3 day Rinjani Summit Trek

Summit Mt Rinjani from Sembalun to Senaru, check out the crater lake and bathe in hot springs. 4 days.

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3 day Rinjani Summit Trek

Summit Mt Rinjani from Sembalun to Senaru, check out the crater lake and bathe in hot springs. 4 days.

The trek from Sembalun to the summit is a slightly longer route, with breathtaking views as you cross the savannah-like plains. Trek through jungle, camp on the volcano’s rim, then hike to the summit for the most intense sunrise of your life. Lakes, monkeys, hot springs, and another night on the Senaru side of the crater, along with professional guides and porters complete the package. Your epic adventure includes:

  • 3-day guided trek to the summit of Rinjani
  • 3 nights of accommodation (1 night hotel, 2 nights camping)
  • Professional, local, English-speaking guides
  • Porters
  • All meals and drinks
  • Camping equipment
  • National Park fees
  • All transfers

Perfect for:
Active travelers seeking a challenging and beautiful adventure in Indonesia. Previous hiking experience and a high level of fitness required, this is a challenging trek.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival

Wherever you are on Lombok, your host will pick you up and drive you to the charming mountain village of Senaru at the base of Rinjani.

Wander the flower-filled gardens of Senaru, find a local restaurant for dinner, then return to your hotel to rest up—the adventure truly begins in the morning.

Day 2: Climb to Sembalun crater rim

Wake up early for breakfast and a quick drive to the town of Sembalun (1150m) to access the slightly longer, but more gentle route to the summit.

Meander over rolling hills and sunny grasslands, then enter the chirping, dripping forest where you start to climb more steeply.

Ascend through a jungle of fig trees, vines and epiphytes. Listen for rare birds and keep an eye out for mischievous monkeys.

Stop midway for an enormous lunch—your guides really overdo themselves—then make the final push to the crater.

The forest thins as you crest the crater’s edge (2639m) for your first glimpse of Segara Anak, a deep blue lake that fills the crater. A small, perfect volcanic cone sticks out of the middle.

Camp that night on the rim. Watch as sunset changes the colour of the lake, and feast on a fresh meal of mee goreng or curry.

Don’t stay up too late stargazing—tomorrow’s summit climb starts early!

7 hours of walking, 1500m ascent

Day 3: Summit Rinjani and explore the crater

Your wakeup call comes early at 02:30. Dress in warm layers and sip on a hot drink to wake up. It’s time to summit Rinjani!

Trek along the crater’s edge, then leave the forest and start the climb up the jagged tooth that leads to the summit (3726m).

You’ll be hiking in loose ash—two steps forward, one step back—but after 3 ½ hours of hiking you’ll be on top of the world.

Watch the sunrise from the best seat imaginable, and marvel at views of Bali, Sumbawa, the lake, and the entire island of Lombok.

Giddy and proud, trek back to camp where your porters are waiting with a hearty breakfast.

With the summit behind you, the rest of the day is for exploring.

Trek down into the crater to check out Segara Anak Lake and sooth your muscles in natural hot springs.

After lunch at the springs, climb up the Senaru side of the crater (2641m). Camp again on the rim and watch the sun set over Bali.

Try to stay up to watch the stars if you can—they’re magical at this elevation.

10 hours of hiking, 1700m ascent, 1700m descent

Day 4: Descend to Senaru

Enjoy a final mountaintop sunrise with a hot drink and breakfast, then begin the trek down to the base.

Leave the treeless alpine for dense jungle. The monkeys and birds are back to keep you entertained while you hike down steep trails.

Arrive in Senaru (600m) around midday. Your host will drive you to your next destination on the island, wherever that may be.

As you drive away from the mountain, don’t forget to look back at the summit. It’s hard to believe you were standing up there just 24 hours ago!

4 – 5 hours of hiking, 2000m descent

Please note: The actual itinerary and the duration are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

On your first night, you’ll stay at a local hotel. The accommodation will be simple but very clean and feature ensuite rooms, running water, a fan or AC, and wifi. One of accommodation used by your guides is Rinjani Light House a tasteful traditional guest house located in Senaru at the foot of Mt Rinjani.

