The towering Mount Rinjani (3,726 m) in Lombok is not only the second highest volcano in Indonesia but also one of the most beautiful mountains around the archipelago. The most extraordinary feature of it is the crater, a crescent-shaped, turquoise lake full of fish 2,700 m above sea level. In the middle of the colossal cauldron, there’s a barren small volcano called Mount Baru Jari which is always emitting solfatara. The hikers usually equip themselves with a fishing pole and stay at the lakeside campground for several days before continuing their journey down.
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The astonishing landscape of Mount Rinjani has enchanted many travelers and adventure seekers. There are two popular routes of Rinjani—Sembalun Lawang and Senaru. Sembalun Lawang is famous for its Savannah, while the latter is renowned for its dense tropical forest. Due to its proximity to the Three Gilis, Senaru gate is more popular among foreign tourists.
The most mentally and physically challenging part of hiking Mount Rinjani is the final push to the summit. The hikers usually wake up around 2 am so they can see the sunrise from the top. The journey itself can be frustrating as you have to walk up on the darkest, coldest hours through the slippery gravel path.
But it is worth the effort. Once you get to the top, you’ll see one of the most stunning sceneries on earth. The crater-lake of Rinjani, guarded by Mount Baru Jari, will still be covered by threads of clouds. On the western horizon, your eyes will stumble upon the most sacred volcano in Bali, Mount Agung. And you’ll also get to see the scenic shoreline of Lombok island.
It usually takes at least three days and two nights to reach the top of Mount Rinjani. But it all depends on your strength and stamina. After scaling the peak, people usually walk down to the crater-lake and stay there for one or two more days before resuming their journey of a lifetime. The best months to visit Rinjani are between June and October. #EscapeWithUs