Lombok Explorer Package
“The Lombok Explorer Package combines exploring the natural & cultural wonders of Senaru with climbing & camping at Bukit Pergasingan later in the day. Lombok Explorer is our signature sightseeing package, allowing travellers to experience authentic Lombok at its very best!”
Many people travel to Lombok to climb the magnificent Mount Rinjani – an active volcano of 3726m / 12,224ft that dominates the Lombok skyline. Many people come to snorkel & scuba dive in the coral waters of the Gili Isles. Some come to surf the epic breaks of the South, or lie on the white sand beaches of Kuta, Tanjung Aan, or Selong. There are numerous reasons to travel Lombok, and the island is small enough to fit-in many places and activities in a relatively short amount of time! We designed the Lombok Explorer package to show travellers the best of the North – in particular the magical areas of Senaru and Sembalun. We think this Lombok tour will be enjoyed by anyone wishing to get off the beaten track, and experience Lombok’s unique culture and natural wonders firsthand.
Senaru could be one of Indonesia’s most beautiful places – it’s certainly a “hidden-gem” that’s set to become “the next Ubud” when Lombok’s airport expands and people realise all it has to offer! With lush jungle and the majestic Mount Rinjani as its backdrop, the stunning waterfalls of Tui Kelep & Sendang Gile an easy walk, and terraced rice fields seemingly dropping down to the ocean, what more could an intrepid traveller wish for? Senaru is famous for being one of two official start-points for climbing mount Rinjani. It is home to the unique Sasak culture and Wetu Telu religion (a blend of Islam and animism). Senaru is also famous for its jungle gardens, and the sustainable harvesting of coffee luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world. At 600m elevation it is slightly cooler than the Gili Isles, Kuta or Sengiggi, but don’t worry, it’s pleasantly warm all year round.
Senaru Sightseeing (first half of the day)
On arrival at our office in Senaru you will be met by your guide. After a fresh coffee and light breakfast you will begin you tour, starting by visiting a jungle garden. Here you will learn how locals grow organic coffee, cacao, vanilla, mangoes, and other crops. Being in the jungle, you can expect to see native wildlife including monkeys and tropical birds. The paths to the coffee gardens are well maintained, and your tour guide will lead you safely around. If your guide manages to find any Kopi Luwak on the jungle floor you are welcome to try it later in the day.
Senaru Traditional Village
Following on from the jungle garden you will visit Senaru Traditional Village. Dating back hundreds of years, Senaru Traditional Village is a unique glimpse into authentic Lombok life. Although tourists can enter and see how people live, the Senaru Traditional Village is very much a working village and not solely a “tourist attraction”. You will learn about Lombok’s Sasak culture, as well as the Wetu Telu religion that is still practised in this region.
Senaru Trekking (Panorama Trek)
After you have visited Senaru Traditional Village you will continue your tour by descending down the hill through forest and small hamlets towards the rice fields. Like many places in Asia, rice cultivation is a way of life for many of the villagers in Senaru. It is also an artform, with the contouring rice terraces and intricate irrigation systems presenting a beautiful landscape scene. Senaru and the wider area of Bayan has beautiful rice terracing, irrigated using the fresh mountain water of Mt Rinjani. During this part of your trip your tour guide will explain how rice is cultivated, and how the local people work the land.
Senaru Waterfalls – Sendang Gile and Tui Kelep
Senaru is home to two of Lombok’s most beautiful waterfalls – Sendang Gile and Tui Kelep. Carrying on from the Panorama walk, you will follow an irrigation channel as it contours around the hillside. Eventually you will hear a mighty crash of water through lush jungle, before seeing the first waterfall on the tour- Sendang Gile. Here we can stop to admire the view, take photographs, and shower under the waterfall should you wish! If you are hungry by this time you can also stop to have a snack or picnic lunch. From Sendang Gile waterfall it takes 30-40 minutes to reach Tui Kelep waterfall. For most of the way the route is a well-maintained path, but towards the end you will be expected to cross a stream in two places (the water is generally knee to thigh deep, and not fast-flowing – your guide will assist you in crossing). Walking on a path adjacent to the river, the steep sided valley walls suddenly open-up and you’ll find yourself looking at the stunning Tui Kelep waterfall. Tui Kelep waterfall is an excellent place to swim & have a picnic. It’s even possible to stand behind the Tui Kelep waterfall in a shallow cave!
Sendang Gile & Tui Kelep waterfalls are very special places, and make for an excellent adventure. They are also great places to take beautiful photographs with friends and loved-ones (especially if you are enjoying a Lombok honeymoon!)
Bukit Pergasingan Trekking (second half of the day)
After you have explored Senaru and two of Lombok’s finest waterfalls it will be time to embark on the next stage of the tour – Bukit Pergasingan. From Senaru you will be driven to the start-point of the Bukit Pergasingan Trek, a journey of approximately 60-75 minutes. “Bukit” means hill in Bahasar Indonesia, so “Bukit Pergasingan” translates as “Pergasingan Hill”. We aim to start this part of your Lombok tour at 2-3pm, which will enable you to reach the Bukit Pergasingan campsite before sunset. Climbing Bukit Pergasingan takes approximately 1.5-2 hours, depending on your fitness level and how often you stop to take pictures of the stunning scenery. Your guide and porters will be carrying all of the camping & cooking equipment, so all you need is an overnight bag and personal effects. Once at Bukit Pergasingan campsite, your tour guide and porters will set-up camp and start cooking dinner. You will be free to wander around and admire the stunning scenery, no doubt taking pictures and relaxing after a busy day! Pergasingan Hill overlooks Sembalun village and mount Rinjani. Sembalun sits in a flat-bottomed valley, and is surrounded by hills. As the area is very fertile, tapestry like fields stretch-out from Sembalun village to the hills. Eagles often soar above, hunting for quarry. After some delicious food & hot drinks, you may wish to stargaze. Due to the relatively little light pollution in the area, Lombok is an excellent place to admire the Milky Way and countless stars above.
Day 2 – Bukit Pergasingan Trekking (returning to Senaru)
Waking up on Bukit Pergasingan will allow you to watch the sunrise, and see the wisp-like pockets of mist slowly burn-off from the fields far below. Your tour guide and porters will prepare you a hot breakfast and fresh coffee, before packing up the tents and preparing to descend back down to Sembalun. The walk down is easy, so will most-likely take an hour or less (again, this will depend on how often you stop to take photographs). Once down we will have our driver return you to our office in Senaru, or to an onward destination if pre-arranged.
Summary: Lombok Explorer Package
Locations: Senaru, Senaru Traditional Village, Sendang Gile waterfall, Tui Kelep waterfall, Sembalun, Bukit Pergasingan
Duration: 1 day / 1 night (starting & finishing at our office in Senaru). Start 9am on day one, finish 9am day 2.
Travel Time: 60-75 minutes Senaru > Sembalun, returning on morning of day 2.
Includes: Tour guide & porters, breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee & refreshments, bottled water, transport from Senaru to Sembalun (return), all camping equipment (tent, mattress, sleeping bag), warm items of clothing & waterproof poncho if required.
Ideal for: People wanting to experience authentic Lombok, waterfall lovers, culture lovers, adventurous types, people on a Lombok honeymoon who want a break from the beach, school trips, people holidaying on the Gilis who want to check-out the mainland, in-short anyone who wants visit some of Lombok’s most beautiful places on our signature Lombok tour!
What you should bring: Water bottle / camelback, sunscreen, inspect repellent, hat, camera, trainers or walking shoes, toiletries, change of clothes (shorts, t-shirt + socks should suffice), swimming gear + towel, torch / headlamp, any medication you might require.