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Trekking Mount Rinjani as a beginner – My first mountain climb!

Reading “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer piqued my curiosity about mountain climbing. Though it is in no way comparable to climbing Everest in Krakauer’s book, this past weekend I finally went on my first-ever mountain climb! We trekked to the Crater Rim of Mount Rinjani in Lombok, Indonesia as part of a 2D1N trip starting from Senaru village.

Getting to Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani is an active volcano located on a small island in Indonesia called Lombok. The easiest way to reach the mountain is to fly directly to Lombok International Airport (Airport Code: LOP) and then taking a long drive to the foot of Rinjani. This drive takes about 2.5 – 3 hours, going through Mataram and circling half the island before finally getting to Rinjani. It features long windy roads on cliffs with tons of wild monkeys on the side of the road.

If you can’t fly directly to Lombok, the best way is to transit through Jakarta or fly into Bali and take a boat out to Lombok. However this would take a lot of time and you might have to stay extra overnight somewhere.

Trek Route: Senaru or Sembalun?

This was the first question I had in mind while planning the trip, and I couldn’t seem to find an answer for. It’s actually very simple – if you only have three days to spare, you can only go for a 2D1N trip and you have to choose between Sembalun and Senaru, since they are located on different sides of the mountain. So how do you choose between Senaru and Sembalun?

If you want to summit in the 2D1N trip, then you would be going via Sembalun, which features an easier climb (mostly flat) through the grasslands to the base of the summit. The down side is that you would be walking under the sun the entire time.

If you are absolutely sure you WILL NOT attempt summit in 2D1N, you should go through Senaru. This will take you through a steeper non-stop climb through the rain forest, and a fairly difficult rocky climb in the last leg. But it’s a more beautiful and shaded route than Sembalun. You cannot reach the summit in two days if you go through Senaru though.

I also personally would not recommend to attempt summit if you are doing a 2D1N. While it’s possible, you’d be very rushed and more tired since you’ll have to do a lot of climbing on the second day.

If you are doing a longer trek, longer than 3D2N, then you don’t have to worry about choosing as you would be hitting both sides anyway. However, if you are wondering whether to start from Sembalun or Senaru, it probably comes down to when you want to summit. If you want to summit earlier in the trip, then choose Sembalun. If not, then choose Senaru.

Where to stay in Senaru

We stayed in Senaru village at a lodge called Pondok Senaru. It was included with the tour package with Hallo Trekker. This is lodge is very convenient as it’s located right next to the entrance to the two waterfalls, but it is VERY basic and there was no A/C. We didn’t need A/C though since the weather was quite mild in the mountains.
Book Pondok Senaru here

Our Rinjani Trek Guide – Hallo Trekker

With Hallo Trekker at the top of Crater Rim

With Hallo Trekker at the top of Crater Rim

We booked our trip with Hallo Trekker and I have nothing but praises for them. They arranged everything for us from airport transport to accommodation, meals and porters. Our guide’s name is Mr. Sap aka Kecap, nicknamed for his love of the Indonesian sweet soy condiment. We were also joined by Hans from Hallo Trekker as he wanted to take pictures of the climb.

Both Kecap and Hans were amazing in the trip. Kecap is extremely experienced and helped one of my teammates who needed more assistance to climb and descend. He even carried her backpack which was a huge help for us. Hans helped to guide us on the way down and sorted out logistics of our trip. I loved how they cared about the mountain too, making sure we didn’t leave any trash behind.

On our last day, they ensured we descended punctually as we had a 7:30pm flight back to Singapore on the same day, and the journey from Senaru to airport takes 3 hours. We were pressed for time on the descent so they picked us up by scooter on the last 500m and had the car ready to take us to the airport. Thanks to their excellent planning, we got to the airport with ample time for our flight.

How much does it cost to climb Rinjani?

A lot of people asked me how much the climb costs, so here is the breakdown of costs per person in Singapore Dollars. Keep in mind this was the rate in April 2016 and it was for a 2D1N trip. Back then, Hallo Trekker had just started and they may have adjusted their prices since then.

  • S$250 (US$180) – 2D1N Tour Package including night-before hotel stay.
  • S$30 (US$22) – Tips for the guide and porters. If you are going for longer trip you may want to give more.
  • S$16 – Travel Insurance, which you need to buy yourselves.

How Difficult is climbing Rinjani?

