Gunung Rinjani

Elevation (feet): 12,224
Elevation (meters): 3,726
Continent: Asia
Country: Indonesia
Latitude: -8.43333
Longitude: 116.467
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: mataram, lombok
Convenient Center: senaru, sembalun lawang

Thanks to Vasja Kavcic for adding this peak.

Gunung Rinjani is the second highest mountain in Indonesia (excluding Irian Jaya). It's an active volcano (last eruption 1994) which dominates the landscape of Lombok island. The highest point is situated on the eastern edge of a huge crater (8 km across) with large (6 km across) and very beautiful crater lake, named Segara Anak. There are two normal routes to the top. The eastern route starts in Sembalun Lawang village (1180 m). It's almost impossible to follow the trail on your own in the lower parts; a guide is essential. Staff at the Wisma Cemara Siu Losmen (boarding house) will help you arranging a guide and porters. First you walk up and down for about 15 km to reach the slopes of the mountain. Then you climb another 4h very steep through sparse forrest to the crater rim (2650 m). The next day you should start at 3am to reach the summit at sunrise and to return to the campsite before the clouds come in. You can return to Sembalun Lawang the same day. Better option is to descend to the crater lake (2003 m) and stay one night at the hot springs near the lake. The third day you climb up to the rim on the northern side (2634 m) and then walk down to Senaru village (860 m). You need good shoes, warm clothing and lots of water.

Thanks to Vasja Kavcic for this description.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 33 trip reports for Gunung Rinjani.

