Gunung Rinjani - Trek in the cloud
Rinjani had been lingering in our minds since quite a while, ever since we came back from Merbabu in Java. We booked the trip three months in advance and we put honest effort in training for this trip. (Running 5 km, 3 times a week and 100 km cycling on Saturdays ).
Situated in the center of Lombok in Indonesia, Gunung Rinjani is an active volcano. It is considered as one of the challenging treks in South East Asia. A 3 day 2 night trek is quite popular and gives just enough time to explore the crater rim and summit. A relatively comfortable trek would be 4 day 3 night one.
For the ones interested in summit attempt, Sembalun route is the way to go. We found Sembalun route as more comfortable and scenic also. Sembalun itself is 2 and half hour from Lombok Airport.
The other route starts at Semaru (3.5 hrs from airport) but it ends at crater rim. One will have to do an additional day trek to reach Sembalun side for summit attempt, with low on energy.
|Road to Sembalun|
Trek fragmented by days
Sembalun(1000m) -> Pos1(1400m) -> Pos2(1600m) -> Pos3(1800m) -> Crater Rim(2600m) ||5 hours
Sleep in evening to start from Rinjani summit at 2 am
Crater Rim (2600 m) <--> Rinjani Summit (3726m) || 3.5 hours(going up) + 2.5 hours coming down-->
Breakfast at camp, Prepare to leave for crater lake and hot spring at 9 am
Crater Rim (2600m) -> Crater Lake (2000m) || 2 hours
Enjoy the view and have lunch by the crater lake, prepare to leave for semaru rim at 2 pm
Crater lake (2000m) -> Semaru Crater Rim (2600m) || 2.5 hours
Nice view of Sunset, and plenty of time for good comfortable sleep. Start decent at 7am next morning
Semaru Crater Rim (2600m) -> Semaru Village(600m) || 5 hours
|Map showing our start point in Sembalun and end point in Semaru village. We finished the route in 1 day 19 hours :-)|
|Seems like an effort less walk for the porters|
|View from Pos 3|
When we reached the crater rim, it was almost dark, while our guide helped to prepare dinner, we engaged ourselves in star trail.
After the dinner, we had a sleep for 4 hours. The temperature was 5 degrees. We prepared for summit attempt at 2 am. It was a difficult trek, 2 steps up, 1 step down. Gives a feeling of quick sand. Though all the tiredness is gone once at summit.
|View of crater Rim from top of mount Rinjani|
|The View of sunrise from the top is equally mesmerizing|
|First look of the lake|
During our stay, the lake was filled with clouds, It was time to climb up to Semaru and click sunset.
|Crater rim on our way to semaru rim|
|Sun set at Semaru|
|The colors after sunset.|
Finally it was time to decent. three awesome days have come to an end.
Our trip in video