Indonesia: No It Did Not Burn Down XIII. – Lombok: Farewell to Rinjani
Monkeys can be nice distraction while you are on the road. However, to seem them you need to look high into the treetops. It is hard to do, however. Sometimes the trail rather reminds one of an assault course . You have to jump, climb, go around and so on. There are even fresh water sources (at the lake as well). Your load bearers refill bottles often. Water is good. Don’t worry about drinking it.
Guides know that too many breaks would result in unnecessary prolongation of the trip. Fortunately, they didn’t tell us we don’t stop at all. It would be much more difficult to walk 19 km knowing that. Finally, after 8 hours of walking we stopped to have a lunch! My blisters finally got some rest. We envied our guides their flip flops.
Because Indonesia is a tropical land there are not that many tourists who would pack hiking boots. Mostly they walk up the mountains in sport shoes. Simply put – nothing is better than hiking shoes when going up volcanoes or mountains. But you can do it also in other shoes.
The guide told us after lunch that we are 2.5 kilometers from Senaru village. He said it is a tradition to run to the final destination. Some joined the guide and the rest walked down to the village.
We are there. A car is waiting for us there. It will take us to our backpack. One of the best treks in east Asia and our most strenuous trek is done. We have many great impressions. We are leaving the greenest place on Lombok (thanks to high precipitations) and are heading to rest on island’s south.
Climbing up Rinjani was very difficult, as well as descending down. Don’t overestimate yourselves. Some travel agencies present the trip as easy. This couldn’t be far from truth. It is a strenuous climb . You can however adjust it once you reach the edge of the crater. You don’t have to climb to the very summit if you don’t want to.
So this article marks the end of our series about Indonesian mountains. We hope they have brought you some inspiration.
GPS: (Senaru) 8°23'34.7"S 116°27'24.1"E
Text and photos: Martina Brožková
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