Mount Rinjani is – with its 3.726 meters above sea level – the second highest volcano in Indonesia. The crater rim offers a fantastic panorama view of the Segara Anak Lake and the volcano. From the summit of Mount Rinjani, you can see half of Lombok as well as Gili Meno, Gili Air and Gili Trawangan and even Bali. Depending on how long you want to spend on the mountain there is also the opportunity to bath in the hot springs, visit the caves, camp on the lake or climb Mount Baru, the new smaller volcano that is growing out of the crater.
What to See?
A wide variety of flora and fauna emblazoned as far as eyes can see.
From the rim of the Volcano, you can catch enchanting views stretching from east to west. In the west, the Gili Islands can be seen like three small drops in the vast ocean, with Bali’s volcano Mount Agung is towering in the distance with stunning sunsets.
In the east, we have a perfect vantage point of the inside of the Volcano crater, with Mount Baru Jari and the lake of Rinjani which offers an amazing view.
The crecent-shaped Segara Anak is one of the most beautiful points of interest on Mount Rinjani. It lies at a whopping 2008 meters above sea level and has an area of 11.126 hA. It is said to have a depth of up to 230 meters, but data measurements made in 1925 says it even yields a depth of +250 meters. However, after the explosion in 1994, the lake’s depth, measured in 1951 was changed to a depth of 200 meters, with the area shrinking to an area of 11.000 hA.
The hot springs of Mount Rinjani is another attraction worth visiting when trekking the Volcano. With water flowing through the deeper, hotter layers of the earth, it comes in contact with magma and comes rising to the surface in forms of hot springs. This phenomenon is rarely encountered in the world which makes this a highly recommended stop on your trekking adventure on Mount Rinjani.
On the summit
With a height of 3.726 meters above sea level, the top of Mount Rinjani soars above everything else. From here you can see all the way to Sumbawa in the east, and Bali with Mount Agung in the west. Looking south, you can also see almost all of Lombok, with all its cities glowing in the night like fireflies in the night.