Indonesia – Mt Rinjani

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Mt Rinjani (3726m), is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, second only to Mount Kerinci (3805m) 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 2008, Mt Rinjani National Park (Taman Nasional Gunung Rinjani), which consists of Mt Rinjani and its surrounding protected forest, became the first UNESCO geological park in Indonesia.

Mt Rinjani’s huge 50km² caldera is world famous. Within this huge caldera, surrounded by a complex of jagged peaks and smoking fissures, lies a stunning emerald-green crater lake and a new small cone. The small cone, formed over time by eruptions, is called Gunung Baru (New Mountain). The lake, which is approximately 2000m above sea level and about 200m deep, is believed by locals to be the home of the goddess Anjani. The lake is known as Segara Anak or Anak Laut, meaning Child of the Sea, due to the colour of its water resembling the colour of the sea. The caldera also contains hot springs.

For the people of Lombok, Sasak and Bali 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 mountain attracts thousands of trekkers to climb to its peak or to visit the crater lake. 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. The hot springs is a highlight for trekkers to soak their tired bodies in, especially after the summit climb.

About The Climb

There are 2 entry points to climb to Mt Rinjani’s peak – via the village of Senaru (600m), on the northern side of the mountain or Sembalun Lawang (1150 m) on the eastern side. Another entry point, Aik Berik, is an old trail that leads only to the south rim and is rarely used by trekkers. Of the 2 entry points to the summit, Sembalun is the less strenuous route and closer to the summit. However, for those who only want to visit the crater lake (2700m), entering via Senaru is a better choice.

All our trek itineraries are for climbing to Mt Rinjani’s peak and start from Sembalun.

The route from Sembalun begins from the village of Sembalun Lawang. It crosses barren grasslands, pine tree forests and steep slopes to reach the campsite at the crater rim called Rim II (2639m). At the crater rim, the dazzling sight of the crater lake, Segara Anak is in full view on a clear day. From Rim II, it is a 4-6 hours strenuous trek up to the summit before sunrise.  The last 200m stretch to the summit is a well-known deep, loose ash scree slope on a wind-swept ridge. Climbing this scree slope is like crawling up a vertical sand dune and requires a higher level of fitness. Catch the 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; or in the distance, a tiny cone among the clouds – the highest mountain in Bali – Mount Agung (3142m).

After the summit, these are the options:

6-day traverse itinerary (4D/3N trek): Descend to base camp to stay another night. After a good recovery and night’s rest, trek down to the crater lake for lunch and spend some time to visit the hot springs nearby for a rewarding dip to ease any bodyaches. Trek up the steep rocky slopes to the other side of the crater rim, Plawangan I (2641m) to stay overnight. On the last day of the trek, descend and exit through a shady forest of tall teak and mahogany trees to Senaru.

5-day traverse itinerary (3D/2N trek): Return to base camp, followed after lunch by a steep descent to the crater lake to stay overnight. If time permits, visit the hot springs nearby for a rewarding dip to soothe the body after an arduous summit climb. On the last day of the trek, climb the steep rocky slopes to the other side of the crater rim, Plawangan I (2641m) before descending and exiting through a shady forest of tall teak and mahogany trees to Senaru.

4-day itinerary (2D/1N trek): Descend to base camp to have a quick lunch. After lunch, continue to descend through the same route out to Sembalun.

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 usually re-opens from mid-March onwards. While Mt Rinjani is opened to trekkers from mid-March, the rainy season can last through March to April. The rains may also start from November. Hence, the best period to trek Mt Rinjani is from May to October during the drier months.

  • Fringe season : November – December & April
  • Best season : May – October

Experience Required

This trek is graded 2B+. It is a multi-day peak climbing trek with full camping support.

Good to have below 3000m trekking experience. The up-and-down rim-to-rim trek and the famous scree slope on the summit trail requires 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 the 5-day traverse itinerary or 2-day itinerary, summit day is a long day of 10-12 hours. After the summit, you either continue to descend to the crater lake or out to the trailhead in Sembalun.

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 packing list will be provided to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page for information on the layering system and how to choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.

This 6D itinerary is most recommended by us and is suitable for those who would like to try out multiple days camping trek. Staying one more night at Rim II campsite after the summit allows for a proper recovery and rest. It is not overly demanding for trekkers who are not used to long hours (above 10 hours) of trekking on summit day. The summit success rate is also higher with a better turnaround time at 11am for the summit attempt.

