Mt Rinjani and Kayaking Komodos
Indonesia really is an adventure playground. Its violent geography has created some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth, with enormous volcanoes soaring from the sea and pristine reefs and marine ecosystems surrounding over 18000 islands of the archipelago.
- Climb one of S.E Asia's best kept secrets
- Sea Kayak the amazing waters of the Komodo Islands
- Visit waterfalls and a high altitude lake
- Swim and snorkel pristine tropical waters
- Marvel at an active volcano and watch the sunrise over Bali
Sacred Komodo plays on these assets to bring you the ultimate adventure expedition. We will first climb the amazing Gunung Rinjani, an active volcanoe that nearly reaches 4000m above sea level on the island of Lombok. To reach her summit one must trek through open savannah, along exposed ridge lines and down steep cliffs. Your reward however is unrivalled vistas of Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa, amazing scenes of sheer cliffs and a high altitude lake as well as access to thermal hot springs. Rinjani in itself is considered by many as the best short adventure in Asia.
However we are adding an extension to this that will appeal to those that like to work hard and then play hard. After our epic journey to the summit of Rinjani, we will fly to Flores and sea kayak around the Komodo Islands. We will trek to look for the infamous Komodo Dragon as well as have the chance to SCUBA and snorkel some of the best reefs on the planet.
SCUBA Dive Option: For those that wish to incorporate a SCUBA Dive on this expedition (highly recommended), we can arrange for a specialised SCUBA vessel to meet us in the Park for 2 dives for an additional AUD$170.
If you love adventure from sea to summit, then the Sacred Komodo expedition is for you.
Mount Rinjani lays within the boundaries of the Gunung Rinjani National Park a 40,000 hectare reserve on the island of Lombok. The summit reaches a heady 3726m above sea level, yet it is just one of several peaks that are the remains of extinct volcanoes that have collapsed in on themselves. These include Gunung Senkereang Jaya (2900m), and Plawangan (2687m) to the north, Gunung Buanmangge (2894m) just south east of the lake, and Gunung Baru (2375m) which dominates the lakeside peninsula.
Lying within the 6km by 8km caldera is lake Segara Anak (Child of the Sea). At its deepest Segara Anak is 190m and covers over 1200 ha. This fresh water lake is home to a variety of fish, however the most dominant species are carp and cat fish. It is estimated that the forced needed to create such an enormous cavity would be equal to nearly 300 Hiroshima bombs. The result of such violence is an unforgettable tropical landscape.
On the southern shores of lake Segara Anak grows Gunung Baru, a relatively new volcanoe cone which began to appear in 1942. The cone's summit is already approximately 300m above the lake and last erupted in 1994.
In close proximity to the camping ground on the shores of the lake are thermal pools which are fed superheated water from underground ducts. The mineral deposits in the springs are said to have incredible healing and medicinal properties.
Mount Rinjani National Parks lies within the major transition zone (Wallace) where the flora and fauna of South East Asia makes a dramatic transition into that which is typical of Australasia. The Park has a rich variety of plants and animals, although they can be hard to spot due to the terrain and rainforest cover.
Sometimes seen early in the mornings is the rare black Ebony leaf monkey, known locally as Lutung. The Long tailed grey macaque or Kera is common in Lombok and older males are seen on the crater rim. Ruda deer are forest dwellers and are occasionally seen along the Rinjani trek tail. The smaller barking deer or Kijang has an alarm call with a distinct dog-like bark. Look for the disturbed ground where the Wild pig or Babi hutan has been foraging. Also found in the forest is the Leopard cat or Bodok alas, Pam civet or Ujat and Porcupine or Landak. These species are usually only found on the northern slopes of Rinjani which is covered in pristine rain forest and jungle. The western and southern slopes are more reminiscent of an African savannah with high grasses and few trees.
A variety of colorful birds live in the forests of the Park. Perhaps the best known icon of the Park is the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo that is not found any further west of Lombok. Many of the forest-dwelling animals, insects, birds, civets and monkeys owe their survival to the wild fig tree or Beringin as a provider of food and shelter. The pine-like Casuarina species, Cemara, are a feature of the grassy higher slopes. Orchids or Anggrek are also a feature of the grassland areas, as is Edelweiss or Bunga Abadi growing above the tree line; it is a beautiful icon of the Park and one of our best-known sub-alpine plants.
Arrive in Bali and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Bali - Lombok (B)
Transfer to Denpasar Airport for flight to Lombok. From there we will pick you up and take you to the Sheraton on Sengiggi beach. There will be a briefing on the climb either today or the following morning. The day is free to shop for last minute things.