Rinjani, being the second highest volcano in Indonesia, is notoriously challenging to climb. But having done the trek myself, I think the crater rim trek is still doable for a person with average fitness level.

The one question I had in mind was whether I was fit enough to climb Mount Rinjani. Here is a background on my own fitness level – I would never say I am a super fit person but I’m not totally sedentary either. I’m usually able to complete a 5 to 10K run and I had been doing Barre Method (which consists of cardio and strength training) twice a week for about six months prior to the climb. I think this gave me just enough strength to complete the trip with no assistance from others aside of directional guidance from Kecap.

It was not by any means an easy climb – most of the struggle for me was actually a mental struggle. I had never done a long climb before and I didn’t know what to expect. Think about it this way – a half marathon is definitely taxing, but it still ends in three hours or less. Climbing Rinjani takes 2-3 times that and you get progressively exhausted with each stop. Thankfully Kecap and my teammates were very encouraging and this was what kept me going all the way to the top.

Keep in mind that you also have to bring your own bag which usually meant an extra 5-10kg of weight depending on how good of a packer you are. And this can feel very very heavy when you are tired!

What to bring to the trek? The Rinjani Packing List

Some points to note: This trip happened at the end of April when the weather was great (no rain) and I was able to pack very lightly. Additionally, it was a 2D1N trip and we did not summit. If you plan to summit or plan on going on a longer trip then you need to adjust accordingly by bringing more clothes, thicker jacket, etc.

The Essential Gears

  • A good backpack is a must, so you don’t hurt yourself. I used a 35L North Face backpack with lumbar pad and support. With all the items listed below stuffed inside, the bag weighed around 6kg. Add water bottles and it ended up being about 7-8kg. I can’t find my exact backpack anymore, but I imagine this North Face Banchee 35 would be perfect.
  • Shoes – If you don’t have a proper hiking shoes, then pick a pair with good treads and cushion. I used my 3 year old running shoes, which is a Nike Lunarglide, and I was mostly okay though I could have done with a bit more tread since it got slippery in some parts of the trail. I think a Vibram Trail Blazer or a Timberland hiking boots would be great.
  • Walking Pole / Stick – Oh my god, do NOT underestimate the power of a walking stick. I’ve never thought about using it before, but now really believe I would not have lasted without the walking stick. It comes handy for balance and support. This one should be sufficient.
  • Socks – I wore a thicker pair of socks from Adidas that does not slip around inside my shoes, so it does not cause blister later on.
  • Clothes for the climb – I wore a loose tank top, sports bra (Free to Be sports bra by Lululemon to be specific) and capri yoga leggings (I used splits59 leggings, which are slightly thicker than normal leggings). I found them sufficient. Any additional layers gets too hot during the climb.
  • Clothes for night / sleeping time – I packed a fleece pajama similar to this and a basic cotton shirt to sleep in.
  • A very light, water-resistant jacket to fend off the cold mist. I used Uniqlo Light Pocketable Parka. Here is a similar alternative by Columbia.

Additional Clothing

  • A thicker jacket for night time. My roommate Jessica kindly lent me her Denali North Face Jacket, which is an excellent fleece jacket. It might actually be too warm for the Crater Rim though. I get cold easily but I was able to sleep with just this jacket an a thin cotton t-shirt underneath.
  • A spare set of clothes for next day’s descent. For me this just meant another set of cotton shirt, leggings and sports bra.
  • Small towel to use throughout the climb because you will sweat.
  • Extra socks in case your socks got wet.
  • Fresh underwear, because of course you need them.
  • Flip flops to change into once you are at the camp site. This also came in handy for our Lombok waterfall side quest. I just used my go-to pair of Havaianas.

Toiletries

Other Stuff

  • High calorie and high protein snacks like chocolate, nuts and cookies. During the trek you will be served Indonesian food, which I loooove (I’m Indonesian btw) but consist mostly of fried carbs. Quest protein bar is probably the yummiest protein bar I’ve ever had. Highly recommend the Chocolate Brownie and Chocoloate Chip Dough flavor!
  • Torch for night time, or any source of light for your tent. I just used my iPhone Torch and found it sufficient.
  • A powerbank in case your phone runs out of battery. I brought my trusty 10,000 mAh Mi powerbank, which I highly recommend. I even use it for regular non-travel use.
  • A plastic trash bag to store your trash in. The trash situation in Rinjani is bad. Don’t contribute to it.
  • A 1 – 1.5L Water bottle.

