Climb to the summit of Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia’s second highest volcano, on a 5-day mountain trek from Sembalun Lawang to Senaru. Peer into the blue-green mineral rich caldera lake Segara Anak, and camp under a tropical night sky.
What to Expect
Lombok’s sacred volcano, Gunung Rinjani, soars 12,221 feet (3,726 meters) above sea level. The second highest volcano in Indonesia, it attracts thousands of trekkers and climbers annually.
This 5-day trek travels from Sembalun Lawang to Senaru via the crater rim of Mount Rinjani and the caldera lake of Segara Anak. Walking through some of the nature reserve’s 41,330 hectares of unique tropical flora and fauna, you will experience a picturesque haven of magnificent waterfalls, hot springs, and lush jungle. It’s not an easy journey, and requires a good level of physical fitness. But for those up for the challenge, it’s an unforgettable experience.
The route is designed for adventurers who want to take their time in Rinjani. With 4 days of walking, you will have the freedom to enjoy every aspect of this special mountain.
Day 1: Sembalun
Transfer from Senggigi or Lombok International Airport to Sembalun for your overnight stay in an hotel with panoramic views of Rinjani.
Day 2: Rinjani Rim (B, L, D)
In the early morning you’ll need to register at the Rinjani Information Centre (RIC) in Sembalun Lawang. Here, you can visit the Volcanology Center to check the seismograph, learn about the volcano, and discover how the caldera and Segara Anak lake were formed.
The RIC will prepare a briefing for you, describing the route details, local traditions, and things you might see en route. You will also be informed about rubbish management and safety procedures.
The trek then starts with a gentle ascent through open grassland of grazing cattle. After approximately 3 hours, you will reach Pos 2 Tengengean (4,920 feet/1,500 meters), from where you will be rewarded with magnificent views of Rinjani’s summit. Start a steep 3.5-hour climb towards the campsite on the crater rim. Along the way you will see pine-like casuarina’s, wild pigs, and, if you’re lucky, macaque monkeys.
Day 3: Segara Anak Lake (B, L, D)
An early 03:00 start is necessary for the challenging 3-hour climb to the summit (12,221 feet/3,726 meters). Arrive in time to watch an amazing sunrise. Around 06:30, return to the crater rim for a well-deserved breakfast. After some rest, begin your descent to the crater-lake of Segara Anak. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the beautiful views and mysterious caves. Stroll around, or swim in one of the sacred hot springs, said to have healing powers.
Day 4: Senaru Crater Rim (B, L, D)
Today starts with a late morning 2-hour climb to Plawangan 1 Senaru crater rim (8,072 feet/2,461 meters). Pass edelweiss mountain flowers as you soak up the views of the lake from the other side. Stop for lunch en route to your overnight camp, arriving in time for a magical sunset.
Day 5: Senaru (B, L)
After breakfast, start your descent along the long trail to Senaru village (1,971 feet/601 meters). Walk through thick tropical forests, rich in flora, bird life and a variety of butterflies. Look for orchids, and long-tailed grey macaque monkeys. You might even see rare black ebony leaf monkeys, locally known as “lutung.”
Rest stops will be taken en route, and in Pos 2 at the Montong Satas shelter (4,920 feet/1,500 meters), where locals will share village stories and urban legends. After 7 hours, your trek finally ends at Rinjani Trekking Centre in Senaru. Congratulations. Your mission is complete! A transfer will be waiting to take you back to Senggigi or Lombok Airport.
- Transfers from Senggigi Airport to Sembalun, and Senaru to Senggigi Airport
- Licensed mountain guide and local porter
- All camping equipment, including tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats and cooking gear
- All meals during the trek (3 times daily)
- National Park Gunung Rinjani entrance fee
- Accommodation in Sembalun based on twin share (including breakfast)
- 10% government tax
- Dining and toilet tent
- Emergency lamps
- Twice daily coffee break
What's Not Included
- Flights and airport taxes
- Donations, tips and personal expenses
Pick-up from Lombok International Airport or any hotel in Lombok.
Know Before You Go
• Cancellation policy: from date of booking up to 30 days before departure - 25% cancellation fee; 29-11 days before departure - 75% cancellation fee; 10-6 days before departure - 90% cancellation fee