the God in the lake itself. This magnificent crater lake now holds a new and active volcano called Mount Baru Jari which appeared in this country. On the Northside of the lake, there is a hot spring (one of 4 Segara Anak hot springs found here) which is said to cure disease.
It is a truly unforgettable experience to trekking up such impressive mountain as Rinjani and the 2 days trek expeditions that are offered and the spectacular scenery were contributing factors to Rinjani National Park winning The National Geographic World Tourism Award in 2004.
Starting points for such a trek can begin at Senaru in the north part nor Sembalun from the East part, this two or three days trek attracts Rinjani from the West with a descent to the awesome crater lake before again climbing up and out and onto the summit. A faster more direct route, which is popular for those climbers and trekkers that don’t wish to spend several days on this expedition, can be attempted from Sembalun climbing up Rinjani’s Eastern slopes. This trip does not visit lake Segara Anak lake, but it is still a breathtaking and magic experience. Rinjani Information Center is located at Sembalun.