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Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfall

An adventure to cascading waterfalls and lush rainforest is a beautiful way to spend the day exploring Lombok. Begin by exploring the waterfalls in the north of Lombok, Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfall. Sitting at the foot of Mount Rinjani, they are on the trek to reach the summit. Whether you take a taxi, hire a driver or ride a scooter, there are clear signs from the main road directing you to the waterfalls.

As one of the main attractions in Senaru, plan your journey to catch the sunrise, which is one of the most spectacular ways to encounter the site. On your visit, the same trail will lead you to both Sendang Gile waterfall and Tiu Kelep waterfall. The first waterfall awaiting is Sendang Gile, a two-tiered waterfall that drops into a shallow river. Another fifteen minutes down the river will lead you to Tiu Kelep, which is the most well known waterfall in Lombok. On arrival, you'll feel the fresh mist from the waterfall lightly spray your skin as canopying trees sway above you. With one steady stream of water flowing, and many lighter falls rushing underneath, it is quite the spectacle. Due to the vigorous pour of water, swimming under this fall can be quite dangerous, so pay attention. During your stay in Lombok, take some time out to explore the glistening waterfalls, Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep.

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Mount Rinjani

Mount Rinjani, Indonesia's second-highest mountain stands tall over Lombok. Forming part of the earth's 'ring of fire', beyond a volcano, it also holds spiritual significance to local people. The volcanic soil brings luscious wildlife and stunning landscape with flowing waterfalls and green forest lining below it.

Following the crater rim is the stunning Lake Segara Anak. This sulphur lake sits six kilometres in length and considered to be a highly spiritual place. Within the waters of the lake stands Mount Barujari, which breathes clouds of smoke into the air, most recently erupting in 2016.

Mount Rinjani forms part of Rinjani National Park and is home to vast tropical fauna and flora. For those ready to take on an incredible feat, the climb to the top isn't an easy trail. However, the views from the above are worth it. It is considered to offer one of the best hiking treks in South East Asia. The three-day hike from Senaru to the crater rim is challenging. For the more advanced hikers, the option to continue to the summit of the volcano will complete the trek. There are many guided walks on offer, and the trail is not for novice hikers. The trek is available from April to January, as from then the rainy season begins and the path becomes far too slippery. Depending on the tour you join in on, there are a few tracks available - the journey to the crater rim, Lake Segara Anak, or up to Summit Rinjani. Porters join in on the trek however you are required to bring a daypack.

A sunrise climb is available on particular treks to see the incredible colours of the sky light up from the crater, kicking off with a 2.30am start and about three hours of trekking before you reach the summit. The typical climb to crater rim, summit and lake takes three days and two nights to cover. Trek durations are about 7 to 12 hours each day, with trekker's stamina and the weather conditions playing a part in the timeframe too.

Mount Rinjani is also home to several stunning waterfalls. Here you will find Sendang Gile, Tiu Kelep, Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu Twin Waterfalls which is suitable for more experienced trekkers. However, on your visit, often guides are lurking around the entrance, which are not officially sanctioned. Some of them can be quite demanding in terms of payment and to visit the primary waterfalls; a guide isn't required. Therefore do your research accordingly and ensure that your guide is pre-organised should you need one. There are fixed prices to access the waterfalls too. The Jeruk Manis waterfalls sit in Barong Panas village with a 40-metre drop of crystal clear freshwater. The story of this waterfall is that it is believed to cure various diseases, and a traditional ritual led by Pemangku (an indigenous elder) can be arranged. The pool below is shallow, and if you choose to climb to the top, be mindful of the slippery track.

 

Make the most of the stunning Mount Rinjani on your visit to Lombok. Explore the remarkable natural landscape on a hike, swim at the waterfalls or indulge in the view from the mountain, and see for yourself the dramatic scenery up close.

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Lake Segara Anak

The walk up Mount Rinjani will take you past the scenic crater lake Segara Anak (Lake Segara). Formed in 1257, this blue lake is made up of volcanic water with hot thermal pools sitting within it. To reach the lake, you'll need to join in on one of the many hiking tours up to Mount Rinjani, with an accompanying guide. 

Lake Segara sits cradled between the rugged peaks like a refreshing retreat tucked away from the elements. This crescent-shaped lake is set 600 metres below the crater rim of Mount Rinjani.  

The hike up to the lake takes about two days and one night, and it will bring you past a diverse range of landscapes; from lush rainforest to rocky terrains and dare dropping cliffs. Waterfalls run directly from Segara Anak, and there are four natural hot springs within the lake. These healing properties are enough to encourage locals to climb up the mountain solely to experience these waters. While high altitude brings colder temperatures, the lake's water isn't as cold as expected. The water temperature sits at between 20 to 22 degrees Celsius, which is much higher than the mountain's average of 14 to 15 degrees. Researchers have found the warmer temperatures are linked to leaks from the magma chamber seeping into the water of Segara Anak. The water is composed of sulphate, potassium, chloride and sodium, which is then thinned by rainwater entering the lake. 

Each year, the Balinese visit Segara Anak, which is considered to be a very spiritual place and a ceremony is performed. While local Wetu Telu people visit the lake every full moon and pray.