Mount Rinjani

Lombok (Indonesia) – Climbing Mount Rinjani

And here it begins…the biggest adventure on my trip so far…

THE PLAN: Climbing Mount Rinjani on  Lombok in 1 Day without a Guide

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The Mountain – Side info

Mount Rinjani or Gunung Rinjani is an active volcano in Indonesia on the island of Lombok. It rises to 3,726 metres, making it the second highest volcano in Indonesia. On the top of the volcano is a 6-by-8.5-kilometre caldera, which is filled partially by the crater lake known as Segara Anak or Anak Laut due to blue color of water lake as Laut. This lake is approximately 2,000 metres above sea level and estimated to be about 200 metres deep; the caldera also contains hot springs. Sasak tribe and Hindu people assume the lake and the mount are sacred and some religion activities are occasionally done in the two areas.

THE PREPARATION:

0) Ferry Ride to Lombok

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1) Renting a scooter

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2) Filling petrol in plastic bottles for the way back
3) Buying food and water
4) Buying spare batteries for the torch

5) Enjoying the sunset before heading off

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THE EXECUTION:

1) Scooter rented..CHECK
2) Leaving the South of Lombok at 9pm…CHECK
3) Driving 124km in the middle of the night with no street lights in the direction of the volcano…CHECK
4) Finding a parking lot for the scooter and a to the mountain…FAIL (I wasted 4 hours hiking on the wrong track…ending up in an dead end, some farmers house with lots of agriculture)
5) Driving 20km further and find another way that leads to the mountain…CHECK
6) Luckily found the typical touristy track
7) Start climbing the mountain 4:30am…CHECK
8) Overtaking the first tent area at 1000m altitude…CHECK
9) Taking no breaks or timeouts while hiking…CHECK
10) Overtaking the second tent city at 2200m altitude…CHECK
11) Missing the sunrise…god dammit…CHECK
12) Reaching the crater at 9am…CHECK
13) Arguing with the tour guides that hiking on your own is forbidden…CHECK
14) Spending 30min at the crater an taking some pictures…CHECK
15) Extrem Running down the mountain again…GO Go GO
16) 1:30h of downhill running back to my scooter…CHECK
17) Injuring myself again…CHECK
18) Driving back home…CHECK
19) Reaching hostek at 1:30pm…CHECK!

So plz tell me why the fuck this is a three day guide tour?

So and now the whole story with some pictures….

1) Leaving the South of Lombok at 9pm…CHECK
2) Driving 124km in the middle of the night with no street lights in the direction of the volcano…CHECK
3) Finding a parking lot for the scooter.CHECK

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4)  Wastting 4 hours hiking on the wrong track…ending up in an dead end, some farmers house with lots of agriculture. CHECK/FAIL IMG_9520IMG_9523

5) Driving 20km further and find another way that leads to the top of the mountain…CHECK

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6) Luckily found the typical touristy track
7) Start climbing the mountain 4:30am…CHECK
8) Overtaking the first tent area at 1000m altitude…CHECK

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9) Taking no breaks or timeouts while hiking…CHECK
10) Missing the sunrise…god dammit…CHECK

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11) Overtaking the second tent city at 2200m altitude…CHECK

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more and more hiking…

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Sometimes falling asleep while walking..

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this is definitely the best hiking area I have been so far…

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Overtaking lots and lots of carrier guys..they are quite fast though

12) Reaching the crater at 9am…CHECK

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who is taller than me, no one!?

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13) Arguing with the tour guides that hiking on your own is forbidden…CHECK
14) Spending 30min at the crater an taking some pictures…CHECK
15) Extrem Running down the mountain again…GO Go GO
16) 1:30h of downhill running back to my scooter…CHECK
17) Injuring myself again…CHECK

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18) Driving back home…CHECK (in the daytime the island looks kinda beautiful)

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19) Reaching hostel at 1:30pm…CHECK!

next…Surabaya!

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