Balancing along the spine of one of Gunung Rinjani’s ridges, Senaru is arguably the largest trekking centre on Lombok, even though most of the treks—especially those heading to Rinjani’s true summit—leave from Sembalun Lawang, about an hour to the east of here. Accommodation runs along the ridge, with some rooms offering truly breathtaking views over the steep valley and across to Rinjani’s spectacular peak. Even if you’re not planning on climbing the volcano, it is worth at least visiting Senaru for the views.
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The valley between Senaru and Teres Genit (the village to the east) aside from being darned pretty, with paddy and jungle in equal measure, is also home to a couple of waterfalls. One is impressive (and easy to reach), while the other requires a bit more effort to get to but is other-worldly in its beauty. Both are definitely worth visiting if you have the time.
Aside from gawking at the scenery and getting drenched by the waterfalls, climbing Gunung Rinjani is the main reason people find themselves in Senaru. It is worth stating up front: This is not a climb to be taken lightly. The most common approach is a three-day, two-night climb beginning in Sembalun Lawang and taking you to the summit first, then along the crater rim and back to Senaru. It is possible to do this in reverse but this has you doing the most challenging part of the climb (the summit) well into the trek, so most opt to finish in Senaru.