A Thorough Mount Rinjani Trekking Guide | How to Climb Rinjani

by Jan 29, 2020Blog, Indonesia, Indonesia Blog

Heading to Indonesia and looking to get some volcano climbing in? Look no further than the great Mount Rinjani. Located on the island of Lombok, Rinjani stands at 3,726 meters / 12,224 feet tall and makes for one exhilarating climb. This Mount Rinjani trekking guide will go over what to expect on the climb and how to go about planning a trip there. So, get ready for what is sure to be one of the best hikes of your life!

Rinjani Trekking

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1) Rinjani Trekking Routes

Ever since the 2018 earthquake on Lombok, Mount Rinjani trekking has been up in the air while all routes are being evaluated. To get you up to speed, here is a background on what routes are currently offered on the mountain and what routes are still closed.

⇔ Please note that ALL trekking routes are closed until April 1, 2020 for ecosystem recovery on the mountain


(A) 2 Day / 1 Night Senaru Crater Rim Hike – OPEN

Day 1: Senaru to Senaru Crater Rim (Overnight: Senaru Crater Rim)

Day 2: Senaru Crater Rim to Senaru

This hike starts in the town of Senaru on day 1 as you climb all the way to the Senaru Crater Rim. You will enjoy a sunset on the crater rim, sleep overnight, enjoy a sunrise, and then head down to Senaru on day 2. Since this option avoids the summit and crater lake, this route is open but do note that there is no going to the summit on this option.


(B) 2 Day / 1 Night Rinjani Summit Hike – Estimated Open Date: April 2020

Day 1: Sembalun to Sembalun Crater Rim (Overnight: Sembalun Crater Rim)

Day 2: Sembalun Crater Rim to Rinjani Summit; back down to Sembalun Crater Rim and then down to Sembalun

The quickest way to reach the summit before the earthquake was to do a 2 day / 1 night option from Sembalun. This route takes you to the Sembalun Crater Rim for the night before heading up to the summit of day 2. Once at the summit you would head all the way back down to Sembalun to end the trek. This route has been closed since the earthquake but is thought to be reopened in April 2020.


(C) 3 Day / 2 Night Rinjani Summit Hike – CLOSED

Day 1: Sembalun to Sembalun Crater Rim (Overnight: Sembalun Crater Rim)

Day 2: Sembalun Crater Rim to Rinjani Summit; back down to Sembalun Crater Rim; down to Crater Lake; up to Senaru Crater Rim (Overnight: Senaru Crater Rim)

Day 3: Senaru Crater Rim to Senaru

This was the normal route for those that wanted to go to the summit. On day 1 you start from the town of Sembalun and head on up to the Sembalun Crater Rim, where you enjoy sunset and stay overnight. On day 2 you hike up to the summit for sunrise before returning to camp and then heading down into the crater lake. Once you enjoy lunch at the lake, you would head up to the Senaru Crater Rim, where you will stay the night. On day 3 you will head down to Senaru to end your trek. This route is closed until further notice.


(D) 4 Day / 3 Night Rinjani Summit Hike – CLOSED

Day 1: Sembalun to Sembalun Crater Rim (Overnight: Sembalun Crater Rim)

Day 2: Sembalun Crater Rim to Rinjani Summit; back down to Sembalun Crater Rim; down to Crater Lake (Overnight: Crater Lake)

Day 3: Crater Lake to Senaru Crater Rim (Overnight Senaru Crater Rim)

Day 4: Senaru Crater Rim to Senaru

For those that wanted to split up the days a bit more, there was also a 4 day option. Essentially days 1 and 4 are identical to days 1 and 3 of the 3 Day / 2 Night hike. However, on day 2 you will head up to the summit for sunrise and then head down to the crater lake, where you will stay the night. On day 3 you will enjoy the lake and then hike up to the Senaru Crater Rim, where you will spend night 3. And finally, on day 4 you will head back down to Senaru. This route is closed until further notice.

Mount Rinjani Rest Stop

Nothing is set in stone just yet, HOWEVER, after speaking with trekking companies on the island, they are confident that the climb to summit will re-open in April 2020. With that said though, the Crater Lake route still seems to be too dangerous.

So that will leave you with two options – option 1 and option 2 from above – both two day options. Either you can head to just the Senaru Crater Rim from Senaru or you can head to the summit from Sembalun. As of now there will be no 3 or 4 day climbs to the summit.

