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TNGR, the Mount Rinjani National Park Authority, have recently announced that due to a formal request from officials in Sembalun village, access to Mount Rinjani from Sembalun will no longer be possible on Fridays. People will be allowed to finish a Rinjani trek on the holy day (Jum'at), but not depart. 38 days will be effected due to the restrictions (please refer to the table below for dates). Sembalun village is one of two official start points for climbing Mount Rinjani. It is home to the main Gunung Rinjani

Mount Rinjani is a summit that draws thousands of outdoor enthusiasts to Lombok's shores every year. Usually climbed in two or three days, the 12,224 ft peak usually leaves trekkers tired but smiling! For more details about how to climb this iconic volcano, please check out our Mount Rinjani Guide. Many people coming to climb Mount Rinjani travel from popular Lombok tourist destinations such as the Gili Isles, Kuta, Sengiggi and Mangsit. These places are awesome in their individual ways, but it is worth considering spending some time in

The Mount Rinjani Trekking Guide 2020 contains all the information you will need to plan a Rinjani summit trip in 2020. Gunung Rinjani on the Indonesian island of Lombok is one of the most sought-after summits in South East Asia. It is Indonesia’s second highest active volcano, and boasts surreal panoramic views from numerous vantage points. In this article we cover the essentials – how to plan a trek, what to bring, when to go, and most importantly what routes will be open in 2020.     The Only Mt Rinjani

  Mt Rinjani 2019 Trekking Information Mount Rinjani, the 12,224ft / 3726m volcano that dominates Lombok’s skyline is usually open for trekking between April and January (it’s generally closed for the monsoon months of January, February & March). During the season people climb to the summit of Mount Rinjani via two approved routes, one starting in Senaru and one in Sembalun. Climbing to Mt Rinjani’s summit from Senaru is usually done in 3 days / 2 nights (as you go via the crater lake, danau Segara Anak); climbing to the

There had been heavy rain or “hujan besar” during the night, thunder as well. My friend Natalya had woken with visions of the sky splitting open above her more than once. Myself, I slept through it, unaware; not because I am blessed with nerves of steel, but because I was blessed with being utterly knackered! Bayan was engulfed in mist when we rose in the morning – a cold mist, not unlike one you'd see hanging over a Scottish moor in Autumn (or any time of the year for that

God knows where the morning went – I think a large proportion of it was spent trying to do something on the Internet. The Internet connection is still marginal at best, making even the simple task of opening and replying to emails painstaking. By lunchtime the battle with the World Wide Web was taking its toll on my sanity – it was waging a war of attrition, my economy fast depleting. I decided to go for a run – burn away some of the stress. I’ve run up

It’s a winding road, the one from Senaru to Sembalun. I wouldn’t say is dangerous, but you definitely have to keep your wits about you – it’s narrow in parts, and there’s often random road works with non-existent warning signs on the approach. Cars and small trucks can take up 80% of the road, which makes cornering a bit of a lottery. I’d decided to take my friend to see a new place, and to speak to some of the local guides in the Sembalun area. The place

After the delayed arrival of a friend coming from Surabaya, I’ve finally made it back to Senaru and the office. My prolonged stay in Mataram was a tad boring, but useful at the same time. At the moment Mataram still feels more like a town than a city, but I think this will change in the next few years. New high-rise buildings seem to be springing up everywhere; new hotels, new malls, new Mosques. This may be due to do with the new (and massive) Islamic Centre that's

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