Mountain Rinjani Hike at Lombok, Part One

Went to Mountain Rinjani (3726m) at North Lombok, an active volcano in Lombok island of Indonesia. Hereby, i will share some infomration and photos gathered from the journey.


The whole trip cost around RM 1,400 include evertying from hiking package, guesthouse at Gili Trawangan, hotel at Sengigi, airfare of RM 400+ and pocket money. FYI, Lombok island is not far away from Bali island with boatride of 1 hour to 2 hours depends on destination.

Our itinerary as below,

Day 1: Airport – Sembalun Lawang (Homestay at foot of the mountain rinjani)
Day 2: Sembalun Lawang – Plawangan Sembalun, camp site at 2,639m
Start to hike 07:00 to 2,639m (Plawangan Sembalun), lunch on halfway, reach campsite about 15:00, settle down, eat dinner and overnight camp.
Day 3: Plawangan Sembalun – Peak – Danau Segara Anak
Ascend to summit 3,726m on 2:30 after breakfast, reach peak on 06:00. Descent to camp site to have lunch and continue to the Lake (Danau Segara Anak) to camp for another night. Evening bath at hot spring waterfall and this is the only bath during hike.
Day 4: Danau Segara Aank – Plawangan Senaru – Desa Senaru – Gili Trawangan
From Danau Segara Anak descent through Senaru trail after breakfast, the trail trek around crater of volcano and takes 5 hours. Reach foothill on 15:30 and depart to Gili Trawangan island, a famous travel spot that you can spot big numbers of western.
Day 5: Gili Trawangan – Senggigi
Senggigi beach hotel which is more relaxing and visit town nearby.
Day 6: Senggigi – Aiport back to KL

For hiking package, head to this tour agent’s site for more information: Trekking Rinjani (Satya Budi). The hiking package included:

– a night at Lembah RInjani Homestay with breakfast
– guide and local porter, tent for sleep and toilet tent
– mattress and sleeping bag
– cooking equipment
– hiking activity for 3 days
– all meals while hiking (fruits, vege, rice, snack, tea, coffee)
– 2 x transport (airport to Sembalun, Senaru to Senggigi Port)
– permit and entrance fee to Rinjani area


Entrance gate to Taman Nasional Gunung Rinjani, get prepare of camera as there will be numbers of nice views and interesting shooting moment that i missed out.

Things to bring along by self:

– camera and money
– lip balm, sun lotion (i got serious sun burn)
– cap, sunglasses, mask to cover nose mouth from sand and dust
– torch light and head lamp
– personal medicine
– sweater / jacket / windbreaker
– tissue, towel, t-shirt, pants, gloves
– goggles, swimsuit (for hot spring)
trekking poles, very useful while ascent slippery rock sand trail to the peak on 2nd day


Scenery is amazing along the way and i have yet to see similar scenes in Malaysia. variant colours from clear blue sky, shorter height of trees and great mountain view (with obvious shape and lines) creates a good environment for photo shoot.


The place we stay nearby foot of mountain, Lembah Rinjani Homestay & Restaurant at Sembalun Lawang, around 30 minutes from starting point. We went on September 2013 which is dry season, no rain, scorching sun but very cooling (around 10˚ – 15˚ degree depend on time). If you are going on same period of time, be sure water heater is working at the place you stay.


Village nearby our home-stay, quite and peaceful place, basically is just us visit the place on that timing, therefore drawed attention from local children and teenagers.


Introduced by our leader, the Tolak Angin, a traditional Indonesia liquid product that made from honey and ginger. It taste a little sweet and spicy, texture alike power gel which can be chew a little in mouth. It is a very useful product during our 3 days hiking period, helps on uncomfortable of stomach (进风), dizziness due to high altitude and running nose due to coolness.


Our great porters which can hike the mountain with slippers, thin clothes with sarong instead of jacket, able to run while carry heavy stuff on their shoulder. The followed us along the hiking path (not for the peak), carry mineral water, prepare all the meal for 3 days, building up tents and temporary toilet (pee and poo).


The great team of mine, thankful to be able to hike with them again. All things prepared, we are excited and heading to starting point.