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About Rinjani Eco Tour
Led by local women guides,this easy half day walk explores the foothills of spectacular Rinjani volcano in lombok’s northern district of bayan. Starting near the border of Gunung Rinjani National Park, your route follows old pathways amongst shady bamboo groves and village gardens before entering a wide,open landscape of rice terraces and palms. Following a winding irrigation channel you reach the
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Alex wrote a review Feb 2020
United Kingdom11 contributions
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Four of us did the 2D1N trek to the crater rim. The views were outstanding (well worth the hike) but the guides, porters, and tour operator Mr. Sapri were equally impressive with their local knowledge and helpfulness! Booking the tour was very easy - I contacted Mr. Sapri via WhatsApp and he replied very quickly with all the information I could possibly want - including the treks available, costs, what we would need to bring, and what would be carried by the porters. When we arrived in Lombok, he picked us up at the airport and drove us the three hours to Senaru village (pickup/dropoff at the airport was included in the trekking price, I might add) where all of his guides are from, and where the trek begins. On the ride to the village, he was all too happy to share loads of knowledge about Lombok, Rinjani, and even stopped several times for bathroom breaks, to buy us fresh local fruit, and to show us how to give cookies to the monkeys. When we arrived in the village, we had lunch at a local restaurant and then Mr. Sapri and his daughters guided us on a short 45m "warm up" hike to a few local waterfalls. That evening, we stayed in a local hotel (again - included in the trekking price!). The hike itself is not easy - I would say between medium and difficult. But the extremely impressive porters (shout out to Nas, Sol, and Yang!) and guide carry the tents, cooking equipment, food, water, dining table, chairs, sleeping bags... pretty much everything except your own clothing. We started a little after sunrise and arrived at the crater rim around 2-3pm. And whoa! What a view! Hard to describe so take a look at the photos - all of us were tired by the end of the hike up, but VERY glad we toughed it out - the views are incredible. Aril was our excellent guide - he spoke very good English and took care to go at the right pace for us, point out local vegetation and animals, and provide us with chocolate when needed :) He and the team of porters cooked delicious hot meals for lunch, snack, dinner, breakfast, and lunch again the second day on the way down. The tour accommodated our vegetarian dietary needs, cooked something different for us each time, and even had a dining table and chairs for us to relax in at each rest stop. I am really glad Mr. Sapri invested in good tents and sleeping bags - we endured a tempest of a storm overnight at the crater rim with high winds and lashing rain, but we all snuggled up warm and dry in our tents and sleeping bags all night - no problems at all! It does get cold in the evening so bring warm clothes! "Eco Tours" is not just a name - when we got to the final rest area prior to the crater rim, we each planted a tree sapling to help replenish some of the forest that was recently destroyed in a fire. Along the entire hike, our guide and porters carried rubbish bags to collect any plastic rubbish that other tours had left behind. It's sad to see a natural wonder like Rinjani with rubbish strewn along the paths, but the efforts of Mr. Sapri and his team give us hope that it will not always be that way! All in all - we couldn't have asked for a better tour or better staff at Rinjani Eco Tours. Mr. Sapri in particular is one of the kindest, most helpful, most professional people I have met in my travels across the globe. He speaks English very well and went out of his way on every occasion to make the adventure enjoyable for us. For the price, this is undoubtedly one of the best deals we came across in Indonesia.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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MK1900123 wrote a review Feb 2020
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Mr Sapri and his team (including guide Aril, porters Nas, Sol and Yeng) were INCREDIBLE. They led our group on the 2 day 1 night crater rim walk. We had some rain at night but the tents held up perfectly. The food was awesome and Aril was patient with my slower trekking speed. Overall would recommend 10/10. Great value for the price.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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SomeoneFromArnhem wrote a review Nov 2019
Arnhem, The Netherlands12 contributions3 helpful votes
Let us assume that the trek to the crater rim is not the easiest walk. It is a journey of several hours that is becoming increasingly difficult. But someone who is fit can complete it and is then rewarded with an unforgettable view and the satisfaction of a great achievement. The guide and porters of Rinjani Eco Tour really do everything to make you succeed in the trek and to provide you with all the conveniences, as far as possible on the trip. There are various organizations that offer a trek to the Rinjani crater rim, and possibly also for a lower price. We deliberately chose Mr. Sapri's Rinjani Eco Tour because of the good reviews, but also because every participant is planting a tree and taking part in keeping the mountain clean. The guide, porters and guests leave no mess behind. In fact; you can help to clean up the mess that other organizations "forget" to clean up.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Judithhazelzet wrote a review Oct 2019
Maastricht, The Netherlands15 contributions9 helpful votes
We had the best time with Rinjani eco tour. We visited the waterfalls and hiked up to crater rim. Our tour guides and porters were very friendly! They took good care of us. The food was amazing, the service was just perfect! We even planted a tree!! And one of the things we find very important: they Clean up the mountain by taking all the plastic and rubbish down! So if you want good service, a friendly and experienced guide and porters: book with rinjani eco tour!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Milkosia wrote a review Oct 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia16 contributions2 helpful votes
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I've done a 2 day hike camping on the ridge of the Rinjani Crater and it was truly incredible! I am a hiker and have seen many places around the world but I dont thing I've ever seen such amazing views. We slept in a tent, above the clouds and literally overseeing the crater lake and cities below. The sunset and sunrise at the lake were magical. So is the changing fauna and flora from rain forest and little monkeys to rocks and lakes. Gorgeous! Rinjani Eco Tours was fantastic! Everything was well organised. The guide was great! He helped us get to the summit happily and safely. He also ensured we had the best spot to camp in on the top and made a fire for us! He woke us up with hot tea and coffee during the sunrise. The food was plenty, good and healthy. The meals were ready before we got to any of the locations. The equipment was good - warm sleeping bag, good tent. Sapri also took an extra time to show me the waterfalls. I cannot express enough how amazing it was! It is a MUST DO in Indonesia! PS. Take a jacket or two for the night! :)
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Date of experience: September 2019
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