Rinjani: Things you need to know for the trek

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1. What are the different Rinjani Trekking Packages offered by Tour Mount Bromo?

Tour Mount Bromo offers three main Rinjani packages; with the same trekking portion, but with options to visit Gili Islands or Sengigi, for those with a little more time.  For all three programmes, the actual trek starts on the second day and ends the next day.  A shorter programme would be rather hectic and tiring and is not recommended.

 

2. When is the best time to trek Mount Rinjani?

Any time during the dry months from April to November is good. The mountain is closed for hiking during the rainy season from December to March, and deemed safe by officials only apart from these.

 

3. What is the temperature like on Mount Rinjani?

In the day, the temperature is around 12C – 25C. At night, the temperature at the rim is usually below 10C. At times, it can be near freezing especially towards the summit.

 

4. How long is the trek and how many hours do we trek each day?

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The trekking durations are:

Day 1 – no trekking;

Day 2 – about 8+ hours;

Day 3 – about 12 hours.

Certainly, timings are estimated and depends on the individual trekker’s physical stamina and ground conditions.

 

5. What is the difficulty level of the trek? Can children join in?

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Although the path is well marked out, ascending Mount Rinjani tough.  It is not easy and requires stamina and a good fitness level.  It is not recommended for children, as adults of good fitness levels have found it a challenge.  Furthermore, you are required to carry your personal belongings, which will weigh 5-10kg. The final climb up to the summit is a moderately difficult trek trail on volcanic terrain, where some parts are steep with loose sand.  It may require some scrambling, but no rock climbing.

 

6. How is the ascent like?

Day 1 – check in at one of the pre-booked accommodations; meet your guide and porters; be briefed about the mountain trek including do’s and dont’s; relax with free-and-easy time.

Day 2 – trek about 8+ hours to Sembalun Crater Rim; the trek is broken into bite-sized parts (2 hour to Pos (Ranger Station) 1; 1 hour to Pos 2; 1.5 hours to Pos 3 then 4 hours to the rim).  Reaching the rim around 5pm, you will enjoy dinner served at the camp site, rest and prepare yourself for the pre-dawn trek to the summit the following day.

Day 3 – begin the summit climb at 3am to catch sunrise after 3-4 hours’ trekking.   After enjoying the stunning view for about an hour, we descend to the camp site via the same route in 3 hours. If you do not wish to attempt the summit climb, you may stay at the camp site to wait for the summiteers to return.   Thereafter, we make our way all the way down to Rinjani Information Centre in about 6-7 hours.  For post-trek options, please refer to our website.

 

7. What clothes should l wear for the trek?

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Layering is a good technique to adopt for the trek.  Have a quick-dry moisture-wicking shirt as the base layer, a good quality fleece jacket/ woollen pull-over as the middle later and a thick wind-proof jacket as the outer layer.  For pants, a pair of water-and-windproof trekking pants is advised.   Accessorize with a pair of woollen gloves, beanie and scarf for additional warmth.  Gloves, hats, scarves and coats can be rented/ purchased from local villagers, subject to availability.

 

8. What types of footwear are recommended for the trek?

A pair of broken-in trekking boots with good traction is essential. Mid or high-cut boots are preferred over low-cuts for better ankle grip and to prevent loose soil from entering the boots.

 

9. Do I need a trekking pole for the trek?

A hiking stick is highly recommended for the summit climb as the terrain towards the summit is very steep and consists of very fine and loose volcanic soil that may cause one to slip down easily.  Again, these (reasonable quality collapsible poles, not just wooden twigs) can be purchased/ rented from the locals at the base of the mountain.

 

10. Do I need any specialized equipment for the trek?

This is a relatively straightforward trek along a well-defined path except towards the summit where some scrambling is required to gain your foothold over sandy ground. Except for a set of cold wear, a good pair trekking boots, a headlamp and a trekking pole, you do not need other specialized equipment for this trek.

 

11. What accommodation is provided on the summit crater?

On the crater rim, you will be camping in a tent with sleeping bag and sleeping mat provided.  These will be carried by porters.

 

12. Is high altitude sickness a problem for the climb?

Rinjani is high enough for altitude sickness to be a concern. Refer to this link for more info on high altitude sickness; its symptoms, prevention and treatment:

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/how-to-deal-with-altitude-sickness

But take heart, there’s nothing that returning to the lowlands won’t cure.

 

13.  Will porters will be provided for the trek?

Porters will be provided to carry communal luggage like tents, sleeping bags, food, drinks, cooking utensils etc. You may hire additional porters to carry your personal belongings at around IDR 200,000 each day per day per porter. Each porter can carry up to 25kg, therefore the cost of the porters can be split among the group.

 

14. Do the guide and porters speak English?

Our guides are conversant in English but most porters can only understand simple English.

 

15. Where can I leave my extra luggage during the trek?

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You could either hire additional porters to carry your extra luggage during the trek or leave them at the hotel/ guesthouse. After the trek, the driver will drive you back to the hotel/ guesthouse to collect your luggage before the next leg of your journey.

 

16. How much in tips is appropriate for the guide and porters?

Tipping is highly encouraged especially for good services as the porters are local villagers who offer their services during peak hiking season.  An estimated figure would be IDR 300K to the guide and IDR 100K to each porter for the whole group.

 

17. Is there any mobile phone signal in the mountains?

Mobile signals are generally strong in the mountains and even at the rim. However, signals will get weaker as you trek down towards the lake (which is in a crater) and totally non-existent at the lake.

 

18. What happens if I get injured during the trek?

Prevention is better than cure and it is important that trekkers bring personal medication and purchase adequate insurance coverage.

 

The mountain guides possess basic first aid skills and will assess the injury and perform emergency response to the injured. If evacuation is required, they will coordinate with National Park, police and local village head.

 

Because your safety is our utmost concern, Tour Mount Bromo is additionally in partnership with SOS International.  In the event of a medical crisis, ISOS provides advice 24/7, their own teams of trusted nurses, doctors & security officers, and even maintains their very own fleet of vehicles across Indonesia just in case medivac is required.   Evacuation is on a case-by-case basis, and costs are borne by your travel insurance – you can rest easy on that!

 

By: Tour Mount Bromo

 

 

 

 

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