With sunrise coming, you can see the awesome shadow of Rinjani off into the distance
Passing through rolling grasslands on the very lower slopes of Mount Rinjani
This is where the climbing starts to get harder.
Camping here for the night.... just above the cloud line
A narrow edge... volcano caldera to one side, and the steep slope up which you climbed to the other
Crater Lake is over 200 metres deep... you can swim and fish here!
Steep volcanic scree and ash make the climb hard, but the summit is within sight
When you feel that you can't make it, your mountain guide will offer encouragement and show you the way
Camping alongside the lake is an amazing experience
A new caldera is forming within Mount Rinjani... still active today!
This is the hardest section of the climb... just 300 metres to go!
You made it! Looking deep into the caldera of Mount Rinjani
The 360 degree panorama is just beautiful
You are so high you can see clouds forming around the Crater Rim far below you
That ridge is what you have just walked across to get to the summit
Having made it to the summit, it is back to the Crater Rim camp site for a full breakfast
Spectacular views back to the camp site perched on the Crater Rim of Mount Rinjani
The most recent eruption of Mount Rinjani reshaped the entire caldera
Best time to trek Rinjani volcano
Mount Rinjani National Park is closed from January 1 to March 31st
Due to the wet season, trekking within Mount Rinjani National Park is not safe. The slopes are considerable, and can become unstable due to water erosion, and it is for this reason that the park is closed to all trekking during this time.Anyway, who wants to walk around getting wet in the rain?The best time to trek is in November when the skies are clearer and the temperatures still reasonably low, but not too low to enjoy the outdoors when you reach Crater Rim or the actual summit of Mount Rinjani.Even if you are not trekking Mount Rinjani, there is a lot to see and do in the area, such as a visit to the Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls, Lombok’s best known waterfalls.Located an easy 20 minute downhill walk from Senaru Village, Sendang Gile is a stunning surprise in the middle of the jungle.One hour more brings you to Tiu Kelep waterfalls, where it is possible to cool off with a swim in the cold waters which cascade off the cliff face into the pool below!