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Hiking Mount Rinjani In Lombok – A Complete Guide

Hiking Mount Rinjani in Lombok is the most rewarding challenge available on the island. So here’s everything you need to know when visiting.

How To Get To Mount Rinjani

The main starting point for Mount Rinjani Trekking is just an hours drive from the town of Senaru.

Senaru is a small town on a hill, with a few scattered restaurants and shops, and gives access to Tiu Kelep Waterfall & Sendang Gile Waterfall.

Most trekkers tend to stay in Senaru a night before and a night after the big hike. A dedicated guide will collect you from your guesthouse on the morning of the trek at around 7am.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Mount Rinjani Trek Options

There are 3 main Mount Rinjani Trekking options:

2 Day 1 Night Mount Rinjani Trek

For those short on time or solely interested in climbing the summit and getting back down to safe ground again.

Day 1

You trek all day to the crater rim, stopping throughout for snacks and lunch, where you set up camp ready for an early rise the next morning.

Day 2

You start at 2am and complete the 3 hour trek to the Mount Rinjani summit just in time for a beautiful sunrise.

After sunrise you head back down to camp for breakfast before heading back down to Senaru to complete the trek.

3 Day 2 Night Mount Rinjani Trek

For the whole experience packed into a compact package.

Day 1

You trek all day to the crater rim, stopping throughout for snacks and lunch, where you set up camp ready for an early rise the next morning.

Day 2

You start at 2am and complete the 3 hour trek to the Mount Rinjani summit just in time for a beautiful sunrise.

After sunrise you head back down to camp for breakfast before visiting the lake and hot springs and heading back up another peak to set up camp for another night.

Day 3

Finally you set off at 6am and head back down to Senaru on a 6 hour trek to town.

4 Day 3 Night Mount Rinjani Trek

For those with plenty of time and that want to take their time and not kill their bodies.

Day 1

You trek all day to the crater rim, stopping throughout for snacks and lunch, where you set up camp ready for an early rise the next morning.

Day 2

After enjoying the sunrise and breakfast you commence your descent into the crater.

You stop for lunch on the shore of Lake Segara Anak and set up camp.

The afternoon can be spent swimming in the hot springs, fishing, exploring the lakeshore or simply relaxing.

Day 3

After a leisurely morning you enjoy lunch on the lakeshore before commencing your climb out of the crater.

You camp the night at the crater rim ready for a 2am summit climb.

Day 4

You start at 2am and complete the 3 hour trek to the Mount Rinjani summit just in time for a beautiful sunrise.

After sunrise you head back down to camp for breakfast before heading back down to Senaru to complete the trek.

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The tiny little people climbing Mount Rinjani at sunrise

Who Shall I Book My Mount Rinjani Trek With?

As soon as you arrive on the island you’ll come to realise that climbing Mount Rinajni is one of the highlights of things to do in Lombok. So if you have time, make sure to add it to your Lombok itinerary.

There are endless tours and agencies to book your Mount Rinjani tour with.

We booked our 3D2N Mount Rinjani Trekking Tour with Jou Trekking and cannot recommend them enough!

They provide transfers to and from any location in Lombok, a nights accommodation before the trek in an A/C room with hot water and send you fully equipped with jackets, poles and PLENTY of food and water!

The guides and porters that carry the camping gear were extremely friendly and spoke great English and Jou was a credit to his company!

You can check out all of their tours via the Jou Trekking website.

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Enjoying sunset on day 1 of our Mount Rinjani Trekking

What To Pack

Honestly do not underestimate this trek.

Most equipment can be rented from your tour guide but here’s what we recommend taking.

To Rent From Your Guide

Trekking shoes

A thick jacket

A trekking pole

Torch or flashlight (you’ll need one at 2am when you start walking)

To Take Yourself

Plenty of warm clothes and layers

Snacks

Toiletries (you won’t be showering but brushing your teeth is a luxury)

Sunscreen

Hat

Lip Balm

Wet wipes

Camera

Swimwear and flip flops (for the lake and at camp)

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In absolute bits, but happy we completed the Mount Rinjani Trek

What To Expect Trekking Mount Rinjani

So off we set on our 3 day 2 night trekking Rinjani experience.

Much harder than the short Mount Batur hike in Bali, this was one of the toughest few days of our lives but what an achievement it was at the finishing line!

With no previous trekking experience, and having sat around Canggu eating avocado for the past 5 months, we’ll let the photos tell the story.

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Let the journey begin – look at that smile!
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Day 1: Our first lengthy stop for lunch at Pos 3 – 2000m
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Dinner with a view
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Our first sunset. Camping at the crater rim – 2641m
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Who doesn’t love a mountain campfire
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Day 2: Around 5am, 500m from the summit and the smile has disappeared
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WE MADE IT! – 3726m
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A moment to take in what just happened!
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More trekkers hurdling the final 500m
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Day 2: 3 hours later and a well deserved hot springs bath
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Day 3: Waking up at 6am for the trek home
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Mission complete!

Where To Stay In Senaru

Luxury

Rinjani Lodge

Featuring a restaurant and an outdoor pool, Rinjani Lodge is located 0.6 mi away from Rinjani National Park and the traditional Sasak Village of Dusun Senari.

It houses well appointed rooms with private terraces overlooking the mountain and surrounding greenery. Free WiFi is accessible in all areas.

Air-conditioned rooms in Rinjani Lodge come fitted with a desk, safe and a flat-screen satellite TV with DVD player. A fridge and electric kettle are also among the amenities.

Each private semi open bathroom includes a bathtub, towels and free toiletries.

Mid-Budget

Rudy Trekker

Providing free WiFi, a sun terrace with a swimming pool, restaurant and garden, Rudy Trekker is located in Senaru.

There is free private parking and the property provides paid airport shuttle service.

At the guesthouse each room is equipped with a private bathroom.

Guests at Rudy Trekker can enjoy a continental breakfast.

Budget

Bukit Senaru Homestay

Located in Senaru, 21 miles from Tiu Teja Waterfall, Bukit Senaru Homestay has accommodations with a bar, free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and room service.

This self-catered family stay has a garden and free private parking.

The family stay is composed of a fully equipped kitchen, and 3 bathrooms.

The family stay offers an Asian or halal breakfast.

For more places to stay in Senaru, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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Trekking Mount Rinjani In Lombok Guide

Moe

Thursday 28th of March 2024

Nice picture and looks really good article

adi

Tuesday 27th of September 2022

good writing for mount rinjani, we hope many hiker visit mount rinjani

Charlie Pauly

Monday 3rd of October 2022

Thank you!

Lune rinjani

Tuesday 2nd of August 2022

Thank you very much. For kind to share the great information for Mount rinjani Volcano. For Sure Is very Informative and good information. Here I am Lune working Be trek Organizers said Very Thank you very much for lovely articles. Kind Regards Lune Rinjani

Charlie Pauly

Thursday 4th of August 2022

Absolutely no problem! Climbing Mount Rinjani was incredible and a huge achievement!

Dhyns Rinjani hiking

Monday 23rd of May 2022

Hi thanks for sharing your experience on mount rinjani with one of trek organizers in senaru. Hopefully by share your experience we have more and more customers. We are also trekking organizer based on senaru village call Dhyns Rinjani Hiking

Charlie Pauly

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

No worries! We had an amazing experience and would love to visit and climb Rinjani again at some point!

Jan

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

Nice Post, I enjoyed while I had a nice Coffee and Avocado-Salat in the Gu ;)... Planing the next Trek in Indo. Cheers J