Top 10 Outdoor Activities in Bali

Bali is the place to go in Indonesia to have fun and it has all sorts to offer. There are best beaches, nightlife, shops, bars, restaurants and many more.

Among tourists, the most popular type of fun in Bali come in the form of outdoor activities and adventures. If you are planning a visit to Bali and would like to enjoy yourself out there of what the best nature can offer, then look no further than right here where you can get inspiration for the top 10 outdoor activities in Bali to enjoy.

Golf

Golf is a relaxing outdoor activity to try out while visiting Bali. Though it does seem out of the norm, golfing is quite popular among tourists visiting Bali. This might be due to the fantastic view that golfing offers to tourists in Bali and in fact there are many different kinds of golf course available in Bali, including a 9-hole course and an 18-hole course. There’s a spot in the mountains near Bedugul that is quite popular among golfers in Bali.

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting in Bali, Indonesia

White Water Rafting in Bali, Indonesia

One of the most popular outdoor activities is whitewater rafting. Rafting in Bali is not just an exercise for tourists, it also provides a way to view what Bali has to offer, in terms of rice terraces, lush green scenery, rainforests, and rivers. The perfect rivers for white-water rafting activities are the Ayung and TelagaWaja rivers. There are really nice rafting activity packages, which include lunch, showers, insurance and towels if you shop around.

Hiking Mount Batur

Mount Batur comes up when hiking activities in Bali are discussed. This is because Mount Batur is a great place for tourists that enjoy nature and hiking. Located in the east of Bali, the sunrise is one not to be missed when hiking Mount Batur in Kintamani because it is a view of nature in its purest form. Hiking this 1700 meters active volcano, which takes about two hours, is the ultimate outdoor activity for tourists that visit Bali.

Hike Volcano Mountain Batur, Bali, Indonesia

Hike Volcano Mountain Batur, Bali

Bungee Jumping

Bali’s most popular type of outdoor activities comes in the form of bungee jumping. It’s quite a popular activity among extreme sports lovers as bungee jumping gives tourists a rush of adrenaline like no other sports. Certainly not for the faint-hearted, bungee jumping is available in many hot spots in Bali, including a cascade and a high tower.

Freediving

Freediving is a great way to get up close and personal with some of the best diving destinations in the world. It is a great way for underwater enthusiastic to enjoy a wide variety of marine life in the ocean. It is quite an imagination how beautiful the underwater scene is in Bali since Bali is known to be in the centre of the coral triangle, which boasts of the biggest range of marine life in the world. One of the most popular freediving spot in Bali is the best kept secret – Amed, where you can sign up with one of the numerous freediving courses here.

Diving

Diving Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Diving Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia

Diving is one of the favourite outdoor activities in Bali as there are many interesting dive spots in Bali. One of the most popular ones is the Barat National Park. In Barat National Park, the Pulau Menjangan is considered one of the best spot for diving in Bali. Another popular spot is located at Tulamben as you can find the wreck of the Liberty, a US Army Transport ship sunk by a Japanese submarine in 1942, here. There are also nice diving spots in Sanur, which is near Denpasar and also in Nusa Penida Island. Guides are provided in diving packages in Bali, as well as many other interesting deals. There are crystal-clear waters, where diving can be done and also where there are large varieties of tropical fishes and sea turtles.

Canyoning

Canyon is an extreme sport in Bali that is considered a popular outdoor activity among tourists. In many ways, canyoning plays a huge part in helping tourists get closer to the unspoilt nature of Bali. It is a great adventure, where tourists in groups or on their own can get close to exciting streams and many kinds of plants species while canyoning in the forms of walking, caving, scrambling, jumping, sliding and abseiling. A lot of canyoning packages are available with this extreme sport, including professional river guides, equipment, towels and much more.

Surfing or Kitesurfing

It is well known that Bali as some of the best surfing spots in the world. The west coast of Bali is really popular among tourists for its surfing activities. Everyone, from a beginner to an expert, is welcome to surf in Bali. There are courses for surfing available on hand to help tourists, who are beginners. There is also a range of surfing clothing in Bali, so tourists do not need to over pack their luggage with surfing gears. There’s also another kind of surfing that can be enjoyed in Bali, which is known as kitesurfing. Kitesurfing activities in Bali come equipped with the same kind of facilities that are offered for surfing activities.

