Adventure Indonesia

Conquering the Mount Rinjani Trek

APRIL – MAY marks the start of the trekking season at Mount Rinjani, one of the most popular mountains to hike in Lombok Indonesia. The Mount Rinjani trek is infamously known for its beautiful view of the active volcano at the crater rim, that still erupts and gives out smoke till date.

Stunning view of the mt rinjani crater rim
Stunning view of the mt rinjani crater rim

I was glad to be able to do a detour with 2 friends from my Bali trip to Lombok to do the 2 Day 1 Night Mount Rinjani Trek to the crater rim. For those who are more physically fit and active, you may want to consider aiming for the summit, which warning, consist of a lot of scrambling and sandy ‘2 steps forward 1 step back’ climbing.

What to expect on the Mount Rinjani Trek

mount rinjani trek - 3 of us against the world at mount rinjani lombok
3 of us against the world at Mount Rinjani Lombok

1. Sufficient Pit Stops and Breaks

The hike was a pleasant one, with good amount of pit stops and little breaks by the guides along the way, I believe at least 3 in total. The guide group we signed up with were constantly fed us with lots of little energy bars, biscuits and drinks on top of the yummy lunch and dinner meals provided.

Ptstop for lunch view from the monkey on the tree
Pitstop for lunch – picnic view from the ‘monkey’ Zac on the tree ( Photo credited to Zac)
mount rinjani trek - Rest point along our mount rinjani hike
Rest point along our mount rinjani hike, Lisa is tired
simple yet yummy lunch along mount rinjani rest point to full our tummies | Stop points for meals while climbing mount rinjani
Simple yet yummy lunch along mount rinjani rest point to fill our tummies | Stop points for meals while climbing mount rinjani

2. Changing Landscapes and Weather

The weather and scenery was constantly changing along the way, which was very interesting to observe, just like my Philippines trek. It can switch from sweltering hot to cloudy to showers on the way up. Thankfully we were all equipped with our waterproof jackets/ shoes and bags, if not we and all our items will be soaked.

despite the sunny weather the air was pretty chilly along the hike up mount rinjani | Lombok indonesia mountains
Despite the sunny weather the air was pretty chilly along the hike up mount rinjani, need to keep the windbreaker on | Lombok indonesia mountains
Female wanderer in mount rinajni | Mt Rinjani Hike
Female wanderer in mount rinajni, sunshine on our backs | Mt Rinjani Hike
3 singaporean teenagers freezing like crazy at the crater rim of mount rinjani even with our waterproof windbreakers - - mount rinjani trek
3 singaporean youngsters freezing like crazy at dawn at the crater rim of mount rinjani even with our waterproof windbreakers

The scenery was also beautiful to observe, from rainforest, narrow dirt paths, walking through long ferns and overgrowth to the higher lands where it is wide expanses of land and big smooth rocky granite pavements.

when I say jump you say how high | Lombok indonesia mountains
When I say jump you say how high | Lombok indonesia mountains
group shot along rest point on the hike - mount rinjani trek | Mt Rinjani Hike
Group shot along rest point on the hike | Mt Rinjani Hike

More photos on the way up while Climbing Mount Rinjani

 

3. Overnight in our cosy tents on the mountain

It was such a relief to finally reached our final point at the crater rim just before it got dark, where the tents were set up and dinner already cooking. That’s the luxurious bit when you go with a tour guide and a package, where you can just rest your tired bodies and just get ready to be served food, eat and sleep.

all warm and snug in the tent for the night - mount rinjani trek
All warm and snug in the tent for the night

Sleeping overnight in our beautiful yellow tent was such a refreshing experience. Reminds me of school days. However, prepare to ‘sleep’ through the night hearing the guide dogs howling and calling out to each other outside your tent door. That was unexpected:/

shoes and slipper for the overnight rest at mount rinjani | Mt Rinjani Hike
Shoes and slipper for the overnight rest at mount rinjani | Mt Rinjani Hike

 

4. The Majestic Sunrise on the Mount Rinjani Trek

The morning sunrise was truly spectacular and beautiful. The whole sky was lit up in a golden bronze brown colour and transformed the whole landscape.

Wild flowers and clouds at the mt rinjani crater rim | Lombok indonesia mountains
Wild flowers and clouds at the mt rinjani crater rim | Lombok indonesia mountains

Yoga moments on the Mt Rinjani Hike

Attempting a yoga dancer pose on the mount rinjani trek
Attempting a yoga dancer pose on the Mount Rinjani Trek. Read about the best photo moments to create.
Sunrise and silhouettes at mt rinjani lombok - Sunrise and silhouettes at mount rinjani trek
Sunrise and silhouettes at Mt Rinjani lombok

Thus concludes my post about my great adventure in Lombok Indonesia climbing Mount Rinjani Trek to the Mt Rinjani Crater Rim. If you are an intermediate to advance trekker, I would highly recommend this hike as it is both rewarding beautiful.

Loving the Lombok Indonesia Mountains…

Lots of love from the sunrise on the mt rinjani crater rim
Lots of love from the sunrise at mt rinjani crater rim

Do check out the local tour packages beforehand to see what is available. All hikes on Rinjani needs to be lead by a registered tour operator and cannot be done without one.

What is the best mountains you have climbed? Drop me a beep if you would like to know more about hiking or climbing Mount Rinjani crater rim.

Conquer Mount Rinjani

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    heyhoxy
    November 29, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Hi Lydia, may I know which tour agent you engaged for this Rinjani trek? thank you.

    • Reply
      Lydiascapes Travel
      January 5, 2017 at 4:45 am

      Hi Hoxy! sorry for the late revert as I was travelling the whole of Dec!
      The company I used was Green Rinjani. They gave a very affordable rate, our guide was lovely and condition of tent/ food was pretty good. Hope you have a great time at Rinjani! Do share the story with me;)

  • Reply
    Yannick Lombok
    January 21, 2019 at 3:29 am

    Thank you very much for visit Lombok island and climbing Mount Rinjani.
    The photoes and article are very amazing.
    By climbing rinjani, it is very helpful for us as locals.
    More peoples coming means more jobs created for the local people.

    • Reply
      Lydia Yang
      February 6, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Yes Yannick, the memories in Rinjani with the local guide and porters were truly memorable. I won’t forget it easily.

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