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“John's Adventures (The Rinjani Master) to Crater Rim”
Review of Sembalun Village

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Northern Lombok Day Trip
Ranked #29 of 133 things to do in Lombok
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Physically one of the hardest climbs ever completed. The view speaks for itself. Guides and porters were excellent. The night on crater rim was terrible! Was prepared to camp but wasn't prepared to freeze. The sleeping bags were cheap and held no warmth, even with four layers of clothes on. At one point my feet were so numb I didnt know if they were still there. The food was ample and good, but more emphasis is needed on nutrition not sheer bulk of food that makes you feel terrible. On our last day breakfast was all yellow and fried. Pancakes, a toasted cheese sandwich, small mountain of fried banana and eggs all featured. The private toilet was interesting as it was located directly under a cliff where other people were camped (lol). Make sure you take a water proof bag and a few sets of clothes and towel incase it rains. You will freeze to death if you have to sleep in wet clothes! Prepare yourself for a magical sunrise which may be affected severely by cloud cover. Sunset is most glorious. As far as value for money goes it is extortionism by local tour carriers but not much can be done about that (our 2D/1N was US $180!). As for John, aka the Rinjani Master much can be done for his atrocious customer service and treatment of staff. And maybe for $180 a hot shower could be included at the end of the trek.

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Reviewed July 2, 2014

Went trekking with John's Adventure. The guide was good and porter was helpful. WIthout one of the porter, I wouldn't have made it to the top. The view at the top made the climb to the summit worth it! Food was good too. I felt very well fed. The tentage was great too, made sleeping comfortable. Overall, I had an awesome experience

Date of experience: May 2014
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

Definitely a tough hike but a beautiful Volcano with a beautiful Lake but....hikers and local community trashing it all the way!
So many emptied plastic bottles, paper of energy bar, toilet paper, human fieces, garbage everywhere!

We have done the 3days and 2 nights.

What I like about hinking and camping is once you arrive at the top you just lay down on the ground, close your eyes and relax.
Well, there you cannot find a spot without rubbish to sit down.

It is a shame as this volcano is a beautiful natural scenery (we do have amazing pix) but this mess really spoled it for us.

The trek is tough, you have to be resistant but you do not need to be a professional hiker to do it.
Make sure you bring: hiking and water resistant shoes, warm clothes (it can be very cold up there and very windy!), rain coat, lights.

Date of experience: April 2014
3  Thank Cis34
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

totally exhausting but quite worth it, especially the lake. i wished i had more time for the lake.

wrote about my climb here


Date of experience: June 2014
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

We did the 2 days tours till the summit with Rudy trekker,and we can say that the service that they offer is amazing.Our guide Usman was really kind and helpfull every moment and we had 2 porters that carried our equipment and cooked delicioius meals.We would like to recommend this tour if you decide to do this really tough but incredible trek.

Date of experience: June 2014
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