Surfing in Kuta, Bali

Surfing in Kuta, Bali

Trekking

Trekking is a really popular outdoor activity among tourists visiting Bali. Best done in the early morning, trekking provides some of the best visual sights tourists can witness in Bali. Tropical Trekking is considered a very affordable outdoor activity and most of the packages include hiking sticks, hotel transfers, torches, breakfast, a guide and wet weather gears. Trekking can also be done in jungles, villages and rice paddies. There are naturally many trekking tours to choose from in Bali.

Trekking through rice fields, Bali

Trekking through rice fields, Bali

Snorkeling

Snorkelling is a fun activity that many tourists in Bali enjoy. It’s a great way to get close to underwater nature surrounded by a huge range of exotic fishes and other sea creatures without the need for a lot of gears. It is one of the simplest yet fun underwater adventures in Bali, where you can find many snorkeling tours and packages that will take you out to sweets spots around Bali for the best snorkelling experience.

In Bali, a range of outdoor activities is available for tourists to quench their adventure thirst. From water sports to activities on land, Bali has everything ready for tourists to enjoy. You just have to choose which activities that interest you and book your time before you land in Bali, so as not to miss out of the fun outdoor activities.

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Top 10 Volcano Mountains You Must Hike

Although boasting 17,000 islands, Indonesia may come to mind with lots of islands and beaches and sea, but you be surprised that it has just as many mountains. Being an archipelago that is situated at the confluence of the tectonic plates – Asian, Australian, Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, it has as many as 129 volcanoes making it the country with 13 percent of the world’s volcanoes. These volcanoes encircling the stretch of Indonesia has a name with a cool ring to it – Indonesia Ring of Fire.

The volcanoes, some active (some very active) and some not, provides a naturally stunning scenery unlike any other. Some of the mountains are situated within a large volcanic lake or some with craters that spurt blue fire.

The highest peak in Indonesia is the Puncak Jaya in Papua while the largest volcanic lake is the Lake Toba in Sumatra.

Here are Top 10 Volcano Mountain in Indonesia for you to visit:

Volcano Mount Bromo with Mount Semeru at the back, Java, Indonesia

Volcano Mount Bromo with Mount Semeru at the back spewing smoke. Photo by borderlys

Java

Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo, at 2329 m, is one of the most iconic mountain in Indonesia. This is due its majestic beauty, where it stands forebodingly within the Tengger caldera sea of sand while spewing off white sulphurous smoke. Mount Bromo is one of the most active volcanoes of the world and one of the frequent visited ones. Travelers from far and wide come here to view the sunrise over this mountain, where the ethereal landscape is not to be missed.

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Volcano Mount Ijen and its lake, Java, Indonesia

Volcano Mount Ijen and its lake, Java. Photo by Richard Liblanc

Ijen Crater

Ijen Crater or locally known as Kawah Ijen is another popular mountain of Java after Mount Bromo. Many travelers continue to visit here after Mount Bromo and the experience is refreshingly new. Inside the crater you will see a magnificent turquoise sulphur lake that exudes flames, blue fire at night and smoky white in the day.You will also meet many sulphur collectors on your hike up and be shocked by the condition of their work consuming the harmful fumes all the time. Ijen volcano contains the world’s largest acidic volcanic lake that shines in beautiful turquoise color. By night the lake will throw off blue flames which many hikers brave the dark for.

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Hike Volcano Mountain Semeru, Java, Indonesia

Hike Volcano Mountain Semeru, Java. Photo by Michael Day

Mount Merbabu

Mount Merbabu, the name translated as “Mountain of Ash” in Javanese, is the only volcano mountain in this list that is dormant. But even with that, it is still a volcano to be reckoned with. It lies adjacent to Mount Merapi towards the southeast at the height of 3142 m. It is a challenging hike up to the peak, there are two peaks – Syarif (3119 m) and Kenteng Songo (3142 m), forming a U-shaped valley. The area of the mountain had been declared as a national park in 2004. Nearby citie to stay would be either Magelang or Salatiga *.

Hike Volcano Mountain Merbabu, Java, Indonesia

Hike Volcano Mountain Merbabu, Java. Photo by uncle.capung

Mount Semeru

Mount Semeru is the tallest mountain in Java, located at the east. It is also known as Mahameru by the locals which mean The Great Mountain, deriving from the mystical Hindu-Buddhist mountain of Meru and Sumeru the gods. Climbing to the peak takes two hiking days and it is relatively easy for seasoned hikers. The only challenge is the last slope up to the summit. Mount Semeru is an active volcano with constants smoke from its crater.



