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Holy. Shit. What have I gotten myself into?

Apologies to my grandmother for the profanity, but that’s what ran through my head as I stood on the shores of Gili Trawangan and watched the sun rising over Lombok, revealing the volcano we were about spent three days scaling. Gunung Rinjani is not only the second highest peak in Indonesia, but a deeply sacred volcano to the Hindus and the Sasaks who often make pilgrimages there.

I had looked out towards Gunung Rinjani almost daily for two months — missing it only when the sky was too hazy to reveal its jagged peaks. I also heard passing tales from those who had returned from the climb about the brutality of the ascent and the shock of the altitude. I had been interested in hiking it as well, from a detached and “someday” kind of standpoint. So when Anders called me and said he had a three-day window off from work, and would I be ready to depart in thirty-six hours, “someday” came on a little suddenly.

Mount Rinjani from Gili TrawanganRinjani from Gili Trawangan

Boat from Gili Trawangan to Lombokthe boat to Lombok

Horse Cart on Lomboklocal Lombok transport

I had two concerns about the three-day package sold all over Gili Trawangan. The first was the time frame. The almighty  informed me that the “most popular” route covered the exact same ground that we hypothetically would, but in five days instead of three. Our plan had us racking up one seven hour days and more than eleven on another. My next concern was price. We had payed one million rupiah each, or about $100, for everything — guide and porters, transport to and from Gili Trawangan, meals, tents and sleeping bags, etc. What kind of food and amenities could we really expect for just over thirty dollars a day?

In preparation for the cold nights we had packed as much warm clothing as we had (not much considering we were on a tropical island), and in anticipation of nine straight servings of plain white rice we brought as many treats as we could afford, like high-protein honey roasted cashew nuts and freshly baked banana bread as self-motivator. Other than that, our comfort and fueling was in the hands of our guide and porters.

Trekking Mount Rinjani

Trekking Mount Rinjani

We were trekking with two of our friends from , Kelly and Adam. I find that as a writer I struggle enormously to describe other people, and so I am sad that I can’t find a better way to convey their personalities to you beyond “immensely intelligent” and “dryly hysterical.” Suffice it to say I was so glad that they were coming along, as watching Anders try to hug human-affection phobic Kelly had provided me with a lot of comic relief around the dive shop.

Rinjani
Rinjani

Trekking Mount Rinjani

Trekking Mount Rinjani

Trekking Mount Rinjani

Despite leaving Gili Trawangan at 7am on our first day, we didn’t start hiking until 11am due to an inexplicable number of transfers and a lot of sitting around and having no idea what was going on (luckily we’ve all been in Indonesia long enough that we didn’t even question this.) We joined a group with a couple from Italy and a couple from Spain, making us eight altogether.

The initial ascent was challenging but not torturous, as we moved into denser and denser rainforest jungle. Eventually, we were walking through the clouds and I would often watch Anders disappear entirely before my eyes, despite there being only a small distance between us.

Rinjani
Rinjani

Trekking Mount Rinjani

We stopped for lunch and I marveled for the first of what would be many, many times, at how fast the porters managed to move — and in flip-flops, no less! By the time I reached the clearing where we stopped for lunch, they were already halfway done cooking.

I was also shocked by how crowded the trail was. August is peak tourism season, and yet I was still surprised by how many people made time for three days of torture — excuse me, nature, on their holidays. And for one final round of “I did not expect that,” I found myself shivering as soon as we stopped moving — we could feel the affects of altitude already.

Rinjani Porters

Trekking Mount Rinjani

What is that you say, readers? You come here for travel advice and not for unflattering mushy couple photos? Well too bad, that’s what you get for reading the blog of a chronic oversharer. Why don’t you just get over it already and accept that you and I are basically best friends.

After our late lunch, we made a major push to get to the camp site before sunset. It was kind of hard to stay focused though when there were adorable monkeys hanging out and demanding our attention. But eventually, we made it above the clouds.

Trekking Mount Rinjani

Rinjani
Rinjani

Rinjani Porters

Trekking Mount Rinjani

After hours of vertical ascent, looking out at the ocean from over the top of the clouds was the exact motivational push I needed to get through the last hour. The entire day I had been lagging behind as I snapped photos frantically and then ran to catch up with the group, but with the end in sight I took my time — and also created some of my favorite images from the trip.

Trekking Mount Rinjani

Trekking Mount Rinjani

We reached the crater rim just in time to catch the final dip of the sun below the horizon. In just one day, we had ascended to 8,665 feet above sea level over 6.2 miles of uphill trekking. I was exhausted but exhilarated as we gazed down beyond the far edge of Lombok, onto the three Gili islands, and all the way to Gunung Agung on neighboring Bali. I couldn’t believe we had started the morning on that little speck in the distance.

