We have just completed Jaya's Tetebatu crater rim trek (Rinjani itself is currently closed), and I have to say it was wonderful!
Jaya and his team are fantastic, friendly guides who looked after our small group brilliantly. The trek is two days and one night and is very steep at times, but there's plenty of opportunity to rest.
We were collected from the airport on the previous evening and taken to our first night's accommodation in Tetebatu. The next morning the start of the trek was a short drive away. You begin by walking up through apple and monkey forests, with the trail gradually becoming steeper. We were soon hiking through the clouds, which meant lovely, cool temperatures. Lunch was really delicious spring rolls and plenty of string Lombok coffee (all the meals were great). After lunch, the trail becomes steeper, but a few hours later we arrived at the camp site, from which we got some great sunset views of Rinjani.
Day two's trekking began at 4am, with a 2 hour hike up to the summit of the crater rim - AMAZING, FABULOUS, STAGGERING VIEWS! I've trekked in the Himalayas, on Kilimanjaro and in the Atlas Mountains and these views are as good as any of those - definitely worth the effort to get up there!
The hike back down is certainly tiring and our legs are aching now, but it's nothing a few Bintangs won't cure!
I'd recommend Jaya to anyone - really professional, good value service, and Lombok needs tourists again after the earthquake.
Thank you Jaya and your team for a magical experience!