Volcano Treks: Mt Rinjani, Indonesia

Volcano Treks: Mt Rinjani, Indonesia

Trek Essentials

Best Season: Dry Season (June – Sept.)
Best Sights: Flying saucer shaped clouds and spectacular wildlife
Remember to Bring: Prayer mat and altitude sickness precautions
Watch out For: Don’t mess with the Apes!

Where It’s At

The trek up Mt Rinjani is not to be taken lightly; it’s the third highest mountain in Indonesia standing at around 13,000ft and takes a full day to reach the rim of the crater lake just below the summit.

Things to See and Do

– Lenticular clouds hang over Rinjani, shaped as a flying saucer they form in really high wind speeds above peaks and create a spectacular drape on the mean volcano.

– Mount Rinjani was created from a volcano, the crater being filled by Lake Segara Anak which has bred its own mini baby volcano, only ten years old, which emits vapour at times.

– People of all religions cometo Rinjani to pray and meditate. It’s an amazing site of beautiful lakes and a tranquil view of the nearby islands.

– The climate of Mount Rinjani, situated in Rinjani National Park, is tropical with abundant wildlife. The environment includes stunning mountain scenery, highland lakes, hot water springs and waterfalls.

– You can either descend deep into the heart of the crater, or climb to the mountain’s summit. In the sulphur mud pools exist the earth’s first organisms – bacteria which produce carbon dioxide.

– The mountains are populated with packs of apes so climber should be cautious.

More Information

Adventure Indonesia
hiking, trekking, wildlife safaris, ecotours, cultural tours, rafting climbing adventures in Indonesia.

Azimuth Adventure Travel Ltd 
A western-run and Yogyakarta-based adventure company, which operates adventure & ecotourism tours (walking, hiking, trekking, volcano climbing, etc…) across the whole Indonesian archipelago.

Main Image: Puncak gunung Rinjani, Trekking Rinjani, Flickr Creative Commons

By Susi O’Neill

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