Enjoying the view thousands of meters above the sea.

Known as the 2nd highest active volcano in Indonesia, Rinjani is quite an attraction. You know how people are, the more dangerous it is, the more attractive it becomes. Apparently the saying doesn't only apply to teenagers with hormonal attraction.


After 2 days of hiking from Sembalun Basecamp, I was ready for the summit attack. The plan was to sleep early and hike for from 1 AM to reach the summit before sunrise. Looking up from our campsite, I thought that it was going to be an easy objective to reach. It didn't look that far and I thought that I could complete in 3 to 4 hours. 

Speculation, sometimes, is my worst enemy. Okay, probably most of the times, but in this case, it definitely was a mistake to speculate about my summit attack duration.

If you read about Bukit Penyesalan, you would know that I still had to go through 3 more hills of regrets to finally reach the summit from the last campsite. I was told that these hills would be filled with sands and rocks, dragging you down after every 2 steps you take. I was also told that it would be pitch black so I needed to make sure I had enough battery for my headlamp until the sunrise. After making sure that I had enough water, snacks, batteries and other equipment for the summit attack, the team of @lintang.indonesia and I left the camp at around 1.40 AM. 

It was dark and tough from the very beginning. Although the weather was friendly and warm even during the night, the hike was still devastating. It was definitely the most physically challenging situation I've ever been. After passing the first hill, I walked further only to find that even more challenging terrains were waiting for me.

Even so, the view was very beautiful! The stars were lit and you could see Lombok from such a height. If you look to the other side, you would see Anak Gunung Rinjani surrounded by the Segara Anak lake. It was majestic.
Too bad I didn't have a tripod with me for some night shots.
The time on my watch says 3.30 AM and I was all alone. My friends were left behind because I was impatient to wait for them. I figured that walking alone would have been better because I wouldn't lose too much energy resting every now and then. With much confident in myself I kept on walking up on my own.

I kept on looking up, hoping that I would reach the summit soon. However, as time went by, no progress seemed to be made. With every step I made, I was constantly dragged down by the sand and rocks beneath me. Left and right, other hikers were sleeping and resting. A foreigner couple were even hugging each other while the guy was trying to encourage his girlfriend to climb on. I remembered that night specifically because it was a very tough night to go through.

As I thought it couldn't get any worse, I realized that my water bottle was accidentally opened and I lost half ration of my water supply. I was also running out of snacks and energy bars. What's worse than all of that, I had nobody to talk to. It sucks being in a rut alone. As much as I know that in my head, I was too ignorant to believe in it.

At 4.45, out of desperation to talk to someone, I looked at my phone hoping to find signals to call my parents. There were none. I knew that the possibility would be small, but I was that desperate. With no more options left, I continued walking up on my own, finally reaching the summit at 5.45 AM, a few minutes before the sunrise.

I nearly cried 3726 meters above sea level. You have to click that link to know why. In that link, you will also find some photos and video from the summit, but here are some of the rest that my friends took when we finally met on the summit.
Mom and Dad have got to be so proud!
Met an Italian who was climbing Mt. Rinjani with vans while we were on our hiking shoes and gaiters!
When I saw this cliff, I knew I had to snap the view.
Reaching the top wasn't enough for me. I was walking and jumping here and there, wandering as far as I can go.
Ain't your ordinary OOTD shot.
A compulsory selfie with the plate.
When the sun was up, everything was clear to see. I began walking back to the camp site at 10 AM. The path that I took earlier in the dark is now translucent and clearly visible. The view was spectacular and I was enjoying every second of my walk back to the camp! Here are some photos from the track that leads to the summit.
Although the incline is much easier than Semeru, some said that the length of the incline hike is farther than Semeru.
"Don't worry, I'm just sleeping." he said.
Walking beside the cloud.
Heading down was not much of a problem compared to walking up.
Sands in every step.
After 3 hours of walk down to the campsite, I finally reached the site hungry and tired. A short rest was much needed before I had to hike for another 5 hours to the Segara Anak lake and camp for another night. Before I end this blog post here is a summary of the things you should do and shouldn't do during a mountain hiking.

1. Walk alone. You can walk fast alone, but you will walk far together.
2. Look up too much. You will be discouraged because of no visible progress. 
3. Provoke or anger anyone. As you go higher, the tension goes up. People are more impatient and could be easily angered.
4. Carry too much supply. As important as they are, it is also important to keep your load light and compact.

1. Prepare snacks and energy bars as much as possible. 
2. Prepare a few tightly bottled water.
3. Prepare headlamp batteries and gaiters if needed along the way.
4. Keep yourself warm. You might feel the heat during your movement, but you will need extra warmth when you're resting on the summit.
5. Look down and keep on walking.
Those are only a few of many more tips that you can find online. Each may vary according to one's experiences, which is why you really should go up there, experience and tackle your first mountain. If you're not a newbie, share to us some of your tips in the comment box below! I would love to learn more about hiking as I prepare myself for more summit attack in the future. Once you had one, you just have to go for another one.
Never walk alone.

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Unknown said...

- Bring some large trash bags, and bring your rubbish back down!!!!
- You might want to bring extra wet & dry tissue, but a "Kanebo" cloth would be more efficient
- Extra undies
- No chemicals to use on the mountains please (soap, shampoo, parfume, etc)
- Sanitary pads (softex), it can be useful when you're going downhill. Use it as a layer for your foot inside your shoes
- Some people say, going downhill is better using trekking sandal. BUT NO. There are a long track of sands. SANDS. At least use a thick socks if you really need to use sandals
- Thick socks at least 2 - 3 pairs
- Extra water, energy bars and snacks
- A little shovel. For you to dig a hole when you need to poop
- A pretty wide fabric / sarung, so you can ask your friend to cover you when you pee/poop
- Personal medications
- Sunglasses, sunblock cream (play safe, get something minimum 50SPF), long-sleeve, buff, cap/hat
- Powerbanks! Headset
- Waterproof bag/pouch for your gadgets and wallets
- A little/medium bag for you to bring your supply for the summit attack. Better not take your carriers up there.

PLEASE make sure you've come well prepared. From physical; exercise/working out months before the hike and also materials/supply, get enough sleep, enough food and nutrition.

PS: I just got carried away reading your blog, as I was so un-prepared :(