Mount Rinjani or Gunung
Rinjani in Lombok, Indonesia is an active volcano. This majestic
mountain rises to a staggering height of 3,726 m (12,224 ft),
making it the third-largest volcano in Indonesia.
The first historical eruption of Mount Rinjani occurred in
September of 1847. Most recently, Mount Rinjani spewed its lava on
1 October 2004.
The volcano of Mount Rinjani when not ready to
culminate is a site of scenic beauty with its spectacular Segara
Anak Crater Lake, protected by a national park established in
1997. The oval-shaped caldera
is 6 km by 8.5 km in dimension and filled partially by a lake
known as Segara Anak. The eruptions of 1994, 1995, and 1996 have
formed a small cone in the center of the caldera and lava flows
from these eruptions have entered the lake.
Mount Rinjani offers
one of the best treks in South East Asia, where the hikers can
climb up to its lush forest clad highlands, largely
underdeveloped. The lowlands of Mount Rinjani are highly
cultivated. Rice, soybeans, coffee, tobacco, cotton, cinnamon, and
vanilla are the major crops grown in the fertile soils of the
The Senaru Traditional
Village is situated adjacent to Rinjani Trek Center, from where
the Rinjani trail begins. Do visit the village and take along a
local guide to show you around. The benefit of taking a local
guide is that you can also experience the villager’s daily life,
visit their thatched houses and gardens of fruits and spices. The
Sasak inhabitants are the cultural guardians of Mount Rinjani and
its surrounding forest and safeguard its spiritual values.
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