Mt Rinjani: 3 day / 2 night

Summary

The 3 day / 2 night package is the most popular choice for climbing Mt Rinjani. It allows trekkers the opportunity to experience an active volcano, a beautiful crater lake, tropical rainforest, and some of Lombok’s unique flora and fauna. Climbing Mt Rinjani is a challenging experience, but one people remember for the rest of their lives. The 3 day / 2 night package can run in two directions – either starting from the Semabalun side (ascending to the summit at the beginning of day 2, finishing in Senaru), or starting from Senaru (ascending to the summit at the beginning of day 3, and finishing in Sembalun).

Travel & Accommodation

Rinjani Dawn Adventures includes collection and drop-off from hotels in North Lombok in the price of the package. Should you wish to explore some of Senaru before climbing Mt Rinjani, we can assist with finding accommodation, and can provide a guide for the waterfalls and local sight-seeing.

Briefing & Issue of Equipment

Following breakfast at a guest house in Senaru, trekkers will meet at the RDA office for a briefing. How early we will meet will depend on whether we are starting from the Sembalun side (which is an hours drive away) or from Senaru. In any case, we like to get underway in good time! When everyone has arrived you will be introduced to your guide, who over a coffee will explain the itinerary for the following days. After the briefing, trekkers will be issued with any equipment they require.

If traveling to Senaru on the same day of the trek, you will be collected by car or minibus from your hotel. The drive to the RDA office in Senaru takes approximately two hours from Sengiggi, one and a half from Bangsal harbour. Once at the office you will be offered a light breakfast and coffee. Your guide will brief you about the route, and issue any additional equipment required.

Itinerary: 3 Day / 2 Night; Summit

(Sembalun > Crater Rim > Summit > Lake > Crater Rim > Senaru)

Day 1:

(Approximately 7 hours walking; 1483m ascent)

  • Travel to Sembalun (1 hour)
  • Registration at Rinjani Information Centre
  • Commence trek (1156m altitude). Walk for approximately 2 hours. Arrive at Pos 1 “Pemantaun” (1300m). Rest for 15-20 minutes, take on water & have some snacks.
  • Walk for approximately 1 hour. Arrive at Pos 2 “Tengengean” (1500m). Rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • Walk for a further hour, arrive at Pos 3 “Pada Balong” (1800m). 2 hour rest & lunch break. Porters will prepare a hot meal, tea and coffee.
  • Continue to crater rim “Plawangan Sembalun” (2639m). This stage takes approximately 3 hours, and involves a steep ascent.
  • Once at Plawangan Senaru, the porters and guides will set-up camp, and prepare dinner. You will be able to enjoy sunset overlooking the crater lake.

Day 2:

(Approximately 10 hours walking; 1,720m ascent, 1718m descent)

  • 0200 hrs: Wake up, have a light breakfast.
  • 0230 hrs: Leave camp, commence ascent to summit
  • 3-4 hours hard climbing. The terrain is steep, and in parts gravelly. The last hour is especially hard, and exposed to the elements. Warm clothing is essential, and a windbreaker jacket, gloves & hat highly recommended.
  • Reach the summit (3726m / 12,224ft), hopefully in time to see the sun coming up over Lombok! From the summit you can see Segara Anak (the crater lake), Mt Agung (Bali), Sumbawa, and the three best known Gili Isles (Trawangan, Meno, & Air).
  • Descend back down to camp (2 hours) & enjoy a well-deserved breakfast at Plawangan Sembalun!
  • After breakfast descend for 3 hours down to the crater lake “Segara Anak”.
  • 1-1.5 hour lunch break by the lake. Visit the thermal springs for a hot bath!
  • Climb to the other side of the crater rim “Plawangan Senaru”. This takes around 3 hours, and involves steep ascents.
  • Arrive at Plawangan Senaru in time for sunset. Porters set-up camp & prepare dinner.

