Tips to hike Mount Rinjani
In this article I would like to share my tips of how to prepare for the mount Rinjani volcano trekking in Lombok.
Of course, first of all you need to decided whether or not you are willing to to do so, as yes, it’s hard and you will suffer. But at the end and during the hike, it will probably give you the best experience of your whole trip. I’ve hiked the Machu Pichu in Peru before that’s like comparing a 5k run to a marathon. I’ve never sweat like this before and for sure I thought what the hack I’m doing; I could be laying on Gili T with a cold Bintang right now.
So, when you did decide to do it, here are a few just which I hope will help you to be prepared well:
- Decide how long and high you want to hike. There are different packages and I’ve chosen for the 3 days-2 nights package which will bring me to the top (summit). This is the toughest hike as you can also choose to do it in 4 days and 3 nights. There is also an option to go for 1 night-2days but then you will not reach the summit. However, it will be still a challenge with amazing views during the hike.
- Choose a trekking organization. I booked mine via the home-stay I was staying. They recommended Lombok Authentic Tours with a total cost price of 1.5 million rupiah. After meeting my fellow hikers, who told me they paid around 1.2 million rupiah, I’ve complained and go 200.000 rupiah back. So I advice to not pay between 1.2 and 1.3 million rupiah. To be honest, I don’t think there are much differences between the different organizations unless you are willing to pay much less or more.
- Your starting point. I was happy we started our trekking at Senaru and ended at Sembalun but others said they were happy to do it vice-versa. Maybe, it doesn’t really matter, it will be difficult from either point.
- Bring 2-3 pair of socks because it gets cold at night, you can use them as hand coughs for going to the summit (last day) and your first pair might get wet.
- Bring a swimming short, short, sweater and a trouser with you. The trouser you will need during the nights and to hike at night to reach the summit. Do not wear a jeans!
- Bring some snacks, like high-protein honey roasted cashew nuts and freshly baked banana bread
- Don’t forget your fully charged camera and/or smartphone.
- Change your mind-set for a few days and enjoy the views and realize it will be an amazing experience.
- Spend the days after at Gili Trawangan, Air or Meno if you just got married.
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