Depending on your skill level and experience when it comes to trekking, Lombok provides a variety of adventures. Choose from the many guided tours to experience the stunning landscapes and dramatic views across the island. Mount Rinjani would have to be at the top of most trekker’s list, while Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu waterfalls sit in the centre of the island and are a magnificent day trip to absorb this magical island.
Starting with Mount Rinjani sitting high above Lombok, it is the second-highest volcano in Indonesia. An impressive 3,726 metres above sea level, the views across the landscape showcase the vast blue ocean and lush tropical forest below, a trekker’s paradise. Mount Rinjani is home to gushing waterfalls and wildlife like monkeys swinging from tree to tree, as well as daring views across the land. This journey is not for the faint-hearted, and the hike to the summit takes you on a trip across varying terrains. From rugged rocks to lush forest, it will take about two days to reach the crater. The trek begins with a 1,500-metre climb lasting approximately eight kilometres, and the steepest part of elevation starts in the second half of the stint, taking about four hours to complete. The terrain is not maintained, leaving a slippery, sandy path ahead. After a day of trekking, you will set down to rest; then later on in the evening, the next stint begins so that the summit can be reached before sunrise. With another 1,000 metres of elevation to go and a somewhat slippery trail, lots of will power will be needed, but the view from the top will be well worth it.
The volcano was last active in 2010 and has been named UNESCO Global Geopark. Due to the height, it will be cold at the summit, therefore pack adequate clothing and come prepared. Within the crater awaiting you is Lake Segara Anak, with hot springs surrounding to bathe in. The dry season is the ideal time to explore, which falls from April to December. Refrain from visiting in the wet season, as the climb is too risky due to the slippery trek, and most tours will advise against taking you on the journey.
An alternative adventure and something a little less challenging is a trek to Pergasingan Hill, which takes three hours each way and features views of the surrounding valleys and villages below. This 1,200-metre high vantage point will bring you glimpses of mountain peaks and volcanos in the distance. The flatfield awaiting at the top is a beautiful place to spend the night or take a rest after your trek. Sitting below in the range is Sembalun village surrounded by rice fields. Other adventure activities also take off from here, such as mountain biking and paragliding. This trek is an excellent introduction for those interested in taking on Mount Rinjani. Sendang Gile waterfall also sits on the edge of Mount Rinjani; it is easily accessible and brings an incredibly tropical feel.
Beyond Mount Rinjani, the island rewards explorers with dense rainforest and gushing waterfalls, leaving many trekking opportunities to explore.