Led by local women guides, we have an easy half-day walk (405hrs) exploring the foothills of spectacular Rinjani volcano (3700 meters high). Starting near the border of Gunung Rinjani National Park, our route follows old pathways through shady bamboo groves and village gardens before entering a wide, open landscape of rice terraces and palms. Following a winding irrigation channel we reach the lush rainforest of the famous Sendang Gila Waterfall Reserve. The local people believe that a refreshing bath behind these thundering falls can cure any disease. Along the way, we learn about various tropical plants and our guide explains their various uses. We may come across cheeky long tailed monkeys and, with a bit of luck, may even spot the rare ebony leaf monkey.
Passing small hamlets where age-old traditions are practiced, we will gain insight into colourful village life of the Sasak people. There is always something interesting happening here as we meet local people and admire traditional houses.
Make sure you bring your camera as the views are simply spectacular! On a clear day you may even catch a glimpse of Bali’s famous Gunung Agung volcano rising high above the blue waters of the Lombok Strait. Each turn of the track offers new vistas as finally Rinjani - the sacred mountain of the Sasak people - emerges majestically above rice terraces and rainforest. This natural and cultural diversity makes the Senaru Panorama Walk an unforgettable Lombok experience.
In the afternoon you will drive to Sengiggi (2.5hrs).
Optional 2-day Rinjani Volcano trek
Day 1. After registering at the Rinjani Trek Centre in Senaru we start our ascent of Mt. Rinjani. Our path takes us through tropical forests rich in local flora, birds and butterflies. Along the way we can hope to see orchids and even, with a bit of luck, catch site of ebony leaf monkeys. The last couple hours are out of the forest and through pastures. The climb can be quite steep and good fitness is required.
After hiking about 8hrs we reach the crater rim with sweeping views over lake Sagara Anak. On a clear day we can see as far as the Gili Islands, Bali and Mt. Agung. We can relax as our camp is set up and enjoy the sun set.
Day 2. We start the day with, weather permitting, a glorious sunrise over the crater and Rinjani summit before retracing our steps and heading back down the mountain to Senaru. As we will be going downhill the hike takes less time than on the first day but can be quite hard on the knees.
Upon arrival in Senaru we will transfer to Sengiggi where a nice shower and the rest of the group will be waiting.
Please note that the trek may be cancelled if the weather conditions are deemed to be too severe for safety reasons. This is a challenging two days as the climb of over 2,600m is very steep and can be slippery.
All camping equipment is provided but the sleeping bags tend to be quite thin and you may wish to bring your own from home. Porters carry camping equipment and food but if you want a porter to carry your personal belongings you will have to rent their services (please let your tour leader know in advance). See packing section for more information on what to bring. Your main luggage will be taken to Sengiggi with the rest of the group as you carry what you need just for the 2 days’ trek.