4 day Rinjani Summit Trek

Summit Mt Rinjani from Sembalun to Senaru, bathe in hot springs and enjoy an extra night at the Senaru Crater. 5 days.

  • Indonesia
  • July
  • Lombok International Airport, Praya (LOP)

This four-day trek will allow you to cover the whole loop. Start in the mountain village of Sembulan for a gentler, quieter approach to Mt Rinjani, with breathtaking views as you cross the savannah-like plains. Reach the crater rim on day one, where you fuel up with dinner as the sun sets over dramatic scenes. Start in the dark to reach the summit for an unforgettable sunrise. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the lake and recovering by dipping into hot natural pools, before a final day exploring Senaru Crater Rim, less crowded but equally stunning. Your adventure includes:

  • 4-day guided trek
  • 1-night accommodation in Senaru
  • 3-night camping
  • Professional, local English-speaking guides
  • All meals and water during the hike
  • Porters to carry food and cooking equipment
  • Welcome drinks
  • National park fees
  • All transfers

Perfect for:
Fit and active travellers short on time, and looking to experience the famous Mt Rinjani at sunrise. Previous hiking experience and a high level of fitness required, this is a challenging trek.

Need To Know

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 windy and a lot colder, cooling down to nearly freezing at night. Overall, the day of hiking is very long 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 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. 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 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 - essential for the pre-dawn approach to the summit
  • 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)

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.

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Location

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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.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival

Get picked up from anywhere in Lombok, and get driven to the gateway village of Senaru.

On arrival, you’ll be greeted by your guides, porters and some welcome drinks.

You’ll be briefed about the hike, before getting an early night before the big ascent.

Note: If you arrive in the afternoon, you’ll have the option of visiting the beautiful Sindang Gile and Tiu Kelap Waterfall.

Day 2: Sembalun to Sembalun Crater rim

Wake up early for breakfast and a quick drive to the town of Sembalun (1150m) to access the quieter, more peaceful trail 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 hiking, 1500m ascent

Day 3: Sembalun Crater Rim - Summit - Segara Anak Lake - Hot Springs

Hot drinks and a light snack are all the encouragement you’ll get to make a 2:30 start in the dark.

For the first 2 hours it’s a steady climb, flattening out into a gentle plateau before a final, hour-long struggle to the summit.

There are loose stones and volcanic ash and each step slips back making the climb even harder.

It’s worth it to arrive at dawn. As the sun rises Mt Rinjani’s shadow stretches vast across the sea and Indonesia’s islands are scattered like pearls in the view: you feel literally on top of the world.

You will enjoy a magnificent view over Lombok island, Bali, Sumbawa and Segara Anak Lake.

The loose scree makes the descent fast and easy so the walk back to Sembalun Crater rim is quicker. Here a second, hot and complete breakfast will be served.

After some well-deserved rest, you will start the 3-hour hike towards the lake and the hot springs.

The track is particularly steep and slippery, but you will be rewarded by a full lunch by the lake. The afternoon is designed for you to rest and enjoy the lake and the hot springs.

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 8.5 hours of hiking, 1100m ascent, 1800 descent.

Day 4: Segara Anak Lake - Senaru Crater rim

You will have the opportunity to enjoy the morning fishing in the lake and dipping in the hot springs.

After lunch, we will start the climb towards Senaru Crater rim. The 3-hour hike requires technical skills and attention. The top part of the trail is steep and stony.

The reward will be worth the effort. A spectacular sunset over Bali’s Mt Agung, blurred by Senaru’s gasses.

You will have dinner at the campsite at the edge of the crater.

Around 3 hours of hiking, 650m ascent.

Day 5: Senaru Crater rim - Senaru Village

Wake up to a spectacular lake view and enjoy the sunshine while having breakfast.

After breakfast, we will start the 5-hour descent towards Senaru Village.

Between Post 1 and Post Extra we will stop for a break and have lunch. We will then continue towards Senaru and arrive at the Senaru Rinjani Trekking Centre between 12 pm and 1 pm.

Our private car will be waiting to take you to your next Lombok destination.

Around 5 hours of hiking, 2050m 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

Prices include

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

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

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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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