The Mount Rinjani trek is a challenging mountain hike, and you must come prepared with good equipment, and clothing that’s both warm and windproof. At times, Mount Rinjani is known for attracting severe storms, lightning and strong winds due to its unique geography. When the weather is more settled, the sun can be intense, while the nights are often quite cool. Parts of the trail can be steep and slippery. When trekking, we’ll make sure to be careful around bad weather, and ensure we don’t take any unnecessary risks in regards to exposure to the wet and cold. If caught in a lightning storm, we will immediately take shelter and avoid prominent and high-altitude ridges. In addition, we’ll make sure to watch out for stinging insects and plants, which are numerous on Lombok. Lastly, leeches can be a nuisance in the wet season, so during this time of year we will need to take special precautions. Despite the risks (which are common on any mountain hike), trekking in Lombok is a unique and special experience, and we want to make it as fun as possible for you and your group.
Although Mt.Rinjani has not erupted in recorded history, Mt. Baru (2,351m) in the crater lake remains an active volcano. It last had a dramatic eruption in 1994, but has remained dormant until now. When hiking, please check the notice boards for recent hazards, and take advice from park staff, and most importantly, our guides.
Fresh water springs are a feature of the trek, and our campsites will be located nearby. Your guides will know where these are. During the drier months (July through September), some springs temporarily disappear. Park staff and guides constantly monitor these water sources to determine their abundance and availability for hikers.
Fees will be paid at the Rinjani Trekking Center at Rp. 150,000 (15$) per person, per entry. These fees directly contribute to the protection, maintenance and management of our national park, the Rinjani trekking route, various village attractions, and visitor facilities.
Guides and Porters:
We hire only professional mountain guides and porters from the local villages in Rinjani National Park who have passed our rigorous guiding and handling tests, and hold a valid guide license. Our team here at Green Rinjani is passionate about developing our eco-tourism strategy, and we want to pass on as much as benefit as we can to our local communities to improve their standard of living. As a result, 5% of our net income is always donated to support education for the poor children in isolated villages on Lombok.
About Our Trek Team:
Our trekking team is owned and operated by a team of young, energetic people who are passionate about keeping our environment intact, while sharing the natural and cultural wonders of all the places we visit.
We deal largely in ecotourism & adventure travel, but for us, adventures are not just the rugged kind. An adventure can take many forms, and doesn’t always need to involve overly strenuous hiking – to us, every trip is a voyage of discovery and by extension, an adventure. The guiding philosophy behind each of our trips is a mindset of being both environmentally friendly and sustainable. This means leaving a positive impact on the peoples and places we visit, and always respecting the distinctiveness and special qualities of each place we travel to here on Lombok (and beyond).
To sum it all up, our goals are:
- To learn from nature & other cultures
- To minimize our negative impact on the natural and cultural environments
- To give back to the local community
- To facilitate self-determination for native peoples
- To promote sustainable tourism
- To have fun!
The way we run our treks will always be environmentally-friendly, as well as economically and physically efficient. This means we trek, cook, camp and show you more of the things in an attentive and thoughtful way. We use mechanized transport when we have to cover long distances in limited time, but even so, we use local transport as much as possible to maximize exposure to the local lifestyles, and to get close to the local people. As a result, during the tours, there will be many opportunities to learn about and from the indigenous peoples.
Please be advised that your guide will be carrying a radio handset or mobile phone. All of our trekking programs come equipped with two-way radio communication. In groups of 6 or more, we also provide dining tents, emergency lamps, trek leaders, rangers or Save And Rescue (SAR) teams if necessary.
Cell coverage is plentiful in most areas of Rinjani National Park. In addition, most of our guides will be carrying their own mobile phone. That said, not all cellular operators can be used, and as a result, Pro XL is our recommended network.