Day 03: Sengiggi - Lawang - Base Camp (B, L, D)
An early start for the beginning of a challenging day ahead. Our car will pick us up and transfer us to Lawang. From there we will trek through savannah like country, up the steep outer rim and camp at base camp. (8 hours walk)
Day 04: Base Camp - Summit - Shores of Segara Anak (B, L, D)
Another early day with a 2 am wake up for our summit attempt. We hope to reach the summit by sunrise, about 630am for the awesome views over the crater lake, Bali and Sumbawa. We then walk down to the shore of Segara Anak.
Day 05: Segara Anak - Senaru (B, L)
Today we will trek from the Lake to the Northern Rim, looking back on where we came from. From there we head down to Senaru overnight in a local guest house.
Day 06: Lombok - Bali (B)
From Senaru, we will transfer to Mataram airport for our flight back to Bali. From there will will spend another night in Bali.
Day 07: Bali - Labuan Bajo – Pulau Bajo Pungu – Kelor Island (B, L, D)
This morning we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Labuan Bajo. Once we arrive in Flores we will transfer to our suppoert boat which will tansfer you out into the Komodo National Park to meet up with the rest of the group at Bedadhari Island for a bit of snorkelling and lunch. After lunch we are off to visit the spectacular site of Goa Rangko cave. Goa Rangko is a grotto with an amazing clear lake seamed by stalactites and stalagmites. After Goa Rangko we will sail back to Seture. Overnight in Safari style tents on Seture beach.
After breakfast, an inrtroduction paddle and safety briefing we start our paddle to Pungu Pearl farm to check out how to source these beautiful products of the sea. Then off to Menjerite for lunch and some snorkelling. We will reach Kelor in the afternoon. Kelor has a beautiful beach surrounded by crystal clear water and a small hill which is perfect to climb to watch the sunset over the Komodo National Park. Overnight in Safari style tents on Kelor.
After a bit of snorkelling just off the beach of Kelor and breakfast we start paddling to Kukusan, a local village. If school is in we will visit the school and students.
In the afternoon we have the option of paddling or boating to the fishing village on Rinca to have a stroll. Used to be living with the Dragons in their neighbourhood, the village is now protected by a high fence around the village to keep the beasts out.
This will be followed by a sunset boat ride to a small mangrove island (Kaaba), inhabited by bats. This is a great sight enjoyed from our top deck with thousands of bats flying into the night sky for their evening meal. Overnight in cabin on support boat in the park.
Day 10: Rinca - Manta Point - Sebayor Kecil (B,L,D)
Early morning we will rise and boat to the Rinca Ranger’s Office to look for Komodo Dragons. Rinca (pronounced Rin - cha) is the best place in the park to see the Dragons as their numbers and density are larger there. We will be shown around the park by a trained Ranger who will explain the eco-system, the Dragon's habits, the life of other inhabitants on the island such as the Macaque, Buffalo, Deer, Tree snakes etc.
After a drink at the Ranger's Cafe' we will start heading west to Manta Point to hopefully snorkel with these gracious animals. After lunch we will then start our paddle towards Sebayor Kecil to set up our last beach camp for the trip. Sebayor Kecil has a beautiful beach and some great coral reefs and fish population so a spot of snorkelling the next morning is encouraged. Overnight in Safari style tents.
Day 11: Sebayor Kecil - Kanawa - Labuan Bajo (B)
After enjoying the reef just off the beach we make our way towards Kanawa through some Mangroves before we hit an open stretch. We will stop in Kanawa for lunch and more snorkelling before we boat or paddle back to Labuan Bajo. We will be back in Labuan Bajo in the afternoon after lunch. There you have the evening free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
For those taking up the SCUBA Diving option, this is the day that you can SCUBA Dive at some of the best sites in the Komodo National Park. Sites change due to weather and water conditions, as well fish conditions such as Batu Bolong. The SCUBA Boat will pick you up for 2 dives and then drop you back to the Eco Lodge in the late afternoon (lunch provided).
Day 12: Labuan Bajo - Bali (B)
Early morning fly back to Bali. You will be met at Bali airport by the hotel and taken there. You can either stay the night at the hotel or fly out to your next destination later that evening. Either way you will have a room available to yourselves.
Day 13: (B)
Note : This itinerary can vary due to local conditions and strength of kayaking team. Days can be shortened or lengthened depending on many factors.
The two main tracks leading to the summit are either up the northern slope from Senaru (600m ASL) or the eastern slope from Sembulan Lawang (1100m ASL).
If you want to reach the summit as quickly as possible and back down again, then the route from Lawang is the way to go. The trek begins at the gates of the Gunung Rinjani Information Centre, just past the giant Garlic (the valley in which Lawang is situated is Lomboks' largest garlic producer).