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SUMATRA

Mount Krakatoa or Krakatau

Hike Volcano Mountain Krakatau, Java, Sumatra, Indonesia

Anak Krakatau between Java and Sumatra. Photo by Paul Hessels

Krakatoa or also known as Krakatau, is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Straits between Java and Sumatra of Indonesia. The eruption of Mount Krakatoa in 1883 had been noted as one of the most violent volcanic events ever recorded. The huge explosion blast over 4,000km all the way to Australia and India. This massive explosion cause giant tsunami and the dust from it stays in the stratosphere for several years after while killing more than 35,000 people. Mount Krakatoa is still very much an active volcano and scaling it takes precaution and would require camping a night at Rakata Island, where you can enjoy the view of Krakatoa eruption at night. Else you can stay at the nearby hotels * on the mainland side.

Mount Kerinci

Mount Kerinci is the highest volcano in Indonesia and the highest peak in Sumatra. It is located within the Kerinci Seblat National Park that is home to the endangered species – Sumatran Tiger and Sumatran Rhinoceros. It is still a very much active volcano with constant annual activities. The climb up this mountain would take 3 days 2 nights to reach the summit, or one day less if not. There are 15 lakes surrounding this mountain with one of lake being the highest lake in Southeast Asia at 1996 m which is called Gunung Tujuh Lake (Seven Mountains Lake – there are 7 peaks surrounding this lake). The biggest lake here is the Kerinci Lake at 4200 hectares. Most visitors would come in and stay first either at Padang or Jambi *, before transferring to Kerinci Sablat National Park.

Hike Volcano Mountain Kerinci, Sumatra, Indonesia

Hike Volcano Mountain Kerinci, Sumatra. Photo by WahyuS

BALI

Mount Batur

One of the more popular mountains in Bali, Mount Batur is an active volcano standing at 1700m, many travelers hike a do this short but can be quite tough 2 hours hike up the mountain to have a sunrise view over Bali and its surrounding islands. Getting here from Ubud might take some time but the climb and the view of the landscape and Lake Batur is all worth it in the end. It is also one of the popular activities to do when you are visiting Bali long enough to get bored of the beaches and sea and want to do some excursions.

Hike Volcano Mountain Batur, Bali, Indonesia

Hike Volcano Mountain Batur, Bali. Photo by Kevin Poh

Mount Agung

Mount Agung, standing tall at 3142 m at East is the highest mountain in Bali. It holds a spiritual significance to the Balinese as the Mother Temple of Besakih. Legend has it that it is created by the Hindu God Pashupati when he split the Mount Meru which is the spiritual axis of the universe. This mountain can be scaled in 6-7 hours with demanding hike. The hike itself is an adventure and many travelers find it a rewarding after experiencing it. On the way, you can visit the Pasar Agung temple which is one of Bali’s nine directional temples. There is also the Besakih Temple which stands dramatically on the southern slopes of Mount Agung.

Volcano Mountain Agung by the beach, Bali, Indonesia

Volcano Mountain Agung by the beach, Bali. Photo by Ben Godfrey

LOMBOK

Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani in Lombok is the second highest volcano in Indonesia at 3726 m. It is also among one of the most active volcanoes here. It ha a caldera of 50 km square with a crater lake in it called Segara Anak. Many pilgrims come yearly to this lake to make offerings to the gods and the lake. To hike this volcano mountain would take two days of demanding trekking but the view at the summit is all so worth it. Due to Lombok being one of the emerging travel places in Indonesia, you will find quite a number of travelers scaling this mountain with you but fret not as the beauty is for all to marvel at together.

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Hike Volcano Mountain Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

Hike Volcano Mountain Rinjani, Lombok. Photo by Blek

FLORES

Mount Kelimutu

Mount Kelimutu is home to the famous tri-colored lakes which people travel through long tortuous roads just to get to. The lakes are in hues of blue, green and red due to its volcanic substances and it changes colors depending on season and time making it somewhat magical. These magical lakes are the reason enough to scale Mount Kelimutu for. The highest peak here is Mount Kelibara at 1713m. Mount Kelimutu is situated in Kelimutu National Park in Central Flores of Indonesia.

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Hike Volcano Mountain Kelimutu, Flores, Indonesia

Hike Volcano Mountain Kelimutu, Flores. Photo by NeilsPhotography

PAPUA

Bonus mountain as technically this is the hardest to scale and probably not everyone can do this as a mountain to hike, it is still notable as it is the highest peak in Indonesia.

