3 Days / 2 nights (Top)
This Program will start from east gate of sembalun lawang and ended in the north gate of senaru. The good thing from this itinerary is you will conquer the summit earlier in the second day when your power and spirit still quit fresh and strong to do the toughest part of the trekking trip. It will be different if you start from the other way where you will do it in the third day when you have been more exhausted. This program is the standard program to go to the summit and experience all main route of the Rinjani trekking including crater lake.
Pick up at 05:00 am from your hotel (Mataram/Senggigi area) drive to Sembalun Lawang will take roughly 3 hours. After having breakfast and some briefing of route details your guide will arrange National park entry ticket in Rinjani Information center office of Sembalun (1156m asl) at the official gate of east Rinjani National Park. The trek will starts with the gentle ascent walking through open savannah where local people mostly use as cattle grazing. Along the trek route you will pass post 1 pemantauan (1300 m asl),Post 2 Tengengean (1500 m asl), Post 3 Pada Balong (1800 m asl). After having rest and lunch, continued the last 3,5 hours steep climb among the pine-like casuarinas species locally known as Cemara to the camp site at east pelawangan Sembalun (2639 m asl) and stay overnight.
At 03:00 AM starts for the hardest three hours trek climb to the summit (3726 m asl). After the toughest struggle with the steep dusty and sandy route, you will be rewarded amazing view of Sunrise and surrounding as far as you can see when you reach the summit of the third highest point in Indonesia. After satisfied with all view and pictures go back down to camp site and having breakfast. Continued go down to the crater lake through steep and stony trail along three hours. Enjoy the lake, swimming or go to hot water spring that believed has healing powers or exploring caves while your porters preparing your lunch. After lunch break climb up to the west rim of pelawangan senaru (2641 m asl) will take 2,5 hours, diner and stay overnight.
Wake up early for another beautiful panorama and after breakfast descend down to Senaru(601 m asl) take around 5-7 hours through lush tropical forest rich of flora and fauna. Among them is the rare species of black ebony leaf monkey known as lutung and big unique banyan tree with its roots and trunk looks like someone standing with the legs apart. Along the route down you will pass post 3 Mondokan lolak (2000 m asl), post 2 Montong satas (1500 m asl), and finally Rinjani Trek Center (RTC) Senaru as the end of your Rinjani trekking trip. And you will be trasported back to your hotel.