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Rinjani Trekking Package Summit and Lake 04 Days 03 Nights

Rinjani Summit Trekking Package

Day 01, Senggigi-Sembalun-Sembalun Rim.
Pick up at 05.00 Am if you stay in Senggigi or at 07.00 Am if you stay in Senaru, with our special mountain car will ready to bring us to Sembalun village for 45minute /1 hour ,arrive here approx 8.00am then Registration in Rinjani Information Center (RIC) 1051 m and start the trek to Pos 1 (Pemantauan) 1300 m, walking time is about 2 hours. We take a rest for 5/10 minute at Pos 1 ( Pemantauan,) and then continue to Pos 2 (Tengengean) 1500 m walking time about 1 hour. We take short break here for 5 to 10 minutes at Pos 2 ( Tengengean ), and then we continue our journey to Pos 3 (Pada Balong ) 1800 m, walking time is approx 1 hour. We rest for 2 hours at Pos 3, then your guide and porters prepare for lunch, and a hot drink (tea, coffee, hot chocolate or lemon tea). After lunch and a rest, we continue to heading Sembalun Crater Rim (Pelawangan Sembalun) 2639M, walking time 3 hours including a prolonged steep climb. We will camp the night at Sembalun Crater Rim, then from here we can enjoy the awesome views. As the sun sets, and sunrise for the next morning , Segara Anak lake, Sembalun village, the summit of mount Rinjani half of north lombok can be seen from here.

Day 02: Summit/Top 3.726m – Segara Anak Lake and Hotsprings (2008m)-Senaru Crater Rim(2.641m)
We wake up at 02:30 am and have some light breakfast then leave at 03:00 am we start the trek to heading Rinjani Summit (3.726 m). Walking time approximetly 3 hours and 20 minutes. The first stage is a moderate climb for 120 minutes, while the second stage is a fairly easy but long trek. The last hour is very steep and difficult. (There are many loose stones, and as you take two steps forward you will slip one step back). From the Summit, then you can see all of Lombok island, Bali, Sumbawa and Segara Anak Lake,after sunrise we will go down to the Sembalun crater rim and have a hot breakfast and break ,then we will go down to the lake and hot spring this trail down is very steep and slippery beware and extra carefully, we need 3 hours to get in to the lake and hot spring, the lunch will be provide by the lake, and hot spring just 100m walk from here ,the place where you can soak in and healing your skin as medicine, after we have lauch and enough resting ,we will lake,and go up to the crater Rim of Senaru for 3 hours walking this route and trail quite top, steep up and stony we need to be careful and we will reach this point of the place we called second nice views from the summit, where you can enjoy the incredible sunset over the mountain Agung in bali and the smoke trough tout from the hole of the new volcano by the lake ,camping and enjoying your Dinner here,

Day 03: Senaru Crater Rim(2.641m) – Senaru Village (601m)
After breakfast and enjoying the sunrise, and taking the picture with beautiful scenery of the lake we will go down to Senaru village for 4-5 hour back down and including break and lunch on the way between pos2 or pos extra ,then we will arrive at Senaru Rinjani Trekking Centre around 12.30am to 13.00 then our private car will bring to your next destination as ( Gilis island, Senggigi, Mataram )

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Andi Hermansyah

Rinjani Trekking Lake Package 03 Days 02 Nights

Rinjani Lake Segara Anak Package

Day 1st. Senggigi-Senaru-Senaru Rim.
Pick up at your hotel at 05.00 am then by car to Senaru, arrive in Senaru village around 08.45 am We’ll give you quick light breakfast and Register at Rinjani National Park ranger in senaru then we begin our trekking.

The first hours of the trek climb steeply through thick tropical forest rich in flora bird life and a variety of butterflies. You might see orchid and, if lucky, the rare black ebony leaf monkey, known locally as lutung. Rest stops are taken along the way, and at Pos 2 Montong Satas shelter ( 1.500m ). Village stories and local legends related by your guide.

