Mount Rinjani Trekking begins in Senaru Lombok, a small mountainside village at the base of Indonesia’s second-largest active volcano, which is a whopping 3,726 meters high!
Senaru is the main hub for anyone wishing to take the Mount Rinjani Trekking challenge.
I have put together this complete guide or Mount Rinjani including how to get there, where to book a Mount Rinjani trekking tour and my personal experience of hiking Mount Rinjani in Lombok.
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HOW TO GET TO MOUNT RINJANI
Arriving by boat from Bali to Bangsal Harbour in North Lombok, is the easiest jump-off point to then make the journey from Bangsal to the base of Mount Rinjani in Senaru.
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It’s very easy to find a private taxi or a motorbike to rent at Bangsal Harbour.
Expect to pay around 400,000 IDR total for a private taxi to Senaru.
You can also rent motorbikes/scooters in Bangsal for approximately 60,000 IDR per day.
The distance from Bangsal Harbour to Mount Rinjani in Senaru is 60km and it’s approximately a 2-hour drive.
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WHERE TO STAY BEFORE & AFTER MOUNT RINJANI TREK
Blue Mountain Cottage is a small homestay in Senaru village which is the beginning point of the Mount Rinjani challenge. It’s also within walking distance to Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile waterfalls. The a/c rooms are only 100,000 IDR per night. With two people to a room that’s the same price as a coffee where I am from!
The owner of the homestay was rather humorous and was tremendously helpful in organizing our Mount Rinjani Trekking. At this point, I was super excited about our incoming adventure!
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WHERE TO BOOK YOUR MOUNT RINJANI TOUR
There are dozens of tour companies that can organise your Mount Rinjani Trekking and they can be found in the main towns including Sengiggi, Mataram, Senaru and Kuta Lombok.
If you arrive in Lombok by boat to Bangsal Harbour, you will most likely be smothered by the locals trying to sell you one of their tour packages. So the option is there if you do decide to organise and book your Rinjani trekking upon arrival to Bangsal.
However, from my experience, the best option is to find your way to Senaru, which is the village where most people stay before and after trekking Mt Rinjani. In Senaru you will be able to negotiate a price with any of the tour companies in the village.
Alternatively, you can book online in advance to guarantee a fixed price for your Mount Rinjani Trek.
Conveniently for us, the owner of the Blue Mountain Cottage Homestay helped us to organise a 3-day and 2-night trek to Mount Rinjani.
After some haggling, we managed to get the price of the trek for a total of US $100 per person. This is inclusive of porters, food, water, tents, sleeping bag and an experienced guide.
The taxi to the starting point of Mount Rinjani Lombok
MOUNT RINJANI TREKKING – DAY 1
The Mount Rinjani adventure began early morning when a driver and our guide met us at the homestay in Senaru to take us to the starting point.
We piled into the back of his ute and drove through some villages for around an hour before arriving at the official entrance office of Mount Rinjani National Park.
We had to provide our names and passport number as a safety requirement so everyone was accounted for at the end of the trek.
And then we were off. With a clear view of Mount Rinjani in the distance, I was anxious to see what surreal landscapes laid ahead.
The first three hours of the trek were quite mellow, and some thick fog made its way up the mountainside, cooling us down with its breeze. We stopped to rest for an hour while the porters were quick to whip up a big serving of nasi goreng for lunch!
Mount Rinjani Trekking
Quick stop for lunch on the Mount Rinjani Trek
Hiking through thick fog on Mount Rinjani
HIKING TO THE MOUNT RINJANI CRATER RIM
It was a further three hours of trekking through some slightly harder terrain before reaching the Mount Rinjani crater rim. This is where we set up camp for one night. Well, by we I mean the porters since they insisted on setting up our tents and preparing dinner for us!
We wandered down a ridge trail to find a good viewpoint for sunset overlooking Mount Rinjani and we were spoilt with an incredible view of the lake and another volcano inside the lake – volcano inception!
The sun was setting behind the opposite ridge from where we were standing, saturating the sky with bright reds and warm, delicate oranges.