I will keep this updated once I hear absolute confirmation.


2) Mount Rinjani Map

As mentioned, there are two potential treks to head out on that are thought to be opened in April 2020 – the first one will just take you to the Senaru Crater Rim on a 2 day / 1 night trip (no summit) and the second will take you all the way up to the summit from Sembalun on a 2 day / 1 night trip.

Below is the map highlighting just the post earthquake routes but remember that the summit option is still not 100% certain.

Mount Rinjani Hiking Map Routes

3) Quick Rinjani Facts

» All routes up Rinjani are closed from January 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020 due to the rainy season and to recover its ecosystem. Climbing reopens in April but be sure to double check with trekking companies before setting your plans in stone.

» If the route to the summit is open, you will only be able to start the 2 day / 1 night climb from Sembalun on Saturday to Thursdays. There will be no start dates on Fridays.

» There is a 150 person limit to leave from each Senaru and Sembalun per day in order to deal with any overcrowding issues at the campsites and during the trek.

» You cannot hike Mount Rinjani on your own. You must be with a certified guide during your trek. I will speak more about one of the top trekking companies to choose from later on.

» Hiking Rinjani in the dry season (May to October) will give you the greatest chance of having clear weather on top of the mountain and safe conditions when trekking up it.

» You will want to stay one night close to the entrance of the hike. Usually your guide companies will set this up for you and have you stay in Senaru, so it gives you one less thing to worry about.

» There are no accommodations on the mountain. Instead you will be sleeping in tents set up by your guides and porters.

» Bring enough battery power for your electronics. The last thing you want is to not have enough battery for your camera or phone and lose out on the chance to get those beautiful pictures in.

Senaru Starting Point

4) Where is Rinjani

Mount Rinjani is located on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. There are two entrance points to start the climb – one for the 2 Day Crater Rim trek in Senaru and one for the 2 Day Rinjani Summit trek in Sembalun. Below on the map I have pinpointed down each of the two locations as well as the two routes – red for the Senaru Crater Rim trek and yellow for the Rinjani Summit Trek.



You have a couple main ways to reach Lombok depending on where you are coming from – by plane or by boat. Below is some quick info about each of those options.


A) Plane

If you are coming from farther out on Indonesia, there are plenty of flights that will fly into Lombok’s main airport – LOP. Not only can you fly in from other places in Indonesia like Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, and Labuan Bajo but LOP is also an international airport. You can find flights from places like Perth, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, that will get you right onto Lombok.

From the Lombok airport, it is a bit of a drive to Senaru (where trekking companies may put you up for the night) – around 3 hours or so.


B) Boat

Your other option here is to head on over to Lombok by ferry. If doing so you will most likely be starting in Bali, the Nusa Islands (Penida, Lembongan, Ceningan), or the Gili Islands (Trawangan, Air, or Meno). Not every one of the smaller islands will have direct routes but you can easily take a quick ferry (e.g. from Meno to Trawangan) and get to Lombok from there.

You can take a look at the various ferry schedules and search the particular route that you are looking for.


Either way, if you are flying in or boating in, the trekking company you signed up with should offer the option to pick you right up from the airport, dock, or your hotel. Many companies actually include transportation in their all-in cost.


5) Mount Rinjani Weather

Like I mentioned before, hiking Mount Rinjani in the dry season will give you the greatest chance for optimal weather conditions. So, the May to October time period is going to be your best bet here.

Not only will you be avoiding hiking up in more muddy conditions but you also will have a much better chance to not be clouded over on the summit. Having the views of both the crater down below and also Lombok, the Gili Islands, and even Bali out in the distance is one of the best experiences you can ask for.

Mountain weather can always be a bit tricky though and nothing is ever guaranteed. To look at the latest forecasts, head on over to Meteoblue.com, which will give you a better idea of what to expect on a day to day and hourly basis.


6) What to Bring

Since this is a 1-2 night overnight trek, you will want to prepare accordingly. Below is a packing list with some essentials to bring along with you that will have you all set for the climb. It is up to you if you want to wear the same clothes during the days or bring another pair to change into for your next 1-2 days of hiking.

» Breathable T-Shirt (1-2)

» Hiking Shorts (1-2)

» Hiking Shoes

» Hiking Socks (2)

» Comfortable Pants (either/or for hiking and sleeping)

» Sweatshirt (either/or for hiking and sleeping)

» Rain Jacket (just in case)

» Long Sleeve Shirt (for sleeping)

» Sleeping Socks

» Headlamp

» Portable Charger

» Sunscreen

» Hat

» Sunglasses

» Additional Snacks

» Backpack!