Features include the banyan tree bunut ngengkang that looks like someone standing with their legs apart, and the Batu Penyeselan stone. Depending on your preferences and weather conditions, the night’s camp is made either in the forest at Pos 3 Mondokan Lolak ( 2.000 m ) after about five hours climb from Senaru, or continue the ascent for another couple of hours through grassy meadows to Plawangan 1 Senaru crater rim at 2,641 m. from the crater rim are sweeping views across the lake Segara Anak ( 2.000m) to the summit of Mt. RInjani. Within the crater Mt. Baru ( 2.351 ) is an active last erupting dramatically in 1994. on a clear evening the Gili Isles, Bali and Mt. Agung can be seen to the west.

Day 2nd. Senaru Rim-Lake-Hot spring
Sunrise at the rim is a memorable start do Day 2. enjoyed after a pre-dawn 2 hours climb for those camping at Pos 3, Mondokan Lolak. After enjoying the view, the trek proceeds for couple of hours down the trail to the crater lake where the rest of the day is spent relaxing and swimming. There is plenty of time to explore the pilgrimage hot springs, said to had healing power. Camp by the lake side, enjoying dinner followed by the night sound as.

Day 3rd. Lake-Sembalun Rim-Sembalun-Senggigi
After breakfast, start the 3 hours steep ascent up to Plawangan 2 Sembalun crater rim. Look out for edelweiss along the path. Enjoy the view of the Lake from the other side and the island of Sumbawa across the tropical ocean. The decent from the Sembalun crater rim is amidst the pine-like Casuarina species locally known is Cemara, perhaps seeing evidence of wild pigs and the long tailed gray macaque monkeys.

After about 3 ½ hours, reach post 3 Pada Balong, through grass land used at couple cattle grazing by local people. Mt. Rinjani summit towers above us, Indonesia’s second highest volcanic peak. From here is beautiful view of Sembalun Lawang and Sembalun Bumbung villages, known for coffee production until the crop was changed to garlic to take the advantage of the garlic boom in early 1990s. the road head is reached after in another 4 hour gentle descent through open country, and the trek ends at Rinjani Informations center at Sembalun Lawang and directly transfer to your hotel in senggigi.

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Andi Hermansyah

Rinjani Trekking Summit Package 03 Days 02 Nights

Rinjani Summit Trekking Package

Day 01, Senggigi-Sembalun-Sembalun Rim.
Pick up at 05.00 Am if you stay in Senggigi or at 07.00 Am if you stay in Senaru, with our special mountain car will ready to bring us to Sembalun village for 45minute /1 hour ,arrive here approx 8.00am then Registration in Rinjani Information Center (RIC) 1051 m and start the trek to Pos 1 (Pemantauan) 1300 m, walking time is about 2 hours. We take a rest for 5/10 minute at Pos 1 ( Pemantauan,) and then continue to Pos 2 (Tengengean) 1500 m walking time about 1 hour. We take short break here for 5 to 10 minutes at Pos 2 ( Tengengean ), and then we continue our journey to Pos 3 (Pada Balong ) 1800 m, walking time is approx 1 hour. We rest for 2 hours at Pos 3, then your guide and porters prepare for lunch, and a hot drink (tea, coffee, hot chocolate or lemon tea). After lunch and a rest, we continue to heading Sembalun Crater Rim (Pelawangan Sembalun) 2639M, walking time 3 hours including a prolonged steep climb. We will camp the night at Sembalun Crater Rim, then from here we can enjoy the awesome views. As the sun sets, and sunrise for the next morning , Segara Anak lake, Sembalun village, the summit of mount Rinjani half of north lombok can be seen from here.