DAY DESCRIPTION (6D – 4D/3N Trek) MEALS
1

Arrive at Lombok. Transfer to Sembalun.

Overnight: Sembalun lodge (1100m)

-/-/D

2

Trek to Rim II Base Camp.

Overnight: Tent at Rim II camp (2600m)

B/L/D

3

Summit day. Descend to Rim II.

Overnight: Tent at Rim II camp (2600m)

B/L/D

4

Trek to crater lake and visit hot springs. Trek to Rim I.

Overnight: Tent at Rim I camp (2600m)

B/L/D

5

Trek to Senaru. Transfer to Senggigi.

Overnight: Senggigi hotel (50m)

B/L/-

6

Depart Lombok. B/-/-
 

This 5D itinerary is more compact and strenuous, hence is suitable for experienced trekkers with a high level of fitness. Trekkers who opt for this itinerary not only have a long summit day (more than 10 hours) but also a more stringent turnaround 9am time. After summit, you will continue to descend to the crater lake.

DAY DESCRIPTION (5D – 3D/2N Trek) MEALS

1

Arrive at Lombok. Transfer to Sembalun.

Overnight: Sembalun lodge (1100m)

-/-/D

2

Trek to Rim II Base Camp.

Overnight: Tent at Rim II camp (2600m)

B/L/D

3

Summit day. Descend to to crater lake.

Overnight: Tent at crater lake (2000m)

B/L/D

4

Trek to Senaru. Transfer to Senggigi.

Overnight: Senggigi hotel (50m)

B/L/-

5

Depart Lombok. B/-/-
 

The 4D itinerary is a “quick fix” trek to the summit via Sembalun. Trekkers will skip the rim-to-rim traverse and the crater lake. Summit day is a long day (more than 10 hours) with a stringent turnaround 8am time. After summit, you will trek out the same route to Sembalun.

DAY DESCRIPTION (4D – 2D/1N Trek) MEALS

1

Arrive at Lombok. Transfer to Sembalun.

Overnight: Sembalun lodge (1100m)

-/-/D

2

Trek to Rim II Base Camp.

Overnight: Tent at Rim II camp (2600m)

B/L/D

3

Summit day. Descend to Sembalun. Transfer to Senggigi.

Overnight: Senggigi hotel (50m)

B/L/-

4

Depart Lombok B/-/-
DATES PRICE
 (with a Trip Leader) $- (SGD)  / person
 (with a Trip Leader) $- (SGD)  / person

Group size: 10 – 20 people

GROUP SIZE   2-3 People 4-5 People 6-9 People 10 People & more
TRIPS (without a trip leader) SGD / person SGD / person SGD / person SGD / person
Rinjani 6D $ $ $
Rinjani 5D (with summit climb & crater lake camp) $ $ $ $
Rinjani 4D (with summit climb only) $ $ $ $

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

Inclusions
  • Return airport transfer in Lombok
  • All land transfer as  in itinerary
  • Meals as in itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water, coffee & tea on trek
  • Accommodation: Local 4-star lodge in Sembalun and local 4-star hotel in Senggigi (twin/triple sharing). Sleeping tents (twin sharing) during trek
  • Camping service: Sleeping tent, toilet tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat
  • Trek support: Climbing guides (1 guide to 8 trekkers), kitchen crew, and porters for communal and personal items
  • Summit support: Climbing guides with 2-3 porters
  • Permits and fees: Conservation and National Park fees
  • Rinjani National Park climbing certificates
  • 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)
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
  • Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (e.g. 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

Pre-trip Support

1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Complimentary group training sessions
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)

Local Support

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 on Mt Rinjani, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in wilderness 1st aid and emergency rescue.

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 first aid kit and Oxican (oxygen in can).

Our package includes 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 inculcates environmental consciousness among the mountain guides and porters by bringing the trash out of the mountain after each trek. They also initiated and organise yearly clean-up of Mt Rinjani, bringing the mountain guides and porters to clear out trash left behind by others.

Visa

Nationals of 169 countries may enter Indonesia visa free for up to 30 days stay that cannot be extended.

