This is the hardest section of the climb... just 300 metres to go!
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
With sunrise coming, you can see the awesome shadow of Rinjani off into the distance
A new caldera is forming within Mount Rinjani... still active today!
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
Before you arrive
What should I do before I arrive for my trek?
Treks to Mount Rinjani are not like walking to the local shops on flat ground, so a little preparation should be undertaken before leaving home.As you will be walking uphill for around 8 hours a day to reach the Crater Rim, we suggest that you do a little training… nothing too much, but something to get your muscles into condition so that they are not suffering from muscle cramps or indeed exhaustion on the first day.Remember, not only do you have to walk in, you have to walk out afterwards!The following are only suggestions, every person is different…•Walk around 2km per day for one week before arriving, preferably up hill and down hill•Use the stairs, not the elevator or escalator•Get used to carrying your backpack, so take it with you when you do your daily walks (there is nothing worse than arriving for a trek only to find that the new backpack rubs you endlessly. Remember to put around the same weight as you plan carrying on the trek into the pack for your walks•If you are “carrying a few extra pounds around the middle” exercise for 2-3 weeks before arriving, try to lose a little weight…it will make your trek much easier and will be great for your health•Pack only the essentials into your backpack…. less is definitely best!•Leave room for a 1litre water bottle…. you will be needing this!•Pack a strong rubbish bag into your pack. Remember, everything you carry into Mount Rinjani, you must carry out. There can be nothing left behind.•Confirm your transport arrangements with us at least 2 days before your planned arrival, telling us your full arrival details (Airline, flight or boat number, arrival time, location, etc.) so we can be sure to have a driver waiting for you the moment you arrive•Tell us where you would like to be dropped off after your trek so your driver knows where to go•Take out travel insurance, and be sure it covers adventure activities such as hiking and trekking, medical evacuations, etc.•Buy good shoes. You won’t need super expensive trekking boots (indeed, the local porters actually use flip-flops! (thongs) but you should use shoes that offer ankle support so you don’t suffer from a twisted ankle, they should be lace-up which go past the ankle. The tread pattern should be aggressive….something that will give you great grip on slippery slopes, and they should be large enough that you can fit 2 pairs of socks into. (Descending from Mount Rinjani means your feet are constantly being pushed into the front of the shoe or boot. Wearing 2 pairs of socks cushions your toes. It is not uncommon for guests who only use 1 pair of socks to lose toe nails some days after their trek!)•Wear your new shoes in before you arrive! Blisters from ill-fitting shoes are the worst thing that can happen to your feet! Make sure you have walked at least 10km in those new shiny shoes before you arrive so your feet are accustomed to them.