Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions Trekking Mount Rinjani Lombok

Frequently asked questions (FOQs) when you plan to hike Mount Rinjani location in Lombok Island with a height of 3726 meters above sea level. Please read some of our detailed information below.

Why should I trek Mount Rinjani with Booking Lombok Holidays Tour

Booking Lombok Holidays Tour, recommended by Trip Advisor and Google, Team serves with the best service, providing professional trekking guides and experienced porters that have gone through our program to ensure that they are trained in all things Mount Rinjani. As a Lombok Travel Agency-owned and operated trekking company, we provide fair pay. The service of the trek extends to ensuring all trash is taken down from the mountain.

Why should I do the Mount Rinjani Trek?

Embarking on a Mount Rinjani trek is an unforgettable experience that should be on every adventurer’s bucket list. The trek is challenging, but the rewards are worth it. The views from the summit are breathtaking, and the surrounding scenery is simply stunning. The trek takes you through lush forests, past beautiful waterfalls, and to the edge of a stunning crater lake. Along the way, you will encounter friendly locals, learn about the local culture, and make new friends.

The sense of accomplishment that comes with reaching the summit is unparalleled, and the memories will stay with you for a lifetime. Additionally, the trek allows you to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of modern life and reconnect with nature. It is a true escape and a chance to challenge yourself physically and mentally while experiencing the beauty of one of Indonesia’s most iconic natural wonders.

Is trekking Mount Rinjani hard?

Trekking Mount Rinjani is considered to be a challenging and strenuous trek, owing to its steep inclines, long distances, and varying altitudes. The most popular route for the trek begins from Sembalun Lawang village, and the ascent to the summit takes around two days. The first day involves a steep climb up to the Plawangan Sembalun crater rim, which is about 2,639 meters above sea level. The ascent on this day can be demanding, with a constant incline and a distance of around 11 kilometers.

How many days do I need to trek Mount Rinjani?

If you’re planning to trek Mount Rinjani, there are several options to choose from, depending on your fitness level and time constraints.

  • Two nights: The most popular and recommended option is the 3-day, 2-night trek, which allows you to summit the peak, visit the crater lake, and relax in the hot springs.
  • Three nights: For those with a more leisurely pace, the 4-day, 3-night trek offers the same locations with more free time to enjoy the mountain.
  • One night: The 2-day, 1-night tour from Sembalun is the most challenging option, which includes the option to summit at sunrise. However, it’s recommended to give yourself more time on the mountain if you’re not in excellent shape. The 2-day, 1-night trek from Senaru is the easiest option (but still very, very steep), providing incredible views of the crater but not reaching the summit or lake. This trek is perfect for those who want to experience Rinjani but cannot handle longer treks lasting more than one night.

When is the best time of the year to trek Rinjani?

The best time to trek Rinjani is from April until December. April and December are shoulder seasons, where you may experience more rain. It is mostly pleasant from May to July. Rinjani National Park is closed from January 1st until March 31st due to heavy rain and extreme weather. The Rinjani National Park trekking season officially opens on April 1. Unless the volcano is somewhat active or we are in the rainy season, it is possible to trek all year from April to December.

What is included in the trekking packages?

We want you to have a memorable and exciting experience hiking Rinjani, and we will ensure you have the best equipment and services to support you along the way. Included in all of our treks are the following:

  1. Transfer to and from Lombok airport, Kuta-Lombok, Lembar Pier, Mataram area, Senggigi area, or Bangsal pier to Rudy Trekker’s guest house. Here, we will debrief you on your hiking itinerary and check to see if you require any additional gear for the hike. Then you will have a good night’s sleep and will then leave the next morning after a hearty breakfast.
  2. 3 cooked meals for each day of the trek, as well as trail biscuits, snacks, hot drinks, fresh fruit, and even a celebratory beer. You will start each day with a healthy and filling breakfast, followed by meal breaks and snacks throughout the day, which are carried and cooked by our porters during the trek.
  3. Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, cooking equipment, chairs, blankets, meal tents, and a toilet tent will all be carried by our porters.
  4. Hiking sticks are recommended and can be borrowed from Rudy Trekker’s the night before your trek.
  5. Pants, jackets, beanies, a torch, and trekking shoes are essential for your hike and can be lent from us as an extra wardrobe if you don’t have them (on a first-come, first-served basis). **

Can I hike Rinjani wearing sneakers or walking shoes?

We do recommend wearing your own hiking boots. However, if you have sneakers or running shoes with you that you feel entirely comfortable trekking in, then you should be fine. The terrain is varied and at times quite challenging, so having footwear that has strong traction and is comfortable is essential.

Remember that you will be wearing these shoes for a few days. Appropriate hiking boots are highly advised; however, we have had many trekkers hike in sneakers. In case the profile of your soles is quite flat, or if you are thinking of walking in street-style sneakers such as Converse or skater shoes, we highly recommend lending trekking shoes from Rudy Trekker’s extras wardrobe (if available), as the track can get very muddy very quickly. If you have a history of spraining your ankle(s) or want to be on the safe side, we recommend strapping your ankles during the trek with strapping tape for extra support.

