Rinjani excellent, it is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is situated in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Half of this mountain is Crater Lake, which is known as Segara Anak or also famous as Child of the Sea. The name was given since the color of the lake is similar to the color of the blue sea. Local people consider the mountain and the lake as sacred place; therefore, there are religious activities are occasionally conducted in these two places.
What can you find in Rinjani?
Besides the beauty of the lake, Rinjani Mountain also offers tourists beautiful landscape as well as its unique and interesting flora and fauna. You can look at the beautiful view of Crater Lake, and watch the sunrise from the top of the mountain.
The forest in this mountain is filled with tropical species like green hanging parrots, tailor birds, cockatoos, weavers, honeyeaters, long tailed grey macaque, also ebony leaf monkey, and many more. Additionally, there are also many types of trees like Casuaria woodland, fig trees, and also Syzigium. The best months for visitors to go and to climb this mountain is from April to November, since it is dry season. Meanwhile, during the rainy season, the tracking trails are all closed. To get to this mountain, you can first go to Sembalun Lawang or Senaru. These two villages are able to be reached by public bus, or private car. The cost to enter this park is Rp. 150.000 or $12 per person. 13% of this fee goes to the authority of the national park, 62% is shared for eco trekking program, and 25% is for the maintenance of the trekking. The National Park Authority is strongly advised the visitors to respect the traverse and most importantly the nature. For this reason, tourists are not allowed to litter to help preserve this mountain.
What can you do in Rinjani?
Obviously, visitors can join a lot of activities in Rinjani. For those who love adventure, you can join trekking program, camping, and sightseeing. The tracking program is usually offered for about 2 to 15 participants at the same time. You can see Savanna Grass Tall, and then continue the trip to Plawang Sembalun Crater Rim. At this point trekkers usually prepare dinners and build tents. After taking some rests, the trekkers will continue their journey to summit of the mountain. In this particular part of the mountain, trekkers will be challenged with craters canyons, and deserts. It is highly advisable for the trekkers to wear spectacles. Although the journey is tiring, eventually on the summit of the mountain offers breathtaking sceneries like Mount Agung Bali, Gili, and even Mount Tambora. Moreover, in this National Park, the visitors are able to observe the wild life. This particular place is also recommended for researchers. Generally, Mount Rinjani is one of the desirable places for tourists or researchers who like to have a valuable and unforgettable adventure. This mountain deserves to be called as Rinjani excellent due to its rich flora and fauna as well as the beautiful view.