Day 02: Summit/Top 3.726m – Segara Anak Lake and Hotsprings (2008m)-Senaru Crater Rim(2.641m)
We wake up at 02:30 am and have some light breakfast then leave at 03:00 am we start the trek to heading Rinjani Summit (3.726 m). Walking time approximetly 3 hours and 20 minutes. The first stage is a moderate climb for 120 minutes, while the second stage is a fairly easy but long trek. The last hour is very steep and difficult. (There are many loose stones, and as you take two steps forward you will slip one step back). From the Summit, then you can see all of Lombok island, Bali, Sumbawa and Segara Anak Lake,after sunrise we will go down to the Sembalun crater rim and have a hot breakfast and break ,then we will go down to the lake and hot spring this trail down is very steep and slippery beware and extra carefully, we need 3 hours to get in to the lake and hot spring, the lunch will be provide by the lake, and hot spring just 100m walk from here ,the place where you can soak in and healing your skin as medicine, after we have lauch and enough resting ,we will lake,and go up to the crater Rim of Senaru for 3 hours walking this route and trail quite top, steep up and stony we need to be careful and we will reach this point of the place we called second nice views from the summit, where you can enjoy the incredible sunset over the mountain Agung in bali and the smoke trough tout from the hole of the new volcano by the lake ,camping and enjoying your Dinner here,

Day 03: Senaru Crater Rim(2.641m) – Senaru Village (601m)
After breakfast and enjoying the sunrise, and taking the picture with beautiful scenery of the lake we will go down to Senaru village for 4-5 hour back down and including break and lunch on the way between pos2 or pos extra ,then we will arrive at Senaru Rinjani Trekking Centre around 12.30am to 13.00 then our private car will bring to your next destination as ( Gilis island, Senggigi, Mataram )

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Andi Hermansyah

Rinjani Rim Trek Package 02 Days 01 Night Via Senaru

Rinjani Rim Package 02 days 01 night via Senaru

Day 1.Senggigi-Base Cam I,II & III
Pick up from your hotel at 5 am, by car to SENARU (601m), arrive at SENARU village at 8 am we`ll give you quick light breakfast.
After register at park ranger office then at 8.45 am we start to walk. The first hours of the trek climb steadily through thick tropical forest rich in flora, bird life and variety of butterflies. You might see orchid, the long- tailed grey macaque monkey kera and, if lucky, the rare black ebony leaf monkey, known locally as lutung. Rusa
( deer ) are forest dwellers are occasionally seen along the trek trail. The smaller barking deer or kijang has an alarm call with a distinct dog – like bark. Rest stops are taken along the way, and in pos 2 Montong satas shelter (1,500 m) where village stories and local legends are related by your guide.

Features include the banyan tree bunut ngengkang that looks like someone standing with their legs apart, and the Batu penyesalan stone. Depending on your preference and weather conditions, the nights camps is made either in the forest at post 3 Mondokan Lolak (2000 m) after about five hours climb from Senaru, or continue the ascent for another couple of hours through grassy meadows to plawangan 1 Senaru crater rim at 2641 m. from the crater rim are sweping views across the lake Segara Anak lake (2000 m) to the summit of Mt.Rinjani. within the crater,Mt Baru (2,351 m) is an active, last erupting dramatically in 1994.on a clear evening the Gili Isles, Bali and Mt.Agung can be seen to the west.

Day 2. Base Cam III-II & I-Senaru-Senggigi
Sunrise at the crater rim is a memorable start to day 2, enjoyed after a pre-dawn two hours climb for those camping at Pos 3 Mondokan Lolak. After enjoying the view., descend down the trail down to Senaru village through first grassland then back into the shade of the tropical forest. After about seven hours from the rim, the trek ends at Rinjani Trek Centre at the road head in Senaru and transfer back to your hotel in Senggigi.

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Rinjani Lodge – Senaru Village – North Lombok – Rinjani National Park

Rinjani Lodge is a boutique hotel located on the borders of the Rinjani National park in North Lombok.

