Other peaks nearby are Mt. Baru, Mt
Sangkareang, Mt. Buang, Mt Kondo and Mt Manuk. These mountains separated
to each others by wide valleys and deep gullies with steep rock slopes.
There is a lake called Segara Anak (2,008 m) on the valley Wes of Mt.
Rinjani. The water smells of sulfur with temperature varies from place
to place, from cold to warm and hot. An active volcano (Mt. Baru) is
growing in the lake.
Gunung Rinjani National Park lies within a major bio-geographical
transition zone (Wallcaeae), where the flora and fauna of South East
Asia meets that of Australasia. The National Park, one of over 40
throughout Indonesia, was established in 1997. For the people of Lombok,
Sasak and Balinese alike, Mt. Rinjani is revered as a sacred place and
abode of deities. The crater lake is a pilgrimage destination for tens
of thousand each year. Pilgrims place offering in the water and bathe
away ailments in the hot springs.
For visitors, the three-day Rinjani trek route from Senaru to the
crater rim, down to the Crater Lake then on to Sembalun Lawang, is
considered one of the best treks in South East Asia. Trekkers that are
more adventurous aim for the summit, it best reached from Sembalun
Lawang returning after four days to Senaru. To assist with conservation
and ensure that communities on the boundary of the National Park benefit
from tourism revenues, the Rinjani Trek is managed by a partnership of
National Park officials, the public and private sectors of the Lombok
tourism industry and community representatives. Community run
cooperatives coordinate the Trek at the Rinjani Trek Center (RTC) in
Senaru and the Rinjani Information Center (RIC) in Sembalun Lawang. Each
has roster system for guides and porters, village tour activities and
Revenue from tourism activities and entry fees is used for
conservation, raining, management and assisting the National Park with
maintenance of the Rinjani Trek, thus ensuring sustainability.
Overseeing and supporting these activities is the Rinjani Trek
Management Board, combining the authority of the central government
(National Park) and local government (tourism office), with the voices
of Lombok tourisms private sector, and the boundary communities. This
institutional model is unique in Indonesia and considered an example for
practical implementation of the ideals of ecotourism.
The Rinjani Trek Center can manage the transport to Senaru or
Sembalun Lawang. These two village can be reached by private and charter
vehicle, or by public bus. From the west, catch a bemo to Anyar, from
where bemos travel to Senaru about every 20 minutes until 4 pm. If you
are coming from, or going to, eastern Lombok, get off at the junction
near Bayan (your driver will know it), from where bemos go to Senaru. To
Sembalun Lawang and Sembalun Bumbun, from Kali Putih to the north, a
few bemos run along the rough road to both villages, usually only in the
* If you want to go to the top, it might be better to go directly to
Sembalun Lawang and start walking from there.
* If you just want to go to the crater rim and into the crater, then you
can start from Senaru.
Beside the mountain it self, other things for you to do or see is:
* Caves : One of the three famous caves (Goa Susu, Goa Payung, and
Goa Manik), Susu Cave is a good place for self reflection and is often
used as a place to meditate.
* Healing Hot Springs : Aiq Kalak means hot water and it is used to
cure various deseases. One of the hot springs is named Pangkereman
Jembangan which is meant a place for dipping. The water which spurts out
of the spring is very hot. People also use the hot spring to make
medicine from coconut cream. After dipping a bottle of coconut cream in
the hot spring if the liquid becomes clear oily it can be used as
medicinal oil. Then the medicinal oil is used for good things and is
called Siu Satus Tunggal or in Bayan language Siu Satunggal which means
that it can be used to cure a thousand kinds of desease.
* Segara Anak Lake : Segara Anak Lake is so wide it appears like the
sea with its blue water. The name Segara Anak means child of the sea.
Segara Anak Lake holds various mysteries and invisible power.
* Local Strawberry : This plant grows along the route to Mt. Rinjani. It
has thorns like the rose and the fruit is red like strawberry. It has a
sweet and slightly sour taste and is good to eat when trekkers are
hungry and thirsty.
* Eternal Flower or Edelweis : The plant or the flowers should not be
taken because it grows in the park and in the mysterious world of the
spirit kingdom. In the past, someone who wanted this flower must be
brave enough to fight and gamble his soul. That is why the flower is
called Sandar Nyawa. The flower has never wilted and is as old as the
* The Peak of Rinjani : The people of Lombok believe that the peak of
Mt. Rinjani is where Dewi Anjani, the queen spirit and ruler of Mt.
Rinjani lives. To the south-east from the peak in a sea of dust called
Segara Muncar is the invisible palace of the queen Dewi Anjani and her
* Mount Baru Jari : Gunung Baru is the name of the new volcano which
emerged in the center of Segara Anak Lake. People believe that Gunung
Baru is the navel of Mt. Rinjani. That is why if Gunung Baru erupted it
will not harm the people of Lombok unless the eruption is from the peak
of Mt. Rinjani.
You can spend a night at the cheap hotels around Sembalun and Senaru
area with varied price and facilities. It’s also possible to stay in
Before start trekking, hiking or climbing, be sure that you already
eat, or you can bring some food and drink from your places of stay.
On Lombok there is more crafts than art. The main crafts of Lombok
are practical items made for everyday use, but showing great skills and
finish, traditional techniques and natural, locals materials. You can
take Lombok pottery and limestone, traditional hand weaving, wooden
mask, boxes, primitive carvings also Lombok pearls as part of your
* The climb is not to be taken lightly! You definitely need good
hiking boots. Once you arrive at 2700 m (crater rim) it tends to get
cold and windy, so you need warm clothes. Don’t go there during the
rainy season since paths will be slippery.
* It’s better to have your own sleeping bags. But, if you don’t have
one, they can be hired.
* Tents can be rented.
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