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  • Log #21139 - by Kenny on Jan 01, 2008
    extremely fun. approach was easy but the summit climb is tricky.
  • Log #20981 - by Curt Larson on Aug 27, 2007
    The details are in other posts, so I will just write that the hot springs are definitely worth the visit. At the campsite there, watch out for the monkeys and wild boars. One grabbed my pack next to...
  • Log #20919 - by Christine Theodorovics, Andrea Pohl on July 31, 2007
    Supeerbe climb through all sorts of vegetation and rock.
  • Log #8979 - by Yeng Kiat on Sep 10, 2004
    Check out the full description of my recent Lombok trip including climbing Gunung Rinjani in my homepage. Pls do not forget to sign my guestbook to give comments. Thank you.
  • Log #8980 - by Steve Markham on Sep 06, 2004
    Hi fellow trekkers; My trek up to the summit of Gunung Rinjani was more of a "photo journalists" trip than a "summit dash". My intention was to experience the Sasak way of life...
  • Log #8983 - by Danny Warren on Nov 06, 2003
    My brother and I made the climb in a single 31 hour push (no major rests or any sleeping!), starting in Senaru at 12:15pm, reaching the summit at about 4:30am and returning to Senaru at about 7:15pm...
  • Log #8984 - by Hajah Zaleha Hj Abu Samah on June 20, 2003
    Mount Rinjani3726M was also considered as a sacred mountain by the Sasak tribe of Lombok.There are some ceremony taking place at the Lake Danau Segara Anak which we can see the emerging of the new...
  • Log #8985 - by Yip Seck Hong on Feb 24, 2003
    An very exciting and refreshing climb - certainly a lot easier than climbing Himalayan Peaks but just as fun - a good physical workout if you have only a few days to spare
  • Log #8986 - by Lalu Ramli on Jan 06, 2003
    after the first time tracking Rinjani, I was said : oh.. I will never do this again.. realy hard trip for me. But eventualy now, I find my self do it again and again.
  • Log #8987 - by Lauren on Sep 17, 2002
    It was the most physically, emotionally and psychologically challenging thing I ever did and I would do it again any day. It was breathtaking to reach the rim of the crater and gaze at the amazing...
  • Log #8988 - by Mareike Klemp on Sep 16, 2002
    Although it's been two years since I climbed Gunung Rinjani - May 2000 - it's an unforgettable experience. I recommend it to anyone. Being an unexperienced climber - it was tough (the climb, the...
  • Log #8989 - by Chris McCann on Aug 05, 2002
    it does get cold at night when only wearing board shorts, jacket and sarong so take a sleeping bag. i am an aussie that lives in Bali and would like to climb more volcanoes. i would like to meet...
  • Log #8990 - by Kit Marshall on July 24, 2002
    My mate (Monga) and I rode our mountain bikes from Lembar to the mountain and then summited with minimal gear. Quite an experience really, the last section is very hard work but the sunrise is worth...
  • Log #8991 - by WARWICK JOHNSON on July 09, 2002
    Take water proofs, as I compare the experience with walking up a very steep woodland path and someone throwing buckets of water over y0u ever two minutes. A good experience but do not attempt unless...
  • Log #8992 - by Julien on June 14, 2002
    Great climb. You don't need a guide. The way is quite straightforward and very easy to find. Start at Sembalun.
  • Log #8993 - by Aaron Krompart on May 30, 2002
    I stayed in the crater for a few days. The experience was breath taking. My camera broke when traveling from Bali to Lombok. If anyone knows of where I can get pictures please let me know.
  • Log #8994 - by highcamp travel adventure on Apr 04, 2002
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  • Log #8995 - by mudjiarman on Feb 23, 2002
    to some body, who would like to go to mataram lombok indonesia, especially want to trakking rinjani, please contact us. im stay in non star city hotel "airlangga hotel", jl. airlangga 3a,...
  • Log #8996 - by mudjiarman on Feb 23, 2002
    untuk anda apabila menemui kesulitan tracking ke gunung rinjani dapat menghubungi saya di mataram jl. airlangga3a, mataram- lombok- indonesia. saya siap di hotel "airlangga", melati city...
  • Log #8997 - by Jens Mueller on Dec 18, 2001
    Hi there, just saw the log and had to place an entry, though it is almost one year ago. I climbed the mountain with three swiss guys I just met on the ferry from Bali. It was indeed a hard climb,...
  • Log #8998 - by Denny Hsehsa Rimbarawa on Dec 04, 2001
    I climbed this beautiful mountain with my best friend Gandi Margono. I also paid Rp. 150.000 for two porters helped us. Started from Sembalun Lawang, went up to the rim, straight up to the peak then...
  • Log #9000 - by Loke on Sep 05, 2001
    make sure you make a trip down to the hot springs....it defintely relaxes you after the climb
  • Log #9001 - by Bart Oosterhoorn on Aug 27, 2001
    My girlfriend and I climbed Rinjani from Sembalun Lawang (Eastern route). We brought and carried our own tent & sleeping bags. Two porters & food cost us a total of Rp 350.000 ($40) for two...
  • Log #9002 - by Robin Hill on July 11, 2001
    The Lonely Planet guides etc don't let on how tough this climb really is, especially for an inexperienced climber like myself. I did it in three days, starting from Senaru, climbing out of the Achita...
  • Log #9003 - by Desi Nurhani on Mar 28, 2001
    What a beautiful mountain! From the beginning journey 'til the end, especially from Sembalun village. But be careful from the monkey, don't put your goods in a plastic bag. It's better if you go in...
  • Log #9004 - by Yoshi Feldmeier on Jan 17, 2001
    the most beautiful experience is the view from the top: Gunung Agung (Bali) at your right, Sumbawa to your left and more than 1000m depth in front of you. Exausting is this tour in only two days, I...
  • Log #9005 - by neu on Jan 15, 2001
    I am going there summer 2001 (jul/Aug). Its my first time. Would like to have friends, especialy who come from mataram & have experiences :)
  • Log #9006 - by arina on Oct 20, 2000
    oiiiii bagi kanti kanti yang ada pengalaman ndaki rinjani boleh bagi ke sayo di jambi , sayo jugo mau naik ,tapi dak tau apo apo , tolong ya .......... plzzzzzzzzz
  • Log #9007 - by AWD(BODH) on Aug 10, 2000
    ABILITY, BRAIN AND BRAWN ALL PLAY A CERTAIN PART BUT THERE IS NOTHING THAN TO HAVE A FIGHTING HEART
  • Log #9008 - by ynneb otnasir on Aug 09, 2000
    I'm very interest about adventures...and now I'm still trying hard learn to make a website about lombok, expecially for rinaji and handycraft.. so I'm so happy if there's another person can give me...
  • Log #9009 - by tim and gill bleasdale on June 28, 2000
    An most amazing , challenging , bone breaking , noodle eating experience . Especially when you don't have a guide or a porter. Again , it was amazing and if your considering climbing it , do it on a...
  • Log #9010 - by Elmer Roze on Apr 01, 2000
    Standing on the summit, you'll feel quite heroic, because you must have thought you were not going to make it several times, and still you did! When you're not in a good condition, you better think...
  • Log #9011 - by Dieter Jensen on Nov 25, 1999
    good trip, exausting but beautiful unfortunately lot of robbers in mountains area with also badly hurt people, in my time saw an Australian and heard of an Italian with bad wounds from robbers...