With stunning panoramic views of Mount Rinjani and the lush rice paddies of the volcanic foothills down to the Ocean, Rinjani Lodge is the perfect place to stay to explore the beautiful North Lombok region.

Our restaurant is open daily from 7am to 10pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We have available 5 beautifully appointed rooms finished to a high quality with modern furnishings and facilities and a stunning infinity pool overlooking the surrounding area.

Rinjani Lodge is a brand new family-run hotel designed, constructed and operated by Marta and Joanna, an Indonesian / English couple

Rooms
Our 5 rooms each have a private terrace with stunning views both to Rinjani, and to the sea.

The terraces have a day bed, table and chairs for relaxing, dining and enjoying the magnificent view.

Each room has a King size double bed and an additional single pull-out bed that can be made up on request.

Our private outdoor bathrooms have bath tubs and showers with hot, fresh water from volcanic springs, Western toilet and complimentary bathroom toiletries.

The room facilities include;
– Fridge
– Air conditioning and fan
– Tea and coffee facilities
– Complimentary drinking water
– DVD library and book exchange
– TV & DVD player with satellite

Wifi is accessible throughout, though please be aware that due to our remote location, the internet service can be intermittent.

Infinity Pool
We have a large infinity swimming pool overlooking the astonishing panorama around us; there is also an adjoining shallow pool.

Other Services
Full laundry service.
With our comprehensive local knowledge, we are happy to help you with any boat or airport transfers, arrange food, transport and other logistics for a day trip or longer, and provide any transport information you need if you wish to travel independently around the area.

Our Restaurant
Open daily from 7am to 10pm, our restaurant offers a range of Western and Indonesian specialties. All our dishes are Halal, MSG free and home made in our own kitchen.

Many of our Indonesian specialty dishes are made according to old family recipes, using locally sourced ingredients.

We specialize in healthy juices and use only fresh ingredients to provide high quality food and drinks. We use only drinking quality spring water for all cooking and food preparation.

If you would like a picnic or take away food we are happy to arrange this for you.

Rates : US$ 100/night/single or double including breakfast

High and peak season apply from July 01-September 15 and December 01-January 15 with additional surcharge US$ 15/night/room

Andi Hermansyah

Rinjani Lighthouse Rooms – Senaru Village – Rinjani National Park – Lombok Island

Rinjani Light House is a tasteful guest house located in Senaru at the foot of Mt Rinjani on Lombok, Indonesia. This new, Western owned and managed accommodation has spacious and elegant rooms to make your holiday so much more comfortable. Start and finish your Mt Rinjani climbing adventure with us. Or just relax and enjoy our quiet and cool mountain town.

Rinjani Light House Guest Rooms is the newest hotel in Senaru, Lombok. It is conveniently located just 200m from the entrance to Rinjani National Park. The area is quiet. There are restaurants next door and across the road. The peak of Mt Rinjani is visible from the eastern side of our land. And depending upon season and cloud, we have spectacular sunrises and sunsets as well.

The rooms are well appointed. The beds have new spring mattresses. Very comfortable. Wooden floors and ‘bedek’ bamboo walls make each room beautiful. Our prices are reasonable with no seasonal charges.

We endeavour to keep Rinjani Light House eco-friendly. To this end we have a bio-gas digester on the property. This gas is used for lighting and cooking. Therefore we keep friendly cows on the south side of our land. We also grow a variety of vegetables and exotic tropical fruit for you to enjoy.

Rinjani Light House has two downstairs and two upstairs rooms. Each of these has a queen size bed, mosquito net and a large sparklingly clean bathroom. The balcony is an excellent place to chill out, read a book or just enjoy the cool air and view.

There is also a renovated traditional Sasak house that accommodates six people. This house has a spacious kitchen with bio-gas stove, cooking utensils, tea and coffee facilities, plates, glasses and cutlery. There is a bio-gas lamp as well. This house has hot water.

Our rates:
– Upstairs and downstairs rooms:
Rp 450,000 with breakfast and hot water.

