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FAQ On Mount Rinjani

+ Where is Mount Rinjani? Mount Rinjani is located on the island of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. It is surrounded by four districts, such as East Lombok, Central Lombok, West Lombok and North Lombok. But administratively, Rinjani belongs to North Lombok.

+ How high is Mount Rinjani?
Mount Rinjani peak altitude is 3726 (meters above sea level), make it the second highest volcano in Indonesia after Mount Kerinci in Sumatra.

+ What is the temperature like?
Temperatures on Mount Rinjani depending on the weather. If the weather is normal is approximately 10-15 degrees Celsius (at night) on the crater rim and lakes and in the Peak Summit Low around 0-5 degrees Celsius (before sunrise). If it is windy and rainy, the temperature will be colder. It is recommended to have at least four layers of clothing including a jacket to ascend the summit.

+ When is the best time and season to climb Rinjani?
The best time to climb Rinjani is on the dry season which starts from Mei to October. It is considered the best season to climb, since it is hard and risk climbing on the rainy season (December to April).

+ Is it safe to climb Mount Rinjani?
Yes. Apart from ‘Act of God’ incidents, as long as you listen to your mountain guide’s instructions and stay on the track, there is less risk of suffering any injury and/or accident. There are reported incidents where climbers lost their way, injured themselves or lost their lives on the mountain, but note that these usually happens when they leave the marked trail on their own and/or get deviated from their group.

+ Can we swim and fishing in the lake?
Yes. You can swim and fishing at the lake of Mount Rinjani. The water temperature is about 10-15 degrees (in the afternoon) and you have long free time to fish there if you take a program trip 4 days 3 night or 5 days 4 night. There are a lot fish you can fish, such as carp, tilapia and many small fish.


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Yes. Everybody can swim and shower in the hot springs. The water temperature of the spring is about 25-30 degrees. So it is safe for swimming and shower. The hot springs is like a swimming pool; you can freely swim and jump from a higher place.


FAQs on Booking Arrangements

+ How long does it take to climb Mount Rinjani?
The shortest trip to Mount Rinjani takes 2 days 1 night only to reach the summit,  and for including program to the lake and to the hot springs, we require a minimum of 3 days 2 nights and a maximum of 4 days 3 nights. For novice climbers, it is not advisable to take the program 3 days 2 nights. Since the ascent to Mount Rinjani is hard and challenging, the way up and down is steep, slippery and sandy, it takes more time for the novice to go through it.

The following is a detailed list of the travel time to the peak along the lake and hot springs:

VIA SEMBALUN VILLAGE Sembalun village (1100 m) [go up] to Sembalun Crater Rim (2641 m)

For beginner approximately 8-9 hours (include break and lunch on the way)

For experienced climber approximately 7-8 hours (include break and lunch.)

Sembalun Crater Rim (2641 m) [go up] to the summit (3726 m)

Beginner approximately 4-5 hours

Trekker approximately 2,5-3,5 hours.

Summit (3726 m) [go back down] to Sembalun Crater Rim (2641 m)

Beginner approximately 2-2,5 hours

Trekker approximately 1,5-2 hours

Sembalun Crater Rim (2641 m) [go down] to the lake & hot springs (2010 m)

Beginner approximately 3-4 hours

Trekker approximately 2-2,5 hours

Lake & hot springs (2010 m) [go up] to Senaru Crater Rim (2639 m)

Beginner approximately 3-4 hours

Trekker approximately 2-2,5 hours

Senaru Crater Rim (2639 m) [go down] to Senaru Village (601 m)

Beginner approximately 7-8 hours

Trekker approximately 5-6 hours

VIA SENARU VILLAGE Senaru Village (601 m) [go up] to Senaru Crater Rim (2639 m)

Beginner approximately 8-9 hours

Trekker approximately 7-8 hours

Senaru Crater Rim (2639 m)[go down] to the lake & hot springs (2010 m)

Beginner approximately 3-4 hours

Trekker approximately 2 hours

The lake & hot springs (2010 m) [go up] to Sembalun Crater rim (2641 m)

Beginner approximately 3-4 hours

Trekker approximately 2-3 hours

Sembalun Crater Rim (2641 m) [go down] to sembalun village (1100 m)

Beginner approximately 6-7 hours

Trekker approximately 5 hours.

+ Can I do a day hike to the summit of Rinjani?
No. Because a trip to the summit need time approximately maximal 11 hours from Sembalun village to the summit and return is about 9-hours. So, this is impossible.

+ How long the distance will be pursued?
The distance that you will be taken depending on how long the climbing package you take.

The following is the distance traveled for each package:

2 days 1 night summit (return) is 23 km

2 days 1 night Senaru crater rim is 18 km

3 days 2 night crater rim, lake & summit is 28 km

3 days 2 night lake & hot spring only is 23 km

The following is the distance of each place:

Sembalun village <=> crater rim = 9 km

Crater rim <=> summit = 2,5 km

Crater rim <=> lake & hot springs = 2,5 km

Senaru village <=> crater rim = 9 km

+ How many days should I spend to climb Mount Rinjani?
For the beginner climbers, we suggest you to take the 4 days 3 nights program. Because this package is very flexible for the beginners, you can rest and relax with a sufficient time during the climbing. If you take the less day program, you will feel very tired and in hurry and you can not follow the climbing schedule precisely.

