Friday, January 9, 2009

TREKKING VOLCANO RINJANI VIA SENARU - SEMBALUN

ACCESS:

Volcano Rinjani has two popular summit trek routes: Senaru and Sembalun.Relevant local trekking service such guides, porters, guest house,and locally organized hiking climbing trips are available either at Senaru or Sembalun.Trekking route via Senaru for ascent and Sembalun for descent completed for 5 days trekking, included 1 nigt overnight pra trekking at Senaru and 1 night overnigt at Sembalun.Shorter summit trekking days of Renjani (Dwi Anjani 3723 m ) is Sembalun for both ascent-descent.Senaru route is more shadowed by mountain forest ecosystem and steeper terrain leading up caldera rim Plawangan Senaru,while Sembalun is more flat route,more exposed route to take in view of surrounding area on the way,and higher base than Senaru.

RINJANI SENARU-SEMBALUN ACCESS

Rinjani trekking routes: either Senaru or Sembalun are accessible by land transport from closest city of Mataram Lombok.Today...both base are most touristic trekking routes.Senaru base it self is accessible about 80 km from Mataram.

RINJANI TREKKING PERMIT

Volcano Rinjani is under management of National Park Rinjani. Permit,registration and pay for entrance ticket are  required for summit climb.All those admission could be arranged at entrance gates either at Senaru or Sembalun base.

RINJANI TREKKING MAP

Today relevant Rinjani Trekking Map is widely published and accessible online.Some trekking maps also published by most local Lombok trekking operator as complementary of trekking trip packages of Rinjani.

TREKKING - ALTITUDE PROFILE:

1) Senaru 601 m
2) Plawangan Senaru  2641 m
3) Segara Anak 2010 m
4) Plawangan Sembalun 2639 m
5) Dewi Anjani 3723 m
6) Plawangan Sembalun 2639 m
7) Sembalun 1156 m

RINJANI TREKKING ROUTE DESCRIPTION:

Senaru trekking route is steeper than Sembalun, but more shadow by tropical mountain forest. These two routes join at Plawangan Sembalun, a caldera rim of volcano Rinjani. Our hike is commenced at Senaru passed some halts locally called pos ( Pos I at 900 m, Pos II at 1500 m, and Pos III at 2000 m ) heads for Plawangan Senaru through path of mountain forest of volcano Rinjani. From this point, sweeping views of surrounding are well visible: volcano Baru (2,376 m ) below, Segara Anak lake and Dewi Anjani peak, the highest point of Rinjani caldera.Route length approx 13,5 km.


From Plawangan Senaru, it's take approx. 2 hours descent heads for Segara Anak through steeper downward route. This point is most popular camp site among local hikers where towering wall of Rinjani caldera is visible surrounding. A hotspring is located near by this point. From this points, it's
take another approx 3 hours hike through more rocky path heading for Plawangan Sembalun. The track is getting harder on this section, optimize balance to not slide down is the key to stay safe along this section.From this point, Segara anak and volcano Baru are also well visible.Route length approx 6,5 km.


To reach the summit,Dewi Anjani peak, hiking approx 2,5 km is required through the edge of the caldera. Longer we go, the more unstable the surface, more gravel mixing volcanic sand. This route part is the crux of the hike, the crucial section of the hike where extra concentration is absolutely required to tackle the track, never spread from main group or go even left behind alone.  From summit, make the way down through the same track, then turn right at Plawangan Sembalun downward heads for the base of Rinjani,Sembalun.

SLEEPING ALTITUDE

1) Senaru 610 m
2) Plawangan Senaru 2641 m
3) Plawangan Sembalun 2639 m
4) Sembalun 1156 m

Another option of sleeping altitude is on 2010 m of Segara Anak. Another option trekking route is via Sembalun either ascent or descent, sleeping altitude 2639 m.

SEASON:

The hike is best to be done on dry season for most possible of better weather.

RECORDED ACCIDENT:

It's recorded an accident experienced by foreign hiker due to fall.

NOTES:
Photo Cotributors By: Olenk Ambo Upe,Djoko & Yande
Stuff Contributor By: Olenk Ambo Upe


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