Pick you up at Senggigi or Teluk Kodek and or Airport then transfer to Senaru and check in at the accommodation. After dinner you will get briefing from your guide explains the route details, local traditions and what you might see, the rubbish management, safety procedures and tree plantation with the pine-like Casuarina species, Cemara are a feature of the grassy higher slopes, then also introduce you to your porters. If you reach Senaru by 14:00 or 15:00 pm then you have time to walk to the waterfall with your guide, enjoy the nice view of the rice terraces and the tropical forest.
Register at the Rinjani Trek Centre (RTC) in Senaru (601m) early in the morning, meet your guide and arrange National Park entry tickets. 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 steadily through thick tropical forests rich in flora, bird life and a variety of butterflies. You might see orchids, the long-tailed grey macaque monkeys (Kera) and, if lucky, the rare black ebony leaf monkey, known locally as lutung. Rusa deer are forest dwellers are occasionally seen along the trek trail. The smaller Barking deer or Kijang has an alarm call with a distinct dog-like bark. Rest stops are taken along the way, and in Pos 2 Montong Satas shelter (1,500m) where village stories and local legends are related by your guide. Features include the Bunut Ngengkang banyan tree that looks like someone standing with their legs apart and the Batu Penyesalan stone. Depending on your preference and weather conditions, the night’s camp is made either in the forest at Pos 3 Mondokan Lokaq (2,000m) after about five hours climb from Senaru, or continue the ascent for another couple of hours through grassy meadows to Plawangan 1 Senaru crater rim at 2,641m. Porters will prepare tree plantation, then you will make stop and every trekker will plant two trees. Our team will take care of the trees. From the crater rim are sweeping views across to Bali and Mt Agung, and down to the Segara Anak Lake (2,000m) within the Rinjani crater. Mt. Baru (2,351m) is an island in the lake and an active volcano, last erupting dramatically in 1994.
Sunrise at the crater rim is a memorable start to Day 2. After enjoying the view, the trek proceeds for a couple of hours down the trail to the crater-lake where the rest of the day is spent relaxing and swimming. There is plenty of time to explore the pilgrimage hot springs, said to have healing powers. You will camp by the lakeside, enjoying dinner followed by the night sounds.
After having breakfast start the three-hour steep ascent up to Plawangan 2 Sembalun crater rim (2,639 m). Look out for edelweiss along the path. Enjoy the view of the lake from the other side and the island of Sumbawa across the tropical ocean. The decent from the Sembalun crater rim is amidst the pine-like Casuarina species locally known as Cemara, and perhaps seeing evidence of wild pigs. After you walk about 3.5 hours and reach Pada Balong (1,800m) through grassland used as cattle grazing by local people. Mt Rinjani summit (3,726m) towers above us, Indonesia’s second highest volcanic peak. From here is a beautiful view of Sembalun Lawang and Sembalun Bumbung villages, known for coffee production until the crop was changed to garlic to take the advantage of the garlic boom in early 1990s. The road head is reached after another four hours gentle descent through open country, and the trek ends at the Rinjani Information Centre at Sembalun Lawang. You will be picked up and drop off to the Airport or to your next destination.
WHAT THE RATE INCLUDES
- Licensed Guide & Porters
- Transport from Mataram/airport to Senaru/Sembalun and return
- Overnight 1 night accommodation
- Camping Equipment
- Meals three times daily
- Entrance Fee
- Trekkers Certificate
- Blessing from spiritual leader (DELUXE plan only)
- Donation for planting trees (DELUXE plan only
WHAT THE RATE EXCLUDES
- Porter fee for personal backpack
- Guides and porters’ tip
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