» Indonesia: No It Did Not Burn Down XII – Lombok: The Night at the Anak Lake and Mountain Descend
Indonesia: No It Did Not Burn Down XII – Lombok: The Night at the Anak Lake and Mountain Descend
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.
There goes only one road into the crater from this camp. First it descends steeply. It is stony and sometimes water hollowed it out, therefore, it could be difficult to walk there. Then there is a turn which leads up the hill. One cannot even believe that it really goes towards the lake. Fog rolled around us so we couldn’t see how far we have to go and where we are at.
Finally we spotted water surface of the lake (it took about three hours to descend). Once we got closer, however, we realized the bank of the lake is littered. Unfortunately, this is normal in Indonesia. It is common here to throw out your litter. One naturally picks up trash here but it doesn’t help much the overall situation. I really wondered how one can pollute nature which is so beautiful.
People camp along the lake. Fishermen sit around. Hot springs didn’t come amiss as dirt and dust was all over us.
The night at the lake is very pleasant and it is much more warmer than at the edge of the crater. We enjoy the view of Baru, a small volcano (2 363 m). It is interesting to watch fog rolling over. You don’t sleep every night at the lake. It depends on the group or decision of your guide. People often stay over night at Senaru Crater Rim camp. It takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes of steep climb along stony pathway to get there. We were really grateful that we didn’t have to climb this as our day was truly exhausting. But the following day was even more so. The hill isn’t so steep but climbing and descending it takes much longer. It was a pity that we didn’t sleep in the second camp because we would enjoy beautiful view of the sundown.
We woke up at 4 am. When we finished eating our pancake we set off up the volcano. We passed by tourists going in the opposite direction. We also passed by runners at the extreme Mt. Rinjani ULTRA race (try this in case you find normal climb too, well normal). We walked between tents which tourists built on every flat spot available. You can build your tent almost anywhere you want. You have to just talk to your guide.
And what it will be like to descend from the volcano crater to 600 meters above sea level? You can learn next on next Monday.
GPS: 8°24'17.2"S 116°24'32.4"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).
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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 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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