3 Day Rinjani Crater Lake and Hot Springs Trek

All the adventure, without the summit trek. Hike from Senaru to the crater rim, camp by Segara Anak Lake and bathe in hot springs. 4 days.

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3 Day Rinjani Crater Lake and Hot Springs Trek

All the adventure, without the summit trek. Hike from Senaru to the crater rim, camp by Segara Anak Lake and bathe in hot springs. 4 days.

If you want to experience the spectacular lunar landscape of Mt Rinjani, but don’t fancy the hike to the summit, then this is the trek for you. Explore it’s lava-built ecosystem, fish in the vividly coloured lakes and bathe in the delightful hot springs. Marvel at the sunrise, sunset and stars as you sleep by the smouldering cone of Barujari Volcano, trailing a plume of ash over the vividly-coloured waters of Lake Segara Anak. Though the hikes in and out are tough there’s a whole day by the lake to explore inside the caldera.

  • 3 day guided trek
  • 1 night pre-trek accommodation in Senaru
  • 2 nights camping
  • Professional, local English-speaking guides
  • All meals and water while hiking
  • Porters to carry food and cooking equipment
  • Welcome drinks
  • National park fees
  • All transfers

Perfect for:
Fit and active travellers who want to experience the otherworldly beauty of Lombok’s volcanic highlands. Previous hiking experience and a good fitness required.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival

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

Here, you’ll get a welcome drink and the chance to meet your guide and porters for a pre-hike briefing.

If you arrive in time there’s the chance of visiting the beautiful waterfalls of Sindang Gile and Tiu Kelab, but otherwise just wander the flower-filled streets of Senaru and choose a local restaurant. An early night is called for, tomorrow you’ll be climbing.

Day 2: Senaru village to Senaru Crater rim

After breakfast set off at 7:30 to make the most of the cool morning air.

Start off through a terraced landscape growing coffee, bamboo and rice before entering a dense, shady jungle of fig trees and tangled vines, echoing with the calls of tropical birds and chattering monkeys.

With stops for drinks and fruit snacks it will take about 5 hours to get to Post 3 at 2000m, where your porters will cook a substantial hiking lunch.

Soon after lunch, you’ll clear the tree-line. The views expand but the trail becomes rock.

You can take your time on this steep section as it should only be 2 ½ hours to Pelawangan Senaru Crater Rim at 2641m.

Weather permitting you’ll have spectacular sunset views over the 3 Gilis and Mt Agung in distant Bali, looking down on the ‘Child of Rinjani’ Barujari, a new volcano pushing a smoking cone through the waters of Segara Anak Lake.

Your guide and porters set up camp in this spectacular setting and prepare an evening meal to savour. The sun sets over Mt Agung in Bali and a blanket of stars appear in the sky.

Around 7 hours hiking, 2000m ascent

Day 3: Senaru Crater rim to Segara Anak Lake

Make the most of the sunrise and then enjoy a leisurely breakfast before an easy day. It’s a 2-hour scramble down to Segara Anak Lake that doughnuts around Barujari Volcano.

There are handrails in parts but they wobble: don’t be too proud to grab a helping hand. Despite - or because of - the lowering presence of the smoking, sometimes belching volcano the late is tranquil and beautiful.

The lake itself is better for fishing than swimming but warmer waters are a short walk away.

The famous hot springs where you can soothe strained muscles in a natural spa – an ideal place to be while your porters prepare lunch.

In the afternoon the porters will set up your tents near the lake and you’re free to explore until dinner and a second evening under the stars.

Around 2 hours hiking, 600m descent

Day 4: Segara Lake to Senaru village

After breakfast it’s a tough climb out of the crater, a 3-hour hike across boulders and scree.

Once across the crater rim the path eases, heading down across open alpine plains and into the rainforest.

Lunch will be prepared along the way and you should arrive at Senaru soon after noon, where a car will be waiting to take you to your next Lombok destination.

Around 8 hours hiking, 600m ascent, 2000 descent

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


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.

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Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • 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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Topping out at 3726m, Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. Mt Rinjani is part of the ‘Ring of Fire,’ a section of fault lines that stretches through Japan and south-east Asia. Volcanic Ash makes for fertile ground, allowing rainforest to dominate the volcano’s lower slopes. As you breach the treeline, you can see the neighbouring Bali and Sumbawa, as well as the crater’s magma heated lake.

The town of Senaru is the gateway to this Rinjani trek, however it has managed to retain its cultural identity. The Sasak people’s belief’s are a fusion of Islam and animism.

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 17:00. 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.

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 cooler, cooling down to nearly freezing at night, but comfortable during the day.

Hikers with an average level of fitness can usually make it to the crater rim. The final 1000m of ascent to the main summit is challenging, steep and loose, requiring very good stamina and fortitude, which is why you can choose either a summit hike, or to avoid the summit as this trip does. Previous mountain hiking experience is essential.

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. Higher up 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 water, food, a toilet tent, and cooking and eating utensils. Porters will carry all this equipment along with the food and water. They can also provide a rain coat on request.

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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