The 2-day, 1-night trek to the summit of Mount Rinjani is more accurately described as trekking rather than hiking. Do you know the difference between hiking and trekking? If you’re seeking a challenging adventure that demands physical endurance but have only two days for trekking, this two-day trek to the summit should be on your list.
You will ascend to 3726 meters above sea level, which is the highest peak in Eastern Indonesia. This mountain features a volcanic crater lake formed by a massive eruption of Mount Rinjani hundreds of years ago.
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Day 1: Sembalun Village to Plawangan Sembalun
The first day of your hike will begin in the village of Sembalun, located on the eastern side of Mount Rinjani. From here, you will start your ascent to the summit. The trail is well-marked and relatively easy at first, but as you continue, it will become steeper and more challenging.
The trekking route starts from the savanna, which has dry and sandy terrain. It leads you to the first base camp at Sembalun Crater Rim, located at 2639 meters above sea level. It’s a perfect place to watch the sunset from your camp door.
The journey covers a distance of 9 kilometers, ascending the savanna-covered mountain with sandy terrain. You’ll pass through four checkpoint positions, starting from the village gate in Sembalun towards checkpoint 1, which takes about 1.5 hours. This section of the route passes through a bit of forest and then continues through the savanna. Make sure to bring a head covering because the morning sun can be quite intense at times.
-> First checkpoint to second checkpoint:
After about a 40-minute walk from the first checkpoint, you’ll reach the second checkpoint. You’ll have your lunch at these shelters, where the porters will prepare freshly cooked meals. Here are some common menu items they usually serve.
->> Second checkpoint to third checkpoint:
Continuing the hike for 45 minutes will bring you to the third checkpoint, which, according to the topography, marks the end of the undulating terrain.
->>> Third checkpoint to fourth checkpoint:
Prepare yourself for a steeper path than before. The next stretch of the trek will make you sweat a lot. On average, the hills you’ll be climbing have a steep incline of 50-60 degrees, with about an hour of hiking.
->>>> Fourth checkpoint to base camp:
Your mountain hiking journey isn’t complete without reaching the base camp. I have to say, this section is the most challenging and will make you sweat profusely, making you feel just how salty your sweat can be.
With a strenuous 2-hour hike, the mountain slopes here average between 60-70 degrees, and the sandy terrain makes this part quite tough.
Day 2: Plawangan Sembalun to Summit and Back
On the second day, you will wake up early in the morning to begin your final ascent to the summit. The trail will be steep and rocky, and you will need to use ropes and chains to help you navigate the more challenging sections. As you reach the summit, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, including the crater lake and neighboring islands. After taking in the scenery and snapping some photos, you will begin your descent back to Plawangan Sembalun. From there, you will continue your hike back to Sembalun Village, where you can rest and celebrate your accomplishment.
Tips for a Successful Hike
- Make sure to pack enough water and snacks for the duration of your hike. There are no water sources along the trail, so it’s important to stay hydrated.
- Wear appropriate hiking gear, including sturdy shoes and layers of clothing. The temperature can vary greatly throughout the day, so it’s important to be prepared.
- Hire a guide or join a tour group. While it is possible to hike Mount Rinjani without a guide, having someone with experience and knowledge of the area can greatly enhance your experience and ensure your safety.
- Respect the environment and follow the Leave No Trace principles. This includes properly disposing of waste and not damaging any plants or wildlife.
- How to conquer this terrain is keep moving, slow and steady be patience, and be enjoying all view you with
- Sitting and enjoying the view
Hiking Mount Rinjani is a challenging but rewarding experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories and a sense of accomplishment. By following this two-day itinerary and taking the necessary precautions, you can make the most of your trip and reach the summit of this magnificent volcano. So pack your bags, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready to explore Mount Rinjani. Happy hiking!