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Rinjani trek via Sembalun (recommended for beginners)

Herman Trekker - 5 days

    Regular days with
  • 10 - 15 km per day
What's included
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> 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!


What’s the plan?

Day 1: Pick Up → Senaru Village

We will meet you when you arrive to Lombok airport, any harbour such as Lembar Harbour, Teluk Kodek Harbour, Senggigi Harbour or any main tourist attraction (Mataram, Senggigi, Kuta Lombok, 3 Gilis) and we will drive you in a private car to your hotel in senaru village. Here you will meet your guide and porters and they will explain everything about the trip and how to prepare for it.

Day 2: Senaru village → Sembalun village (1156m) → Crater rim sembalun (2639m)

We will wake up at 6 am. We will have breakfast 6.30 am and then we will pack our stuff. Our mountain car will be waiting to bring you to Sembalun Village (45-minute drive).

We will reach Sembalun village at about 8 am and then we will register at the RINJANI NATIONAL PARK OFFICE, where we will get our tickets and we will begin to walk.

On this first day we will walk around 8-9 hours (including break and lunch). At the POS (shelter) we will make our breaks and lunch.

– POS 1 Sembalun 1300 m – About 1,5 hours from sembalun village.
We will rest here for about 10-15 minute. You will drink some water and your guide will provide you with some biscuits and soft drinks. In the meantime you can enjoy the view of the summit and the wide savana. Then you will continue to pos 2 Sembalun.

– POS 2 Sembalun 1.500 m – About 1 hour from Pos 1.
Here we will prepare lunch and we will rest about 2 hours. Before lunch is ready, your guide and porter will serve soft drinks, fruits, biscuits and hot tea or coffee while you delight yourself with the amazing scenery of Rinjani mountain. Then you will enjoy your lunch. We will then continue to pos 3 Sembalun.

– POS 3 Sembalun 1.800 m – About 1 hour from Pos 2.
We will take a rest here for about 10 or 15 minutes to get some water. Then we continue to pos 4 and finally, with a prolonged steep climb, we will reach the crater rim.

– POS 4 Cemara Seribu 2280 m – About 1,5 hours from Pos 3
Take a rest here about 10 or 15 minutes! get some water and your guide will offer you some biscuits to give you energy. We then continue to sembalun crater rim through a steep trail once more.

– Crater rim sembalun 2639 m – About 2 hours from Pos 4.
We will arrive at about 4:30 pm or 5 pm. Enjoy the view of the crater rim, the lake, the summit, Sembalun village and the magnificent sunset view.Our porter and guide will set up the tents and prepare dinner. After dinner you can rest and prepare yourself for the early trek to the summit on the following day. Good night and have sweet dreams.

Day 3: Sembalun crater Rim (2639m) → Summit (3726m) → Lake & Hot springs (2010m)

Wake up at 2.00 am, in the middle of the night. Your guide and porter will prepare a light breakfast such as hot bread with jam, chocolate, hot tea or coffee to give you energy to climb to the summit.

It’s time to go..! The trek to the summit is normally done in 3-4 hours.

There are 3 stages to the summit. The first stage is a moderate climb through sand,it gets a little bit difficult about 1 hour climbing. The second stage is easier but a long trek of about 1,5 hours. The last stage or known as “letter E”, is very steep and difficult, there are many loose stones, small rocks and gravel. You take two steps forward and you will slip one step back. This takes about 1 hour.

Congratulations! Be proud of yourself and enjoy the breathtaking sunrise view.

From the summit you can see all of Lombok Island. You can also see Agung Mountain Bali, Tambora Mountain Sumbawa.

After watching the sunrise and taking some pictures, we will go back to the camp to get breakfast and rest until lunch time.

When we are ready, we will go down to the lake & hot springs. Walking time about 3 hours. We will walk down through a steep trail to the lake, be extra careful.

At the lake, we will rest, have dinner, and spend the night.

Day 4: Lake & Hot springs (2010m) → Senaru crater rim (2641m) 

In the morning you will have some leisure time to enjoy nature and the views of Rinjani mountain, the lake, and the volcano. Enjoy the fresh air while you have breakfast and hot coffee or tea.

You will have time to swimming in the lake, explore the pilgrimage hot springs, and do some fishing.

After lunch, at about 11-12 am, we will start our climb to the Senaru crater rim. Walking time about 3 hours. The route and trail are quite steep and stony, we need to be very careful.

We finally arrive at the crater rim senaru, where you will have the second best view after the summit. Here you can enjoy the incredible sunset over Agung Mountain Bali and see the smoke coming out from the hole of the new volcano.

Your porter will set up the tent and prepare your dinner. Enjoy the view, have dinner and sleep under the stars.

Day 5: Senaru crater rim (2641m) → Senaru village → Drop off

We will wake you up at 6 o’clock in the morning to enjoy the sunrise from the peak of rinjani mountain. Then, your guide and porter will serve breakfast: hot tea, coffee or hot milk. After breakfast we begin our descent back to senaru village.

Trekking time: about 5-6 hours (including breaks and lunch on the way).

The Senaru Trek route has some pos /shelters you will walk through, like pos 4,pos 3,pos 2,pos 1.

When we arrive at senaru village, a car will be waiting for you to drop you off to your next Destinations.

