Mount Rinjani Trekking is an insane 3 day, 2 night trek which involves hiking up 3726 metres to the top of the crater rim. During the 3 days you will camp along the crater rim above the clouds with views of Bali and the Gili islands. You’ll also be able to witness the insane blue lake located within the crater as well as a volcano. There are also volcanic hot springs which you will be able to relax in after a long day of trekking.
How to get to the Mount Rinjani Trek
As part of our Mount Rinjani Trekking package with Jou Trekking, it included a pick up from our hotel anywhere on Lombok. The day before the trek, you’ll be picked up from your accomodation on Lombok. You’ll then be taken to a new hotel located in the small town of Senaru. The following morning, you’ll be taken to the start of the trek.
Mount Rinjani Trekking Packages
There are 3 options to choose from when deciding what Mount Rinjani Trekking package to go for.
– 2D/1N involves camping at the crater rim followed by an early wake up at 2am the next day where you will hike to the summit. After reaching the summit you’ll hike back the way you came, finishing where you started.
– 3D/2N involves camping at the crater rim followed by an early wake up at 2am the next day where you will hike to the summit. After reaching the summit you’ll hike back to camp and continue along down into the crater where you’ll stop for a quick break by the lake and hot springs. After a short rest, you’ll continue up the other side of the mountain to the next camp. The final day is all downhill, descending the other side of the mountain where you will end up in Senaru.
– 4D/3N is the same program as 3D/2N, however the second day is broken up into an extra night. After hiking to the summit, you’ll make your way down into the crater and spend an extra night camping by the lake and hot springs.
We decided to go for the 3D/2N option and booked our tour through Jou Trekking. We can’t recommend them enough. The guide and porters are all super friendly and helpful. They also provide you with delicious food and a different type of dish everyday. You’ll be provided with a very comfortable mattress and tent which is wind and weather proof so you’ll be nice and comfortable throughout the night.
What to bring
Your trekking company will supply and carry majority of the things that you need such as water, tents, sleeping bags and food. To make your trek as painless and easy as possible, it’s a good idea to bring these few extra things!
Hiking boots – There are plenty of places in the town of Senaru where you can hire hiking boots and other hiking needs. Jirapan and I did the hike in Vans and it was definitely tough and slippery but we managed just fine with only a few sore toes.
Warm clothes – During the day it’s very hot but as soon as the sun disappears, it can reach 10 degrees celsius. We rented thick winter coats from Jou Trekking which definitely saved us. We wouldn’t have been able to handle the night without the coats.
Trekking pole – We don’t think we could have done the hike without one. The Mount Rinjani Trek is very slippery and full of loose dirt so the trekking pole was that extra bit of support which we needed.
Swimmers – Don’t forget to bring swimmers for when you visit the hot springs! After trekking for hours, the hot springs were exactly what our muscles needed to warm up and relax.
Sun screen – It’s a good idea to put a bit of sunscreen on your face while you’re hiking for 8+ hours each day in the sun!
Snacks – The trekking company will bring some snacks for you to keep your energy levels up. It’s a good idea to bring a few extra of your own so you can stop and have a quick energy boost!
Lip balm – The drastic hot and cold changes in the weather definitely took a toll on our lips. If you want to avoid having sore and chapped lips for the following week, it’s a great idea to bring some lip balm!
Money – It’s expected that you tip the guide and porters for their hard work, so be sure to bring some cash with you.
What to expect (3D/2N)
Mount Rinjani Trekking is definitely the toughest thing we’ve ever done. It takes a lot of mental and physical work to push yourself beyond your limits everyday and hike for such long hours. It is definitely an incredible once in a lifetime experience and we encourage you to do it if you’re up for the challenge.
Day before the trek
The day before the Mount Rinjani Trekking, you will be picked up from your accommodation on Lombok and will be taken to a new hotel in the small town of Senaru. At this new hotel, they will give you a quick run through about what the trek will consist of.
At 6:30am you’ll have breakfast at your hotel then picked up by your driver at 7am. From the town of Senaru, you’ll drive roughly 1 hour to the registration area. Here you’ll need to register and provide your passport number before you start your trek. This should only take 5 minutes. From there, you’ll drive another 5 minutes to the start of the trek located at Sembulan.
You will meet your guide and follow him up into the mountains. The first 3 hours of the trek is fairly flat and only slightly uphill through some forest and grass. After the first 3 hours, you’ll stop for a long lunch break then continue up to the crater rim camping spot. From lunch it’s roughly another 4 hours till camp. It gets steeper and steeper until you reach the campsite. We reached camp just in time for sunset and spent the night watching the sun go down above the clouds.
Day 2 of the Mount Rinjani Trekking starts bright and early at 2am. You’ll have a light breakfast then set off in the dark with headlights for a 3-4 hour walk to the summit for sunrise. For breakfast we ate hot noodle soup, which was much needed to help warm us up. The walk is incredibly hard and definitely the toughest part of the whole trip. The ground is full of loose gravel which means you slip every step you take. We struggled at the last 500m but managed to reach the top at 7:30am.
As we reached the top, we were all physically and mentally drained. We were all happy with our accomplishment and took a moment to appreciate the breathtaking view. You’ll have a panoramic view above the clouds. You’ll see as far as Bali, with Mount Agung in the distance as well as the Gili Islands.
After we took photos at the summit, we made our way back down to camp which took another 3 hours. Once back at camp, we had a bigger breakfast consisting of burgers and fries. After this we went straight to visit the hot springs. To get down to the hot springs in the crater, it took us 3 hours. We spent 30 minutes at the hot springs then hiked 5 hours back up the other side of the mountain. We had to trek a bit in the dark and managed to reach camp at 8pm. In total we walked about 13 hours this day so we crashed out straight away.
The final day of the Mount Rinjani Trekking! You’ll have breakfast at 6:30am and leave around 7am. The walk down is the easiest hike out of the 3 days. You’ll descend through the jungle for about 6 hours and stop for lunch just before the finish line. Once you cross the finish you’ll need to sign out. From here you’ll walk a further 30 minutes on a paved road back to the town of Senaru.