Mount Rinjani is a majestic volcano complex with its highest peak standing at 3726m above sea level. It is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. Mount Rinjani is located in the Northern part of Lombok Island and best done on a multi-day hike of 3 days and 2 nights. While the level of difficulty ranges from low to medium for most sections, the peak section is tough to hike.
The first day is a 10km hike with a positive 1640m from Sembalun to the crater base camp. The second day is split into 3 sections: a 3.9km hike with a positive 1050m from the crater base camp to the summit at 3726m (return on the same path), a 3.4km hike with a negative 605m from the crater base camp to the lake and a final 2.7km hike with a positive 613m from the lake to the rim base camp. This is by far the most physical day. The third and last day is a 9.9km hike with a negative 2036m from the rim base camp to Senaru!
Back in 1257, Mount Samalas errupted next to Mount Rinjani. This erruption is known as one of the biggest of the past 2000 years. Testimonies of the eruption were recorded on palm leaves by people. Eruption columns reached dozens of kilometres into the atmosphere, pyroclastic flows buried substantial areas of Lombok Island and destroyed human habitations. The eruption also impacted the atmosphere by reducing solar radiations and cooling it. All these conditions lead to famines for several years.
Expect an incredible mountainous scenery featuring multiple peaks and craters, a lake, wild nature and a stunning view on Bali, Gili and Lombok!