Rinjani is the highest mountain in Lombok and, outside Irian Jaya, about the highest in Indonesia. At 3726 meters, it soars above the island and dominates the landscape, but by mid-morning on most days, the summit is shrouded in cloud. The mountain is actually an active volcano – its last eruption was in 1901. A huge crater contains its large, green, crescent-shaped lake, Segara Anak, which is about six km across at its widest point. A series of natural hot springs on the northeastern side of the calderas testify to the fact that Rinjani is still geologically active.
Day 1: Start of The Trek
Our guide will pick you up at hotel lobby at 05.00 AM then transfer to Sembalun approximately ± 3 Hours. Register the Rinjani Information Center (RIC) in Sembalun Lawang (1,156 m), meet your guide and arrange National Park entry tickets. Your guide will give you a briefing describing the route details, local cultural traditions and what you might see, and explains rubbish management and safety procedures. The trek starts from Sembalun Lawang with the gentle ascent walking through open grassland used as cattle grazing by local people. Resting at Pos 1 Pemantauan (1,300), after about three hours from Sembalun we reach Pos 2 Tengengean (1,500 m) enjoying the beautiful views of Mt. Rinjani summit (3,726 m). After another hours ascent to Pos 3 Pada Balong (1,800 m), we start the step 3,5 climb amidst the pine-like Casuarinas species locally known as Cemara, perhaps seeing evidence of wild pigs and the long-tailed grey macaque monkeys to the camp site at Plawangan II Sembalun crater rim (2,639 m) and overnight at tent (L,D).
Day 02: Night Climb to The Very Top
From the shelter there allow four hours to reach the summit start early morning 03.00am leave Pelawangan for the TOP (Summit). We will watch the sun rise over Sumbawa from the junction of paths, before starting the final ascent. The view from the rim is great, but it’s nothing compared with the view from the very top! From the top, you look down into the crater, which fills up with ‘cotton wool’ cloud streaming through the gap in the crater wall at the hot springs. In the distance, you look over Bali in one direction and Sumbawa in the other. And trek down to the lake up to 6 hrs around the hot spring there are several species of small water bird on the lake and the lake has been stocked with fish over the last few years, setting up camp sites at lake, time to soak your body in the spring, overnight. (B, L, D).
Day 3: Descend - Pick Up
After breakfast in the morning to do climb to pos III about 2000 m from sea level and continue to Senaru and direct transfer to Senggigi area or close by your hotel. (B,L).
End of Tour.
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