– Traditional house:
Rp 850,000** with breakfast and hot water.

Extra beds are available Rp 150,000 per night.

High and peak season apply from July 01-September 15 and December 01-January 15 with additional surcharge Rp. 100.000/night/room

Please note that there are no ATMs in Senaru. You need to bring money for all your visit requirements.

Andi Hermansyah

What You Might See and Do in Rinjani National Park

There are Over 20 villages surround Mt. Rinjani and there are many routes up the mountain, but the main access is from Senaru in the north and Sembalun Lawang to the east.

Gunung Rinjani national park lies within the major transition zone (Wallace) where the flora and fauna of south East Asia makes a dramatic transition into that which is typical of Australia. The park has a rich variety of plants and animals, although they can be hard to spot due to the terrain and rainforest cover.

Sometimes seen early in the morning is the morning is the rare black Ebony leaf monkey, know locally as lutung. The long tailed gray macaque of kera is common in Lombok and order males are seen on the crater rim. Rusa deer are forest dwellers and are occasionally seen a long the Rinjani trek train.

The smaller barking deer or kijang has an alarm call with a distinct dog – like bark. Look for the disturbed ground where the wild pig or babi hutan has been foraging. Also found in the forest is the leopard cat or bodok alas, palm civet or ujat and porcupine or landak.

A variety of colorful birds live in the forest of the park. Perhaps the best – know icon of the park is the crested cockatoo that is not found any further west of Lombok. Many of the forest-dwelling animals, insects, birds, civets, and monkeys owe their survival to the wild fig tree or beringin as a provider of food and shelter.

The pine-like casuarinas species, Cemara, are a feature of the grassy higher slopes. Orchids or anggrek are also a feature of the grassland areas, as is edelweiss or bunga abadi growing above the tree line, it is a beautiful icon of the park and one of the park and one of our best-know sub-alvine plants.

The following stories are a selection taken from a booklet for village guides containing a collection of traditional stories that have been related for generations by the people of Dusun Senaru.

Andongan Tambing
The first place to rest, located where the paths from Senaru and Semokan meet. Andongan Tambing is one of the forrest entry gates and the First Camp on the Rinjani Trek. At this point the trekkers are warned to be careful of the steep slopes.

Half Way Point (Pos II Campsite)
At the second resting place (Camp II) is a stone which is called Batu Penyesalan. This marks the place where the trekkers feels a conflict about whether to continue or to turn back because we still have as far to go to our destination as we have already walked.

Usually it takes about two hours to walk here from Bunut Ngengkang.

Caves
One of the three famous caves (Goa Susu, Goa Payung, dan Goa Manik), Susu Cave is a good place for self reflection and is often used as a place to meditate. The people with unclean and envious mind will have difficulty entering Susu cave which has a narrow entrance, but people with noble and pure mind will easily enter the cave.
Inside the cave water drips from the tip of a stone which looks like a nipple, so people say the water in Goa Susu tastes different. Inside Goa Susu is hot and there is a lot of smoke which looks like cooking steam so people call this Mengukus (hot house) and sometimes people call it Rontgen (X-Ray).

Healing Hot Spring Aik Kalak
Aiq Kalak means hot water and it is used to cure various deseases. One of the hot springs is named Pangkereman Jembangan which is meant a place for dipping. The water which spurts out of the spring is very hot. Weapons such as keris, swords, big knives, and lances are dipped in the spring to test their magic power. If the weapon become sticky it means that the weapon is bad and has no magical power. However if the weapon remain unchanged it means that the weapon has supernatural power and the power and the strength will be increased.
People also use the hot spring to make medicine from coconut cream. After dipping a bottle of coconut cream in the hot spring if the liquid becomes clear oily it can be used as medicinal oil. Then the medicinal oil is used for good things and is called Siu Satus Tunggal or in Bayan language Siu Satunggal which means that it can be used to cure a thousand kinds of deseases.

