When you feel that you can't make it, your mountain guide will offer encouragement and show you the way
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
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!
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
The local people
Direct descendants of Lombok’s original inhabitants, the ‘Sasak People’
Most people in the area of Mount Rinjani are of Sasak descent and derive a living in agriculture cultivating crops in the rich valleys which surround Mount Rinjani. An abundance of water is supplied from the slopes of the volcano, flowing down to areas where it is guided into channels which lead to the lower rice fields. Due to the rich soil, a wide variety of crops can be cultivated, and this is evidenced nowhere better than in Sembalun Valley to the north-east of Mount Rinjani.At certain times of the year, the valley floor becomes a patchwork of colours with the various crops flowering, making a spectacular scene of mixed colours right throughout the valley. A popular viewing location to observe the amazing colours is Pergasingan Hill, which requires a 4-5 hour light trek to reach from Sembalun.For those not fortunate to own land on the valley floor, rice terraces are carved into the lower slopes where a ‘dry cultivation’ variety of rice can be grown very successfully. Where the land is too steep or simply not suitable for rice terracing, other crops are cultivated, with land constantly being cleared to make way for the new crops. This does not mean that the land is being totally cleared, as the jungle takes back the land very quickly in a form of “slash and burn” agriculture which works very well with nature.
Senaru Village is the main departure point for all treks to Mount Rinjani volcano. Sitting 600 metres above sea level on the northern slopes of Mount Rinjani, Senaru is quite cool considering you are in the tropics, with the average temperature being considerably less than that found on most of Lombok.Senaru is very close to the famous ‘Sendang Gile’ and ‘Tiu Kelep’ waterfalls, a pair of spectacular falls just one hour’s walk down from Senaru Village. If you have time on your arrival day, do visit the waterfalls!
Located to the north-east of Mount Rinjani, Sembalun Valley is the food-bowl for much of Lombok. The rich valley is home to extensive glasshouses in which all of the major crops of Lombok can be cultivated all year round. Between the huge glasshouses, all other crops are cultivated, and then transported to the main markets near Mataram City further to the south.There is an endless trail of trucks travelling this route every day, taking all of the locally grown produce to market, some packed so high with produce that they appear ready to topple over if they should turn quickly.Sembalun, being at 1,150 metres above sealevel is closer to Mount Rinjani summit, so short 2 Day 1 Night treks use this as their departure point.