Reach new heights on Mount RinjaniSenaru, Indonesia
The hike to Mount Rinjani requires climbing to 2000-metres over a distance of nine-kilometres (six-miles), and it kicks off early, around 7am. The route follows a variety of terrain – solid dirt path, solid rock, gravel and grass. It's important to have a moderate level of fitness, because the trek does get quite tough. Think steep gravel, dirt paths, uneven trails and rocky terrain. Remember to bring strong, sturdy walking shoes and clothes for cold temperatures.
However, the hike isn't all bad, and there will be a ton of opportunities to stop along the way, rest your weary feet, take some magnificent photos, and potentially spot long-tail monkeys and exotic butterflies. The campsite where you will spend the night is located just below the crater rim (2,600-metres). While the views are incredible, the best part of this experience is waking up in the morning and taking a moment to enjoy the stillness as you watch the sun rise across Bali, the Gili Islands and Mt Agung. Then it's time to descend the nine-kilometres back down the mountain.
- Look out for long-tail monkeys and exotic butterflies as you hike along these lovely trails
- Make sure you get up early the next morning to catch the blazing sunrise
- Enjoy (hopefully clear) views across Bali, the Gili Islands and Mt Agung
- There is next to no trail maintenance, so the route is sandy, slippery, and very steep
- There are no shower facilities at the campsite (where you will camp overnight), so it’s a good idea to pack some wet wipes
- Be prepared, the toilet is a tent over a pit – no fancy lavatories here!
There are two main points of entry to Rinjani National Park – you can either ascend from the village of Sembalun or from Senaru. On three and four-day hikes, you depart from one village and descend to the other.
While it is technically possible to trek Mount Rinjani without a tour or a guide, it is very much discouraged by both the government and the local community.
- Camping facilities are limited
- There are no showers
- The toilet is a simple tent over a pit
- All camping equipment is provided, including sleeping bags, sleeping mats and tents
- There will be a local guide to join your group for the trek, as well as porters to carry the camping equipment
The full hike is a distance of 18-kilometres return, with some dusty, rocky and extremely steep sections.