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Climbing Rinjani on Lombok Indonesia. In photos

Posted by somtam2000 on 9/5/2016 at 22:15 admin

Over the last few days I did a three day two night climb of Gunung Rinjani on Lombok with some friends from Jakarta, and here are a few pics to get your feet itching (or not!) While we'll have a full trip report on Travelfish next week (I only got home last night) my one piece of advice is:

Don't do a three day two night trek unless you are in extremely good shape. Do either the one night "summit only" trek or, if you want to see the lake and hotsprings, definitely do the three night four day trip.

Our guide for the trip was Padila Al Farizi

Anyway, here are the happy snaps :-) Questions, as always, welcome.

Welcome to Rinjani.


Walking through the savanna from the starting point towards Pos 1.


It was a four-day holiday weekend, so quite congested at times. Even cyclists!


More savanna.


Eventually you leave the savanna as the hiking gets, well, steeper.


Mist and low cloud blows in and out and the temperature swings wildly as you get higher.


All so happy and cheerful -- right before the pain.


Campsites line the crater rim before the summit. Very congested and filthy with trash unfortunately.


The stuff porters lug...


Late light. We go to bed straight after dinner, ready for a 2am start to climb the summit.


With only headlamps for light, we slowly make our way up. Passing people in tears. The going is hard.


Extremely hard. I give up on reaching summit for dawn and rest to enjoy the light show.


The sun brings with it a better idea of the congestion...


... and the slope.


As we continue to climb, the earlier risers are already on the way down.


One of my climbing companions, Adri, taking a rest...


The summit view is amazing. See the baby volcano in the crater.


Some breathtaking recklessness for selfies.


Then the climb down begins. Note the people sliding down on bums and the other being dragged up by a rope...


We rest for a couple of hours, then begin the hike down into the crater to camp beside the lake.


Time to pray for a helicopter...


The lake is stunning and the nearby hotsprings soothing.


Then the next morning we bit the lake farewell and commence the hike out.


The views on the way out are equally fab.


But equally gruelling.


Then a very long, hard slog, with quite a bit of rain, to finally reach Senaru and civilisation!

While we'll have a full write-up coming, I would say don't underestimate just how physically demanding this climb is and would strongly advise opting for the 4-day trip rather than 3-day.


#1 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,090

Posted by somtam2000 on 10/5/2016 at 08:34 admin

Related to this - Rinjani National Park (along with most parks in Indonesia, has a massive trash problem. Some thought on this, and how possibly to tackle it are here.

#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 8,090

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