Mt Rinjani Trek
Mt Rinjani is the second-highest mountain in Indonesia, and one of the most challenging and beautiful treks in Asia. A trek to its summit (at 3726m) takes you up into shape-shifting clouds, where you camp overlooking the serene beauty of the volcano and its surrounding turquoise crater lake. The climb is suitable for intermediate hikers.
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How do I get there?
All of our providers will pick you up from anywhere in Lombok. If you're looking to go to Mt Rinjani directly, the nearest airport to Mt Rinjani would be Lombok International Airport (LOP), then taking another 2.5 hours over land to Senaru or Sembalun village where you would start the trek (these are the two possible start points). You may also arrive from some of the other popular stops in Lombok such as Kuta Lombok (about 4 hours drive to the starting point) or Gili (about one hour and a half drive to starting point).
Do I need to go with a guide?
Some of the blogs have mentioned that there is a common pool of guides which are shared between the operators so it's not important which provider you use. Although that is true for some of the providers, the providers that we have listed here are the best in class in Rinjani and train up their own guides. Having done the trek, we can vouch that the providers here do take impeccable care of their guests - by providing excellent food for every meal during the trek (even bringing cold beer up to the summit for you!), securing the best camp areas for you to get the best view, bringing thick, warm sleeping bags, providing all the gear that you need, and providing a toilet tent so you can use the toilet in (relative) comfort. So if you would like to experience the best guides Mt Rinjani has to offer, we would highly recommend one of the providers listed here.
Do I need to train up?
The trek is moderate to difficult so you'll need to be in good shape. You don't need to have done many mountain treks in the past but you should be used to a few days of fairly unrelenting physical activity. The trek to the summit for sunrise is the most difficult as it is a few hours of trekking with small volcanic gravel underfoot, which means that for every two steps forward that you take, you will be sliding one step back. This can be quite punishing on the knees.
What's the best time to go?
The best months to visit are April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
We recommend the above period because you would have:
- Better visibility
- Good weather
- Mountain will be closed during the other months of the year.
Is there anything else I should know?
Due to the increase in visitor numbers to Rinjani, there has been an increase in the rubbish left by trekkers at Mt Rinjani - an issue that has been documented frequently in traveller reports about the mountain. When we visited Mt Rinjani, the issue seems to have gotten better with tighter policies being imposed by the authorities but it is up to every traveller to play their part. The providers we have listed here all have good reputations for being very eco-conscious and are deeply committed to resolving the rubbish problem on the mountain. If you do choose to go with another provider, please do ensure that the provider that you choose is eco-conscious.
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