Bali the island of Gods. It is also the island of volcanoes and humans who live close to those mountains. Not only because they live on their side but also because they are sacred to Hindus.
Arrival in Bali and transfer to Ubud, free close of day. Dinner in a local restaurant.
Overnight hotel in Ubud.
Free forenoon to explore the artistic and cultural capital of the island. Then in the afternoon, transfer to the caldera of Batur volcano. The road is dotted with orange trees. Installation close to the lake, meeting with fishermen and gardeners.
Overnight at hotel.
At the end of the night, we start our climbing on Mount Batur. Before sunrise, we are reaching the first summit of the oldest crater and begin our descent skirting the adjacent craters. We are stopping near the newest and most active crater from a safe distance. After a well deserved bath in hot spring lake, transfer to Sidemen, one of the most beautiful valley in Bali. Around many rice fields, salak plantations and weaving shops where we can observe the making process of the famous ikats… Ending the afternoon. Overnight at hotel.
Early during the night, short transfer to Selat Temple and start climbing… At dawn, we reached the crater edge at an altitude of 2.850m. We are in a way of the secondary top of Agung volcano. The highest and the most revered mountain in Bali. With his imposing figure Agung dominates almost all the south and east sides of the island, often shrouded in a veil of clouds and fog. In spite of most books and maps lend him a height of 3142 meters, some say the summit failed to survive the eruption of 1963 and is no longer higher than 3014 meters! Around the crater with the assistance of ropes and beautiful descent to the famous Temple of Besakih. It is the most important temple of the Island and is a religious complex of 22 separate temples in seven terraces… Extraordinary views… Visit of the temples, often there are sumptuously colorful ceremonies… Short drive to Amed beaches through the beautiful region of Tirtagangga. Relaxing time on the most beautiful beaches in Bali, overnight feet in the water…
First transfer by road to Padangbai port (2h). Ferry boat to Lombok island (4h). Arrival at Lembar port. Road to Senaru (2h) along the beautiful west coast of Lombok. We can meet monkeys in their natural habitats. We stop on a beach for a nice swim.
Overnight at losmen.
We take a closer look at Mt. Rinjani by going to lake Segara Anak (2,200 m), which lies at the foot of Mt. Rinjani, 900 m below the summit. Segara Anak literally means ‘child of the sea,’ certainly a name to account for its large size. Inside a caldera roughly 8 km by 6 km, the lake itself is 3 km at its widest and is said to reach 250 m in depth. The outcome of our hike is worthwhile. Admiring the bluish-green color of the lake in strong light, we see Gunug Baru sitting in the middle, coughing and emitting puffs of smoke. In 1942, a mini-volcano emerged from a vent under the lake and now overlooks the lake from 145 m above its surface. We feel we are standing at the far edge of the world. We spend the evening with local fishermen watching them at work on their boats. Camping.
We take a short walk to Plawangan II base camp, on top of a small plateau (2,700 m). We set up our tents and take a well-deserved rest to prepare for our next day’s long journey. Camping.
At night, we climb up the last part of the Rinjani volcano on stony tracks. From its peak (3,726 m), we have an amazing view over Lombok, Sumbawa and Bali, with Mt. Agung in the distance. We even see the worldwide famous volcano Tambora overshadowing Sumbawa. At this moment, we have accomplished our mission to reach our last peak. We head back to Plawangan II for a well-deserved rest Early in the afternoon, we walk down to Sembalunlawang, on Mt. Rinjani’s eastern slope. A transfer by bus takes us to Senaru.
The top of Rinjani is the highest after that of Irian Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid). The name Rinjani may originate from an old Javanese term for ‘God’ or ‘all great.’ In old times, the Sasak, the former community of Lombok, believed that the most important spirits lived on Rinjani, including the daughter of their Supreme God. The Balinese themselves cross the sea for an annual devotion to the mountain. This spot breathes magic as well as beauty, so it is no wonder that people of Lombok and Balinese consider this volcano as the dwelling place of spirits.
Transfer to Bangsal port (1h30), short sailing to Gili Air island (30 min). Beaches of fine sand, fish and corals (can rent snorkeling on site).
Overnight in bungalow.
Transfer to Mataram airport and flicht to Bali/Denpasar to get your international flight…
* In high season, our tour guides can be already busy. If you want a guarantee of supervision by one of them, we recommend an early booking of this tour.
The schedules are given as rough guide only. The itineraries are subject to change due to volcanoes or weather conditions.
Walking an average of 6 hours per day going up and down on rugged semi-wild paths with 700m to 1000m difference in altitude. If you are used to go for regular nature treks on rugged trails, or the practice of an intense sport, you will be a good candidate.
Training: Anyone intending to join a program of this level needs preparation like jogging swimming, and /or cycling on long distances for at least two months prior to departure as a good physical condition is absolutely essential.
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