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Indonesia – Mt Rinjani – Aik Berik with Pink Beach

19 Jun 19

Indonesia – Mt Rinjani – Aik Berik with Pink Beach

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 had been closed since, until surveys on the safety of the routes are completed. The good news is, the Mount Rinjani National Park Agency (TNGR) has re-opened an existing old trail that leads to the south rim, this trail was untouched and there were no damages to it. The trail is via Aik Berik village, located at the southern slope of Mount Rinjani.  The approach to the south rim includes trekking through dense forest, which gives plenty of shelter from the scorching sun. On most days, 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 community and local economy. Around 90% of tourism operations in Lombok are back in business. However, many of our guides and porters are still jobless as Mt Rinjani remain closed.

About The Climb

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 next day, we plan for a day trip to visit the bustling fish market of Tanjung Luar, then take a boat to Pantai Tangsi to visit the Pink Beach.

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.  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

Experience Required

It is good to have some prior trekking experiences (eg: Gunung Arong, Gunung Lambak, Gunung Ledang (Ophir) etc). You will be trekking in undulating mountain terrain with a personal backpack load of 4-5kg for 6-8 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.

Available Dates Price Qty*
19-23 Jun 2019 (with Trip Leader) $550.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired

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

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Group size: 10-15 people.

6-9 people: S$590 per person

Day5D/4N Trip DescriptionMealsAltitude at Rest Point
Day 1Arrive in Lombok. Transfer to Senggigi -/-/-50m
Day 2Trek from Benang Stokel to Rim ( Umar Maye Crater )B/L/D2500m
Day 3 Trek from Rim ( Umar Maye Crater ) to Benang Stokel. Transfer to SenggigiB/L/-50m
Day 4Day trip to Pantai Tangsi, visit Pink Beach. Transfer to Senggigi. B/L/-50m
Day 5Depart 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 (3 nights)
  • 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 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 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.

Grading: 2A

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
  4.  Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises

A good five to six 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.

Available Dates Price Qty*
19-23 Jun 2019 (with Trip Leader) $550.00 (SGD)  / person   Expired

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

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  • 19-23 Jun 2019 (with Trip Leader)
    June 19, 2019 - June 23, 2019


What is in store for 2017?!

Our adventure begins tomorrow but the planning starts today.

Time passes by so fast, we will soak into the last quarter of 2016 in just another 2 weeks. Have you wondered if your first half of 2016 had been fruitful ? In a blink of an eye, so fast does time fly.

While it is always nice to relive all those wonderful memories, we don’t forget to look forward.  We have scheduled our popular mountain climbing trips that you can look forward to participate. We have planned three trips specially catered to women-only under the Women On Mountain series, we also have 3000er, 4000er and 5000er scheduled treks that are suitable for both men and women.

To kick start 2017, we planned for a frozen river trek in India, Leh.

We have also scheduled a preview talk on Fri, 23 Sep at Campers’ Corner at 7pm.


Click the link below to go to other specific destinations.

Anyone looking at “upgrading” their trekking resume by advancing to higher elevation and more challenging treks, we have planned for twin peaks (two peaks in a single trip) challenge accompanied by a trip leader:

Or single peak above 5000m (treks or ice/snow terrain) accompanied by a trip leader:

Some of you may want a little more demanding in technique and skills, these two peaks offer suitable fulfilling challenge:


Women on Mountains

We love our men, and enjoy every bit of their companionship when in the outdoors. But (there is always a but) on some occasions, women only activities are appealing. Women understand women, and women together can be very encouraging. We like to see each other doing well and as a group this can prove to be a great advantage when trying to reach a goal.  Women on Mountains aims to provide a platform to encourage women to challenge themselves through mountain climbing, at the same time, to raise awareness and fund for a women’s cause.

