Mount Rinjani located on Lombok island Indonesia. Mount Rinjani is the second-highest volcano in Indonesia, rises up to 3726 meters above sea level. The island of Lombok is Dominated by Mount Rinjani! A semi-active volcano with a huge crater lake and an active volcano (Gunung Baru) inside it. Mt Rinjani is quite a tough mountain and needs an extra level of fitness to pass all of the treks.
The trekking tour usually consists of viewing the crater’s rim, lake, and summit. Depending on how many days you spend on the tour, at minimum 2 days are required to do the Rinjani tour both for beginner and expert. Look good reputation tour operator which is run the tour by themselves, own good camping gears and knows well about the volcano before booking the tour are worth, as Rinjani known as the hardest trek trail in South East Asia and weather can change suddenly. The best season to climb Rinjani from April – December.
Rinjani Volcano Trekking
Climbing high over northern Lombok is the immense Mount Rinjani, the second-highest mountain in Indonesia and one of the best treks in all of southeastern Asia. If you want incredible views, challenging trekking and awesome scenery then the Mt Rinjani trek is for you!
Mt. Rinjani is actually made up of the peak of Gunung Rinjani (3726m), which has never erupted, Danau Segara Anak, the crater lake and Mt. Baru (2351m), a much younger cone within the crater lake. Gunung Baru erupted as recently as 2016. Most of the area around Mt Rinjani was declared a national park in 1997. Over 60000 trekkers were drawn to the mystique of the mountain and challenging climbing in 20016 and positive steps have been made to direct some of the tourist dollars towards the upkeep of the park.
Thousands of Indonesians come to Mt. Rinjani every year and the pilgrimage is seen as a sacred journey and a way to pay respects to the mountain. The native Sasak people have a strong relationship with the mountain and may make several pilgrimages a year, particularly around the full moon, to bathe in the hot springs and make offerings.
The national park office stops all treks to Rinjani fo the first 3 months of the year when the tracks are often slippery and dangerous due to the wet season. Adventure Lombok runs organized treks between April and November to maximize safety and give you the best chance of experiencing good weather.
Trekkers can expect awesome views, challenging walking and a deep sense of achievement from finishing one of Indonesia’s best-kept secrets: the Mt Rinjani trek! The Best season to climb Rinjani is from April through December. Mt Rinjani National Park is closed on January – March due to heavy rain nor bad weather.
About Rinjani Trek
You will encounter steep ascents and descents on a fairly good system of tracks whilst on the trek. A good level of fitness is required. Please contact us if you would like some suggestions in relation to pre-trip training or if you are concerned about your fitness level.
All meals will be prepared by your guide and porters on open fires and fuel stoves. Your porters will exhibit superhuman strength in getting all your camping gear up the mountain and is a constant source of amazement to trekkers!
Expect traditional Indonesian style rice-based meals. The meals are excellent relative to what you might expect on a typical western style commercial trek. The staff takes great pride in their cooking skills and presentation of your meal.
Any offers to help are welcome but not expected. All your camping gear is supplied but if you want to take your own lightweight sleeping bag or sleeping mat that’s fine. This can be arranged at your pre-trip briefing in Tetebatu, Sembalun or Senaru following on tour package and trekking route you choose.
Most trekkers will carry a small pack or day pack with personal items such as clothes, toiletries and photography gear. Keep the gear to a minimum and don’t take anything up the mountain that you don’t have to! You will most likely experience hot, sunny days on your trek. Common sense rules in relation to sun care are applicable to ensure you have a good time on the route. Keeping your skin covered up and staying hydrated will stop most problems before they begin.
The Mount Rinjani Summit
One of the highlights of the trek is the guided ascent of the summit from base camp at summit campsite (2639m) to Mt. Rinjani (3726m). Any attempt at the summit will start early in the morning, around 3 AM, to take in the famous view before the cloud comes in and so there is enough time to get to the crater lake in the afternoon.
This will involve using a head torch whilst making the ascent. The last kilometer of the ascent is not for the faint-hearted and involves walking on loose scree just below the summit. The ascent of the summit is hard and extremely rewarding, however, the trek to the base camp is enough for many visitors to Rinjani and you can always discuss your fitness and expectations with your guide on Plawangan Sembalun or summit basecamp.