This classic trek takes you to the Crater Lake of Segara Anak. For the people of Lombok, Sasak and Balinese alike, the volcano is revered as a sacred place and abode of deities. Segara Anak crater lake is the destination of thousand of pilgrims who place offerings in the water and bathe away disease in the hot springs. This trek start from Senaru, ends in Senaru.
Day 1 :
Our guide will pick you up at hotel lobby at 06.00 AM then transfer to Senaru. Register at the Rinjani trek center (RTC) in Senaru (601m) early in the morning, meet your guide and arrange national park entry tickets. The RTC staff briefing explains the route details, local cultural traditions and what you might see, and lists rubbish management and safety procedures.
The first hours of the trek climb steeply through thick tropical forests rice 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 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 night’s camp is made either in the forest at pos 3 Mondokon Lolak (2,000m) 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 2,641m from the crater rim are sweeping views across the lake Segara Anak (2,000m) to the summit of Mt. Rinjani. On a clear evening the Gili isles, Bali and Mt. Agung can be seen to the west. Camp - Dinner - Overnight.
Day 2 :
After breakfast, down to the lake Segara Anak (2,000 m) within the Rinjani crater. The trek route in this point is steep and rocky. Your guide and porters will assist and give you extra attention.
Mt. Baru (2,351m) is an island in the lake and an active volcano, last erupting dramatically in 1994. Going down the ridge passing numerous Edelweiss plants Bunga Abadi to the crater rim camp for a well-deserved lunch. It takes two to three hours down the steep trail to the crater lake and day 2’s camp. The rest of the day is spent relaxing, swimming in the lake and exploring the caves and pilgrimage hot springs, believed to have healing powers.
Day 3 :
Leave the lake and climb for three hours up to Plawangan Senaru (crater rim). Lunch served on the way. Rest at Pos 3 for a meal break and continue going down with gentle walk back to Senaru where the car is waiting to take you back to your hotel or your next destination.
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