While on the mountain you’ll camp. Your porters will carry and set everything up for you, including tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and a toilet tent.

Please note, the exact accommodation before the trek will be determined by availability.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Join like-minded adventurers on one of our group trips below. Alternatively, book a private trip or get a quote.

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Porter for personal stuff Payable Before Departure
Personal Porter $25.00 Per Person, Per Night

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Location

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Topping out at 3726m, Rinjani is the second highest mountain in Indonesia. The volcano dominates the little island of Lombok. The lower slopes of Rinjani are covered in dense, humid rainforest full of fig trees, epiphytes, monkeys and birds. Once your break treeline the terrain turns into a stark moonscape with alpine plants growing out of thick ash. The treeless landscape allows incomparable views of neighboring islands (Bali and Sumbawa), endless ocean, and the 8km-wide, lake-filled crater.

The island of Lombok is Bali’s lesser-known neighbor. It’s covered in thick rainforest and surrounded by dozens of postcard-perfect tiny islets. In contrast to the Hindu Balinese, the Sasak people of Lombok are predominantly Muslim, but otherwise the islands are very similar in their food, hospitality and beauty.

Start point?
You can be picked up at any time from any hub on the island, including Lombok Airport. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off wherever you like on the last day. The airport drop-off time is approximately 16:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Lombok Airport (LOP) is served by direct flights from Kuala Lampur and Bali, and 1-stop flights from Singapore. You can arrive at any time on the first day. If you’re flying out on the last day of the trip please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 17:30.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to Lombok
  • Accommodation after the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 1 people and a maximum of 10. There will be 1 guide for a max of 4 hikers.

Sure can! Private bookings for one are available, but if you can join a group it does work out cheaper.

The lower slopes of Rinjani are relatively gentle and easy, and the temperature is warm. As you climb the terrain becomes more challenging. Some sections through the forest are steep and slippery, even exceeding 50-degree slopes.

Above treeline the ground is loose and ashy—think two steps forward, one step back. It also gets windy and a lot colder, cooling down to nearly freezing at night. Overall, the hiking is sustained and challenging, but the views from the summit are incomparable.

A high level of fitness is needed to attain the summit of Rinjani. Hikers with an average level of fitness can usually make it to the crater rim, but the final 1000m of ascent to the main summit is challenging, steep and loose, requiring very good stamina and fortitude. Previous mountain hiking experience is a must.

Your hosts are very eco-conscious. They pack everything out, including human waste, are adamant about not littering, and encourage travelers and guides to clean up the mountain as they go.

Your guides and porters will cook delicious, fresh meals for you throughout the trip—and plenty of it. Examples include mee goreng (fried noodles) and nasi goreng (fried rice) with veggies, egg and meat; curries; fried bananas; pancakes; popcorn; and biscuits. Hot drinks are always available, and you’re provided with 3L of water per person per day.

Absolutely, just let us know at booking.

In Senaru (elevation 600m) temperatures range very little from 29 – 31 °C during the day and 22 – 23 °C at night. On the summit of Rinjani, however, the temperature is far cooler, approaching freezing at night.

The sun shines pretty much every day from April to October. November and December are a bit wetter but still dry enough to have an enjoyable trip. From January to March the mountain is closed for the monsoons.

Your host will provide tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, a toilet tent, and cooking and eating utensils. Porters will carry all this equipment along with the food and water.

You are advised to travel as light as possible. The remaining luggage can be stored at your guides’ office and picked up when you leave.

On Rinjani you’ll hike in warm, humid conditions at the base and cold, windy conditions at the summit. The sun is powerful even when it’s cold out, so don’t skimp on sunblock. Please pack the following:

  • Light-weight, breathable hiking shirts and long trousers
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm jacket (fleece, wool or down/synthetic)
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen)
  • Bug repellent
  • Sturdy, broken in hiking shoes or boots
  • Swimsuit and small towel
  • Head torch
  • Small backpack for carrying all your personal gear
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Sandals (optional)
  • Trash bag for collecting litter and helping clean up the mountain (optional)
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