Puncak Jaya (Cartensz Pyramid)

This is one of the world’s seven ultimate summit and the only mountain in Indonesia which has a glacier top. Puncak Jaya or Cartensz Pyramid is the highest point in between Himalayas and Andes, crowning it the highest island peak in the world. It lies in Lorentz National Park in Papua, Indonesia. The climb up this mountain is highly technical and tough, therefore it is well advised to get a guide and prepare yourself thoroughly for it. Conquering this mountain is part of the peak-bagging list of Seven Summits of the world.

Puncak Jaya / Cartensz Pyramid Volcano Mountain in Papua, Indonesia

Puncak Jaya / Cartensz Pyramid Volcano Mountain in Papua. Photo by Alfindra Primaldhi

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Ijen Crater, East Java : Volcano, Acid Lake and Blue Flames

Ijen Crater, or known to Indonesians as Kawah Ijen, is one of the top recommended volcano in Indonesia to be visited. This active crater of 134 sq km has a landscape of volcanic cones of both Mount Ijen and Mount Merapi (not to be confused with the famous Mount Merapi in Central Java).

This group of stratovolcanoes lies in East Java. Inside the crater, you will see a magnificent turquoise sulphur lake that exudes flames, blue fire at night and smoky white in the day.

Here you will also find many sulphur collectors that hike up here to mine the minerals of Kawah Ijen but this had been highlighted badly recently in the media due to the fumes being harmful to human and its extremely harsh working conditions.

Map of Ijen Crater, East Java Indonesia

Map of Ijen Crater, East Java

Where is it

Ijen Crater lies nearby Banyuwangi and Bondowoso. Ijen plateau stood as the centre point of the large mountain range west of Banyuwangi and as part of Baluran National Park to the north.

Why go

Come to Ijen Crater for the largest acidic lake in the world and for the mesmerizing blue flames in the night. Besides, it is one of the best volcanic mountains of Indonesia with this one brimming with the rare sulphurs.

Besides it is less touristy and crowded than it’s sister Mount Bromo.

Acid Lake at Ijen Crater, Java Indonesia

Acid Lake at Ijen Crater, Java

When is the best time to go

June – August where there is less rain but more tourist
But that being said, Indonesia being a fairly mild weather of just rain and shine, most of the time is a good to go to Ijen Crater, just check for local weather as you head there.
Also try to avoid weekends if you do not want the crowd.

Workers carrying sulphurs at Ijen Crater

Workers carrying sulphurs at Ijen Crater

What to see

World’s largest acidic lake, which is in the brilliant turquoise color that captures not only the sunlight but every traveler’s heart.

Catch the miners hard at work, carrying a heavily laden basket of sulphur though you may be disturbed by it and feel sorry for them. Note in mind that the sulphur fumes are poisonous and these miners are subjected to it daily for extended hard-laboured hours.

There are coffee plantations cover the Ijen caldera floor where many travelers head there to visit the waterfalls, hot springs or just enjoy the dramatic volcanic scenery.

Sulphur fumes over Acid Lakes at Ijen Crater

Sulphur fumes over Acid Lake at Ijen Crater

What to do

Hiking up to Ijen Crater at night
There are few options for visiting Ijen crater, you can either start at 2 am or 4 am to arrive at the top of the crater by daylight. Many travelers recommend to do the night hiking up to Ijen Crater to catch the magical blue flames or also known as blue fire. To get this, you have to arrive at the top before sunrise of 6 am. The hike up takes 1.5-2 hours averagely and can be quite steep The good thing is at this time there are not many other tourists around as well. After being mesmerized by the blue flames enough, you can sit back at the summit and wait for sunrise which offers another spectacular view.

Walk around the Ijen crater rim
You can take a walk around the rim of Ijen crater or approach the lake which will take about 40 minutes walk.

Walk the crater rim of Ijen Crater

Walk the crater rim of Ijen Crater

Where to stay

Most travelers will choose to stay at Banyuwangi *and then head out to Ijen Crater at night or early morning depending on which adventure you choose. You can also choose to stay at the foothills of Ijen mountain range among the coffee plantations.

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How to get there

orker at suplhur mining, Ijen Crater

Worker at suplhur mining, Ijen Crater

If you need to fly in, the nearest airport would be Surabaya. From Surabaya airport to Banyuwangi, it would take another 10 hours by bus. You can also take the train from Surabaya to Banyuwangi which will take about 7 hours.

