Day 01: Lombok Hotel - Senaru Village - Mount Rinjani
Pick up early at your hotel, transfer to Senaru, Register at the Rinjani Trek Centre (RTC) in Senaru (601m) early in the morning, meet your guide arrange National Park entry ticket.
The RTC staff briefing describes the route details, local cultural traditions and what you might see, and explains rubbish management and safety procedures.
The first hours of the trek climb steeply through thick tropical forest rich in flora, bird life and variety of butterflies. You might see orchid and if lucky, the rare black ebony leaf monkey, known locally as lutung. Rest stops are taken along the way, and at pos 2 Montong Satas shelter ( 1,500m ).
Village stories and local legends are related by your guide. Features include the bayan tree bunut ngenkang that looks like someone standing with their legs apart, and the batu penyesalan stone.
Depending on your preperance and weather conditions, the nigh’s camp is made either in the forest at pos 3 Mondokon Lolak (2,000m) after about five hours climb from senaru, or continue the ascent for another couple of hours through grassy meadows Plawangan 1 Senaru crater rim at 2,641m. From the crater rim are sweeping views across the lake Segara Anak (2,00m) to the summit of Mt. Rinjani.
Within the crater, Mt. Baru ( 2,351m) is an active, last erupting dramatically in 1994. On a clear evening the Gili Isles, Bali and Mt. Agung can be seen to the west.
Day 2: Mount Rinjani Sunrise - Senaru - Village - Lombok Hotel/Airport
Sunrise at the crater rim is a memorable to Day 2, enjoyed after a pre-dawn two hour climb for those camping at pos 3 Mondokon Lolak.
After enjoying the view, descend down the trail down to senaru village through first grassland then back into the shade of the tropical forest. After about seven hours from the rim, the trek ends at Rinjani Trek Centre at the road head in Senaru.
A model for ecotourism in Indonesia, the community-based activities are focused on the Rinjani Trek Centre in Senaru, the most popular starting point for the tough trek.
Developed with New Zealand Government assistance since 1999, the Rinjani Trek Centre embodies under one roof (satu atap) the unique partnership of the National Park, tourism industry and local communities that has been forged to manage and protect the Rinjani mountain environment.