More Trekking Tips & Tricks!

  • Before the hike, put a plaster / band-aid on your big toes and small / pinky toes since these are the parts that are prone to blisters. You’ll thank me later.
  • Bring a lot high calorie snacks. I cannot stress this more. You will get more hungry than usual. And eat a sufficient breakfast before each trek.
  • Last but not least, pack SUPER lightly! A 7kg bag may not seem very heavy to you now, but they would be when you are six hours into the climb, on all fours scaling slippery rocks. Don’t bring ANYTHING extra.

Rinjani Trek Overview and Time Milestones

Start: Senaru (600m elevation)
End: Crater Rim (2600m elevation)

Day 0 – Lombok Waterfalls
If you arrive in Lombok with at least 2-3 hours to spare before sunset, you might want to visit the waterfalls. We stayed overnight at Pondok Senaru which is a very basic room accommodation with no A/C, but it’s right next door to the waterfall entrance!

Walking to Tiu Kelep

Walking to Tiu Kelep

This is quite an easy walk with paved paths. There are two waterfalls to visit, Air Terjun Sindang Gila (Slightly Crazy Waterfalls) and Air Terjun Tiu Kelep (Tiu Kelep Waterfalls). Many seem to prefer the first one, which is quite close to the entrance of the park, but I think the second and further one is way more beautiful.

Continuing trek to the second waterfall

Air Terjun Tiu Kelep

Air Terjun Tiu Kelep

Crossing the shallow rivers

Crossing the shallow rivers

Be sure to wear flip flops since you will be crossing some streams on foot. The streams are quite shallow – at the deepest it reached just below my knees. The current isn’t very strong but you still need to be careful not to lose your flip flops while crossing! It happened to us a few times.

Bye Shekhar and Abhi, it was nice knowing you guys :P

On the way back, the boys opted to walk into a dark tunnel between the two waterfalls. Kyle and I noped out of this and chose to do the normal walk instead, but it seems pretty exciting from what they told me.

Day 1 – The climb (9.5 hours)

08:00am Start Trek from Senaru
08:30am Arrive at Entrance of Mount Rinjani National Park
09:11am Arrive at Pos 1
11:34am Arrive at Pos 2 & Lunch
02:55pm Arrive at Pos 3
05:30pm Arrive at Crater Rim camp site

We (or I) took our sweet time to go up since I was super excited and was taking tons of pictures.

We were joined by a small dog on some parts of the walk!

We were joined by a small dog on some parts of the walk!

At the entrance of the Mount Rinjani National Park

At the entrance of the Mount Rinjani National Park

The walk was nice and easy from Senaru through the park entrance, and all the way to Pos Extra. We were lucky to spot a few black monkeys high up in the trees, though only for a split second so I had no time to take pictures of them. Between Pos Extra and Pos 2 though, it started getting very steep. I also got super hungry (my stomach were rumbling) and regretted not eating enough for breakfast. Be sure to load up for breakfast!

Lunch at Pos 2

Lunch at Pos 2

We stopped for lunch at Pos 2. This is also the point where we started noticing mist / cloud looming above us. It was getting pretty cold after resting for over an hour, and we all put on our light jackets before resuming our climb, but that was a mistake as our bodies quickly warmed up again while going up. We all took off our jackets within 15 minutes.

Misty Climb

Misty Climb

Not long before Pos 3, the mist were getting thicker and thicker. We noticed the trees surrounding us are getting shorter, which typically signals the end of the forest is to come shortly. Sure enough, we soon found ourselves walking in the open air among bushes and tall grass.

Waist-deep in grass with Hans from Hallo Trekker

Waist-deep in grass with Hans from Hallo Trekker

Kecap warned us that the climb would get even steeper and rockier after Pos 3. Already pretty tired by then, this was not something I wanted to hear. It was hard to imagine anything harder than the climb we just did. We stayed at Pos 3 for about 20 minutes and was visited by a hungry grey monkey, whom we shared our snacks with, before finally getting off our butts and making the strenuous climb up to Camp Site.

A grey monkey at Pos 3

A grey monkey at Pos 3

Abhi formed a special bond with the monkey

And.. it turns out Kecap wasn’t kidding when he said climb would not be easy. The first half of this leg was muddy, wet, and surrounded by tall grass and shrubberies that are about waist to shoulder high. We got to another Pos Extra and had to take shelter there for a few minutes since it started raining.

