5D4N Mount Rinjani Trek

Rinjani, at an impressive height of 3726m, is the second highest volcanic peak in Indonesia. The gigantic volcano dominates the skyline of Lombok Island, and is clearly visible from the aeroplane descending to the Lombok Airport. At the center of the mountain is a huge caldera filled partially with a blue turquoise crater lake, known as Segara Anak (Child of the Sea). The trek to the mountain starts from one of the villages at the foot of the mountain. The first part of the trek transverses through open plains of tall grasses – reminiscent of an African savannah – with plenty of cattle grazing about. After the savannah area, the trail starts to ascend through rolling hills of forests, bringing you to the crater rim. The rim is a great viewpoint to appreciate and take in the sheer size of the caldera, and the beautiful Segara Anak, which is occasionally obstructed by the passing clouds beneath you. The final climb to the summit takes place the next day, very early in the morning. It is a challenging climb where you have to overcome the cold, the strong wind, fatigue and the loose slippery volcanic terrains. At the summit, you will be rewarded with the magical views of the surrounding seas, mountains, lake and rim being illuminated by the rising sun. As you descend back to the rim and venture deep into the caldera, you will follow a winding and often misty path with several bridge crossings, eventually reaching a blue serene lake. There is an opportunity for you to refresh yourself with a dip in the hot spring with a waterfall situated near the campsite by the lake. The next day, the trail will bring you up to the caldera, giving you an alternate view of the other side of the rim, before descending through the forests to the village at the base of the mountain. As part of Lombok reforestation effort, each hiker will also get a chance to plant a new tree on the slope of Mount Rinjani!


Day 01


Upon arrival at the Lombok International Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly local representative who will bring you directly to a lodge in Senaru/Sembalun village via our private transportation.

Overnight: Lodge (1156m)

Rinjani hike

Day 02


After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will first proceed to the Rinjani Information Center at Sembalun Village for mandatory registration and briefing on the route details, local traditions, safety procedures and rubbish management details. You will then start off the 6 hrs trek passing checkpoints- Pemantuan (1300m), Tengengean (1500m), Pada Balong (1800m) and to Plawangan 2 (2639m). The first part of the trail is a breeze walk through a vast grassland, where you will see cattles grazing and an unobstructed view of Gunung Rinjani. After Pada Balong, the trail ascends steeply for 3 hrs to Plawangan 2 where you will be greeted with sweeping views of the crater lake Segara Anak (2000m) and Rinjani Summit (3726m). Over here, our local porters will setup the tent for you to rest, and you can also enjoy a warmth of a glowing campfire under the stars.

Overnight: Tents with sleeping bags (2639m)

Rinjani hike

Rinjani hike

Day 03


You will be given an early morning wake up call for the summit trek at 3am. The terrain of the 3 hrs hike up to the summit is steep with loose volcanic soil, also the most challenging part of the Rinjani trek. After the workout, you will be rewarded with amazing sunrise views above the clouds at the summit. If the visibility is good, you can even see Bali and Mount Agung to the west and Sumbawa to the east. You will then descend back to Plawangan 2 to recharge with a quick rest and lunch before descending for another 2-3 hrs to the lake. There is a hot spring near the campsite to welcome you, where you can enjoy a dip to refresh yourself before dinner.

Overnight: Tents with sleeping bags (2000m)

Rinjani hike

Rinjani hike

Day 04


After having your breakfast by the lake, you will trek uphill for 2 hrs to Plawangan 1 (2641m). The initial part of the trail is along the edge of the lake, where you will discover stunning views of Gunung Barujari close-up, the post-caldera cone where most of the recent eruptions have occurred. At Plawangan 1, you will find yourself above the cloud line again, surrounded by surreal views. From Plawangan 1, descend for 2 hrs to Mondokon Lolak (2000m), where you will enjoy your lunch. For the last stretch of the hike, you will descend for another 5 hrs through the tropical forests to the Rinjani Trek Center in Senaru. Along the way, do look out for the shy lutung or the black monkeys swinging high up in the canopy. There will be an opportunity to refresh yourself at the trek center before setting off to your hotel in Senggigi via our private transport.

Overnight: Hotel

Rinjani hike

Rinjani hike

Day 05


Explore the pristine beaches in Senggigi or pick up some souvenirs before heading to the airport with sweet memories of the hike.

Rinjani hike

Package includes:

  • All local land transfers
  • First night accommodation in homestay
  • Last night accommodation in hotel
  • Homestay and hotel breakfast
  • All meals and drinks (boiled water, coffee and tea) during the trek
  • All camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags)
  • Local Indonesian trekking guide (English speaking)
  • Porters for tents, sleeping bags, food and communal equipment
  • Gunung Rinjani National Park entrance fee
  • Tree planting for each hiker

Package excludes:

  • Return international air tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Indonesia VISA (ASEAN citizens are VISA-free up to 30 days)
  • All meals not indicated
  • Porters for personal bags
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • All expenses of a personal nature



Need more information on Mount Rinjani? Read through our Mount Rinjani frequently asked questions and get them answered!


For the less gung-ho, we offer other trekking options like the Crater Rim and Lake trek or just the Crater Rim trek which provide the same magnificent views of the Rinjani’s environs but less the strenuous climb to the summit – 4D3N Mount Rinjani Trek.

You may also choose to add another day to the standard itinerary to spread the trek out into more days and to better immerse yourself in nature – 6D5N Mount Rinjani Trek.

