Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani elevated up to an impressive 3,726m making it Indonesia’s second highest volcano. Mount Rinjani is located on the island of Lombok and easily accessible from Bali. If you have done Mount Agung or Mount Batur in Bali and looking to reach the next level of ultimate excitement and adventure then here we present Mount Rinjani to you.

From Bali, it is a 90-minute boat ride and an hour’s drive to the roots of Mount Rinjani. However, if you are in Gili Island then it will take you ten minutes by boat plus an hour by car. Most of the people, who visit Indonesia with ample time in hands, prefer their trip starting at Bali and then to Gili and hold mount Rinjani trekking for the last.

Mount Rinjani is among one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. It has a caldera of 50 km square with a crater lake in it called Segara Anak. Many pilgrims come yearly to this lake to make offerings to the gods and the lake. You are not allowed to climb Rinjani without a guide, so you need to go on an organized tour.

To win this Indonesian volcano, would take two days of demanding trekking and it is tough, sometimes gets really difficult, but the view at the summit is all so worth it. You will find quite a number of travelers scaling this mountain with you as Mount Rinjani is getting popularity swiftly. Mountain Rinjani is a hard trek with some steep sections, especially the last bit to the summit, so you need to be in good shape to reach the vertex.

An easier option, but with equally good views, is just to trek to the rim, which is easier as the track is good most of the way and without too many steep parts.

Trip length: The standard length is three days and two nights, however, you may try two days and one night if you think that you are particularly in very good shape and have little less time. If you really want to enjoy the forest life and good trekking then minimum three days and two nights trip are recommended.

On day one, your ultimate voyage will start from the walk through the National Park entrance to the rim of the volcano. The first half of the day is spent passing through the jungle, where certainly, you will find curious monkeys ready to play and mingle with you. You will need to be little careful and try to stay away from the monkeys. Always wear full sleeve shirts or t-shirts and full length lower. Avoid any physical contact with monkeys or any other animals. As you get closer to the rim, vegetation is limited to grasses and small bushes. At the rim, the spectacular view awaits you enabling you to forget the fatigue caused by your travel through the jungle area.

Spend the next day exploring the crater for a couple of hours where you can swim in the blue Crater Lake or relax your muscles in the nearby hot springs before climbing up to the opposite side of the rim. An amazing vista, cool breeze, lush green views, and a lot of Awwww inspiring moments. The third day you get up early in order to reach the summit at sunrise. On a clear day, you get a spectacular view of Lombok, the Gili islands and Bali as the sun starts warming you up.

A little history

The oldest recorded historical eruption was in 1847. There was a continuous flow of eruption from 1994 to 1995 which resulted in the further growth of the crater cone Gunung Baru since renamed Gunung Barujari. Gunung Barujari became active again on 27 April 2009 till May 2009. The ascent routes re-opened on September 14th, 2009 but hiking routes down into the Crater Lake were still deemed unsafe and remained closed.

In February 2010 observers at the Gunung Rinjani Observation Post detected a smoke plume that rose 100 m from the volcano. On May 1st, 2010 a column of smoke was again observed rising from Rinjani issuing eruptions 1,300-1,600 meters tall with thick brown color and strong pressure.

On May 5th, 2010 a possible ash plume rose to an altitude of 5.5 km (18,000 ft) and drifted 150 km NW. In light of this, The Volcanic Explosivity Index Alert Level was raised to 2 with a recommendation that there be no activity within a radius of 4 km from the eruption at Gunung Barujari. Rinjani erupted three further times on 23 May 2010 with activity continuing until 24 May 2010. 

Location: Lombok Island, Indonesia

Closest cities: Senaru (600m) and Sembulan (1,100m)

Difficulty: Challenging but accessible for the physically fit

Elevation: 3,726m (12,408ft) at the peak. The crater rim is at 2600m (8658ft)

Time Commitment: Typically 2-4 days (can do up to 7)

3 hours by cab from the Lombok airport

15-minute boat ride + 1.5-hour cab from Gili islands

2-hour cab from Senggigi

3.5-hour cab from Kuta Lombok

2-6 hour boat ride from Bali + a 1-3 hour cab ride (depending on your route)

Packing list for Mount Rinjani

  • Plasters/Band-aids
  • Warm sweater
  • Wind breaker jacket
  • Hat/gloves
  • Headlamp – required for summit,
  • Small backpack (15-30L) – for personal stuff/water/food/etc
  • spiking shoes/boots
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Trekking Poles
  • TP/wet wipes
  • Sun screen
  • Ear plugs
  • Camera
  • Swim suit

TREKKING SAFETY GUIDE AND TIPS

  • Do study weather forecast of that area. Avoid trekking during bad weather
  • Newbies should always carry a raincoat and must be accompanied by professional guides.
  • Do carry multi-pocket carry bag.
  • Must keep a water bottle and winter attire in your carry bag or pocket before heading for trekking.
  • To prevent insect bite, do wear full sleeves shirts and full pants.
  • It is essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking.
  • If suffering from any kind of physical problem, Quit Trekking
  • Always wear proper shoes while trekking. An uncomfortable pair of shoes can harshly hurt your feet and can lead to serious foot injuries while trekking. Choose shoes that are a little bigger than your regular shoes
  • Do carry food items which carry a larger amount of carbohydrates.
  • You should carry a first aid box with you.
  • Do not forget your camera.
  • Put it simply, do not do it alone-do not go if you do not know
  • Women are not allowed to climb up the Volcano if they are pregnant or during their menstruation period, due to Hindu religious reasons.