Via Banyuwangi, you can choose from all kinds of vehicles such as 4WD (costs 55,000 Rp) or motorbike or car to get to the starting point of the hike up to Ijen Crater.

You can also get to Ijen Crater via Bondowoso from either the northern or southern coast. This way is closer but much steeper and in bad condition, therefore, 4WD is essential here though costly. After that, most travelers will walk the last 8 km along the road to Pos Paltuding which is the starting point of the trek to Ijen Crater. The Ijen Crater’s lake is around another 90 minutes hike from here.

How to get around

You can get around in most preferred choice a 4WD and for more budget if via Banyuwangi you may take the motorbike or car. After that it is all on foot to hike up Mount Ijen to get to the crater and to walk around the crater rim.

Blue Flames (Fire) at Ijen Crater

Blue Flames (Fire) at Ijen Crater

Where to go nearby

Mount Bromo which is another volcano, about 6 hours away. Many travelers go there to catch the sunrise over Mount Bromo, which is a scene that promises to take your breath away.

From Banyuwangi, take a ferry onwards to Bali, a common popular route travelers take through Java to get to Bali.

Travel Tips

Remember to bring a mask to cover your nose as the pungent odour of sulphur may burn.
Also bring warm jacket as the trek at night is cold and temperature may drop to 5C.
Lastly, and insider tip says to climb to the right (anticlockwise) at the crater rim as the view from that side of the sulphur lake and entire area is spectacular.

Sulphur fumes at Ijen Crater

Sulphur fumes at Ijen Crater

Photo credits from top: Burmesedays, Richard Liblanc, Paul Hessels, Daniel Julie, Daniel Julie, Nate Robert, Dodi Mulyana and Paul Hessels

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Trekking Mount (Gunung) Rinjani, Lombok

Mount Rinjani in Lombok, being the second highest volcano in Indonesia after Mount Kerinci in Sumatra, is one of the most popular trekking in Indonesia. This is because it offers amazing adventurous hike that promises breathtaking view at the peak. It is also partly because of its good location in Lombok which is many independent travelers’ favourite.

Standing at 3,726 m, Mount Rinjani is one of the most active volcano in Indonesia, similarly to Mount Bromo in Java. It bears a caldera of 50 km square that holds a crater lake called Segara Anak (Child of Sea), which has a natural hot spring.

Mount Rinjani had been proposed by the government to UNESCO to be one of the world’s first official geoparks if approved.

Mount (Gunung) Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

Mount (Gunung) Rinjani, Lombok

Where is it

Mount Rinjani is situated inside Mount Rinjani National Park at Lombok, Indonesia. The national park is a 41,000 hectares of mountain and surrounding forests that represents the Nusa Tenggara ecosystem.

Map of Mount (Gunung) Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

Map of Mount (Gunung) Rinjani, Lombok

Why go

To be awe in nature’s best combination of beauty and danger, an active volcano that can be so foreboding and desolate yet so beautiful. The demanding trek that requires two days to conquer the mountain will make it all worthwhile when greeted by the view at the summit.

Panorama view of Mount (Gunung) Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

Panorama view of Mount (Gunung) Rinjani, Lombok

When is the best time to go

Weather at Mount Rinjani is like the rest of Indonesia, divided into two seasons – dry and wet season and the temperatures are quite even.

Best time to go is May – November during the dry season where there is less rain but more tourists. This is also the safest time to do trekking.

Time to avoid going is January – March when the park is normally closed due to heavy rain.

At other times, it is possible to trek Mt Rinjani mostly due to the tropical climate but please do not attempt to climb Mount Rinjani during lots of rain time because the path may be treacherous. Always check out for local weather before attempting the trek.

Also try to avoid weekends if you do not want the crowd.

Crater Lake and Gunung Baru, Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

Crater Lake and Gunung Baru, Rinjani, Lombok

What to see

Mount Rinjani of course.

Segara Anak Lake, the vast crater lake with a new cone forming in it, called Gunung Baru

Mulang Pakelem – the annual Hindu ceremony at the crater lake, dated back to 18th century when the Balinese invaded Lombok. You will get to see hundreds of white clad Hindu pilgrims sitting and praying at the lake.

During rice-planting season, the people here would have ceremonies on Mt Rinjani and Segara Anak lake where they would release small artificial fish made of very thin gold into the lake.

