Indonesia – Mt Rinjani

5 May 17

Indonesia – Mt Rinjani

Rinjani Crater Lake Pic

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.

On the top of Mt Rinjani is a 6-by-8.5km caldera. Within this huge caldera, surrounded by a complex of jagged peaks and smoking fissures, lies a stunning emerald-green crater lake. Believed by locals to be the home of the goddess Anjani, this lake is approximately 2000m above sea level and about 200m deep.  The lake is known as Segara Anak or Anak Laut (Child of the Sea), due to the colour of its water that resembles the colour of the sea. The caldera also contains hot springs.

For the people of Lombok, Sasak and Balinese alike, Mt Rinjani is revered as a sacred place and abode of deities. The crater lake is a pilgrimage destination for tens of thousands each year. Pilgrims place offerings in the water and bathe away ailments in the hot springs. For trekkers, Mt Rinjani is considered one of the best volcano treks in South East Asia. The strenuous climb to the summit culminates in a breathtaking view that takes in the tropical idylls of Bali and Sumbawa as well as the winding coast and green valleys of Lombok.

About The Climb

The trek to Mt Rinjani's peak can begin from Sembalun or Senaru. Our itinerary takes the less strenuous route from Sembalun to Senaru. The route begins gradually from the village of Sembalun Lawang by crossing a huge grassland towards the slopes of Rinjani.  Higher up, the trail cuts through ferns and stands of pandan before reaching pine trees that are heavily-draped with moss.  After clearing some steep slopes, you arrive at the crater rim (2639m), and the dazzling sight of the crater lake, Segara Anak opens up before you.  Trek along the crater rim for another 30 minutes to reach the base camp and rest for the night.

From the base camp it is a 4-6hrs strenuous trek up to the summit before sunrise.  The last stretch is a wind-swept ridge of deep, loose ash, and climbing it is more like crawling up a sand-dune!  It takes good fitness to see sunrise from the summit, or witness the first light along the summit trail – it is equally awesome.

The summit view is unforgettable, especially looking down in the caldera with clouds drifting across the surface of Segara Anak.  On the edge of Segara Anak, lies a volcanic cone – Mount Barujari (2375m), still occasionally emits smoke.  Along the summit trail, to the northwest direction, you can also spot a tiny cone among the clouds – the highest mountain in Bali – Mount Agung (3142m).

Descend to base camp followed by a steep climb down to the crater lake to rest the night. Visit a hot spring located near the crater lake for a rewarding dip to ease the body after a arduous climb.

From the lake, trek up to the other side of the crater rim, Plawangan I (2641m), and then enter into a shady forest of tall teak and mahogany trees to exit to Senaru.

Trekking Seasons

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. However, it can still be rainy from 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

Experience Required

Good to have above 1000m trekking experiences. (eg: Belumut, Mt Ophir and Gunung Nuang etc). The up and down rim to rim trek and the famous scree slope on the summit trail require good fitness and endurance. You will be trekking in undulating mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 5-6kg for 6-8 hours each day for 4 days.

Equipment and Gear

You can wear a quick dry t-shirt/trekking shirt and trekking shorts/ pants for the rim to rim trek. In the evening and for the summit trek, 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.

4 Days & 5 Days Mt Rinjani Trek Package

For those who are not able to spend 6 days to climb Rinjani, there are 5 days & 4 days trek packages available. The 5 days package is a more compact version of the 6 days trek. Instead of camping one more day at the crater rim campsite after the summit climb, you will proceed to the campsite at the crater lake on day 3, trek out of Rinjani on day 4 and catch your flight back on day 5. For the 4 days package, you will not be trekking to the crater lake, after the summit climb on day 3 you will trek out of Rinjani and catch your flight back on day 4.

Both the 6 Days & 5 Days Mt Rinjani trek will start and end at 2 different villages at the foothill of Rinjani, i.e. start from Sembalun village and end at Senaru village. For the 4 Days trek you will start and end at Sembalun village.

Optional Extension - 1 Day Boat Trip to Save the Sharks

Save The Sharks with Dorsal Effect

Rinjani Dorsal Effect

About 400 sharks are killed each day at Tanjung Luar, Lombok, Indonesia. Their fins are exported to countries such as Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong, where shark-fin soup is consumed. This is not sustainable given the slow reproduction rate of sharks. Furthermore, the biggest earners from this trade are the fin traders. In comparison, the boat owners and fishermen are paid trifling sums but toil the hardest, seeing little of the profits made within the lucrative shark-finning industry.

The Dorsal Effect began with a vision to put an end to shark-finning and fishing in Lombok, Indonesia. To save the sharks, they provide alternative livelihoods to exploited shark fishermen by employing them to run boat tours. Through snorkeling, diving and beach-hopping tours using the once-shark boats, these shark fishermen can earn more equitable income through a steady stream of tourists wanting to go on their boat tours. These boat tours also help the shark fishermen see the long-term and sustainable tourist value of sharks -alive than dead.

