Mount Rinjani at Sunset in Lombok

Trekking Mount Rinjani: Climbing Lombok’s Tallest Volcano



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Mount Rinjani towers above Lombok, a beautiful backdrop for so many photos of its best beaches. The volcano is also one of the toughest trek’s you’ll find on the island – especially if you choose to do it all in 24 hours. This photo gallery covers the highlights of climbing Rinjani with Matt, my buddy from home.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Our first view of Lombok's Mount Rinjani reminded me of photos that I've seen of Mount Kilimanjaro surrounded by the arid Maasai Steppe grasslands.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    You'll hike several kilometers through the sunbaked grassland area before you actually begin your ascent.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Matt with our guide Ba'im taking a break under the shade of a small grove of trees.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Outside the shade, the sky was completely cloudless and the tropical sun beat down relentlessly. It wasn't actually that hot (we climbed during the southern hemisphere's winter), but you definitely don't want to forget the sunscreen.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    The grasses of the steppe areas were windblown and tough. Every blade of grass was sharp and serrated with pointy edges.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    As we gained elevation, the landscape grew more varied with deep gullies carved by milennia of rain water flowing down from Rinjani's steep slopes.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Eventually we reached the lower limits of the clouds which covered Rinjani's slopes. The fogginess gave the climb a surreal effect as windblown trees (like the one pictured here) would come into focus.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Two hikers from the previous day's group on their way back down the mountain.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    I was surprised that we found a few monkeys at the higher altitudes. I had always assumed this species of macaque preferred to be near the ocean or dense jungle areas.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Further up the trail and into the Misty Mountains...

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Matt traverses a sloping gully as the grassy steppe of Mount Rinjani transitions to piney forest.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    The cloud cover was thicker the higher we climbed.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Does anyone know what species of tree this is?

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    After about an hour in the clouds we came out into a sunny area with this very angular tree forming a nice frame for the backdrop of Mount Rinjani's slopes.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    This ridge might not look that steep, but it was a pretty punishing climb.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    I took a breather to get a few more shots of the landscapes of Mount Rinjani.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    This guy was feeling pretty chipper after covering about a hundred meters of straight vertical elevation.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    The temperatures at the higher elevtions weren't bad and the trees were almost entirely pines.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Just when you think you're making pretty good progress, you come to a clearing and realize just how far you actually have left to go.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    After hours of steady climbing we had cleared the cloud bank and had sunny skies for the rest of the afternoon.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Matt takes a break from what's already been a busy day--and it's not even 4 o'clock!

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    You can get a sense of how steep the trails are from this photo.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Looking out from the slopes of Mount Rinjani towards Gili Trawangan.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    A long, long way from Winchester, Virginia.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    One of the guides from another group lugging a heavy load of supplies up the mountain on his shoulders.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    If this were a business magazine, they'd probably use a line like 'top of the world' for this photo. Just for the record, nobody is asking me to be on a magazine cover.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Ba'im and Matt take a break to take in the view of the Segara Anak crater near the summit of Mount Rinjani.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    From the ridge above the Segara Anak crater we had a clear view of the summit.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Insert mountain climbing caption here.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Hey, don't celebrate yet--you're not even on the summit!

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Noble and dignified, dignified and noble.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Onwards to our base camp for the night.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    I believe the Knights who say "Neeeh" might refer to this as a shrubbery.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Pfizer pharmaceutical tagline goes here.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    We set up our overnight base camp on this ridge within sight of Mount Rinjani's summit.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Glad we had stopped hiking at this point so I could catch the late afternoon alpenglow on the slopes of Mount Rinjani.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Pretty nice view on the other side of the ridge too.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    The shaded slopes of the mountain faded into shades of blue and purple as the sun dropped lower and lower.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Another angle on the mountain's beautiful late afternoon alpenglow. I used a neutral density filter to balance the dark shadows below the sun line with the brighter colors further up.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    All the plants at this altitude looked pretty sturdy. Even though it's in the tropics, this is a pretty challenging environment to live in full-time.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    The last light of the day over the crater lake of Mount Rinjani.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    We had our tent set up and ready for the night before it got dark.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Chicken curry for dinner with a panoramic view of Lombok--not too shabby!

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    The last glow of the sun burned bright red, silhouetting this ridgeline of trees.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Another group built a pretty big campfire on the ridge. Looked cool at sunset, but probably not so good for the trees trying to survive at the top.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    After the last light of the sun faded over the horizon, the stars were absolutely amazing.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Here's the Milky Way above Mount Rinjani.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    I used the fishey lens for these night shots because it did a better job of taking in the panorama of the starry sky.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    We were up at 4 a.m. for the summit climb. By 5:30 the sun was starting to glow in the east, though the stars were still bright above.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    I got distracted with capturing the beauty of the morning light and never pushed on all the way to the top of the mountain.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    The morning light on the craggy mountains above the crater was really beautiful.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    For a tropical island, the top of Lombok in early morning is surprisingly cold.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Another view of the early morning glow of the sunrise over Mount Rinjani.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    At this point in the morning, things were warming up a lot with the rising sun.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Tents from other trekking groups near the summit of Mount Rinjani.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Another view of Mount Rinjani's crater lake.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    The sun was up quickly and I was already dropping the down jacket and walking around in a t-shirt.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    This view of the crater lake at Mount Rinjani reminded me of Northern California.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    The ridge where we camped was actually pretty narrow.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Everything warming up nicely.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    We were already starting our descent by 9 a.m.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Early in the morning the slopes of Mount Rinjani were completely clear but by 9 a.m. the clouds were already forming to blanket the mountain in the afternoon.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Not sure which was more painful, the climb or the descent... Here you can see Matt watching his footing on a steep section of trail.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    Again, had to take some breaks from trekking to capture the beauty of this place.

  • Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano

    Trekking Mount Rinjani: Exploring Lombok's Most-Famous Volcano
    This looked almost like a Joshua Tree to me, anyone know what species it is?


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