Segara Anak Crater Lake
Segara Anak Lake is so wide it appears like the sea with its blue water. The name Segara Anak means child of the sea.

Segara Anak Lake holds various mysteries and invisible power.
People feel content to stay a long time in this place because of the large community of mysterious spirits which live arround the lake. The local people believe that if the lake looks wide when seen at a distance it is a sign they will live to an old age; or if the lake seems narrow it is a sign of a short age. So in order not to be pessimistic, people quickly purify themselves by lifting up their spirits and calm soul and look at the lake contentedly.
In the area of the lake it is forbidden to have sexual intercourse, to complain or say dirty things. We must be patient when facing problems.

Local Strawberry
This plant grows along the route to Mt. Rinjani. It has thorns like the rose and the fruit is red like strawberry. It has a sweet and slightly sour taste and is good to eat when trekkers are hungry and thirsty.

Eternal Flower or Edelweis
The plant or the flowers should not be taken because it grows in the park and in the mysterious world of the spirit kingdom. In the past, someone who wanted this flower must be brave enough to fight and gamble his soul. That is why the flower is called Sandar Nyawa. The flower has never wilted and is as old as the mysterious spirits.

The Peak of Rinjani 3.726 M
The people of Lombok believe that the peak of Mt. Rinjani is where Dewi Anjani, the queen spirit and ruler of Mt. Rinjani lives. To the south-east from the peak in a sea of dust called Segara Muncar is the invisible palace of the queen Dewi Anjani and her followers. They are good spirits. According to a story about the Queen Spirit Dewi Anjani she was the daugther of a King who would not allow her to marry her boyfriend. At a spring called Mandala she dissappeared and changed from the real world to the spirit world.

Mount Baru Jari (Gunung Baru)
Gunung Baru is the name of the new volcano which emerged in the center of Segara Anak Lake. People believe that Gunung Baru is the navel of Mt. Rinjani. That is why if Gunung Baru erupted it will not harm the people of Lombok unless the eruption is from the peak of Mt. Rinjani. Some people said that the 1994 Gunung Baru eruption was caused by siprits who were building something because the stones that erupted were arranged in an orderly and attractive way at the foot of Gunung Baru.

Andi Hermansyah

Rinjani Trekking Guides Menu Samples

While you trek to Mount Rinjani National Park Lombok Island Indonesia, we serve you mostly Indonesia Food, You also can request what food you like us to serve, you need to email us in advance so we can prepare the food as your request. Please contact us for further information….

DAY 1
Morning Break (post 2)
– Banana Pancake With Honey
– Corn Flakes and Milk
– Fruits (Pineapple + Apple)
– Bottled Water, Milo, Coffee or Hot Tea

Lunch Break (post 3)
– Mix Vegetable soup
– Fried Chicken + Steam rice
– Vegetable Salad and Prawn Crackers
– Fruits (Pineapple and apple)
– Tea or Coffee

Afternoon Break (crater rim)
– Biscuit or Dry Cookies
– Fruits
– Tea or Coffee
– Coca Cola or Pocari Sweet

Dinner Break (senaru crater rim)
– Fried rice with chicken, Eggs, crackers, cucumber
– Omelet, Vegetable Salad
– Cap Cay
– Fruits
– Tea or Coffee or Hot Chocolate

DAY 2
Breakfast (senaru crater rim)
– Toast with scramble egg, cheese, butter ( or Banana or Pineapple Pancake ) and Corn Flakes with Milk
– Boiled eggs
– Fruit salads
– Tea or Coffee or Juice

Morning Break (lake)
– Cake and biscuits
– Fruits
– Bottled Water

Lunch Break (lake)
– Fried noodle special
– Omelet
– Fruits salad
– Tea or Coffee

Afternoon Break (crater rim 2)
– Fried Banana with honey
– Pineapples salad
– Tea or Coffee

Dinner Break (crater rim 2)
– Noodle, egg, vegetable soup
– Fish + Steam rice
– Fruit salad
– Tea or Coffee

DAY 3
Breakfast (crater rim 2)
– Banana Pancake with honey and Corn Flakes with milk
– Boiled eggs
– Fruits salad
– Tea or Coffee

Morning Break (crater rim 2)
– Dried cookies or biscuits
– Pineapple salad
– Tea or Coffee

Lunch Break (post 2)
– Cheese tomato jaffle
– Fried Potatoes (Chips) and steam rice
– Tea or Coffee.