Looking back at the campsite was an unreal sight of colorful tents perched on the Mount Rinjani Crater Rim of the. Talk about a room with a view!
Our guide informed us that we were to start the trek to the summit of Mt Rinjani at 2:30 am the next morning. So, we enjoyed our meal the porters prepared for us then made our way to the tents to rest up for the big finale.
Hanging out on the crater rim – Mount Rinjani Trekking
Our campsite on Mount Rinjani Tour
Sunset on Mt Rinjani
MOUNT RINJANI TREKKING – DAY 2
Before I knew it I was being woken up by our guide, handing me a banana pancake through the zipper of my tent. It was 2 am and time to start the hike to the summit Mount Rinjani for sunrise.
One hour in and the five of us had already managed to have split up. I must admit, it was not an easy climb. The temperature was below freezing and the wind was howling across the narrow ridge that we had to walk across.
There were lava tubes and large rocks to take cover out of the wind to warm up. The last kilometer to the summit of Mount Rinjani was the most challenging as the ground surface was covered in loose rocks… I was literally taking one step forward, then sliding back down two steps.
The sun was just poking up over the horizon as I reached the summit three hours later. My fingers were frozen and I was struggling to take photos, hoping for the sun to warm me up soon. The five of us regrouped at the summit and we climbed down into the Mount Rinjani crater to get some shots.
It seemed the majority of other trekkers had already started to descend as the cold temperatures and strong winds were almost unbearable. We were the last group to descend from the summit of Mount Rinjani… but it was definitely worth spending more time at the top to witness the sheer beauty as the sun lit up the inside of the volcano.
Summit of Mount Rinjani
Insane viewpoint on the Mount Rinjani Hike
At the summit – Mount Rinjani Trekking
HIKING INTO THE MOUNT RINJANI CRATER
We arrived back down at our campsite on the crater rim at around 9 am. We had to eat breakfast quickly before making our way down into the crater towards the lake.
At this point, my leg muscles were tightening up, which was not a good feeling knowing we had another full days hike ahead.
2 to 3 hours later we made it down to Mount Rinjani Lake where there is a natural volcanic hot spring. We spent some time here to recharge our batteries, and to shower off the sweat!
Our porters once again prepared us some mie goreng noddles for lunch and then we set off to climb to the crater rim on the opposite side of Mount Rinjani lake.
The views on this side of the crater were spectacular. The blue lake was glowing and the dense jungle created a naturally moody scene. It’s hard to believe there was another volcano… growing inside a larger volcano… which was then surrounded by a lake. I felt like I was in a Jurassic Park movie set!
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HIKING OUT OF THE MOUNT RINJANI CRATER
We made it to the top of the Mount Rinjani crater rim 2 to 3 hours later, which is where we thought we were camping for the night… but it so happened our porters had continued on walking down to another campsite to set up.
We were pretty disappointed because we wanted to see the sunset from the Mount Rinjani crater rim, but we didn’t have much choice but to follow our guides to the next camp.
We trekked down for another 1.5 hours before reaching the campsite. Upon arrival, I was absolutely exhausted, so I skipped dinner and went straight to bed.
View of Mount Rinjani Lake
The trail down to the Mount Rinjani Lake
Another viewpoint of Mount Rinjani Lake
MOUNT RINJANI TREKKING – DAY 3
The following morning was the last day of the Mount Rinjani trekking and it was a beautiful walk down through the shaded forest. I spotted lots of monkeys swinging around impressively from tree to tree, wishing I could swing around with them!
The end of the Mount Rinajni trek ended at the road that lead us down to our homestay. We were all so hyped to have accomplished the 3-day Mount Rinjani trek and we tipped our guide and porters 50,000 IDR each for their efforts!
Like I said at the beginning of this article, we paid USD $100 per person, so expect to pay this amount or more depending on your budget and your negotiating abilities.
Alternatively, you can book online in advance to guarantee a fixed price for your Mount Rinjani trek.
The Mount Rinjani Trekking is one of the best adventures I have been on to date and it was a truly unforgettable experience!
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WHAT TO PACK FOR MOUNT RINJANI
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF MOUNT RINJANI
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