It is my 3rd trip back to Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfall in Senaru, Lombok… and for a pretty obvious reason! (I mean just look at this thing!)
HOW TO GET TO SENDANG GILE AND TIU KELEP WATERFALL
I arrived by boat from Bali to the harbour or Bangsal, North Lombok, where I met some new friends Jackson, Jorden, Warren and Eloise. After some haggling to score a good price for a taxi, we were on our way to Senaru.
This hillside village is a popular spot for people to stay before and after trekking Mt. Rinjani, (click HERE to see my 3 Day Mount Rinjani Trek) and the taxi cost us around 400,000 rupiah – equivalent to $40 AUS for a 2 hour drive to our homestay.
We didn’t let this long travel time debilitate us though – as we admired the serene rice terraces and beautiful coastline on either side of the road, we laughed and shared our individual travel adventures. Although this may seem like the boring part of the trip, the time spent getting to know each other and having a good time definitely made it a highlight!
It’s important to remember that – make the most of every minute you are travelling, and every moment you have with your friends.
AIR TERJUN TIU KELEP + AIR TERJUN SENDANG GILE
WHERE TO STAY WHEN VISITING SENDANG GILE AND TIU KELEP WATERFALL
Blue Mountain Cottage is a small homestay in Senaru village within walking distance to the waterfalls. The a/c rooms are only 100,000 rupiah per night. With 2 to a room that’s cheaper than a coffee where I am from! The owner of the homestay was rather humorous, and was tremendously helpful in organizing our trek to Mt. Rinjani. At this point, I was super excited for our incoming adventure!
BEST TIME TO VISIT SENDANG GILE AND TIU KELEP WATERFALL
It is best to visit the waterfalls early morning before the crowds and you can also avoid the entrance fee. Although, the entrance fee is only around 20,000 rupiah ($2)… so its not a big bite out of the wallet if you have to pay. We decided to watch the sunrise over the rice field valley before taking the path down towards the falls.
SENDANG GILE WATERFALL (AIR TERJUN SENDANG GILE)
Sendang Gile waterfall is the first waterfall along the way to Tiu Kelep. Sendang Gile is a 2 tier cascading waterfall that spits out of the rock face high above. We were so early here that we only had to share this waterfall with the local monkeys!
You can go swimming in the rock pools and get right beneath the falls at Air Terjun Sendang Gile.
From here head back up the track and to the left to continue on to Tiu Kelep waterfall. It is a moderate 30 minute walk through the jungle and manageable without the use of a guide.
RAINFOREST HIKE TO AIR TERJUN TIU KELEP
There is a couple of river crossings no more than knee deep and a muddy trail that leads through the jungle to the jaw dropping sight of Air Terjun Tiu Kelep. There is no waterfall that I have seen that can compare to this. And even though this isn’t my first time here, Tiu Kelep waterfall never ceases to amaze me.
The water flows out of the walls and in to a crystal clear pool below. There is a strong vortex like current directly beneath the main water flow so be careful not to get sucked in! The rocks are also super slippery, so if you are excited as I was when visiting Tiu Kelep waterfall, take care and watch your step!
SENDANG GILE AND TIU KELEP WATERFALL – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
To get the best shots of Tiu Kelep waterfall you will need to stand a good 30m away from the pool due to the constant clouds of mist that will instantly wet your lens. The weather patterns around the base of Mt. Rinjani are very unpredictable so be prepared for a sudden downpour of rain. As soon as we got back to the homestay a storm rolled in for the good part of the afternoon.
There is not much in the way of snacks and water once you hit the trail to Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls, so be sure to pack something before you take the trek in.
This waterfall is hands down mother nature at its finest and I strongly recommend that you add it to your Lombok Bucket List!
Happy Adventuring! 🙂