Albania

Comoros

Japan

Nepal

Sri Lanka

Algeria

Costa Rica

Jordan

Netherlands

St Kitts and Nevis

Andorra

Cote D’Ivoire

Kazakhstan

New Zealand

St Lucia

Angola

Croatia

Kenya

Nicaragua

St Vincent and Grenadines

Antigua and Barbuda

Cuba

Kiribati

Norway

Suriname

Argentina

Cyprus

Kuwait

Oman

Swaziland

Armenia

Czech Republic

Kyrgyzstan

Palau

Sweden

Australia

Denmark

Laos

Palestine

Switzerland

Austria

Dominican Republic

Latvia

Panama

Taiwan

Azerbaijan

Ecuador

Lebanon

Papua New Guinea

Tajikistan

Bahamas

Egypt

Lesotho

Paraguay

Tanzania

Bahrain

El Salvador

Liechtenstein

Peru

Thailand

Bangladesh

Estonia

Lithuania

Philippines

Timor-Leste

Barbados

Fiji

Luxembourg

Poland

Togo

Belarus

Finland

Macau SAR

Portugal

Tonga

Belgium

France

Macedonia

Puerto Rico

Trinidad & Tobago

Belize

Gabon

Madagascar

Qatar

Tunisia

Benin

Gambia

Malawi

Romania

Turkey

Bhutan

Georgia

Malaysia

Russia

Turkmenistan

Bolivia

Germany

Maldives

Rwanda

Tuvalu

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ghana

Mali

Samoa

Uganda

Botswana

Greece

Malta

San Marino

Ukraine

Brazil

Grenada

Marshall Islands

Sao Tome and Principe

United Arab Emirates

Brunei

Guatemala

Mauritania

Saudi Arabia

United Kingdom

Bulgaria

Guyana

Mauritius

Senegal

Uruguay

Burkina Faso

Haiti

Mexico

Serbia

USA

Burundi

Honduras

Moldova

Seychelles

Uzbekistan

Cambodia

Hong Kong SAR

Monaco

Singapore

Vanuatu

Canada

Hungary

Mongolia

Slovakia

Vatican City

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Iceland

Morocco

Slovenia

Venezuela

Chad

India

Mozambique

Solomon Island

Vietnam

Chile

Ireland

Myanmar

South Africa

Zambia

China

Italy

Namibia

South Korea

Zimbabwe

Commonwealth of Dominica

Jamaica

Nauru

Spain

 

For countries not listed above, or you require a longer stay, please check eligibility for Visa On Arrival at http://www.imigrasi.go.id/apply_ri/tourism/visaonarrival/.

For latest updates and details of visa application, please visit http://www.imigrasi.go.id

Money

In Lombok, there are moneychangers located in the tourist areas of Sengiggi, Mataram and Gili Islands. The rates at the moneychangers tend to be better than those offered in the hotels and banks. Double count your money before leaving the moneychangers to make sure the accurate amount is given.

ATM machines are available in the same tourist areas of Sengiggi, Mataram and Gili Islands, and work with the international network such as Cirrus, Maestro, Plus. It is advisable to take cash with you when travelling to the more remote areas such as Sembalun and Senaru, as the nearest ATM can be a few hours’ drive away.

Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard, are accepted mainly by the larger hotels, major stores and some restaurants in the major tourist areas. The smaller and local establishments in these tourist areas and most places outside the major tourist areas accept only cash payment in Indonesian Rupiah.

Electricity

Indonesia’s electricity is 230 Volt and 50 MHZ. The electric plug is the two round pins plug, Types C and F, commonly used in Europe.

Language 

The official language of Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesia. Most Indonesians also have their own ethnic language or dialect. In Lombok, many of the more traditional and/or remote locals speak Sasak. English is not widely spoken but an acceptable level can be understood in the major cities. Hotel and tourist service staff has at least a basic level of English.

Drinking Water

It is strictly not recommended to drink water straight from the tap. Bottles of mineral water can be easily purchased in hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. Many hotels also provide a small bottle of complimentary mineral water per day to each guest.

Tipping

Giving a tip to tour guides is a common practice in Indonesia but other service staff in hotels, restaurants and taxi drivers in general do not expect a tip from tourists. Service charge of 11% is included in hotels and some restaurants include 5-10%.

