A Majestic View of Lombok’s Senaru
A Majestic View of
Senaru’ s popularity as the starting point for walks and hikes around Mount Rinjani remain still
rather unknown. An abundance of pristine green landscape keeps visitors in awe, where
local villages and tribes still cling to ancient traditions and customs.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Without any doubt, the craters of Lombok’s Mount Rinjani work like a magnet for customers seeking an adventurous fill-in of their excursion needs on this tropical island. The immense crater, with its lake, can often be seen from various spots on Lombok.
At the base and partially constructed on the slopes of this volcano lies the town of Senaru–the perfect starting point to get acquainted with the fertile surroundings and the folk tales and stories of mystery by the local people.
07:00 - 16:00
We leave early in the morning in the direction of Senaru but not without a stop in between. First, the Baun Pusuk is home to hundreds of monkeys eagerly waiting for your arrival and who are happy to trade you for some quality pictures in return for peanuts or bananas. Although harmful and quite the playing type, we advise caution as these animals are prone to take anything dangling (glasses, purses, shawls and even earrings) for their own possession. We continue and follow the northern coastline to Wihara, a Buddhist monastery at a predominately Muslim enclave.
If open, one can visit the Buddhist school next to the temple. The children here receive basic knowledge about the teachings of the Lord Buddha and English. Gifts such as pens, pencils and notebooks are very welcome; the school depends totally on donations, and in return, you may walk out knowing some Indonesian words!
We finally make it to Senaru village, and we are immediately heading for a walk in the Rinjani National Park. Our guide for the afternoon is a local villager who eagerly wants to show you the holistic means of walking through the bamboo groves, various irrigation systems and plantations. The view will be of indescribable beauty, so keep your camera close and snap away. This leisurely trek moves deeper into the rainforest and will end at the famous local waterfalls of Sendang Gile and Tui Kelep. Matching perfectly with the surroundings, a locally prepared Senaru lunch is served at a local restaurant before we start with the last part of this wonderful day.
We continue to follow the base of Mount Rinjani and nearby the local settlement of Sembalun Lawang and Bumbung lies the tranquil Sembalun Valley, connected to the eastern slopes of the volcano. Authentic Sasak tribes still call this home and have continued to honour the traditions of their ancestors up until today.
Filled with impressions and new experiences, we head back for our long drive back to your hotel, where we should arrive at around 6 pm.