From there, the track meanders for the first few hours through rolling hills of tall grass and scattered trees. You should set out early; around 8am; as the day will be long; approximately 8hrs. Once you reach Position 2 Rest Area (1500m ASL), the topography changes to steeper slopes until Pada Balong (1800m ASL) where the incline radically increases. It is from here that the climb becomes a grueling struggle. By mid day the sun is often hidden behind clouds that roll in around you creating an eerie landscape of silhouetted trees and trekkers.
After 3 to 4 hours of this you should have made it to the crater rim. Don't expect Rinjani to reveal herself from here however, as the clouds that have been shading you in the afternoon, shroud the crater, the rim and the summit. From this junction it is another 30 minute walk to base camp or Plawangan 2 (2900m ASL).
By late afternoon the cloud line drops below base camp level revealing an awesome view of the other side of the crater and a magical sunset over Bali. Gunung Rinajni's summit is still hidden by the steep ridge line that leads to its peak.
The summit climb is best undertaken before sunrise. If you leave by 3am you should reach the summit by 6 or 7am. The climb itself is very difficult. It is three hours along a steep (at times 45 degrees), uncompromising path. The track is predominantly made up of scoria and loose stone, so every step you make, your feet slide back half a step. To make matters worse the air begins to thin out at around 3000m ASL so your muscles and lungs don't seem to work as efficiently.
The view from the summit however is absolutely awesome. You can see the entire circumference of Lombok including the Gilis, the west coast of Sumbawa and half of Bali. The view back into the calderas is just as impressive, as you are virtually sitting above the opening of the new cone growing inside. Just check out the photos.
After an hour or so of self congratulation, you can head back down the ridge line to base camp. The trip takes approximately 2 hours and for the first time you can see just how narrow the ridge is and how far the drop is on either side.
After breakfast, you head back along the rim to the steep and very rocky track down to Lake Segara Anak. The going is tough on your feet, especially if you already have blisters.
Three to four hours of hiking should get you to the camp ground on the shores of Segara Anak. There is a lot to explore from your camp ground, including the hot springs which are a 5 minute walk away, the Goa Susu or Milk Caves (45 one way) or for the fitter, a swim across the lake to the base of Gunung Baru. The main camp ground here can get busy during the National Day weekend and during the full moon.
After recouping at the camp ground over night (some people stay for a couple of days), the track leads up towards the Senaru Rim camp ground (approximately 3 hours). From the rim it is all down hill for another unrelenting 5 hours. The terrain changes dramatically on the northern slopes of Rinjani. Pristine rain forest covers most of the slope and the journey. It is a truly magnificent forest.
Senaru is a far better equipped town for the trek up Rinjani. Guest houses are of a better quality and the availability of decent food is better than at Lawang. Add this to its stunning scenery, waterfalls and great walks, Senaru is a more popular destination and starting point for the journey up Rinjani.
Senaru itself is 600m ASL approximately nine km south of Bayan on the northern slopes of Gunung Rinjani. Walks around the local country side, visits to traditional villages and nearby waterfalls are highlights not to be missed. For those not intending to climb Rinjani, Senaru offers some superb views of the ridge line summiteers take and the summit itself, particularly from the verandas and restaurant of the clean and cheap Pondok Senaru (guest house).
The Gunung Rinjani trek circuit is an amazingly beautiful, rugged and difficult track. Although it is not well known it is equal to any of the great hiking tracks of the world.
- Electrolyte supplements such as Gatorade for expedition portion
- Return airfare Bali-Lombok-Bali-Labuan Bajo-Bali
- All transfers in Lombok, Bali and Flores
- Kayak use with all safety gear including vest, paddle etc
- 1 nights accommodation Senaru
- 3 nights expedition in tents Lombok
- 4 nights Safari Style Tents Komodo Islands
- 3 nights accommodation Bali
- 1 nights accommodation Sengiggi (Sheraton)
- 5 days sea kayaking
- 1 night in Labuan Bajo
- All food on expedition component (12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 6 Dinners)
- Breakfast in Senaru, Lawang, Labuan Bajo and Sengiggi
- Tent, camping equipment and sleeping bag hire
- Park fees and Park insurance
- Fees for Porters and Guide
Note: If you are traveling alone and do not want to share accommodation, a Single Supplement of $550.00 will apply at the Sheraton, our hotel in Bali and our hotel in Labuan Bajo. The Single Supplement can only be granted for the hotel accommodation. During the camping and kayaking part of the trip the Single Supplement is subject to availability.
- Tips for Porters and Guides (these are optional)
- Travel Insurance
- Airport taxes.
- SCUBA Dive Option
- Personal Porter. The porter for your pack is generally included in the trip unless you are bringing extensive luggage like camera equipment etc. If you would like to book a personal porter for your trip a supplement of AUD 250.00 will apply.
- Alcoholic Beverages
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