Day 3:

(Approximately 5 hours walking; 2040m descent)

  • 0730 hrs: Wake-up, leisurely breakfast. Time to take photographs, drink coffee, etc
  • 0900 hrs: Commence walk back down to Senaru.
  • Walk for approximately 3 hours, taking short breaks along the way. Stop for lunch at a rest area in the jungle.
  • 1500 hrs Arrive back at the RDA office, Senaru. Collect belongings & wait for transport back to Sengiggi or Bangsal harbour.

Itinerary: 3 Day / 2 Night; Summit

(Senaru > Crater Rim > Lake > Crater Rim > Summit > Sembalun)

Day 1: 

(Approximately 7 hours walking; 2040m ascent)

  • 0730 hrs: Briefing & issuing of equipment, RDA office, Senaru
  • 0800 hrs: Registration at the Rinjani Trek Centre (RTC)
  • 0815 hrs: Commence trek (601m elevation). Walk to Pos 1 “Bunut Ngengkang” (750m). This usually takes 1 hour. 10 minute rest.
  • Continue to Pos 2 “Montong Satas” (1500m). This stage takes approximately 2 hours. We will take a 1.5 hour lunch-break in Pos 2, where the porters and guides will prepare a hot meal, tea & coffee.
  • After lunch we will start walking to Pos 3 “Mondokan Lokak” (2000m). Walking time approximately 2 hours. 10-15 minute rest at Pos 3, before continuing to the crater rim.
  • Approximately 2 hours walking from Pos 3 to the crater rim “Plawangan Senaru” (2641m).
  • Porters & guides set up camp & prepare dinner. Trekkers free to wander around the crater rim & hopefully take some nice photos of the spectacular view!

Day 2:

(Approximately 7 hours walking; 633m descent, 631m ascent)

  • 0730 hrs: Breakfast on the crater rim
  • 0830 hrs: Descend down to Lake Segara Anak (2008m) – 2 hours walking.
  • 2-2.5 hours at the lake. Swimming & trip to the thermal pools (10 minutes walk from the lake). Lunch & relaxation!
  • 1300 hrs: Resume trekking – climbing up to the other side of the crater rim “Plawangan Sembalun” (2639m). This takes approximately 3 hours, taking short breaks along the way.
  • Porters & guides set-up camp & prepare dinner.
  • Early night recommended, as 2 am start the following day!

Day 3:

(Approximately 10 hours walking; 1,087m ascent, 2570m descent)

  • 0200 hrs: Wake up, have a light breakfast.
  • 0230 hrs: Leave camp, commence ascent to summit
  • 3-4 hours hard climbing. The terrain is steep, and in parts gravelly. The last hour is especially hard, and exposed to the elements. Warm clothing is essential, and a windbreaker jacket, gloves & hat highly recommended.
  • Reach the summit (3726m / 12,224ft), hopefully in time to see the sun coming up over Lombok! From the summit you can see Segara Anak (the crater lake), Mt Agung (Bali), Sumbawa, and the three best known Gili Isles (Trawangan, Meno, & Air).
  • Descend back down to camp (2 hours) & enjoy a well-deserved breakfast!
  • Walk the route back down to Sembalun (5 hours), stopping for breaks and lunch along the way.
  • Transfer back to RDA office (1 hour), collect any belongings stored with us, and wait for transport back to Sengiggi or Bangsal.
  • If travelling onwards to the Gili Isles, we will endeavour to have you in Bangsal harbour before 5pm.

Itinerary: 3 Day / 2 Night; Lake

(Sembalun > Crater Rim > Lake > Crater Rim > Senaru)

(Senaru > Crater Rim > Lake > Crater Rim > Senaru)

Summary:

The itinerary for a 3 day, 2 night trek going to the lake is exactly the same as if going to the summit, except for the fact that you will not do the summit stage. This means you will not have to get up at 2am on either the 2nd or 3rd day (2nd day if coming from Sembalun, 3rd day if coming from Senaru), and will have a less arduous, more gentle trek. Reaching Mt Rinjani’s summit is a great achievement, but is not for everyone. This package allows people who may be less fit, or who simply don’t feel like going to the top, a means of enjoying some of the breathtaking views Gunung Rinjani National Park has to offer. It still covers a fair amount of distance and incline however, so is worth preparing for!

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