» Indonesia: No It Did Not Burn Down X – Lombok: Climbing to Crater Rim Camp
Indonesia: No It Did Not Burn Down X – Lombok: Climbing to Crater Rim Camp
The trip to Rinjani is already arranged for us. Next part of our Indonesian adventure can therefore being! There is one main route (if not the only one) for getting up and back down. This trail goes from Senar to Sembalun. The trip’s length could be either 2,3 or 4 days long.
We decided for a three day trip. We wanted to start in Sembalun because it is at higher altitude (900 meters). At the last moment we were assigned one group. We ate late breakfast, reorganized our backpacks, and then we were riding on the deck of a truck to Sembalun. We got to know local load bearers and guides, bought some cookies. Then we walked in the fields at Mount Rinjani’s foothills. Pace of walk was fast because we set off as late as at noon. Slow-walkers could therefore reach the crater before sundown. We passed by the first rest place as if it even wasn’t there only when we reached the next one, we took a short lunch break.
We kept on going across rolling landscape covered with dense and high grass. We were expecting the terrain to go steeply up at any moment. This happened when we crossed the third rest area (1 800 meters above sea level) after about a five-minute break (we looked at small monkeys swinging in treetops. Then we were walking up steep terrain that was neither easy to walk nor difficult. We were walking along dusty pathway somewhere covered with patches of lava. IT recommend you to not to stop on the path. It is much more difficult to return to your previous pace. Twice happened that we though that we would already reach the the rim of the crater . But twice we were mistaken. However, we were determined to continue to the campsite.
The load bearers carry the load in two baskets both tied to a bamboo pole. It is really amazing they can walk the trail in flip flops without any problems!
After first five hours of walk we finally saw Anak lake on the horizon at 2000 meters above sea level. It fills the bottom of the crater. We are in Sembalun Crater Rim. It is a camp at ca. 2350 meters above sea level. The view of the lake is amazing as well as the clouds. Meanwhile, our load bearers are building our tents.
Seeing sundown here is true reward for overcoming such an elevation. Red sky is visible in the background over little clouds around the crater. It’s beautiful! You will be amazed if you look in any direction! We could even buy a beer sold by some local guys. They brought it up to the summit and sold for twice the normal price (80 000 IDR – ca. 160 CZK). Enterprising spirit is creative in Indonesia.
Having difficult climb behind us, we lay down into our tents. Set your alarm for an early hour because you will climb up to 3726 meters! The very top! But about this in our next article.
GPS: 8°24'42.6"S 116°27'26.3"E
Text and photos: Martina Brožková
We start our month long trip across Indonesia in its capital city of Jakarta (Java island). We did our best to leave it as soon as possible. Our first stop was on Muria peninsula, central Java (it runs into the Java Sea in the north).
After several hours of trekking in the damp jungle, you will hear a rust, raise your head, and there is an orange furry creature swinging from the liana to the liana. The feeling of pure excitement when you see the orangutan in your natural environment. Orangutan? Yes, orangutan. You do not have to go to the zoo anymore, just connect your visit to the famous Bali with the little village of Ketambe in the middle of the dense forest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Goa Giri Putri cave temple sometimes go by the name of nearby village of Goa Karangsari. High limestone caves are situated on the east coast of Nusa Penida, half way between Sampalan and Suana. As this is a temple, you have to wear a sarog, a piece of cloth wrappend around your waist to cover your lower body. If you don't have one you may rent one for 5 000 IDR (about 10 CZK).
Nusa Penida is situated southeast from very famous Indonesian island of Bali. It features regular ferry lines. Tourist infrastructure there is quite underdeveloped yet it has been improving. Should you prefer less tourist crowded areas and you like amazing vistas and great beaches, I recommend you to spend there three days at least.
Welcome back! We continue in our trip across Indonesia. Now we are below the summit of Rinjani (we are at about 2350 meters). Rinjani is Indonesia’s second highest mountain. The night is upon us as well as the very climb to the summit (3726 m).
It is almost impossible to go to Indonesia and avoid the masses of tourists today. Most tourists end up on the islands of Bali or Gili, some of them continue to the island of Lombok, Java or Sumatra. Would you like to avoid these places? Are you looking for a bigger adventure? Then go even further and discover the natural beauty of Flores Island and its Komodo National Park.
We are still on our day-long trip on Bali. We leave Singaraja town in the island’s north. Our next goal is the area surrounding Batur volcano.
It is night. We are on the edge of Ijen volcano which is famous for its blue flames. To see everything from up close we descended down the crater. Then we saw the first bearer. It was a slim man having a bamboo bar on his shoulder. On both ends there were two baskets filled up with sulfur rocks. We got out of his way. And he passed buy us. While we were descending, the smell of sulfur was increasing in its intensity.
We had seen many places on Java. Ijen volcano is, however, something entirely different. Sulfur miners work in harsh conditions here. Tourists pay entrance fee to see this unique thing. Blue flames, another symbol of the volcano, flicker behind the miners. This is the last spot on Java we saw before departing for Bali on the east.
We almost freezed on Penanjakan platform. We enjoyed the view over volcanic terrain and were on our way in jeep back to Tengger’s crater flat bedrock. Then we go afoot (under great volcanic conditions) to Bromo’s edge. The volcano is still active.
Trip to Bromo volcano in Bromo Tengger Semer National Park is probable one of the best travel experiences in Indonesia. The trip is highly organized and most touristic. Despite it is very expensive you will long remember it as a wonderful experience.
In our last article you learned more about Mt Muria, the holy mountain. We got there accidentally as we had different reasons why we traveled to Muria peninsula. There is a ferry on the northwestern coast (it departs from Jepara town) and it transports passengers to Karimunjawa National Park. We set aside two days because the ferry can cancel its trip due to huge waves. However, even two days extra were not enough.
Early climb up the summit is done, successfully. We are on our second day in Rinjani territory. Even though we were sick and tired of walking we had to leave Sembalun Crater Rim and continue further on. The night at Anak lake was upon us.
Rinjani volcano is the dominant sight on the Lombok peninsula. This second highest mountain in Indonesia is located at the altitude of 3726 meters. This one is a too much of temptation for any mountaineer.
We left Java for Bali. It is very different from other 17 thousand Indonesian islands. Many holidaymakers chose it as the place for vacation. Nature on the island is diverse and there are many contrasts. The atmosphere is wonderful and extraordinary. But to get such impressions we had to travel across the island first. We intended to travel through and through the central highlands. This would allow us to learn about the terrain and decide on which volcano to climb. Our route ran from the south to the north and back to the south in the tot al length of 200 kilometers (13 hours of ride on a scooter).
We stand on the edge of a caldera in Lombok’s north. We are in Crater Rim Senar camp. Ahead is a strenuous descend to Senaru village. It is not steep yet long (21 kilometers) and it goes through living breathing rain forest.
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