Mount Rinjani is an active volcano on the island of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. It rises to 3,726 metres (12,224 ft), making it the second highest volcano in Indonesia. On the top of the volcano is a 6 x 8.5 kilometre (3.7 x 5.3 mi) caldera, filled partially by the crater lake known as Segara Anak (Child of the Sea), due to the color of its water, as blue as the sea (laut). This lake is approximately 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above sea level and estimated to be about 200 metres (660 ft) deep; the caldera also contains hot springs. The native Sasak tribe and Hindu people assume the lake and the mount are sacred and some religious activities are occasionally done in the two areas.
Rinjani Hike Up for sunrise at its caldera, lake segara anak.
How To Get There
Take a flight to Lombok Airport (LOP), continue with 3 hour car drive to Sembalun Basecamp - one of the starting point after 'Senaru village' to hike Rinjani.
From Lombok airport/hotel go to Bertais/Mandalika bus terminal and take a minibus, like isuzu Elf, to 'Pasar Aikmel' (1 hour trip, around 20K), continue with another minibus to Sembalun/Senaru (2 hour trip, around 30K)
From Bima/Sumbawa, go to Pototano seaport, or Kayangan seaport, take a ferry to Labuhan Lombok, continue to Pringgabaya --> Suela --> Sembalun
You can have a private taxi from the airport, or share it with other travelers going the same way with you, or arrange a shared/private pick up with your hotel/tour operator.
Wide selection of accommodation are available in Lombok.
The native inhabitants of Lombok are Sasak people, predominantly Muslim and live harmoniously together with Balinese Hindu, Catholics, Buddhists and other religions on the island. They are friendly and interesting people.
Sasak people are culturally and linguistically closely related to the Balinese, but unlike the Hindu Balinese, the majority practice local Muslim faith and traditions. Lombok has a rich indigenous culture; its own Sasak language, dance and music traditions. The strong remnant culture and history of the Sasak people is one of the many unique attractions of the island, including 'Gendang Beleq' an art & music performance, 'Presean' - stick fighting between two Sasak men, and the famous traditional food 'Sate Bulayak'.
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