Mount Rinjani in the distance. Trekkers say they love their experience climbing up this Indonesian mountain
If you would like to trek Mount Rinjani, there are two ways to go about it:
The First Option
You can book a trekking tour online well ahead of your trip. This is an ideal choice if you don’t want to worry about booking your transport from Lombok Airport, arranging accommodation and haggling for a good hiking deal. The tour company will take care of all that for you. And fortunately, there are many trekking companies that offer such tours online.
The Second Option
The other option is to make your way to Senaru on your own. Once you get to there, talk to different trekking companies in this town, and inquire about their packages. This option can potentially save you some money as you can negotiate with locals for a good price to trek Rinjani.
Trekking companies offer packages that include accommodation. If you plan to arrange the trekking by yourself, you have the freedom to choose your accommodation in Senaru that will suit your needs and preferences.
The Mount Rinjani trek usually lasts 2, 3 or 4 days, depending on your chosen itinerary. Basically, if you want to go hardcore and just reach the top as soon as possible, it can be done in one day, provided that you start very early. I heard from a local guide that some people actually do that. But the majority of trekkers prefer to take their time, and spend a night or two along the rim of the mountain.
Whichever you choose to do, take note that you should know your physical limitations. Do not climb Rinjani without comprehensive medical insurance. Better be safe than sorry – a cliché line that I find to be absolutely true when it comes to traveling.
Because of its strategic location, Senaru has become the mountain climbing hub in Lombok. Along the main road, you will see many climbing tour offices. These offices usually have adjoining businesses such as restaurants and boutique hotels. The strange thing about Senaru is that ‘Rinjani trekking’ does not usually start in town. Sure, trekkers may tend to stay and book their tour in the village; but the standard three-day, two-night trekking itinerary to the summit of Mount Rinjani actually starts from the town of Sembalun Rawang.