Ready for some serious trekking? Not afraid of walking 10 hours a day? You did not expect to get to the second highest summit (at 3726m) in Indonesia by bus, right? The reward is proportional to the effort. Expect pain and breathtaking scenery.Now, if you are not physically fit (and mentally prepared), you can give this destination a miss. You basically have 2 options when you plan your trek to Mount Rinjani:

  1. You can arrange the trek with a guide before you go (see some contacts in the Where to stay section, or
  2. Organize your trek from Sembalun (or Senaru). This means you will probably spend more time in Sembalun or Senaru and need an extra day (minimum 4 in total). You can organize everything with your hotel. They can help you find a guide (check that he has the license), porters, food and equipment.

There are 2 classic itineraries.

  • Crater rim: this trek will take you 2 days and one night in the mountain and will take you to the crater rim (at 2700m) from where you can admire the crater lake. This trek will cost you between IDR 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 per person depending on the season and the agency.
  • Summit: If you want to go to the actual summit, you will need 3 days (or 4). This trek will cost you around IDR 2,500,000 per person.

Singapore ot Mount Rinjani  journey details

You will need to pay a fee of IDR 150,000 to enter the park (check if this is included in your package)

Connections from the Mount Rinjani

You can go to Rinjani as a standalone trip. If you have more time and need some rest after or before the hike, you can also combine it with a trip to one of the 3 Gilli Islands (that’s the most obvious option) or Kuta Lombok. You can also go to North Bali or South Bali. You can also fly to Java to climb Mount Bromo or Mount Semeru (if you want to add another very demanding experience) Yogyakarta on Java.

Getting to Lombok airport from Singapore Changi

Bad news: Tigerair and Airasia do not operate direct flights to Lombok (LOP) anymore.

Silkair operates direct flights– but they are not available every day and are expensive

Getting there: SIN to LOP: Friday Silkair: 7:50 aM – 10:35PM (2h45 flight)
Coming back: LOP to SIN: Sunday Silkair 7:25 PM – 10:10 AM
Return tickets from SGD 420.

Get your ticket NOW to enjoy the best fares. Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flight or check directly on the airlines websites (as some flights may not be visible on Skyscanner).

So if you’re tight on budget, take a flight with a connection: You can fly via Bali Denpasar, Surabaya, Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta with AirAsia, Merapi, Garuda Indonesia, or Lion Air.

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Getting to Sambalun from the Lombok airport

  1. Private car – easier & faster You will find a taxi counter at the Arrival terminal. From Lombok Airport to Sembalun Lawang, it will take you 4 hours and will cost you IDR 400 000 – SGD 50 for a car (max 4 persons).
  2. Public transportation – longer & cheaper You can also get to Sembalun Lawang by public transportation if you have enough time and patience. The bemo station is far from the airport. You can ask at the airport how to get there

Where to stay in Sambalun?

You will need to spend a night in Sembalun in order to start the trek early morning the next day. Pondok Sembalun hotel can organize treks to the Volcan, you can call them +62 (0)376 62 16 56. You can also contact John’s adventure who have been recommended to us by friends.

To our knowledge, there is currently no hotel/guesthouse in Sambalun that offers online booking via our favorite (and partner) platforms Agoda or Booking.com (or their competitors). So you will have to pick up the phone and book or get there and decide on the spot. You can always give it a try

Don’t worry about the accommodation during the trek as you will sleep in a tent! (provided by your guide if you did not bring your own).

To see & to do

Well, of course, you want explore the Park and not climb the Rinjani. However, there are high chances that you there to get to the top of this volcano. Below is the description of the trek to the summit over 3 days. So it’s a dense version that requires a high level of fitness. Alternatively, you can either go to the crater rim only or go the summit but add one day.

Day 1

Walk from 8 am to 5 pm. A 7 hour walk to reach the base camp located at the crater rim. You will get to see a nice landscape going up from village to savanna and pine forest.

Day 2

2 am – Wake up. Walk to reach the summit at 5.30 am to admire the sunrise (bring hot clothes, it is freezing at the top) 9AM – Back to the camp 9.30 AM – 11AM: way down to the Lake Segara Anak and relaxation in the hot springs 1.30 PM – 4PM: climb up to the rim (other side of the crater) 5PM – 6PM way down to the camp Total = You’ll walk for 10.5 hours that day. No need to say it’s an exhausting day.

Day 3

9AM – 11AM: way down to Senaru End of the trek – Taxi to Lombok Airport or Jetty (if you continue your trip to the Gili Islands) Note: It is possible to sleep at the rim the second day (best view) if you do not need to take a plane/boat early in the afternoon on the third day.

More info to prepare your trip

Wifi

Seriously…? No, there is no Wifi available and no Starbucks (yet and we hope there will never be) a the top of the Rinjani.

What to pack for Mount Rinjani

Note that the porters usually do not carry personal items but only the material (tent, food, etc). You will have to carry all your stuff to the top. So travel light but have good equipment (waterproof, windproof) and a head lamp! You need to have good trekking shoes (forget about your flip-flaps) and some warm clothes as it will be very cold at the top (like 4 degrees C). Don’t forget your swimsuit for the hot springs!

Your main bag

That’s the one you leave at the hotel. Ideally you want to avoid checking in your luggage when flying. So check the weight and dimensions for hand carry luggage with your airlines (some airlines will allow only 7kg, some will allow up to 10kg). From head to toes.