Taking a shelter from the rain

Taking a shelter from the rain

As soon as the rain stopped, we continued our way to the second half of the climb, which is a steep and intimidating path made of rocks, which I will from now on refer to as the “Rock Wall”.

Rocky path from Pos 3 onward

Shekhar on the rocky path from Pos 3 onward

All smiley-faced despite the difficult climb

All smiley-faced despite the difficult climb (Kyle, Seb, Me and Shekhar)

It got so steep that I ditched the walking stick and started climbing the rocks on all fours. Not going to lie, this was the hardest part of the climb for me. I definitely had thoughts about quitting but I also realized that we are so far up the mountain that I had no exit plan except to keep on pushing through. So push through I did.

Finally, after what seemed like a never ending rocks after rocks, we reached a flat area and the camp sites started peeking through the mountains. We’ve finally arrived at Crater Rim!

Our Camp Site!

Our Camp Site!

A celebratory Bintang was definitely in order

A celebratory Bintang was definitely in order!

We found our tents already setup, complete with a makeshift toilet! The porters had also prepared a warm snack of banana fritters for us.

Banana Fritters aka Pisang Goreng

Banana Fritters aka Pisang Goreng

It was quite foggy so we couldn’t see much of the lake but we expected this, seeing how thick the fog was during the climb. After cleaning myself with wet tissues (there are no shower facilities here) and changing into Pajamas, dinner was served and we went to bed soon after.

Day 2 – The descent (6.5 hours)

07:45am Start Descending from the camp site
09:06am Arrive at Pos 3
10:45am Arrive at Pos 2
11:53am Arrive at Pos Extra & Lunch
01:18pm Arrive at Pos 1
01:47pm Arrive at Entrance of Mount Rinjani National Park
02:15pm Arrive back at Senaru

We woke up bright and early at 6:00AM, in time for the sunrise at 6:15AM. The valley was still foggy though, so we didn’t get as clear of a view of the lakes as I would have wanted, but it was still beautiful.

Sunrise from Rinjani Crater Rim

Sunrise from Rinjani Crater Rim

The other side of the mountain… Somewhere down there is Senaru village

One last picture before we descended

One last picture before we descended

Pointing to where we need to go

Kyle and Abhilash pointing to where we need to go

We were served breakfast with hot tea and quickly packed up to begin our descent since we had a 7:30pm flight to catch. Thankfully, the weather gods were on our side – it was much much nicer than the climb yesterday!

It might be a little unintuitive but the descent for me was actually a lot harder than climbing up. We basically just followed the exact same route back. Though it took us three hours less than the way up, I was completely drained by the end of the trip and my knees, calves and thigh were so sore.

Going down the Rock Wall (Pic credit: Kyle)

Going down the Rock Wall (Pic credit: Kyle)

The Infamous Rock Wall

The Infamous Rock Wall

We were on Cloud level at some points of the trek

We were on Cloud level at some points of the trek

Descending the rocky path down was not easy and could be dangerous. We saw a group of four porters rushing past us and going up while carrying nothing, which was unusual since porters usually carry a lot of stuff with them. That’s when we learned through Kecap that someone behind us had slipped and broke their legs on the rocky path, and the porters were going up to rescue him.

Due to morning dew, the ground inside the forest were soft and wet. Not only do you need to think about each of your next steps but also execute quickly and confidently to prevent slipping. I definitely landed on my butt several times while descending but thankfully we were already inside the jungle where the ground is soft and nothing was sharp, so I wasn’t hurt aside of my bruised ego :P

The Amazing Rinjani Porters

During the trek, we were constantly skipped by porters carrying a heavy weights on their shoulder. Moreover, these porters were wearing simple blue and white flip flops that are commonly found throughout Indonesia. Hans informed me that these porters usually carry 40kg of weight, 30kg if they are an apprentice porter.

For the apprentice porters in training, their shoulder would bleed before they develop hard skin to sustain the weight. The more experienced porters can even run down the mountain with ease in their flip flops! Just amazing. And there I was struggling in my cushy Nike shoes and 7kg backpack…

The Amazing Rinjani Porters

The Amazing Rinjani Porters

Dogs in Rinjani

Dogs in Rinjani

Dogs we met in Rinjani

Around Lombok, I kept seeing tons of stray dogs living along side of villagers. The dogs seem to also branch out all the way to the mountain. We were joined by a few dogs hiking with us, and we saw a few strays at our lunch spots too begging for scraps. I gave in and fed them food of course… I can’t say no to those cute eyes!

