Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani

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Mount Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia and is an excellent trip for the more adventurous and active traveller to Lombok.

Standing at 3,726 metres (12,224 feet) high, a trek to the summit is not for the faint hearted, or the unfit, and will generally be at least 3 days, with two nights camping.

Photo credit skyseeker on flickr

The best time of the year for the trek is April to November although it is generally possible in December. January to March is in the main wet season and the route becomes very muddy and dangerous.

A local guide is mandatory for the trip and this will be provided as part of an organised group which is the usual way that people make the journey. You will also usually have porters to help carry equipment up the mountain. There is a small admissionn charge to Gunung Rinjani National Park.

Photo credit skyseeker on flickr

The route up the mountain includes some wonderful flora and fauna and keep your eyes out for the wildlife which includes spectacular parrots and long-tailed grey macaques.

Once you get to the summit the views are incredible, especially if you can take in the sunrise or sunset, with panoramic views over the whole of Lombok and even as far away as Mount Agung on Bali.

Photo credit Trekking Rinjani on flickr

Most people would base themselves in one of the main tourist areas before and after the trek and we would certainly recommend a day or two relaxing following exertions up the mountain.

Trekking tours to Mount Rinjani can be arranged through most operators prior to arriving on Lombok or from the main tourist areas on the island.

Mount Rinjani, lombok, Indonesia. Credit Jeane Liu on Unsplash

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