25 Aug '13, 2am

[TRAVEL] Too obscure for most bucket lists, climbing Rinjani is the highlight of any trip to Lombok:

[TRAVEL] Too obscure for most bucket lists, climbing Rinjani is the highlight of any trip to Lombok:

At 3,726m it's the second highest volcano in Indonesia. It erupted as recently as 2010. An entire party of hikers froze to death on its flank, still five hours from the summit, in 2007. And yet, on a glorious blue sky morning, shaking out your legs on a mild, sloping trail through the grasslands surrounding the sleepy settlement of Sembalun Lawang (1,150m), you're convinced that climbing Lombok's Mount Rinjani simply can't be all that hard. After all, you've brought three porters—one for each member of your group—and a guide. And they're all wearing flip flops! But hard it certainly is. Three days and two nights of consistently tough hiking. Up to the crater rim (2,700m) by nightfall of the first day; leaving behind the open savannah and corrugated ridge lines to scramble up on steep forested trails, before breaking past the treeline for stunning sunset views down into the...

Full article: http://is.asia-city.com/travel/holiday-destination/lombok...

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