+ What time am I expected to reach Sembalun village or Senaru village on the day of descend from Mount Rinjani?
Arrival time is very subjective as it all depends on the climber and their group physical fitness. A reasonably fit climber can reach sembalun village or Senaru Village from crater rim between 2pm – 3pm. Most climbers reach between 1 – 3pm.

+ Can I catch my flight on the same day I descend from Mount Rinjani?
We do not recommend climbers to rush to the airport on the same day of descent from Mt Rinjani. There is a high chance that you might miss your flight due to several reasons and unforeseen circumstances. Slow in your descent, injury, landslides, traffic congestion, vehicle breakdown & etc. HERMAN TREKKER RINJANI will not be responsible for any losses incurred due to missed flights.

+ Should I purchase a personal travel insurance plan?
Yes, you are strongly encouraged to purchase a comprehensive personal travel insurance policy for the duration of the trip from your own country; to cover against Personal Accident, Loss of baggage, Delays, Unexpected alterations to travel arrangements, Cancellation, Act of God, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Infectious diseases, Epidemics, Terrorism etc. Although all our Mount Rinjani climb packages include a personal accident plan by Rinjani national Parks for all climbers, the coverage and claim value is very limited and subject to approval by Rinjani national park.

FAQs on The Planning Trip

+ How much does it cost to climb Mount Rinjani?
The cost for Mount Rinjani is varies depending on the different packages provided by HERMAN TREKKER RINJANI tour and trekking.

Please contact us for more information about the package price

+ What is the difference between Private Package and Sharing/Group Package?
Private trekking package is a special trekking package for you and your friends in a group and no one else joined in your group during the climb.

Sharing group Trekking package is very popular for backpackers, solo traveler and one who has a little budget, because the price of groupsharing package is a bit cheaper. Sharing group trekking package mean you will join to climb with other people from other countries and from other agents for do climbing together in Mount Rinjani, the number of participants is usually minimum 6 people and maximum 12 people.

We highly recommend you to choose a private trek for your comfort climbing, because the services in private package is better, faster, and more convenient. While the sharing package you will trek with a number of groups from different country and different characters. The porters service will be slower because they work for many people. Besides, your privacy will be slightly disturbed.

+ Why do I have to pay a deposit?
Because your deposit is proof of your seriousness in making climbing with us and provide a sense of security for us in the book a room and preparing all the necessities for the program that you have planned ascent before.

+ Do I get refunds if I did not reach the summit during my climb?
No, there is no refund under any circumstances including, but not limited to, summit closure due to bad weather, Act of God, being refused climb by Mount Rinjani National Park rangers or mountain guides due to your personal health and safety reasons or any other reasons that may affect the authorities’ decision to disallow you to summit.

+ Do I get a refunds if I am unable to proceed for the climb due to flight delay?
If your tour has not commenced, the refund will be based on our Cancellation Policy. There would be no refunds less than four (04) days of notification or after the tour has commenced or for any unused tour services including but not limited to transfer, meals & accommodation, guiding, the climb itself or any other services not utilized.

+ Do I get refund if I am unable to proceed for the climb duo to personal or health reason such as food seasoning?
If your tour has not commenced, the refund will be based on our Cancellation Policy. There would be no refunds less than four (04) days of notification or after the tour has commenced or for any unused tour services including but not limited to transfer, meals & accommodation, guiding, the climb itself or any other services not utilized.

+ Do I get refund if I am unable to proceed for the climb duo to hospitalization?’
If your tour has not commenced, the refund will be based on our Cancellation Policy. There would be no refunds less than four (04) days of notification or after the tour has commenced or for any unused tour services including but not limited to transfer, meals & accommodation, guiding, the climb itself or any other services not utilized.

FAQs on Age and Fitness

+ Who can climb Mount Rinjani? Any age limit?
There is no particular age limit for Mount Rinjani climbers. As long as you are in good health status or you have seek approval from your doctor if you are on any medication. Herman Trekker has served thousands of climbers ranging from 10 year old to 80 year old. However, we suggest young children to be at least 10 year old due to the numerous steps and steep slopes. Similarly, elderly climbers need to be in good health and fitness level to attempt the climb.

+ Are there any health restrictions for climbers?
Although there is no physical health checks done upon registration in Rinjani National Park, it is recommended that all climbers should have themselves medically checked before attempting any mountain climb. If you are pregnant or have a history of suffering from the following ailments, it is highly recommended that you should refrain from climbing: Hypertension, Diabetes, Palpitation, Arthritis, Heart Disease, Severe Anemia, Peptic Ulcers, Epileptic Fits, Obesity (Overweight), Chronic Asthma, Muscular Cramps, Hepatitis (Jaundice); or any other disease which may hamper the climber. You know your body best!

