Trek to the summit of mount Rinjani – The topography of Mount Rinjani National Park is very unique, its shape is like a pan which is called a caldera, where each side of the pan has a different peak height, the highest peak from all sides is what is called Rinjani Peak with 3726 meters above sea level.
To reach this peak there is only one access, namely from the top of the other side of the caldera. The closest one is the Sembalun crater rim with an altitude of 2668 meters above sea level.
what does the trek to the summit look like ?
The difference in the height of the main peak and Pelawangan Sembalun is about 1000 meters with the ascent taking from 3 to 4 hours.
First we will climb to the edge of the caldera from the camping area (Sembalun crater rim) through steep and slightly sandy cliffs 30 to 40 minutes, from here you can see clearly every side of the caldera of Mount Rinjani National Park. Then from the edge of the caldera straight to the top with a climb of about 2 to 3 hours through sandy tracks, this will really drain the energy of the climbers.
This trip will be very tiring. but don’t worry, the view is amazing, on your right is the crater lake of Mount Rinjani which looks refreshing green with views of a small active volcano in the middle called Mount Baru Jari. All of these views really look like a painting, you won’t regret it even if you don’t make it to the main peak.
for those who want to make a quick climb to the top, please read this itinerary