What to do

Sendang Gile Waterfalls, Senaru, Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

Sendang Gile Waterfalls, Senaru, Rinjani, Lombok

Other than trekking and summit Mount Rinjani, you can:

Explore Gua Susu (Susu Cave) – one of the famous caves in Rinjani worth visiting. The other two caves that you can explore is Gua Payung and Gua Manik.
Enjoy the natural hot springs in Aik Kalak at the crater rim

Explore local villages at Senaru where there are nice waterfalls around the area or at Sembalun Lawang where you can find weaving villages.

Trekking Mount Rinjani

There are two routes to go up Mount Rinjani:

Senaru ascent
Easier and most convenient route, it starts about 2 km to the west of Bayan village, on the way to Anyer. The trek will lead up to Batu Koq and from there to Senaru. From Senaru, the trek summit will take two days of 10 hours solid climbing. On the third day, if you still have the energy, you can do a steep trek down to the caldera where you will be rewarded with natural hot springs bath and also the view of the crater lake.

Campsite at Mount (Gunung) Rinjani, Lombok,Indonesia

Campsite at Mount (Gunung) Rinjani, Lombok,

Sembalun Lawang ascent
This is the harder but claimed to be a more interesting route to trek Mount Rinjani is the Sembalun Lawang on the east side of the mountain. This trek is less well marked and a guide is highly recommended. You would need two nights via this ascent, one night to reach Pelawangan Sembalun campsite (9 hours) and next night to go up the summit of Mt Rinjani and down back to Sembalun.

Hike and climb to the summit of Mount Rinjani

Climbing to Summit of Mount Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia

Climbing to Summit of Mount Rinjani, Lombok

Most people will start at Pelawangan Sembalun around 2-3am in order to catch the sunrise at the peak. The starting path is difficult for its steep and slippery and the final ascent is worst where it is narrow. Travelers report that if you do manage to make it to the top, the view is magnificent and well worth it with view of the crater and all the way to the island of Bali while surrounded by giant clouds. The photography here is also amazing!

Up and down both sides
To get the best of both routes and they offer different views of the place, you can always climb up one of the route and down the other. Recommended way is to trek up via Sembalun Lawang, cover the rims and even summit if you like and then down to the caldera before heading back to Senaru.

Take extra precautions and safety when you plan to trek up Mount Rinjani and whether you want to reach the summit or not. There have been reports of fatalities here. The trek is also challenging and not to be taken lightly. Make sure your guide are well concerned with the safety of everyone. Also stay informed with the volcanic activities as it is still an active volcano.

Also please keep the mountain clean and do your bit to clean up after yourself. It is also recommended to take a guide or join a hiking trip up Mount Rinjani for safety.

Where to stay

You cannot stay within the park itself but can always find various guesthouses and basic hotels at Senaru or Sembalun Lawang. The popular ones are Green Haven Homestays, Matra Bungalows and Rinjani Lodge *. If you want to go upmarket a little, at northwest Tanjung can be of choice. Many other travelers normally stay at Senggigi * instead and travel to Mount Rinjani by road for trekking.

You should decide on your accommodation base on which route you are taking to trek Mount Rinjani.

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How to get there

The popular way to get here is via Senaru village on the north of Mount Rinjani, it is also closer to the popular resort areas such as Senggigi.
Mataram-Selong-Sambelia-Sembalun Lawang
Another way of getting there is via Sembalun Lawang entry point on the east of Mount Rinjani, and at 1,150 m, it is closer to the summit from here.

Fees / permit cost
The entry to the national park costs IDR 150,000 / person. Most times this is included in your trek package but do check before you sign on to any.

Trekking Mount (Gunung) Rinjani, Lombok,Indonesia

Trekking Mount (Gunung) Rinjani, Lombok,

Where to go nearby

Back to Lombok beaches like Kuta beach or Senggigi and Tanjung.

Sail to nearby Gili Islands for an escapade, and there are a few more mountains for you to climb if you haven’t have enough.

Anak Segara Lake at Mount Rinjani, Lombok,Indonesia

Anak Segara Lake at Mount Rinjani, Lombok,

Travel Tips

Always be safe and check the seismic activities report or on local media. This is a very active volcano therefore extra precaution for safety is recommended. Last Rinjani eruption was on 23 May 2010.

Some people might hit altitude sickness here, so know yourself.

Mount (Gunung) Rinjani in clouds, Lombok, Indonesia

Mount (Gunung) Rinjani in clouds, Lombok

Bring a jacket and gloves as it may get chilly up there. Remember proper attire like windproof clothes and appropriate hiking boots and headlamp.

Also, do not forget your sunblock as you can get sunburn easier the higher you go.

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