Here is a list of answers to some of the most common questions we receive from people that want to take trekking packages for Rinjani. However, if your question is not answered in this FAQ, please reach out to us here, and we’ll answer you shortly.
Everything you need is included in the packages. You do not need to pay anything additional, except if you do not have a jacket, trekking sticks or a head lamp. These can be rented on the spot for 50 000 IDR (~4 USD) extra per item for the entire trip.
For a better experience, it is highly recommended to go for a private tour for more flexibility and convenience. That’s why most people who have own group or minimum 2 persons prefer to take this private trip and avoid a large trekking group
However, join a group is also possible if there is availability – it is cheaper and more fun as you meet other travelers. All the standard packages are group packages, but there will be more than 7 or 12 people in a group in total.
For the majority of people, climbing Rinjani is a very challenging experience. But anyone with a reasonable fitness level can manage to reach the crater rim, or even the summit. Porters are carrying all food and camping equipment, which makes it much easier for you to actually complete the trek.
The majority of the route represents a normal trekking path, although there is a harder portion in the last 1 hour just before reaching the summit. No rock climbing or technical climbing skills are needed.
The climb to the summit, is optional however. You can choose a package that doesn’t go to the summit, like the 2 Days 1 Night package. Or, you can choose a package that includes the summit climb (3 Days 2 Nights and 2 Days 1 Night), and decide at the end of the first day if you want to do it on the second day. If you feel that the first day was hard on your body and decide to skip the second day summit climb, you can always decide to do so.
All of our packages include all meals, drinks and needed equipment. However, equipment that is specific for each body size is not included, such as long pants, jacket, trekking sticks and head lamp. You can also rent these on the spot, just before beginning the trekking, for 50 000 IDR each (~$4 USD).
Return pickup transportation to West and South Lombok is also provided for free, including to the Gili islands.
Do porters carry my own backpack?
Porters are carrying everything needed for you and the group – food, water, camping gear and cooking equipment. However, you need to carry your own backpack. With each backpack varying in size and weight, it would be impossible to estimate how many porters are needed.
If you want to have a porter carrying your own backpack, you can pay additionally on the spot for one, at $20 USD/Day.
What is the pickup time from Senggigi, Gilis or Mataram?
If you’re coming from the Gili islands, please arrange for your own boat transportation to the Bangsal Harbour, and pickup from there will be at 7 AM. From Senggigi and Mataram, pickup is at 6 AM from your accommodation lobby. Transportation to and from these locations is free, and included in all packages.
However, we recommend that you come to Sembalun or Senaru the day before you begin trekking, so you can have a proper rest and so you don’t need to wake up very early to get started. We offer free accommodation in a local hotel for the night before the trek, plus you can get a light breakfast in the next morning – also included for free.
Yes, most definitely. If you’re travelling and have more luggage than you need for the trek, you can leave the additional one at the departure point at our office.
In fact, we’re recommending you to only take with you what you need for the trek, and leave everything else at departure. You will have a much easier and better trekking experience.
You should have, at a minimum, the following: a small backpack; a jacket; long pants; trekking shoes or running shoes with a good gripping sole; head lamp (if you’re attempting to go to the summit).
Tipping is optional, but highly encourage, especially if you are satisfied with the service provided. A rough estimate amount to pay the guide would be 300 000 IDR for the entire group, and 100 000 IDR for each porter. These amounts should be divided between the group members, is tipping is decided upon.
Trek insurance is provided that paid for before trekking. The guides have basic first aid skills and will help in case an injury occurs. If evacuation is needed, they will coordinate with the police, the National Park, and the nearby village head.
As you will be at high altitudes, height sickness might occur. For height sickness information and prevention, please read here.