For Day 04 and 05 will in combination or upon request

Andi Hermansyah

Rinjani Park Concept, Achievement and Cultural Tips

The Rinjani Trek is managed by a unique partnership of National Park, tourism industry and the local community. Activities focus in the Community – run cooperatives at Rinjani Trek Centre ( RTC ) in Senaru and the Rinjani Information Centre ( RIC ) in Sembalun Lawang.

Under the guidance of the Rinjani Trek Management Board ( RTMB ), each are run by a stakeholders’ committee who look after roster systems for guides and porters, village tours, trek trail maintenance, and handicraft sales. Revenue from tourism activities and entry fees is used for conservation, training and management of the Rinjani Trek, thus ensuring sustainability.
Conceptually, the project started with three stakeholder circles labeled “Park Management”, “Community Development” and “Tourism”. Whit Project assistance, the Park set out to engage with the stakeholder groups in each of the circles, independently at first and then, as the groups got used to deal with each other, increasingly together. This approach recognized that it takes time for the multi-skilled “cross-over” people that ecotourism requires (people who can operate in between the circles) to emerge.

Invitation for donor agency, why you should invest?

– In 2004, the Rinjani Trek achieved international recognition when it won the World Legacy Award for Destination Stewardship.

– Also in 2004, the Rinjani Trek received an Award for innovative Tourism from the Minister of Tourism & Culture.

– In 2005, Rinjani Trek selected as a finalist in the British Airways, Tourism for Tomorrow Award from WTTC for Destination Award.

– In 2008, again Rinjani Trek selected as a finalist for the same category, Destination Award in the British Airways, Tourism for Tomorrow Award from WTTC.

– Assisting to develop effective partnerships in ecotourism and resource management.

– Contributing to poverty alleviation and the economy of North Lombok.

Fact
– The Gunung Rinjani National Park covers an area of 41,330 ha on the northern part of Lombok. It is the second highest volcanic peak outside of West Papua; the peak of Gunung RInjani (3,726m) dominates the landscape.

– It is surrounded by a further 66,000 ha of Protected Forest and covers the three administrative district of West, East and Central Lombok. The park ecosystem is the transitional zone between Asia and Australia (Walaceae zone). Average rainfall is about 3,000 mm annually.

– Gunung Rinjani is rich with a variety of flora, fauna and vegetation. On the south western side of the mountain is the most eastern extent of primary rainforest and drier climate in the east, and savannah in the north east. Notable flora includes the everlasting edelweiss flower (Anaphalis viscid), tiger orchid (vanda sp.), alang – alang grass (Imperata cylindrical), cemara trees (Casuarina trifolia and Casuarina ocidentale)

– For the people of Lombok, Sasak and Balinese alike, the volcano is referred as a sacred place and adobe of deities. Its crater-lake is the offerings in the water and bathes away ailments in the hot springs.

The RTMB
The RTMB (Rinjani Trek Management Board) was established after three years consultation with the member of the Gunung Rinjani stakeholders.
It is a consultation and coordination forum for ecotourism management in Gunung Rinjani based on participatory principle and integration between government, community and the tourism industry.

Under the authority of the Governor of Nusa Tenggara Barat, it embodies the unique partnership of the National Park, tourism industry, non-government organizations, and local communities that have been forged to sustainable manage and protect the Rinjani mountain environment.