+ Do I need any special skills or equipment for the climb?
No. Although Mount Rinjani is an adventure destination, you do not need any special climbing skills or equipment. Climbing Mt Rinjani is akin to climbing up endless flight of stairs and equipping yourself with a good pair of walking/trekking shoes, waterproof warm jacket, head torch & gloves are good enough. Anyone that is reasonably fit and healthy can attempt the climb with confidence. Remember to do regular exercises as this will give you an added edge in attempting a successful climb. Please refer to Items to Carry During the Climbing To Mount Rinjani

+ How physically fit I should be to do the climb?
The mountain climb takes at least three days, the first day being relatively straightforward – 9,5 km of steps like track up to 1500 masl, the second day being slightly technical – climb to the summit with ropes at an angle of about 2– 10 degrees inclination. If you are able to climb a flight of 12 storey staircase up and down few times in a day with not much difficulties, that shows you are ready!

+ How bad are the effects of high altitude?
Altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Syndrome (AMS) affects every individual differently and is regardless of fitness level. Most climbers will experience lightheadedness or a mild headache, while a small percentage of climbers will suffer from nausea or vomiting. The symptoms of AMS vary for different people but include dizziness, fatigue, confusion, difficulty walking, rattling breath and feeling extremely ill. If you experience any of these symptoms, avoid physical exertion and breathing too slow and too shallow. Most importantly is to keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water. Return to a lower elevation if you are suffering badly and the symptoms do not subside. Seek medical assistance from your guide and he will advise you where to move on from here.

FAQs on Bad Weather and Accidents

+ Can I still climb Mount Rinjani during bad weather?
Yes, at least for the program to the crater rim. Mostly because the climb to the rim is on the right track with the steps, but for the program to the lake in the rain would be very dangerous because the road is rocky and the cliffs are often landslides in the rain and program the summit in bad weather conditions such as strong winds, fog and rain, not too dangerous. But you must have a healthy immune system, because when the weather is bad, it is very cold temperatures when the rain and fog, sand dust when strong winds.

+ Do I get a refund if bad weather at the summit?
No refund shall be made for the cancellation of the summit program. This is due to the Law of God and also for safety reasons climbers. But you can continue your program to the lake & hot springs or can directly consult with your guide.

+ If I am injured/sick during my climb, what should I do?
Please inform your mountain guide immediately. He will access your condition and make proper decision if you should continue trekking or be sent back to the village and then bring to hospital near the village. Emergency rescue team will be alerted and they will carry the badly sick/injured down at no charge. For minor injuries or other reasons, you can be charged Rp.1.500.000 for the porter team to stretcher/carry you down or up the mountain. Not all such cases can be claimed under the Rinjani national park personal insurance. You are advised to purchase your own travel insurance separately for better coverage.

FAQs on Climb Preparation

+ What do I need to bring?
Refer to “Things to Bring” for a checklist of what you will normally bring for mountain hiking. This is the standard packing list and you can make changes according to your own needs and preferences. However, we recommend that your backpack weight to be between 5-6 kg or less. Read more at Items to Carry During the Climbing To Mount Rinjani

+ Are trekking shoes and head torch compulsory?
Shoes are required to climb from the start point to the top. sandals and bare feet are not allowed and you will be denied the climb to the summit by mountain guide you if you do not wear shoes. As a head torch, we strongly advise you to have one for your own safety. There is a great possibility that you will be rejected  to the top without a head torch.

+ Where can I store my extra belongings/bags as I do not wish to bring them for the climb?
You can save it in HERMAN TREKKER office, your goods will be safe there until you returned from Mt. Rinjani. We are fully responsible for the goods that you store in our office.

+ What is the cost of hiring a porter?
For hiring a porter, you have to pay Rp.250.000/day.

Note: The maximum weight is 30 kg

+Will the porters trek along with me?
No. The porters, not as a mountain guide. They only carry your stuff will run non-stop to the camping place and awaiting your arrival. Therefore, do not ask them to bring items that are considered useful for you during your ascent.

This tip is to pack two bags separately; water, energy bar will be done by you all the way up.

+ How much water should I bring?
Most climbers really need about 1. 5L-2L per day. 1500ml drinking water will be provided at the time of starting the journey. A refillable water bottle is handy because you can ask to refill your water if it is up to the porter or guide. Note: Your guide always check the availability of your water throughout your journey.

+ What can I expect in a packed lunch?
A packed lunch may vary periodically, but usually, it was included – eggs, chicken, white rice, local snacks, fruits, and a bottle of mineral water

+ Can I have vegetarian menu?

Our standard vegetarian menu is mostly based on ovo-lacto vegetarians. It can be easily accommodated in most areas, options typically leave out the meat rather than adding vegetarian mainstays such as tofu, beans, or nuts. Vegetarianism is a concept our country is still learning to comprehend. Please note that unfortunately, HERMAN TREKKER cannot guarantee that special requirements can always be met for other types of vegetarians. In tour packages where meals are served buffet / set menu style, we suggest that you leave out the meat or other things you do not eat.


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+ We have been handled hundreds of climbing for local or international climbers.

+ We have local guides and porters who have experienced many years of working in Mount Rinjani.
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+ Our mountain guides are carefully chosen and First-Aid trained.

+ We provide clean and reliable vehicle for you to ride comfortably.
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