To me, it was the most surprising and experiencing moment in my trip in Indonesia. Definitely the highlight!
Trekking - Mount Rinjani - Lombok - 3 days / 2 nights
The trek started from Senaru village around 10 am.
For this first day, we climbed around 6 to 7 hours.
Right from the start the way up is very hard and it's really hot. Don't lose courage and try to find your pace.
Around 6 pm, exhausted, we reached the campsite - 2600m - Plawangan Senaru crater rim.
Our reward: the wonderful view over the lake Segara Anak and amazing landscape.
|Dinner time! Quite basic, but after a day like this, we just want one thing: go to sleep!|
And it is very cold here, almost freezing....
After a short but restful night's sleep, we went down to the lake and the hot spring - 2000m.
Around 2,5 hours walk, steep down and very slippery (due to the rain) so quite dangerous!
|raide, raide la descente...|
After the lake, we climbed till the next campsite.
Muscles getting more and more painful but the mental is still here after a quick swim in the hot springs.
After few hours climb (can not say how many, the lack of air start to be felt), we arrive at the campsite, exhausted!
|La dream team|
We have to hang on, it is the last part, but also the most challenging of the trek.
Wake up at 2.00am and start to climb at 2.30am to reach the Mount Rinjani summit - 3726m.
We climb in the dark, we can not make it out, the only light is the light from the headlamp.
The is a small light at the summit (like a lighthouse). We can see it from a long-distance, we think we are close, it seems it won't take very long to reach the summit, but no! Even if you keep moving forward toward the light, the distance do not move.
And after the stones, it is in the sand to have to climb... and because it is quite steep, when you take 2 steps forward, you slip 1 step back. Never ending!!!!!
Feeling not to move forward, it is sweat, warm, cold, then freezing, exhausted, having no strengh left, run out of steam, want to give up, want to cry, push yourself, can't breathe, dizzy, surpassing, mindset, shaking legs....
And finally... the summit... It is 5.45am
Yes, I made it!
After a break to recover from this challenging climb, it is time to go down.
Here we go again! 7 to 8 hours walk to reak the end of the trek, at the Semblalun village.
From an altitude of 3726m to an altitude of 1100m.
And a special mention to the porters (around 40kg/pp to carry at the beginning)
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