We even saw a dog at the crater rim (the one pictured in the top two pictures above) and she definitely hiked with way more ease than me…

Still have time (and energy) after Rinjani?

If you are in Lombok for an extended period of time, I recommend checking out the gilis as well for some island getaway! It’s only a short ferry ride away from Lombok.

You can read about Gili here and how to get there.

Most Beauitful Non-Sunset

Most Beauitful Non-Sunset at Gili Trawangan

My thoughts after the trip

I have to admit, it was a very difficult trek for me. I was completely drained by the end of the trip. On a scale of 0 to 100% energy level I was probably down to 5% during the last hour of descent. We were all super sore the next day and can barely walk. I think this is the most sore I have ever been in my entire life! However, definitely no regrets. The feeling of finally reaching our camp site after a long climb was unbelievable. Not to mention the lifetime memories made with my Team Rinjani friends: Kyle, Shekhar, Abhilash and Seba.

I definitely would come back here some day and attempt summit once I am more fit.

I will wrap up this blog with an amazing video made by my friend and teammate Kyle Francia from our trek, filmed using our iPhones. I watch this video every few months and it makes me very happy and nostalgic.

… and precious illustration my manager Rohan drew for us while we were out of office climbing.

Hike Illustration by Rohan

If you are considering climbing Rinjani, hopefully this post helped you. Feel free to reach out and ask me questions in the comments section below!

For more travel tips and adventures, be sure to check out the rest of GirlEatWorld!

82 Comments

  1. Ross says

    Hey Melissa awesome blog! We are planning on spending 2 weeks in Bali and Lombok with the hike halfway through and obviously we dont want to take all our things up the mountain. Do you know if you can leave things at the hotel for the 2/3 days you are hiking. Thanks

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    • Yes! we asked our tour operator to keep some of our luggages that we did not want to take up to the mountains as well. However, I would still exercise basic precautions like not storing large amount of cash or valuables.

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  2. Sing Hong says

    Hi Melissa Hie,

    Can I know what is the dress code that you will suggest for us for a trip on November ?

    Thank you.

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  4. rinjanitrekkingservices says

    All of crew from Rinjani Trekking Services say many thank to you.for your shared our attraction that is rinjani mount.I hope by you sharing we get more visitor come to rinjani mount.

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  5. Apriell says

    Hello, were planning to experience rinjani also next year. Just want to ask which tour agency you deal with. Do you have any contacts of them.? Thanks. Hope tou respond to my inquiry. Cheers!

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  6. It is so lovely to read your post .!! Clear, detailed and well described. Anyone can easily get inspired to trek after reading your writing .!! Awesome !! Great job.!! :)

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  7. Zayazook says

    Definitely helpful! I’m definitely to ready for Rinjani but at least now I have a clearer picture of what I need to do. Thanks for sharing your experience :D

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  8. Looks like you had a very challenging and exciting experience!

    This brings back great memories from our own trek up Rinjani, we did the 3 night, 4 day trek and the landscapes and views were absolutely incredible! Although we didnt make it to the summit as we were too tired, we sat on the ridge just below the summit and watched the sunrise from there!

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

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  9. Mark Wong says

    Hey there! Truly informative piece. My friends and I are thinking of attempting the summit this August. As I have senstitive skin I’d like to know if you found the air ‘sulphuric’ or “biting’; the air quality is my paramount concern. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

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    • Hey mark, i don’t have sensitive skin but I think i know what you meant. i thought the air felt normal during the trip. That said, we only did crater rim so we were quite far away from the volcanic part and did not smell / detect any sulphur presence. I think if you did the longer trip that includes the summit, you might get closer to the volcano activity. I suggest checking with your trek operator.

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  10. Chelsea says

    Hi! I am thinking of doing this trek. It would be my first mountain climb as well.
    Can I ask what you did with the rest of your stuff while climbing? I pack pretty light, but I can’t imagine carrying all of my stuff that I will have for my 3 week journey across the country on a 1 night trek.
    Looks like a really good time. Thanks for the info!

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    • Hey Chelsea, some of us in the group had a separate bag for stuff we didnt want to bring on the trek. We asked our trek operator to help store our stuff while we were away. I didn’t bring anything valuable, but if you have any i would recommend to bring them with you! We had no issues though.