The Vision
Establishing credible partnership in increasing trekking activity based on ecotourism principles in Mount Rinjani in order to improve local economy and self-esteem.

1. To develop an accountable, transparent, effective and efficient Rinjani Trek Management Board that publicly legitimate as National Park partner

2. To establish Rinjani’s Trekking as an ecotourism icon in West Nusa Tenggara and a world class climbing destination, which is community based and environmentally sound

3. To develop Rinjani’s image through culture value implementation and local wisdom

The Objectives
1. Improving Park management through training, management techniques, and improved infrastructure;

2. Fostering community development on Park boundaries, bringing about benefits to rural women and men, in recognition of the link between national conservation and local development goals; and

3. Development responsible and sustainable Park tourism by encouraging ecotourism based on trekking and Sasak culture

Achievement
* Training 49 trek guides and 140 porters from village communities;

* Issuing 49 guide licenses and 140 National Park Warrants to engage locals with the wider Indonesia tourism industry and improve security.

* Establishing a cooperative as a licensed Indonesia travel agency with 15 local trek organizers, thus regularizing community-based trek operations.

* Introducing a range of eight guided village tour products and one round Rinjani drive to involve more local people in tourism benefits.

* Arranging training for seven small business groups to stimulate local people to produce food, handicrafts, screen printed tee-shirts and weaving.

* Providing credit to about 80 small traders, mostly women.

* Establishing the Rinjani Trek Centre in Senaru and Rinjani Information Centre in Sembalun Lawang as the basis for trek organization on each side of the mountain, each operating as a community-based cooperative.

Lombok Cultural Tips

DO
* Smile and greet people, especially elders.
* Shake hands, gently.
* Accept hospitality and food. You do not have to eat and drink, but it is polite to ACCEPT.
* Say goodbye and thank you when you leave.
* Dress modestly. Women should keep upper arms and thighs covered.
* Bend down and walk around seated people when you need to pass.
* Use only your right hand to eat and to hand objects or money to someone.
* Be sure to sit at the same level as other people.
* Wear a sarong when entering the house of Melokaq (Adat leader) and when participating in ritual and adat ceremonies.

DON’T
* Enter houses, building or village without being invited.
* Wear shoes inside a house.
* Point at people with your finger. Don’t ever use your foot to point at objects or people.
* Point the bottom of your feet directly at people whilst sitting on the floor.
* Touch anyone’s head.
* Step over people or food on the floor.
* Eat with your left hand or use your left hand to give or accept objects or money.
* Raise your voice, especially in anger.

Andi Hermansyah

What to bring during Trekking to Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani National Park – Personal Daypack

While you are trekking to Mount Rinjani National Park of Lombok, We recommend you to take only what you need, travel as light as possible as most of the food, water and trekking equipments is carry by the porters, Porters only carry all the logistic and equipment so you need to bring your own stuff/luggages.
Below are list of items you should carry during the trek programme.
All Items to be packed in a small backpack no more than 5 kgs.

– Torch or Flashlight
– Toiletries
– Sun block/lotion, hat/cap, sun glasses
– Spray for muscle/balm
– Insect repellent
– Camera, Handicam (Manual or Digital)
– Extra rolls film for manual camera or fully charged extra battery for digital
– Small towel
– 2/3 pcs of T-Shirts
– Long trek pants/wind proof
– Windproof Jacket
– 2 pcs of shorts
– Trek stick/lekki (optional)
– Drinking water and high energy food (chocolates, nuts, raisins)
– Suitable walking shoes
– Warm clothing
– Waterproof gloves
– extra socks –
– Towel
– Hat
– Headache tablets
– Lip gloss
– Deep heat lotion
– Plasters
– Torch light
– walking stick
– waterproof bag for camera

NOTE:
– Bring Some cash for tipping the guide and porters is recommended. Its about Rp. 50.000/person/day

Andi Hermansyah