Note that the trekking company you sign up for will supply many items that you will need. These include:

» Camping Tent

» Sleeping Bag

» All Meals

» Water

» Some Snacks


7) Rinjani Trekking Tour Cost

Trekking up Rinjani will be one of the more expensive activities that you will take part of in Indonesia but I will say it is 100% worth it if you want to enjoy some of the best views in the country.

This will depend on each trekking company but for the 2 Day / 1 Night Rinjani Senaru Crater Rim Hike, expect to pay $170 USD per person and for the 2 Day / 1 Night Rinjani Summit Hike, expect to pay $250 USD per person.


While it is a bit pricey, the cost usually includes a bunch of different things:

1) Transport before and after the trek, from/to the airport/boat pier/hotel on Lombok

2) Hotel for the night prior to the climb

3) All Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

4) Water & Snacks

5) Sleeping Tent and Sleeping Bag

6) Guided Tour with Porters up and down Rinjani

7) Rinjani Entrance Fees

8) Trekking Insurance


Let’s now get into the trek itself. Below you will find a more detailed account of what the trail is like with some pictures to guide you along the way.

With whichever option you choose, you should plan to arrive in Lombok the day before the hike. As mentioned you will be picked up from wherever you are staying or flying/boating into and will be driven to a hotel near the starting point.

Once you arrive at the hotel, grab some dinner and pack your essentials in a backpack. Your other luggage will be held at the hotel and you can pick it back up at the end of the hike.

Set your alarm early and get some rest before the trekking begins!


8) Rinjani Senaru Crater Rim Hike 2 Day / 1 Night


Starting Point: Senaru

Day 1: Up from Senaru to Crater Rim

Night 1: Overnight on Senaru Crater Rim

Day 2: Down from Crater Rim to Senaru

Distance: 9.2 KM / 5.7 Miles (One Way)

Elevation Gain: 601 Meters to 2,641 Meters (+2,040 Meters) / 1,972 Feet to 8,665 Feet (+6,693 Feet)


On the first day of the Senaru Crater Rim hike, you will begin down in Senaru and start the slow ascent all the way to the rim. This is going to be a full day ascent arriving sometime in the late afternoon. Most of the ascent will be done within the forest and trees that make up the vast part of the volcano. Because of this, you should not expect many views during the duration of the trail. Instead you will be walking through nature and the massive trees that will surround you.

Rinjani ForestRinjani Trekking Path

As you make your way up you will make numerous stops at different places marked as “Pos” – aka Pos 1, Pos 2, Pos Extra, Pos 3, Pos 4. These are simply points on the trail where you will take a rest with the group and rehydrate / refuel for the remainder of the hike up. Once you reach Pos 2, you will enjoy a nice lunch prepared by your porters and you will probably will be joined by several monkeys as well looking for some food.

Rinjani Lunch

At some point though, those trees will disappear and you will begin to take in those vast landscape views. As you continue to climb, the views will just get better and better.

Senaru Rim TrekMount Rinjani Senaru Crater

Soon enough though the crater rim will be approaching. The guides do a pretty good job of pacing the group to arrive at the crater rim with plenty of time to spare for sunset. We spent a good 2 hours up by the crater, enjoying the view, and waiting for the sun to finally set.

On one side of the crater you will see Lombok, the Gili Islands, and Bali (and Mt Agung) out in the distance. During my time on the mountain, the sunset had a cloud base as you can see in the pictures below, but for sunrise all was clear out in the distance. On the other side you will see the Rinjani crater lake with the smaller volcano within the lake and the Rinjani summit out behind it.

Senaru Crater Rim ViewCrater Lake RinjaniMount Rinjani Sunset

Altogether it was truly one of the best viewpoints you can ask for, even though you may not be on the summit itself. After enjoying sunset, it is time to head to your tents that will be set up for you and enjoy some dinner before calling it a night.

» Check out these Sunset Photography Tips to help you get some beautiful shots in from the crater rim!

On day 2, wake up early to head back to the crater rim to enjoy a beautiful sunset. While the previous day’s sunset actually had a cloud base, the sunrise was clear as can be. That is when we got to see the Gili Islands and the Bali Sea.