Besides these, we also offer Panorama Walk (Half Day Hike) and Sasak Hill Trek (2D1N) at the foothills of Mount Rinjani. For those with more time and budget, we offer extended trip to include nearby Gili Islands (30 mins boat ride away from Senggigi) to soothe the after-climb aching muscles. The relaxed and laid back islands have some of the best snorkeling and dive sites in Indonesia.


4D3N Lombok and Gili Islands and 5D4N Mount Semeru


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The climb was great, the view was amazing. We really enjoyed the fact that it wasn't too touristic and all hikers were local. The guide was very helpful and brought us around in Surabaya on Saturday.

Aijing (Group of 2 on a 4D3N Mt Arjuno & Mt Welirang trip in Apr 2019)

Personalised pickup and attention to our well being. Focused to help us to have good experiences. Guide Udin is very professional. Dependable, attention to details, providing good advices. Porters are friendly and helpful. We are very happy with the service level, professionalism of the whole team to bringing good experiences to hikers like us.

– YT (Group of 3 on a 2D1N Mt Merbabu Camping trip in Nov 2018)

Hi Bob, thanks very much for making the arrangements and making this trip a meaningful one for me. The service that you have provided is exception, really unlike any vendors that I have engaged before. The prompt replies and staying connected with the traveller during the trip helps to reassure the traveller. The guides that were engaged were also very professional and ensures the safety of the climber. The guides takes the effort to brief the climber and checks that there are proper safety equipment before the hike so that safety of the climber will not be compromised. It was a smooth trip. The drivers for the transfers were also punctual. It’s really a great trip! Thank you very much!

– Pei Yi (Solo hiker on a 4D3N Semeru trip in Aug 2018)

The guide and porters were experienced and very nice! They were very helpful and fun 🙂 the cooking was delicious and they were wonderful hosts. We were pretty slow but they were understanding about it. They were very accommodating of our wants to stop and take pictures along the way too. I'd like to commend porter Diu (I hope I'm spelling it right), my Friend was struggling up and he offered to carry her bag for her. During the descend, I kept slipping and he was so kind to help me down the many steep paths.

– Stef (Group of 6 on an 2D1N Mt Merbau Summit & Camping trip in Jul 2018)

We were lucky, the weather was good and sunny throughout the trip. Scenery was beautiful and most importantly food was great. A great trek but not a stroll in the park. Summit push was a struggle for some of us. Thanks Ying for making our trip a success.

– Jace Lee (Group of 4 on a 4D3N Semeru trip in June 2018)

Profession guide ensures a safety and comfortable journey during the adventure. Tents and pillows were of good condition and organisation of daily itinerary was based on our capability and ability to continue the hike rather than rushing for the schedules. The hiking and trip journey was enjoyable.

– Adam (Group of 4 on a Mt Rinjani trip in May 2017)

The whole arrangement from the start to the end was smooth. The support of the guide was immense and we enjoyed ourselves all the way through. But kudos to the guide who made this experience a beautiful one.

– Mus (Group of 4 on a Mt Rinjani trip in May 2017)

It has been a fulfilling trip from the start to the end. Ying has been very meticulous from the beginning; paying great attention to our dietary requirement, rooming arrangement etc. Thanks Abdul, our guide, for the encouraging gestures to keep us going especially during the summit push. Fond memories for years to come!

– Celine (Group of 7 on a Mt Rinjani trip in June 2016)

This was our third trekking trip with IWT after Rinjani and Ophir. We continued to be impressed with their consistent personalized customer service and responsiveness. The pre-trip briefing package which consisted of a detailed packing list and things to take note of are especially useful for our climb preparation.Thanks Bob for keeping a constant check on us during the trip. We look forward to many more trips with you.

– HL Chua (Group of 5 on a 5D4N Semeru trip in May 2016)

Thanks to our guide Arief for making my life so much bearable during the 3d2n trek. It was a tough trek especially for someone like me who's not so fit but the scenery was really worth the sweat. Looking back it's a trip well planned and executed. Thanks for making this happen.

– Jiahui (Group of 5 on a Mt Rinjani trip in May 2016)

We had a great trip and received very good services from the mountain guide and his helpers. We greatly appreciate the  thoughtfulness with which iwannatravel planned the itinerary especially when we need to make last minute change to reduce the group size. Our trip is all well planned and executed. We greatly enjoyed ourselves throughout the trip.

– Susana Chua (Group of 3 on a 5D4N Semeru trip in Sept 2015)

Kudos to IWT for making our Semeru trip a success; everything from driver, guide to accommodation were well planned and organised! The Semeru FAQ and packing list provided by Bob were especially useful in helping us to prepare for this trip. Bob was always very prompt and patient towards our enqueries and requests for itinerary amendment. We look forward to our next trip with IWT! 

– Jeremy (Group of 6 on a 5D4N Semeru trip in Aug 2015))

We are very happy with the overall arrangement of everything from the choice of trekking company, the transportation and the accommodations. We were very well taken care of on the trek. The foods on our camping trip was really great. Beyond our expectation actually. =) Thanks you Bob for the patience to answer to all our queries and giving us advises that helps us greatly to planned out our extension stay after the climb. Will definitely join their other climbs or engage them to plan another trip again. =)

– Yen Wei (Group of 9 on a Mt Rinjani & Gili Trip in Aug 2015)

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