 
Travel Safety Advice

With evolving world situations that may occur unexpectedly due to natural disasters, pandemics/epidemics, conflicts and unrests, it is best to read up and keep tabs on news and developments at your destination country and region before the trip. Check on the country’s official website and/or your own foreign ministry website for any travel advisory or safety precautions to be taken while abroad.

As with traveling in anywhere in the world, regardless of the local crime rate, stay vigilant and take care of personal safety. Good to read up on any possible exposure in the country prior to departure.

It is a good practice to register with your respective foreign ministry if there is such a service provided to citizens, to contact you in order to make sure that you are safe and, if need be, assist you should an emergency (e.g. natural disasters, civil unrest, etc.) occur when you are overseas.

For Singaporeans, this is the link to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ eRegister:
https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg/eregisterportal/common/preLoginEregisterView.action

 
Travel Insurance

It is highly recommended to purchase comprehensive travel insurance(s), upon payment of your trip, to cover adverse situations that may occur while you are overseas or even before departure. Ensure that the coverage is suitable for your destination and the activities that you are participating in. Be familiar with the terms and conditions before purchasing and travelling abroad.

 
Travel Immunization Advice

There is no compulsory vaccine to be taken to enter Indonesia. You should, however, be up to date on routine vaccinations, especially vaccines against water-borne, food-borne, parasitic and other infectious diseases (examples: hepatitis, typhoid and tuberculosis) while traveling to any destination. You are encouraged to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition.

Recommended routine vaccinations for travellers in general:

Hepatitis A

Spread through consuming contaminated food and water or person to person through the faecal-oral route. Risk is higher where personal hygiene and sanitation are poor.

Hepatitis B

Spread through infected blood and blood products, contaminated needles and medical instruments and sexual intercourse. Risk is higher for those at occupational risk, long stays or frequent travel, children (exposed through cuts and scratches) and individuals who may need, or request, surgical procedures abroad.

Rabies

 

Spread through the saliva of an infected animal, usually through a bite, scratch or lick on broken skin. Particularly dogs and related species, but also bats. Risk is higher for those going to remote areas (who may not be able to promptly access appropriate treatment in the event of a bite), long stays, those at higher risk of contact with animals and bats, and children. Even when pre-exposure vaccine has been received, urgent medical advice should be sought after any animal or bat bite.

Tetanus

 

Spread through contamination of cuts, burns and wounds with tetanus spores. Spores are found in soil worldwide. A primary series of 5 doses of tetanus vaccine is recommended for life. Boosters are usually recommended in a country or situation where the correct treatment of an injury may not be readily available.

Typhoid Fever

Spread mainly through consumption of contaminated food and drink. Risk is higher where access to adequate sanitation and safe water is limited.

Influenza

A vaccine specific for a given year to protect against the highly variable influenza virus.

For more information and professional advice on travel vaccinations, please consult your doctor or travel clinic.

For people residing in Singapore, you may visit The Travellers’ Health and Vaccination Clinic (THVC) at Tan Tock Seng Hospital:

Travellers’ Health & Vaccination Clinic
Address: Level 4, Clinic 4B, Tan Tock Seng Hospital Medical Centre
Contact number: 6357 2222
Website : https://www.ttsh.com.sg/Patients-and-Visitors/Medical-Services/Travellers-Health-and-Vaccination-Clinic/Pages/default.aspx

General Health Advice for Indonesia

Indonesia’s climate is entirely tropical, meaning it is generally hot and sunny all year round. Mosquito & insect bites and sunburn are typical health concerns in such a tropical place, particularly for those who stay outdoors for long hours.

Mosquito and insect bites are common in the lowland areas in Indonesia, especially in the jungle or on the beach. Apart from acting as carriers of disease, mosquito & insect bites can result in unpleasant and occasionally serious skin reactions. You are advised to take measures to avoid mosquito and insect bites, including using an insect repellent at all times and wearing long, loose fitting, light coloured clothing in the evenings. Some simple ways to minimisation of exposure to mosquitoes:

  • Avoid dark coloured clothing as it attracts mosquitoes as do perfume, cologne & after-shave.
  • Clothing to cover arms and legs in the evenings.  It is common for mosquitoes to attack leg/ankle region.
  • Apply mosquito / insect repellents diligently.