Mount Rinjani SunriseRinjani Sunrise View Lombok

Once sunrise is fully enjoyed and you eat some breakfast, it is time to head all the way back down to the base of the hike in Senaru, the same way you came up. The hike down will be a bit quicker, somewhere around 6 hours or so as you wont need to take as breaks and you will be going downhill instead of up. At some point lunch will be served before taking part of the last portion of the trail.

Lombok ViewsSenaru Trek Downhill PathMount Rinjani Route

Once you reach the base, you will be picked up by a driver, who will take you back to the hotel to grab your stuff and you will then be taken to your next destination.


9) Rinjani Summit Hike 2 Day / 1 Night


Starting Point: Sembalun

Day 1: Up to Sembalun Crater Rim

Night 1: Overnight at Sembalun Crater Rim

Day 2: Sunrise to Rinjani Summit, back down to Sembalun Crater Rim, down to Sembalun

Distance: 11KM / 6.8 Miles (One Way)

Elevation Gain: 1,156 Meters to 3,726 Meters (+2,570 Meters) / 3,793 Feet to 12,224 Feet (+8,431 Feet)


Essentially day 1 will be spent heading up to a different side of the crater rim from Sembalun instead of Senaru. This portion of the trail will be similar to the Senaru side though as most of the hike will be done through the forest as you break at various “Pos” stops along the way.

You will enjoy a sunset on day 1 from the Sembalun Crater Rim before waking up VERY early on day 2 to make that summit push. At some point in the middle of the night you will wake up, get those hiking boots on, turn on the flashlight and begin the ascent towards the summit. It is an additional 1,000+ meters / 3,000+ feet up to the summit and will take the better portion of 3 hours to complete.

Once up there though, you will be at the second highest point in all of Indonesia and the views will be unbelievable. Not only will you be able to see the crater lake from above, but you will also get 360 degree views of all of Lombok.

After enjoying the sunrise on the summit it is time to head back down to camp to relax for a bit before continuing all the way back down to Sembalun to end your trek.

Mount Rinjani SummitRinjani Summit

10) Rinjani Summit Hike 3 Day / 2 Night



Starting Point: Sembalun

Day 1: Up to Sembalun Crater Rim

Night 1: Overnight at Sembalun Crater Rim

Day 2: Sunrise to Rinjani Summit, down to Crater Lake, up to Senaru Crater Rim

Night 2: Overnight on Senaru Crater Rim

Day 3: Down from Crater Rim to Senaru


While this trek is thought to still be closed, I wanted to give a quick overview in case it does open up sooner rather than later.

Day 1 will be the same as the 2 day / 1 night summit trek as you head off from Sembalun and go up to the Sembalun Crater Rim, where you will enjoy a sunset. On day 2 you will head up to the summit for sunrise and then back down to the Sembalun Crater Rim to relax for a bit.

Here is where things would change a bit. Instead of ending the trip back down in Sembalun, you will head down to the Crater Lake itself. Once you enjoy the crater lake for a bit, you will trek up to the opposite Senaru Crater Rim, where you will stay overnight. Day 3 will have you trekking from the Senaru Crater Rim down to Senaru to end your trek.


11) Mount Rinjani Trekking Company

There is only one company that I can truly vouch for here and it is called Senaru Trekking. The owner is one of the most helpful people when it comes to getting you ready for the trip and taking care of any questions you may have.

From pickup to drop-off everything went flawlessly and Senaru Trekking really knows what they are doing. The guides and porters went above and beyond and it was great getting to know them a bit better throughout the trek.

What I also really love about Senaru Trekking is that they truly care about the mountain and keeping it clean. So much so that they actually offer you back 5% of your trip cost if you come back down the mountain with a bag of trash.

Overall, my time with Senaru Trekking was one of the best experiences I could ask for and if you are headed over to Rinjani, I would highly recommend joining them for the trek.

Senaru Trekking

I know this was quite the long article, but I did want to give a fully detailed guide of what to expect on the mountain and lay out the different trekking options. The earthquake definitely altered the normal routes up there so hopefully we see everything back to normal sooner rather than later.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to send them my way in the comments below. Also be sure to check out the other Indonesia itineraries and guides up on the site for any more help planning your trip!


If you enjoyed this you are sure to be interested in some other Indonesia highlights including:

Java: Goa Jomblang | Yogyakarta Temples | Tumpak Sewu | Goa Tetes | Mount Bromo | Kawah Ijen

Bali: Aling Aling Waterfall | Sekumpul Waterfall


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