Join us on Sun, 16 Oct at SCWO (96 Waterloo Street) from 2pm to 6pm. We have invited our past female participants to share about their extraordinary journey to scale Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus, and trekking to the Everest Base Camp. To RSVP, email us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg



If you think that 2016 is moving real fast, then think about 2017, you blink and it will be gone in no time. Plan ahead so that when 2017 comes, you are all ready to embrace it.

Trekking in the Highlands

Join us on Fri, 4 April for a preview talk on some of the popular trekking destinations. We will feature the all time favourite – Mount Rinjani. We are also introducing new destinations like Chadar frozen river trek, and frozen river trek in Russia.

Admission is Free, because for us, sharing is happiness!

Date: Fri, 4 April

Time: 6.30pm onwards

Venue: 96 Waterloo Street, SCWO centre

See you there!

Trip Preview on 4 April 2014




Joanne Soo

Gunung Lambak is a hill or a mountain?

If you try to “google” to find out from the internet source the key differences between a “Hill” and a “Mountain”, the most common answer is ” there is no distinct difference”. Even the United States Geological Survey (USGS) concludes that these terms don’t have technical definitions and no scientific consensus exists to determine if a person is looking at, standing on, or merely regarding a mountain or a hill.

I find it hard to clearly define a hill from a mountain. Let’s take Poon Hill, a popular destination in the Annapurna region of Nepal, and Gunung Lambak as examples. The highest point on Poon Hill is at 3210m, while Gunung Lambak’s (Kluang, Malaysia) highest point is at 510m. The height disparity is great. Yet, Gunung Lambak is called a “Gunung”. Gunung is the Malay and Indonesia word for mountain. If I will to make comparison of the terrain of both, I dare say that Gunung Lambak has a more challenging terrain than Poon Hill. The challenge of Poon Hill lies in the wind, cold and altitude, the final walk up to the peak is by far a “walk-in-the-park” as compared to walking up Gunung Lambak. Having said that, both peaks offer different spectacular views and are attractive in its own merit.

So, let me come to my point. The height of a mountain or a hill will not determine its level of difficulty, the terrain does. If you are looking for a “tougher” day trek in our region, other than our very own Bukit Timah Hill, Gunung Lambak offers sufficient challenge for us. Gunung Lambak is in Kluang, a small town in the Johor State of Malaysia, about 2.5hrs drive from Singapore. Because it is so near to Singapore, many trekkers would either self drive up to Kluang, or take a KTM train from Woodlands to Kluang station. For us, we organise a group and hire a van to bring us to the foothill.

There are 2 or perhaps 3 trail heads leading to the summit of Gunung Lambak, and at the foothill is a resort for holiday goers. We set off the trail with a stream next to it, and made steep ascent on undulating rocks to reach a rest point with huge signboards. Beyond the rest points, there are 2 ways to get to the summit. One is a steep vertical long ascent with plenty of scrambling to do, another is a gradual slope which covers a longer distance. We took the steep rock scrambling trail, and descent via the gentler slopes.


Tarmac road leading from the resort path the way to the trail head


The tarmac path leads to a steep rocky ascent almost like climbing a staircase


Greeted by a huge sign board showing the distances. By now, 1.5km of trail has been climbed.

Group photo (Siti Johari)

An open area with another huge signboard of Gunung Lambak


Steep rocky terrain. The ropes are fixed and maintained by the climbing association of Kluang.


The steep and narrow rock trail opens up to the slopes leading to the summit.


Reaching to the top of Gunung Lambak


A clear view from the summit of Gunung Lambak.


A team shot up there.

As you can see, the terrain is definitely challenging for a 510m hill (or a mountain). It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned trekker or a newbie, it takes courage to attempt a challenge, and courage comes from the heart.

Gunung Lambak is a good mountain to climb to experience trekking in a forested area, many seasoned trekkers travel to Kluang to climb Gunung Lambak as part of their training regime. Locals climbed it to keep fit. You can do it too, whatever reasons you have to want to climb.

Our next Gunung Lambak trek will be held on Sat, 31 May 2014. Contact us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg.

Hill or Mountain? you decide.

~ Joanne Soo