With sunrise coming, you can see the awesome shadow of Rinjani off into the distance
Passing through rolling grasslands on the very lower slopes of Mount Rinjani
This is where the climbing starts to get harder.
Camping here for the night.... just above the cloud line
A narrow edge... volcano caldera to one side, and the steep slope up which you climbed to the other
Crater Lake is over 200 metres deep... you can swim and fish here!
Steep volcanic scree and ash make the climb hard, but the summit is within sight
When you feel that you can't make it, your mountain guide will offer encouragement and show you the way
Camping alongside the lake is an amazing experience
A new caldera is forming within Mount Rinjani... still active today!
This is the hardest section of the climb... just 300 metres to go!
You made it! Looking deep into the caldera of Mount Rinjani
The 360 degree panorama is just beautiful
You are so high you can see clouds forming around the Crater Rim far below you
That ridge is what you have just walked across to get to the summit
Having made it to the summit, it is back to the Crater Rim camp site for a full breakfast
Spectacular views back to the camp site perched on the Crater Rim of Mount Rinjani
The most recent eruption of Mount Rinjani reshaped the entire caldera
Mount Rinjani Weather
Mount Rinjani volcano is so big it creates its own weather!
Mount Rinjani, at 3,726 metres high, creates its own weather patterns, so while the rest of Lombok is experiencing a beautiful day, the top of the volcano can be surrounded in cloud.Normal temperatures for the lower altitudes vary during the year from 26 - 28 degrees Celsius (88 - 90 degrees Fahrenheit), so the temperature is very constant all year round. Senaru Village is normally a full 5 degrees Celsius warmer than Sembalun Village.Lombok experiences much less humidity than its sister island of Bali just 45km away, so the climate is much more suitable for outdoor activities such as trekking.
Lombok, like all locations in the tropics and particularly near the equator, has a wet and dry season.Wet season commences around November and ends around March. Normally, the mornings are dry, with the clouds building late in the afternoon in preparation for the 3.00pm downpour. This lasts only an hour or so.If you are trekking Mount Rinjani, the object is to be above the cloud-line before 3.00pm, which means that as you are above the clouds, you do not get any rain at all!
Lombok experiences between 8 and 10 hours of sunshine each day, with February being the shortest days and September / October the longest. The longer days of October and the lack of the wet season, makes October the perfect time of the year for trekking.
The lower slopes of Mount Rinjani are tropical to sub-tropical, with temperatures between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius, depending on where you are in relation to Mount Rinjani. Senaru village, located on the very northern slopes of Mount Rinjani is very humid and hot, especially when in among the trees or deeper valleys.As you climb higher, the temperature drops rapidly, and around the Crater Rim area is quite cold, falling to as low as 8 or 9 degrees Celsius, so cold weather clothing is essential if you are climbing Rinjani.
There is little wind around Mount Rinjani generally. As with most locations in the tropics, the air is very stable with very few low pressure cells to cause the winds found in the lower or higher latitudes.