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At a height of 3726 meters the imposing volcano of Gunung Rinjani is the second highest mountain in Indonesia. Towering over the island of Lombok, and clearly visible from much of Bali, Rinjani has a particular spiritual significance to the local people and Balinese alike.
In 1997 a National Park covering 41,330 hectares around the volcano was set up to protect the natural beauty and diversity of this bio-geographical transition zone where the plant and animal species of South East Asia meet those of Australasia. The slopes of Rinjani are covered in lush forests and there are several waterfalls with spectacular settings that can be explored as part of a day trip from the Lombok's coastal resorts.
For those looking for a real challenge and a generous dose of adventure should consider the 2 day Rinjani trek. The trek is hard in places and should only be taken on by those in a fit condition, with two full days of strenuous hiking on steep gradients and basic sleeping conditions. One of the many highlights that the trek rewards you with is the unforgettable experience of camping on the rim of the crater overlooking a breathtaking mineral blue lake with a miniature volcano rising from its waters. This trek is featured in our "Adventures in Bali & Lombok" tour, and can be included as part of any tailor-made itinerary.