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  11. Sarah says

    Really helpful, thanks! We are going for our honeymoon in a few months.. would you recommend booking ahead of time or did you meet many people who booked when they got there? I’m nervous about not booking, but have heard it’s cheaper to wait. Can I ask how much yours was through Halo Trekker?

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    • I paid US$180 for my 2d1n. But this is last year’s rate and if you want to do summit (3d2n) it might cost more :) I did book ahead since I don’t think the savings are that much even if you decide to just book when you get there. The peace of mind is worth it!

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  12. Jia Yi says

    Hi! Really interesting post! May I check, is this a trip where you have to prep before going? Like, do I have to train myself a few mths before the trip or can I just pack and go kind?

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    • hey jia yi, depends on your level of fitness. i think if you are mostly sedentary you might want to get used to walking for long period of time, as well as some cardio training. some paths are quite steep.

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  13. maysha kuan says

    Thanks for sharing this gurll =) sucha informative blog post you provided.
    do you mind me asking, how much do you pay for per head?

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  14. razzaqfccf says

    Excellent article! I am planning to do the Rinjani trek and this post gave me a fair idea of the 2D1N package. I have done 3 himalayan treks so I think I will be able to do this.

    By the way where are you from?

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  15. Margo says

    Thank you for such a great post! So with Hallo trekkers, the porters are included in the price but the porters will only carry team equipment, correct? Not your personal bag? Or will they still carry your bag if it is under 5 kg but you have to pay additional if your bag is over 5 kg? Thanks!

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  16. aichourumi says

    Hello Melissa,

    What a lovely surprise to stumble into your blog[post. We met several times (I’m Aishah, friends of Prema). She did tell me about your IG but I didn’t know you write as well! Anyways, thank you for this lovely guide! I am quite anxious for the trek this Easter, but this article is pretty motivating! I hope to see you around in Singapore.

    Looking forward for more travel blogs from you!
    Have a Easter weekend :)

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  17. Zyy says

    Hi Melissa Hie! I’m going on a trip to Bali in 2 days, it’s a impromptu, last minute trip. My cousin (male) suggest to climb Mt Rinjani & Mt Batur as we will be at Bali for 8 days. My cousin’s physique is well build, active in sports. As for me, I am obese, not active in sports, my ankle easily sprained & one of my ankle fractured last 2 years. I do want to push myself for this climb, but I am not physically prepared for it. HELP.

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  18. Just want to chime in and say thank you for the post! Was looking for information on crater rim vs summit for Rinjani and I came by your post. Will be doing this in the next few days.

    Thanks! Love the blog.

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  19. Aida says

    Hi Melissa, your blog is very insightful, helpful and the photos are just beautiful! I am so tempted. I was considering to go up the rim with my hubby and my children (16 and 12 year olds) this August. But realistically, i doubt we can, at least with the kids; dont think they have the drive for this. Curious… How does the makeshift toilet work?
    Other blogs that i read made trekking seem a walk in the park. My ‘training’ is just weekly walking uphill of about 5km up and back. I need to reassess the trip again. Probably just take a trekking tour around Senaru. What would you suggest i.e.not to be missed sights and spots in Senaru?

    Appreciate your feeback.

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    • Hi Aida, you can check out the two waterfalls in Senaru (it’s in the post). It’s pretty easy walk to get to both of them. Aside of that, there doesn’t seem to be much else going on though.

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  21. Joyce says

    Too bad I didn’t read your blog before I hike, but to be honest, I think you are 200% right about the trail. I just reached the bottom 4 hours ago. The last rocky part is no kidding but the view at the crater rim is spectacular. Glad you made it, must be an unforgettable memory.

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  22. Hi…!
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  23. Cath Lim says

    Hi Melissa, read your post and I am happy that you made it to the peak. Recently I just went for a hike at Malaysia, Mount Datuk, you might want to check it out.

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  24. Halo…!
    Your post is helpfully and interesting for visitor who like to climb to mount rinjani.
    Thank you..
    My island,my rinjani.

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  25. Hi I’m from rinjani and I would like to say this’s amazing blog for who want to know about rinjani trekking.. That all you write in the blog is very correct.. And for pleasure if it able I want to joint the disscusion with all of you..
    Thanks..