  • Short sleeves tops: your main outfit. Everybody will see them on all your pictures. You really want to take that old Mickey Mouse T-shirt? Be mindful that you will be in a different environment so it might be a good idea to adjust your wardrobe.
  • Long sleeves tops: to protect yourself from the sun (if you’ve stayed for 5 hours on a motorbike with short sleeves you know what I mean) or to enter religious buildings or to protect yourself from mosquitoes in the evening.
  • Pullover. Yes I know, you’re going to a country where the temperature never goes down below 25 degrees and you need to pack a pullover? You will thank us when you’re back. Remember that flight during which  you were freezing? Or this museum where the aircon is set to the “polar bear” temperature?
  • Short/skirt (you should be able to chose the appropriate one by yourself).
  • Trousers for the same reasons you need to take long sleeves tops. Jeans are usually not a good option. They are heavy and keep you too warm.
  • Underwear: well, you know. If you plan to walk or ride motorbikes for long hours, take something comfortable as the combination heat + friction can make you regret this sophisticated silk underwear. Cotton is good.
  • Shoes: one pair of flip flap and one pair of confortable shoes. Remember that you are going to spend most of the time on your feet. Forget about high heels and leave your Westons at home.
  • Swimsuit: even if you don’t plan to go to the beach, you never know. A nice river, a swimming pool, a heavy rain? Always have one with you.
  • Raincoat and protection for your bag. Even if you are visiting the country during the “best season”, you never know what the sky will be like.
  • Torch: take a pocket torch with you if you visit countries where the power is not reliable… Can come very handy when stuck in the dark in your room.
  • Toilet bag: Shampoo, soap, toothbrush & toothpath, deodorant, sun screen, tiger balm. Ideally, all these in miniature formats.
  • Sleeping bag liner (if you plan to stay in very cheap or dirty places, not required if you are staying in a 5-star hotel…)
  • Your IT stuff: iPad, eBook, laptop, chargers, memory card, batteries, etc.
  • Dryer sheets: they will help keep a fresh smell in your bag.

Your small bag

That’s the one you keep with you, all the time. Hence, a backpack is the best option.

  • Your passportcashcredit cards and other life saving items like your insurance card with emergency contact details. Not a bad idea to put them in a zip-lock bag  in case it rains. It will keep your documents dry.
  • Your driver’s licence if you plan to rent a car or a motorbike (some countries are quite particular about this so take it with you in case you are not sure, even for a motorbike rental).
  • Your emergency medical kit: painkillers, mosquitoes repellent, dressing/plaster, disinfectant, anti diarrhea, eyewash
  • Tissues and toilet paper (you will thank me later). Remember that in a lot of countries, you will not be provided napkins when having a meal.
  • Water – plastic bottles are a good option as they are lighter than a gourd/flask.
  • Biscuits (always buy some before you go when you are not sure what you will find. Always have “emergency” biscuit  and water in case you cannot find food around and need to recharge batteries)
  • Sunglasses: you’ll need them. Take them even if it’s raining. Weather can change very fast in the region.
  • Scarf (krama, or any kind of fabric that you can use to put around your neck, put on your head to protect it from the sun, cover your shoulders in temples, dry your sweat, etc). Can come very handy in some situation. It will not stay clean for long so it’s wise to pick a dark color…
  • Camera and its protection.

Indonesia

Flag of Indonesia

  • Language: Bahasa Indonesian
  • Time zone: Jakarta, Sulawesi: GMT + 7, 1h ahead of Singapore;
    Bali has no time difference with Singapore
  • Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
  • Phone: + 62
  • Electricity: 220V 50 Hz

Immigration and airport taxes on arrival

  • If you are eligible you will need to pay for a visa on arrival. The price is USD 25 or the equivalent in other currencies. It is valid for 30 days. Check as it may vary (some airports charge 22 EUR, some others 25 EUR).
  • If you travel to Bintan, Batam, or Karimun, you can get a 7 day Visa on Arrival for USD 10.
  • On busy weekends, expect to wait for quite a while at the immigration counter.
  • Make sure your notes are perfectly clean and without any note or stain. USD bills must be from 2003 or more recent. Coins are not accepted. Change (if any) is given in Ruppiah.
  • On departure, you will need to pay the airport fees. These fees are not included in your tickets when you book your trip (hence the price difference between the inbound and outbound flights to Indonesia). They vary from one airport to the other. They are usually around IDR 150,000 per person. You need to pay these in Rupiah

National Public Holidays in Indonesia

2015

Day Date Holiday
Thursday January 01 New Years Day
Saturday January 03 Maulidur Rasul
Thursday February 19 Chinese New Year
Saturday March 21 Hari Raya Nyepi
Friday April 03 Good Friday
Friday May 01 Labour Day
Thursday May 14 Ascension Day
Saturday May 16 Isra Miraj
Tuesday June 02 Waisak Day
Thursday July 16 Cuti Bersama
Friday July 17 Hari Raya Puasa
Saturday July 18 Hari Raya Puasa
Monday July 20 Cuti Bersama
Tuesday July 21 Cuti Bersama
Monday August 17 Independence Day
Thursday September 24 Idul Adha
Wednesday October 14 Muharram
Thursday December 24 Cuti Bersama
Friday December 25 Christmas Day

* check the exact date as it varies from one year to another, check this website for other years.When Public Holidays falls on a Sunday, the following day will be Public Holiday.