Do I have to share a tent with strangers?

No. You will have a tent either to yourself or with your partner, friend, or family. Please let us know in advance who you would like to team up with. Our tents are all well-equipped 3-man dome tents with ample room for a comfortable night’s sleep during your hiking adventure.

Will the porters carry my pack?

Usually, you carry your own pack. It is recommended to bring a small bag to hold your clothes and additional items, which should not exceed more than 7 kilos, which you will take along with you throughout the trek. During each day, your guides will also carry additional bottled water and snacks for you. The porters will carry all food, bottled water, extra drinks, camping gear, and cooking equipment. If need be, an additional porter can carry your personal items for an additional fee. Please book this in advance.

Where can I leave the luggage that I don’t need?

You can leave your personal luggage not required for the trek in a secure locker, where you will start your trek. At the end of the hike, you will return to where you were overnight, and your personal items await you. Make sure to only pack as little as you need for the hike itself. By the second day, any extra weight won’t go unnoticed (we learned this the hard way).

What should I bring on the trek?

We advise bringing one light day pack per person that includes clothes for sunny, windy, cold, and rainy weather, along with a first aid kit, medication, and additional snacks or drinks that you’d like to have for yourself on the trek. Remember to pack warm! While Lombok is almost always sitting around 30°C at sea level, Gunung Rinjani is a very different story, and the temperature will drop by around 6-7 degrees for every 1000 m altitude. Both major campsites on the crater rim are each at more than 2,700m, which means after dark the temperature can drop below 5°C, while at the summit it’s a few degrees below freezing.

Can you give me an example of what to pack for trekking Mount Rinjani?

Here’s an example of what women may pack or wear (equivalent to men):

  1. 1 day pack
  2. gym shorts
  3. long leggings
  4. 1 long pair
  5. 1 pair of underwear for each day of hiking
  6. 1 pair of socks for each day of hiking
  7. 2 short-sleeved shirts
  8. 1-2 long-sleeved shirts or hoodies (depending on how cold you get)
  9. 1 rain jacket and/or 1 poncho (additionally for heavy rain)
  10. 1 beanie
  11. 2 trekking poles
  12. 1 head torch
  13. 1 pair of flip-flops (to wear at camp)
  14. 1 bikini or bathers (if you’re going to the hot springs)
  15. toothbrush and toothpaste
  16. facial cream
  17. emergency toilet paper (essential)
  18. wet wipes (there’s no shower on the mountain, so this will make you feel clean).
  19. hair band
  20. 1 sports bra
  21. chocolate chip cookies (great to share)
  22. cane of Sprite or coca cola
  23. sun screen
  24. sun hat
  25. first aid kit or medication
  26. phone or camera (to take photos).

Do I need a first-aid kit?

We don’t want you to be overly cautious, but better safe than sorry. Our guides have a simple first aid kit with them; however, we encourage everyone to bring their own with additional remedies. Many of these have been very useful. We recommend bringing: sun screen, tiger balm (to soothe muscle pain), effervescent magnesium tablets (to avoid leg cramps), blister band aids (depending on your trek, you will be wearing your shoes for a few days), strapping tape (to support your ankles), lip balm (against cracked lips), ear plugs (if you are a sensitive sleeper), band aids, and first aid cream (always come in handy). Insect repellent can be brought just in case, but it is not necessary since Rinjani is situated so high that there are barely mosquitoes.

Do the guides speak English?

All our guides on the trek to Mount Rinjani speak good English. They have gone through a special program to give you the best service possible.

Do I have to bring my own water?

No, you don’t have to bring your own water. We will have 2 liters of water per person per day available. Your guide will distribute the water at the start of the trek, and then, upon request, you will carry one bottle of your own water at a time so that you always have water on hand during the hike.

Are there toilets on the Mt. Rinjani trail? No, but we have toilet tents.

With Lombok Travel Agency, you will have a private toilet tent set up at each camping site for your hiking group to use in the morning before hiking and in the evening once you reach camp. However, it’s important to remember that there are no established toilets on the trail, and when nature calls, you will have to find a bush. Please feel free to ask our guides to help you find a spot if you need to go to the bathroom during the trek.

What will the weather be like?

Chances are, you will encounter sunny, cold, and rainy weather during your trek. The weather in Savannah can be cloudy, sunny, or rainy. The weather on the crater rims is mostly beautiful. The weather in the rain forest closest to Senaru is mostly damp, with rain showers common throughout the day.

A poncho or rain jacket is a must. It might only rain for 30 minutes, but that’s plenty of time to drench everything you have brought with you. When at camp on the crater rim and at the summit, we are above the clouds, so although it gets cold, we barely ever have any rain there. Each day, the crater often clouds over; however, the clouds clear in the late afternoon to reveal spectacular scenery. The weather during the night and on the summit is very cold, so you will likely pull out every piece of warm clothing you have.

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