Conquering The Sleeping Beast - Mount Rinjani 3D2N (Part 1/2)
"If I get over 100 likes for this profile picture, I'll start up a blog and blog about my Rinjani trip"
And that's how we got here. 104 likes in a couple of days and I had to stick to my promise to produce this blog post. I haven't been blogging for years and I used to only blogged about my personal encounters and feelings, so travel blogging is kinda new to me. Let's see if things gonna work out the way it played out in my head, shall we?
The profile picture with 104 likes (as of 31 July 2016)
With that in mind, training is a must and I had been running frequently several months prior to the hike. I was training for my upcoming half marathon (December 2016) anyway, so it's a routine that I just have to follow through. There's no mountain for me to climb in Singapore with the highest hill being just 163m (yes, I'm talking about you Bukit Timah!), so I resorted to climbing the stairs to get my legs muscles trained up. So if you come from a place where there are some descend mountains and hills to climb (i.e. Malaysia, where I came from), do it and train yourself adequately months before your Rinjani hike. All those training will pay off, trust me.
Getting there and booking a guide
Our 3D2N hiking package includes the following (in case you are wondering):
- One night accommodation at Senaru Village on the day before the hike
- One trip to waterfall if reach before 3pm the day before hike or if descend from the mountain before 3pm (either way)
- Porters (carrying food, equipment, cooking equipment)
- One Guide
- Airport pick-up on the day of arrival
- Transport provided to airport, or hotel or destination of choice on the day we descend
- Camping tent, sleeping bag, toilet tent, food and drinking water for the 3D2N
- National park entrance fee is included in the package price
*In case you need someone to carry your personal belongings, you will need to hire an extra porter. We hired one to share among the 3 of us.
**If you are a solo backpacker, you may also join the Sharing Package where they will group you with other hikers. It's less luxurious compared to the Private Package, and no one will be waiting for you if you are slow, but it's much cheaper.
Day 0: Lombok Airport - Senaru Village - Tiu Kelep Waterfall
We arrived at Lombok International Airport at 11.30pm and after clearing immigration and buying sim cards, we are met with our driver, Tony.
|On the way to Senaru Village, passing by beautiful beaches|
|Lunch at Warung Dakota: Mie Goreng, Kangkung Pecel, Ayam Bakar Madu and Nila Bakar|
|Some river crossing to get to Tiu Kelep waterfall|
|Tiu Kelep waterfall|
|Fried chicken, omelette, potato soup and stir-fry mixed vegetables for dinner|
"The very same mechanism that produce excitement also produce fear, and any fear can be transformed into excitement by breathing through it"
|Fried rice for breakfast|
|From left: Me, Hajar, Wendy and Yee Lu (photo stolen from Hajar's Facebook)|
|Picking up the porters on the way to Sembalun Village|
|Me getting all excited for our hike|
|As we drive into Sembalun Village, the mighty Mount Rinjani spotted from our truck|
|Let the hike begin! Rinjani in the background covered by clouds|
|Beng beng chocolate bar, coke and fruits|
|Salad as appetiser|
Just a small fraction of detritus disposed while cooking. These are actually everywhere (ps: not our porters)
"Rinjani still has a long way to go in terms of creating awareness on preserving the environment but I do think we can help do our part. Always talk to your guide that you wish for them to respect the nature and traverse without littering. "
|Hijacking other team's hut, where the porters were also preparing lunch|
|Right before Pos 3: it was drizzling, so we had our raincoat on|
Finally, as the rain stopped, our lunch was also ready. We quickly finish our lunch and continue our journey in hope of making it on time to our campsite. Besides, we were warned that the path from Pos 3 to the campsite was the toughest (apart from the path to the summit tomorrow morning), so we'd better hurry. Weather proved not to be on our side that day as it poured again as we reach Pos 3. With our raincoat on, we continue our journey to the campsite.
|12 tents set up for a group of 23 Thais we saw on our way this morning|
|Enjoying the view while waiting for our tent to be set up|
|The clouds cleared their way, revealing the summit of Mount Rinjani|
|Hey there, I can see your head! Thank god, girls don't stand when we pee|
|Banana fritters with shredded cheese|
|Drinking hot tea and having a good chat with Lee, our porter|
|Failed attempt at capturing milky way|
We ended the night at 9.30pm and headed to bed hoping to get as much sleep as we could. What we never expect is to be rolling in bed the entire night, not getting any sleep. I stayed in bed until the alarm rang at 1am. Shit... I didn't sleep for even a second! How am I gonna reach the summit? This is bad... really really bad. This spells disaster...