Rinjani trek via Sembalun (recommended for beginners)

Duration: 5 days
Trails: T2 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
Ascent per day: 250 - 500 m ascent per day

> Trek to both Sembalun Crater Rim and Senaru Crater Rim
> Conquer Mount Rinjani’s summit
> Swim in the lake and Hot Springs

Join Herman Trekker in this 5 day trek to the Mount Rinjani’s summit and Crater Rims. Spend your first night in Senaru and the following 4 days trekking in this wonderful mountain. During this trek you will visitn both Sembalun and Senaru Crater Rims, the summit, and also the Lake and Hot springs. Take that extra day and enjoy an unforgettable sunrise from the Summit, with its breathtaking views of the whole island, and a unique sunset from the crater rim. Don’t miss this incredible adventure!



Your Hotel – Senaru Village – Sembalun Village – Crater RIM Sembalun Base Camp

Our driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby around 04.00-04:30 AM for a transfer directly to Senaru village. Here is the check-in at our office, breakfast is served and you will meet the guide and crew for the trekking briefing. After breakfast we will drive to Sembalun Village (1,156 m) Rinjani National Park Registration office; here is registration and check with your online TREKKING PASS.

The trek starts from Sembalun Lawang with a gentle ascend through open grassland used as cattle grazing by local people. After about three hours from Sembalun we reach Pos 2 Tengengean (1,500 m). From there you can enjoy the beautiful views of Mt. Rinjani summit (3,726 m) while eating your lunch.

After another 1,5 hour ascend you reach Pos 3 Pada Balong (1,800 m) for a small break. From there it takes 3,5 hours to your final destination for this day, Crater RIM Sembalum Base Camp. Along the way you will be walking through a steep trail inside the Cemara forrest, perhaps seeing evidence of wild pigs and the long-tailed grey macaque monkeys, before reaching the camp! The crew will set up all necessary gear here (tent, sleeping bag, mattress, pillow and toilet tent) and preparing your dinner. Get enough rest, because the next day starts early!

Senaru Village

Senaru Village

Senaru village - Sembalun village - Crater rim sembalun

Duration: 06:46 h
Distance: 13.1 km
Ascent: 1510 m
Descent: 60 m
The expedition to Rinjani National Park will commence early with a 6 am wake-up followed by breakfast at 6:30 am. After a quick pack-up, a mountain car will transport you to Sembalun Village, a 45-minute journey. Upon arrival around 8 am, we'll check in at the Rinjani National Park Office for tickets before setting out on our trek. The day's journey will cover roughly 8-9 hours, with stops at various POS (shelters) for breaks and meals. The stops include Pos 1 for a short break, Pos 2 for a 2-hour lunch and rest, and brief halts at Pos 3 and Pos 4. Each pause offers a unique view of Rinjani's landscapes, with refreshments and snacks provided. The day culminates with a challenging climb, leading us to the scenic Sembalun crater rim by 5:30 pm. Here, as the sun sets, tents will be set up for the night, followed by a hearty dinner. As darkness envelops the landscape, trekkers can unwind and rejuvenate, gearing up for the next day's early summit trek.

Crater Rim Sembalun

Crater Rim Sembalun

Sembalun crater Rim - Summit - Lake & Hot springs

Duration: 08:56 h
Distance: 11.7 km
Ascent: 1070 m
Descent: 1650 m

Wake up at 2:00 am for a light breakfast prepared by your guide and porter, consisting of hot bread with jam, chocolate, and hot beverages to energize you for the summit trek. The climb to the summit, segmented into three stages, takes 3-4 hours in total. The initial phase involves a moderate ascent through sand becoming more challenging after the first hour. The subsequent stage, although less taxing, stretches for about 1.5 hours. The final phase, termed “letter E,” is notably steep and treacherous with a profusion of loose stones and gravel, making it a two-steps-forward-one-step-back ordeal.

Upon reaching the summit, reward yourself by taking in the mesmerizing sunrise view, offering panoramic sights of Lombok Island, Agung Mountain Bali, and Tambora Mountain Sumbawa. After a brief photo session, the journey retraces to the camp for breakfast and a rest period. The expedition continues with a descent to a lake and hot springs, demanding a cautious 3-hour trek down a steep path. The day concludes by the lake, where dinner is served and the night spent.

Lake Segara Anak

Lake Segara Anak
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  • Accommodation in tents

    During your trek, you will stay in tents. The crew will take care of setting up all camping equipment.

  • Meals

    This trek includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • Professional guide

    During your trek, you will at all times be accompanied by an English speaking guide.

  • Permits

    The cost of permits to enter the national park during your trek is included in the price.

  • Porters

    Porters will be there to assist with carrying all camping and other necessary equipment during your trek.

  • Water

    Enough drinking water will be provided during the trip.

  • Sleeping bag and liners

    Sleeping bags and liners are provided.

  • Pick up and Drop off on Lombok

    At the begining of the trek you will be picked up at Lombok airport, at any harbour such as Lembar Harbour, Teluk Kodek Harbour, Senggigi Harbour, or at any main turistic attraction (Mataram, Senggigi, Kuta Lombok, 3 Gilis) and we will drive you in a private car to your hotel in senaru village. The next day we will drive you to the trek’s starting point. Once you finish the trek, we will drive you back to your hotel or next destination on Lombok.

  • Hotelnight in Senaru

    On the first day, you will stay overnight at a hotel in Senaru.

  • Luggage storage

    During your time in the mountain, you can leave your extra luggage in our office free of charge.


  • Traveling to and from

    This trip does not include costs for transportation (flights, bus travel, etc.) to your destination.

  • Tipping

    Gratuities for the guide are not covered by the trek's price. The amount to tip is at your discretion, yet if you've received excellent service from your guide, considering a generous tip is appreciated.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are your own responsibility.


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