Package Details:

Duration         :    1 day

Package fee   :    $180 per person (min 4 pax)

Package Fee Includes:

  1. 1 night stay in Senggigi (twin/triple sharing)
  2. Pick up from hotel in Senggigi and drop off at end of day
  3. One full day snorkelling and beach hopping boat trip
  4. Packed nasi campur lunch (vegetarian options available upon request)
  5. Unlimited snacks and chilled drinks on boat
  6. Snorkel mask and fins
  7. Life vest (upon request)
Available DatesPriceQty*
5-10 May 2017 (with trek leader)$560.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
9-16 Jun 2017 (with TL & Boat Tour)$690.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
3-8 Sep 2017 (with trek leader)$560.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired
25-30 May 2018 (with Trip Leader)$560.00 (SGD)  / person  
18-23 Jul 2018 (with Trip Leader)$560.00 (SGD)  / person  
12-17 Sep 2018 (with Trip Leader)$560.00 (SGD)  / person  

* You can register up to 12 participants in one go.


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Trips with a *Trek Leader* are accompanied by an experienced  trek leader from Singapore. The group size for these trips is 10 - 20 people.

6D/5N Package Fee (without a trek leader):

2-3 people: $630 per person

4 - 5 people: $560 per person

6-9 people: $530 per person

10 people and above: $520 per person

ITEMS2-3 PEOPLE4-5 PEOPLE6-9 PEOPLE10 PEOPLE & ABOVE
Rinjani 5 Days Trek (with summit climb & crater lake camp)$580 per person$510 per person$490 per person$480 per person
Rinjani 4 Days Trek (with summit climb only)$510 per person$450 per person$430 per person$410 per person

You can form a private group for any of the Mt Rinjani itineraries. For enquiry, send an email to us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

This 6D itinerary is most recommended by us. It is not too overly demanding for trekkers who are not used to long hours of trek, especially on the summit day. This itinerary also offers trekkers a chance to enjoy a nice sunset at the base camp (Rim II).

Day6D/5N Trip DescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive at Lombok airport, transfer to Sembalun. O/N Sembalun-/-/D1100m
Day 2Trek to Rim II Base Camp. O/N Rim II (Sembalun Crater)B/L/D2600m
Day 3Summit trek (Mt Rinjani, 3726m) – back to Rim II. O/N Rim II (Sembalun Crater)B/L/D2600m
Day 4Trek from Rim II to Crater Lake and visit a natural hot spring. Trek to Rim I for O/N Rim I (Senaru Crater)B/L/D2600m
Day 5Trek to Senaru to end trek and transfer to Senggigi. O/N SenggigiB/L/-50m
Day 6Depart Lombok.B/-/-

This 8D itinerary is an extension of the 6D itinerary to include a 1D boat tour by Dorsal Effect to  support their Save The Sharks initiative.

Day8D/7N Trip DescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive at Lombok airport, transfer to Sembalun. O/N Sembalun-/-/D1100m
Day 2Trek to Rim II Base Camp. O/N Rim II (Sembalun Crater)B/L/D2600m
Day 3Summit trek (Mt Rinjani, 3726m) – back to Rim II. O/N Rim II (Sembalun Crater)B/L/D2600m
Day 4Trek from Rim II to Crater Lake and visit a natural hot spring. Trek to Rim I for O/N Rim I (Senaru Crater)B/L/D2600m
Day 5Trek to Senaru to end trek and transfer to Senggigi. O/N SenggigiB/L/-50m
Day 7Boat trip with Dorsal Effect. O/N SenggigiB/L/-50m
Day 8Depart Lombok.B/-/-

This 5D itinerary is more compact, and trekkers who opt for this itinerary will have a long day on summit day; after summit, you descent to the lake after a quick lunch.  Trekkers must be prepared to walk for more than 12 hours on Day 3.

Day5D/4N Trip DescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive at Lombok airport, transfer to Sembalun. O/N Sembalun-/-/D1100m
Day 2Trek to Rim II Base Camp. O/N Rim II (Sembalun Crater)B/L/D2600m
Day 3Summit trek (Mt Rinjani, 3726m) – back to Rim II - Trek to Lake. O/N LakeB/L/D2000m
Day 4Trek to Senaru to end trek and transfer to Senggigi. O/N SenggigiB/L/-50m
Day 5Depart Lombok.B/-/-

The 4D itinerary is a "quick fixed" trek. Trekkers will skip visiting the lake "Segara Anak". It is also a long day on Day 3.

Day4D/3N Trip DescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive at Lombok airport, transfer to Sembalun. O/N Sembalun-/-/D1100m
Day 2Trek to Rim II Base Camp. O/N Rim II (Sembalun Crater)B/L/D2600m
Day 3Summit trek (Mt Rinjani, 3726m) – back to Rim II - Trek to Sembalun to end trek and transfer to Senggigi. O/N SenggigiB/L/-50m
Day 4Depart LombokB/-/-

Inclusions

  • 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 Sembalun and 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
  • Summit support: climbing guides with 2-3 porters
  • Permits and fees: Conservation and National Park fees (Rinjani)
  • For 8D itinerary: 1 day boat tour by Dorsal Effect

Exclusions

  • 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 4000m)
  • 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 climb:
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 safe participation by everyone. Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Rinjani, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in emergency rescue.

Grading: 2B+

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:

  1. Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
  2. Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
  3. Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
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  4.  Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises

A good three to four 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.