Mount Rinjani is one of the main attractions to see on Lombok Island, Indonesia. Most of the tourists who are interested to see this mountain have the intention to trek it.
But I Don’t Want to Trek, Should I Still Visit Mount Rinjani?
Yes, you should visit Mount Rinjani area even though you have no desire to climb all the way to its true crater. There are other ways of enjoying this mountainous region of Lombok Island. In fact, we absolutely love our stay in the town of Senaru, which is the main gateway to Mount Rinjani.
Our stay in Senaru gave us great insight to the Indonesian way of life in rural areas. There are various viewpoints around the town to check out. Most of them feature Mount Rinjani in the distance. Senaru is also famous for its waterfalls. The good news is that trekking to the waterfalls is not as demanding as climbing up Mount Rinjani!
There are also a couple of walks that you can take to get amazing jungle and mountain vistas. You will need to hire an official guide to help you locate various trails as there are not many signs to point you in the right direction.
Here are the steps on how to get from Lombok Airport to Mount Rinjani (Senaru):
1. Take a flight to Lombok Island, Indonesia. Most international flights use the capital Jakarta, as a hub. From Jakarta, you can take a domestic flight to Lombok Island.
The flight time from Jakarta to Lombok is less than 2 hours.
There are also flights directly to Lombok from cities like Kuala Lumpur. This could be a great option for you, and based on our experience, international flights departing from Kuala Lumpur tend to be cheaper than those going through Jakarta.