Start hiking in the middle of the night on the slightly longer but more gentle Sembalun route to reach Mt Rinjani's summit crater for a sunrise you won't forget easily. If you're short on time but looking for an unforgettable day on Indonesia's second tallest mountain, you're in the right place. Your epic day adventure includes:
- 2 days guided hiking
- 1-night pre-trek accommodation
- 1-night camping
- Professional, English-speaking guides
- All meals and water during the hike
- Porters to carry food and cooking equipment
- Welcome drinks
- National park fees
- All transfers
Fit and active travellers short on time but that want to summit and camp Mt Rinjani. Previous hiking experience and a high level of fitness required. This is a tough trek.
Meals as described
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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 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 hiking, 1500m ascent
Day 3: Sembalun Crater Rim - Summit - Sembalun Village
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 breakfast we will start the 4-5 hours descent towards Sembalun village. We will stop at Post 3 or 2 for a break and lunch.
Arrive at Sembalun village around noon where our private car will be waiting to take you to your next Lombok destination.
10 hours of hiking, 1090m ascent, 2600m descent
Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.
All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.
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.
Topping out at 3726m, Rinjani is the second highest mountain 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.
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.
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 such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.
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