Look, I don’t usually write reviews; however, I felt compelled to after the amazing experience my girlfriend and I had with Authentic Lombok. It will be quite long, but bare with me as there are a lot of ‘cowboy’ companies out there that don’t give a sh@t about your welfare and safety, whereas Chris and his staff were unbelievable and ensured we had one of the most amazing experiences: climbing Mt. Rinjani.
Firstly, Chris, the owner, was great. Despite our travel plans turning into chaos (don’t ever fly with Lion or Wing Air) he stayed up until 3am to make sure we got to his hotel safely.
As for our trip to Rinjani, we had the honour of having Naswun (Mr. Nice One) as our guide. It’s without any doubt that he is, genuinely, the nicest guy we’ve ever met. If it weren’t for him there is no way we both would have made it to the summit (he literally pushed my girlfriend up the final part). Not only that, but we noticed that a lot of people had been ‘abandoned’ or ‘lost’ by their guide and he even helped them.
So there it is, yes you may pay a little bit more than other tour operators but it’s going to the right people who are doing the right job.
Finally, remember to tip your guide; they fully deserve it - nice one!