Indonesia – Mt Rinjani – Aik Berik Rim Trek
Mount Rinjani (3726m) is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, second only to Mount Kerinci on Sumatra. It is an active volcano that is part of the “Ring of Fire” and dominates the landscape of the relatively small island of Lombok.
In August 2018, the unfortunate tremors on Lombok caused damages to the trails on Mount Rinjani. The trails to the summit and crater lake have been closed since, until surveys on the safety of the routes are completed.
The good news is that the Mount Rinjani National Park Agency (TNGR) has re-opened the trails to the rims - Sembalun, Senaru and Aik Berik in June 2019!
Aik Berik is an existing old trail that leads to the south rim. This trail, via Aik Berik village, on the southern slope of Mount Rinjani, was not damaged by the tremors. The approach to the south rim includes trekking through dense forest, which gives plenty of shelter from the scorching sun. On most parts of the trail, it is possible to spot the city of Mataram and its grand mosque from Umar Maye Rim. The view from the rim is spectacular.
This south rim trek do not lead to the summit nor to the crater lake (Segara Anak).
**Our aim of organising this trek is to bring trekkers back to Lombok to support the local community and economy. Almost 100% of tourism operations in Lombok are back in business. However, many of the trekking guides and porters are still jobless as the summit and crater lake of Mount Rinjani remain closed.
About The Trek
The trek to Mt Rinjani's south rim is via Aik Berik village. We will start from Senggigi, drive about 1.5hrs to arrive at Benak Stokel, before that, we will stop over at the National Park office for registration.
We hike through the tropical rain forest with opportunities for wildlife viewing. It takes about 3.5hrs to reach our lunch point (Kayuk Malang/1400m), after lunch, it is another 4hrs walk to reach the south rim (Umar Maye Crater/2500m). We will camp overnight at the crater rim; the dazzling sight of the crater lake, Segara Anak is in full view on a clear day.
The next day, we enjoy the spectacular view of the sun rising, casting lights onto the crater lake. After breakfast, we descend using the same route to return to Benak Stokel, then take the vehicle to Senggigi.
The monsoon season in Lombok is from December to early March. During this period Mt Rinjani will be closed for trekking by the National Park and is usually opened from mid March onwards. The rainy season can last through March to April and the rain can start to pour from November. Hence, the best period to trek Mt Rinjani is from May to October.
Fringe season : November - December & April
Best season : May - October
No trekking experience is required. Anyone with a good level of fitness can complete this trek. You will be trekking in undulating forested mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 4-5kg for 6-7 hours each day for 2 days.
Equipment and Gear
You can wear a quick dry t-shirt/trekking shirt and trekking shorts/ pants for the trek to the rim. In the evening, a thermal set, an insulating layer (such as a fleece jacket) and an outer shell jacket are needed. Bring rain gear and waterproof your backpack. A sleeping bag is needed and will be provided.
A recommended packing list will be provided to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to learn about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.
Group size: 6-15 people.
4-5 people: $620 per person
|Day||Description||Meals||Altitude at Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive in Lombok. Transfer to Senggigi||-/-/-||50m|
|Day 2||Trek from Benang Stokel to Rim ( Umar Maye Crater )||B/L/D||2500m|
|Day 3||Trek from Rim ( Umar Maye Crater ) to Benang Stokel. Transfer to Senggigi||B/L/-||50m|
|Day 4||Depart Lombok.||B/-/-|
- Return airport transfer in Lombok
- All land transfer as indicated in itinerary
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Bottled drinking water, coffee & tea on trek
- Twin/Triple sharing accommodation in Senggigi
- Camping service: sleeping tent(twin sharing), toilet tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat
- Trek support: climbing guides (1 guide to 8 trekkers) and kitchen crew, porters for communal and personal items
- Permits and fees: Conservation and National Park fees
- Emergency support: Rescue fee (for rescue by emergency rescue crew on foot and land transfer to the nearest clinic or hospital) , basic first aid kit and Oxican (oxygen in can)
- International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Visa fee (if any)
- Single supplement
- Meals no indicated in itinerary
- All tipping
- Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 3000m)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal travel and trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay
Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions
We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the trek:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)
We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure a high standard of service and safe participation by everyone.
Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Mt Rinjani, possess intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture. They are trained in emergency rescue, carry a 1st aid kit and Oxican (oxygen in can).
Our local partner include a rescue management service as part of the trek service. Should an accident happen, the rescue from the mountain on foot by an emergency crew of porters will be activated and transport to the nearest clinic and hospital arranged at no extra cost.
Our local partner also inculcate environmental consciousness among the mountain guides and porters to bring the trash out of the mountain after each trek. They also initiate and organize clean up of Mt Rinjani, bringing the mountain guides and porters to clear out trash left behind by others, every year.
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.
Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.
Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:
- Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
- Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
- Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
- Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises
A good three months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.
A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.
Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.
Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.