What's included


√ Transport
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 Semabalun. Once you finish the trek, we will drive you back to your hotel or next destination.

√ Guide and Porter
You will be accompanied by an experienced, english-speaking guide at all times. Furthermore, porters will be there as well to carry the camping equipment and the food.

√ Meals
Food and water are included in while trekking in the mountain. Lunch, dinner, breakfast, fruits, soft drink, and biscuits will be provided.

√ Entrance Fees
You will need an Entrance ticket to the Rinjani National Park. This is included in the price of the trek.

√ Camping Equipment
We will provide you with all the equipment necessary to camp. Tents, Sleeping Bags, Mattresses (5 cm foam mattress), pillows, and a Toilet tent are included. Our crew will take care of setting up all the camping equiment.

√ Accommodation
On the first day of the trek you will spend the night at a hotel in Senaru. The rest of the nights you will spend in camping sites along the trek.

√ Waterfall
Visit two famous Waterfall on your arrival day if you arrive in senaru village at noon.

√ Rinjani Trekking Certificate
When you complete the trek you will get a Trekking Certificate as proof that you reached the summint of Mount Rinjani.

√ Luggage keeping
You can store your belongings and luggage before the climb at the office of Herman Trekker.


× Accommodation after the trek
1 night Accommodation before the trek is included, in Senaru Village. However, before that and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Extra porter
Extra porters to carry your personal items/luggage are not included. If you need to hire a porter to carry your backpack, you can do so for USD 25/ 23 EUR per day.

× Tipping
The tip is not included in the price of the trek. Tipping guides and drivers is common in Indonesia. Try to be generous, they will appreciate it.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel.

× Meals on the first day
Meals are not included in the first day, in Senaru.

×Personal Expenses
All personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, loundry, souvenir, and other similar expenses are for your own account.


Frequently Asked Questions

Best season

The best months for a trekking on Mount Rinjani are from April to December. In fact, officially you can only book your trekking for these months. This has everything to do with the fact that Mount Rinjani National Park is closed in the rainy season, which lasts from January to March. Although there are providers who nevertheless have access, we recommend avoiding the mountain in the rainy season.


Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Mount Rinjani is principally for everyone, but some physical condition can make trekking lot easier and more enjoyable. One sure way to get fit for trekking and hiking in Indonesia is to, you could have guessed it: hike more. Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude before and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in Lombok Island.

Another good idea is to walk a lot of stairs. This will especially help for the first day, when you conquer 1500 meters of elevation. Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s hike twice a week.


It is normal to tip porters, guides and chefs. Opinions on how many are divided. We recommend reserving an amount of IDR 200K for porters. A guide will often get a little more and will expect about IDR 300K. Converted this is an amount of approximately USD 20. Be generous. It will be appreciated.

The treks always include entrance to Mount Rinjani National Park. This means that permits are also inclusive. The fee for permits consists of 13% for the National Park, 62% for the Rinjani Ecotourism Program and 25% for the maintenance of the trails.

Packing List

Packing List

On your trek to Mount Rinjani packing the right equipment is essential. Make sure you have clothes with you for both rain and sunshine. Wear proper hiking shoes and try to keep your backpack as light as possible. Consider bringing walking sticks with you. Don’t forget to bring warm clothing for the top. It can be quite cold at an altitude of roughy 4000 meters. In this packing list you will find what Herman Trekker advices their clients to take to the trek:

– Torch/Flashlight/head lamp
– Jacket(warm jacket and windproof jacket)and rain jacket
– long trek pants(wind proof suggested)
– 2 or 3 T shirts
– suitable trekking shoes
– gloves(optional)
– extra socks
– towel
– swimming suite(for lake and hotsprings)
– sun block/lotion
– camera
– hat/cap and sun glasses(optional)
– sandals(optional)
– spray/balm for muscle pain
– Trekking pole(optional)
– binoculars
– extra trail snacks(we supply fruit and menu)
– tips for guide and porter



On the first day of the trek you will spend the night at a hotel in Senaru. The rest of the nights you will spend in camping sites along the trek. We will provide you with all the equipment necessary to camp. Tents, Sleeping Bags, Mattresses (5 cm foam mattress), pillows, and a Toilet tent are included. Our crew will take care of setting up all the camping equiment.



Safety is of the outmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

Herman Trekker

Herman Trekker

My name is herman from senaru village.I am a friendly person, I smile easily and I get along with anyone. I work as a trekking guide in rinjani mountain since 2009, after previously working in gili trawangan for 2 years as a waiter.

I was born and live senaru village,a village located at foot of mount rinjani and a village that became the main line for climbing Mount Rinjani.
After a long time being a guide at Rinjani Mountain serving and helping the climbers, I became understanding and have enough experience in how to serve, organize and give what my customers need while on the mountain.Therefore, I took the initiative to provide climbing services to Mount Rinjani with my experience as a guide.

I know and care about what customers need while climbing mount rinjani. Therefore, I am committed to providing the best servicefor you to have an exciting experience while climbing Mount Rinjani with an experienced mount rinjani trekking team.

With my team we will take you to Mount Rinjani and to very interesting places in the island of Lombok, with emphasis on safety, comfort and satisfaction as well as maintaining and respecting nature.

How To Book

How does it work?

On you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At you make a deposit of 20% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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