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  26. Thanks for this post I really enjoyed reading this!
    I have been thinking about doing the trek in October and I think you have sold it to me, everything you have said is exactly how I imagined it would be :) just need to decide if I think I could actually make it to the summit or not…

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  27. Hay melisa
    Thanks so much for share your experience about mount rinjani
    And i hope will be more much people will come to visit rinjani

    Thanks so much for your travel blog

    Thanks
    Ady
    Rinjani Trek Centre (owner )

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  28. Celi says

    Hi Melissa, thank you so much for sharing your trekking experience on Rinjani with all of us who aspire to conquer this hike … so happy to stumble across your blog and absolutely informative to my research as we are planning our trip to Lombok. A funny and odd question I have for you is what’s the insect ie. mosquito condition up there like ?? Did you get bitten by anything during the climb ??? Did you bring a head lamp or hand torch for the hike ?? We are trying to minimize the amount of stuff to lug up the mountain since we will be doing the summit hike so the less the better… I’m also debating between a couple trekking agencies not sure which is more reliable since I have nothing to reference to. So you would strongly rooting for Hallo and their service ? Thanks again for the amazing detailed description with images of your adventure !!

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    • Hey Celi – I didn’t encounter any mosquitos up there or any other insects.

      I didn’t need a torch since we didn’t climb when the sun wasn’t out but I guess if you do the summit it would come in handy since you’ll be climbing at dawn.

      I had great experience with Hallo Trekker when I went, but I have been told recently by a friend that one of their guides was always asking for tips so it could get kind of annoying. But aside of that there was no safety concerns.

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      • Hi I’m from rinjani and I would like to say this’s amazing blog for who want to know about rinjani trekking.. That all you write in the blog is very correct.. And for pleasure if it able I want to joint the disscusion with all of you..
        Thanks..

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    • Hi Melissa…!
      Hope you are well….
      I just want to share someting to everybody about RINJANI TREKKING INSURANCE.
      Starting from 1 April 2017, Mount Rinjani National Park provides accident insurance for everyone who climbs to Mount Rinjani, by paying Rp. 10. 000 / person, and applies only during the stay in Rinjani Mountain.

      This is just info from me, may be useful for all friends who want to climb to Mount Rinjani.

      Best regard
      Guide rinjani

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  29. Jia Xin Kow says

    May I know which insurance company that you have bought from? Does it cover hiking > 3000m? Thank you.

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  30. TINA AYOOB says

    Oh wow!! very very informative!! very Inspiring!! thanks for info. sharing Mel!! U did Awesome!! My girl’s name also Melissa. hiihii…. Im going to Climb the Rinjani Next month (AUG’17) for the first time.
    Hope everything goes well for me.

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  31. Audrey lim says

    Hi Melissa

    I came across your blog by chance.
    Thank you for sharing your experience. I am in my 50s and lead a rather sedentary lifestyle. Before reading your blog I was all gung ho to go early thinking it’s a walk in a park. Now i need to reassess and most likely need to put in some training before i attempt the hike. Thanks again.

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    • Hey Audrey, I am glad the post helped. I hope you do decide to climb Rinjani though once you are ready! It is very beautiful and challenging.

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  32. Hi…!
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    It is now a lot of companies to climb to Mount Rinjani, but we will try to give the best for my customer,because your satisfactions is my priority.

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  33. Howdy.. Melissa. What a great experience you have! So inspiring.. Do you probably have recommendation of any type of food in Lombok? Thanks

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    • Hey Anies! I actually did not have time to eat much in Lombok. Food was provided in trek and we were basically just in and out of the mountain, so unfortunately I don’t have much to recommend in this area.

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  34. tempodulu says

    This is on my to do list! By the way, Semeru is another fantastic volcano to climb – although very challenging as well!

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  35. Dan P says

    Hey Melissa,
    What an awesome article! I am going from Vancouver in Feb. 2018 to meet my buddy in Singapore, then spend 5-6 days on Lombok.
    Just considering whether to do the same trek you did while there.
    Were there people trekking on their own or is everyone on a guided trip?
    Thank you for sharing this experience.

    dan

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    • Hey Dan, it seems that most people had a guide and a porter for at least the tents. I didn’t see anyone carrying their own tent. I think it’s possible to climb without a guide, but I discourage it unless you are a very experienced climber.

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  36. I climbed rinjani in May 2017 (2 days 1 night to the summit) and this guide helped so much! Best advice I have is to wear comfortable but lightweight shoes and if you are doing the summit climb, wear layers! I got super hot while climbing and took off like 3 jackets but then it was freezing at the top. Such an amazing experience, my friend and I even got little tattoos of rinjani afterwards because it was so special.

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