Mount Rinjani Trekking Information
Mount Rinjani located on Lombok island Indonesia. Mount Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, rise up to 3726 meters above sea level. The island of Lombok is Dominated by Mount Rinjani! An semi active volcano with huge crater lake and active volcano (Gunung Baru) inside it. Mt Rinjani is quite tough mountain and needs extra level of fitness to pass all of the treks. The trekking tour usually consist of viewing the crater’s rim, lake, and summit. Depending on how much day you spend for the tour, at minimum 2 days are required to do the Rinjani tour both for beginner and pro. Look good reputation tour operator which is run the tour by them self, own good camping gears and knows well about the volcano before booking the tour are worth, as Rinjani known as the hardest trek trail in South East Asia and weather can change suddenly. Best season to climb Rinjani from April – December.
Rinjani Volcano Climbing
Climbing high over northern Lombok is the immense Mount Rinjani, the second highest mountain in Indonesia and one of the best treks in all of south eastern Asia. If you want incredible views, challenging trekking and awesome scenery then the Mt Rinjani trek is for you! Mt. Rinjani is actually made up of the peak of Gunung Rinjani (3726m) ,which has never erupted, Danau Segara Anak , the crater lake and Mt. Baru (2351m), a much younger cone within the crater lake. Gunung Baru erupted as recently as 2004. Most of the area around Mt Rinjani was declared a national park in 1997. Over 6000 trekkers were drawn to the mountains mystique and challenging climbing in 2008 and positive steps have been made to direct some of the tourist dollars towards upkeep of the park. Thousands of Indonesians come to Mt. Rinjani every year and the pilgrimage is a seen as a sacred journey and a way to pay respects to the mountain. The native Sasak people have a strong relationship with the mountain and may make several pilgrimages a year, particularly around the full moon, to bathe in the hot springs and make offerings. The national park office stops all treks to Rinjani fo the first 3 months of the year when the tracks are often slippery and dangerous due to the wet season. Adventure Lombok runs organised treks between April and November to maximize safety and give you the best chance of experiencing good weather. Trekkers can expect awesome views, challenging walking and a deep sense of achievement from finishing one of Indonesia’s best kept secrets: the Mt Rinjani trek! The Best season to climb Rinjani are on April through December. Mt Rinjani National Park are closed on January – March due to heavy rain nor bad weather.
About Rinjani Trek
You will encounter steep ascents and descents on a fairly good system of tracks whilst on the trek.. A good level of fitness is required. Please contact us if you would like some suggestions in relation to pre trip training or if you are concerned about your fitness level. All meals will be prepared by your guide and porters on open fires and fuel stoves. Your porters will exhibit super human strength in getting all your camping gear up the mountain and is a constant source of amazement to trekkers! Expect traditional Indonesian style rice based meals. The meals are excellent relative to what you might expect on a typical western style commercial trek. The staff take great pride in their cooking skills and presentation of your meal. Any offers to help are welcome but not expected. All your camping gear is supplied but if you want to take your own light weight sleeping bag or sleeping mat that’s fine. This can be arranged at your pre trip briefing in Senggigi Beach. Most trekkers will carry a small pack or day pack with personal items such as clothes, toiletries and photography gear. Keep the gear to a minimum and don’t take anything up the mountain that you don’t have to! You will most likely experience hot, sunny days on your trek. Common sense rules in relation to sun care are applicable to ensure you have a good time on route. Keeping your skin covered up and staying hydrated will stop most problems before they begin.
The Mount Rinjani Summit
One of the highlights of the trek is the guided ascent of the summit from base camp at Pelawangan 11(2700mt) to Gunung Rinjani (3726m). Any attempt on the summit will start early in the morning, around 3AM, to take in the famous view before the cloud comes in and so there is enough time to get to the crater lake in the afternoon. This will involve using a head torch whilst making the ascent. The last kilometer of the ascent is not for the faint hearted and involves climbing on loose scree just below the summit. The ascent of the summit is hard and extremely rewarding, however the trek to the base camp is enough for many visitors to Rinjani and you can always discuss your fitness and expectations with your guide on route to Pelawangan II.