Trekking Mount Rinjani

We were pleasantly surprised by our camping setup, where we had not just sleeping bags and decent tents but also sleeping mats to make our beds a bit softer. Still, as soon as the sun set we were freezing, and layered on everything we had brought the rental jackets we had talked our tour-package-seller into including. We had hesitated over packing so much clothing but were grateful for every stitch of it. I had had lovely mental images of all of us bonding over a campfire at night, but in reality we were so frozen we could manage little more than huddling in our tents in the fetal position and wishing for sleep.

We emerged groggily from our tents at sunrise, waiting for the sun to come and heat us back to life. We had camped quite literally at the edge of the crater, and I had not a few nightmares throughout the night of crawling out to go to the bathroom tent, and stumbling to my death in the dark.

Rinjani
Rinjani

Camping on Mount Rinjani

I was so shocked when this dog trotted over to us. “How did you get up here!” I asked the pup as I gave him a cuddle. “That dog has four legs,” Kelly quipped as she packed up for the day ahead. Fair point. But I was still impressed.

Camping on Mount Rinjani

Trekking Mount Rinjani

As we packed up camp and waited for breakfast, the sun rose higher in the sky and light drew slowly across the crater bowl — giving us our first glimpse of the postcard views advertised at travel agencies all over Bali and Lombok.

It really was stunning.

Trekking Mount Rinjani

Trekking Mount Rinjani

We were the last group to set off at around 9am. Based on that and our very late dinner the night before, we ascertained that we had some new porters in the group. They were sweet and friendly and I can’t even begin to imagine doing what they do, so we were all understanding. Breakfast brought about my first minor internal complaint, when we were served toast and a pancake each. We had had rice and noodles for lunch and dinner the day before, so I shouldn’t have been too shocked by the double carbs — but still, those meals also included fruit and some vegetables and egg. It’s hard to get the energy you need for days of trekking from two slabs of processed white bread. The pancakes were the only thing I refused to eat throughout the trip; they were just inedible.

Luckily I had peanuts and cashew nuts to snack on throughout our knee-pounding descent into the crater. I don’t mind downhill trekking so much, though the amount of technical precision it takes can be exhausting — you can’t really tune out, or you’ll end up with a twisted ankle. But Anders dreads it and so we were both happy when we reached the lake in just two hours.

Rinjani Crater Lake

Rinjani Crater Lake

Rinjani Crater Lake

We all relaxed and soaked our tired feet in the cool water until the fog rolled in. It was really unbelievable to watch — one minute, the sky was blue and clear and the next I felt like I was in the middle of a time lapse movie as a white cloud enveloped the lake.

So off to the hot springs we went.

Trekking Mount Rinjani

Rinjani
Rinjani

After a day and a half of sweaty hiking and no showers, we were all pretty psyched to get into those hot springs and soak off some of the built up grime. The fog had also brought in a cold front, so we all changed into our bathing suits and hopped into the water in record time. I couldn’t help but think over and over again how similar the landscape was to another place I’ve been. Indonesia and Iceland — who would have thought there would be a connection?

Rinjani Hot Springs

Rinjani
Rinjani

Trekking Mount Rinjani

The monkeys started circling thanks to the groups preparing lunch in the area, and I hopped out to make sure they didn’t make off with my camera. At this point our group realized that we had no idea where our guide was, and he hadn’t told us when he would be back. We all sat around confused and somewhat irritated for quite some time — if we had known what was going on, it would have been great to use that time to relax, but instead we were pretty on edge. While my time in Southeast Asia has taught me in many ways to function without the information that I usually want and think I need, it can still be a little unnerving sometimes (for example, when you are alone in the middle of a deep volcano crater jungle with no idea where your guide went or when to expect him or how to get out if he doesn’t reappear.)

Eventually of course, he did, and after lunch by the lake we started the trek back up to the opposite side of the crater rim. This is when things really started to get ugly. The first hour was okay, though I felt a knot forming in my stomach just looking up at the vertical distance we had to cover. Eventually a series of steep switchbacks began and for the next hour and a half I had to finally turn on my iPhone and use those battery reserves I had been saving up. With my music on, I tuned out and just focused step by step on blasting through the final ascent. Though this was our shortest day of actual hours spent on the trail, this portion really challenged me to my physical limits.

Rinjani Hot Springs

Rinjani
Rinjani

Trekking Mount Rinjani

I pretty much collapsed when we made it onto the rim and over to our camp at the base of the summit. There was a celebratory nature in the air among the dense crowd of camps, all mentally preparing for the impending 3am wake-up call. This was the moment I had been dreading — the fabled, brutal midnight slog to the summit. My mind was racing with dramatic scenarios and self-doubt, and as I finally lulled myself into a restless sleep, that same thought from two days before echoed through my head — What have I gotten myself into?

Stay tuned for the next installment!

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Pssst! Find Part II and Part III here.

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107 Comments...
  • Audrey - That Backpacker
    August 23 2013

    You two look adorable!
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  • Sarah Somewhere
    August 23 2013

    Stunning photos!! I can remember how intimidated I was looking out to Rinjani from Gili too… And I was right to be!! I’m worried about your stomach upset, look forward to the next installment (kinda…) 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      August 25 2013

      I was thinking about you on this trip, Sarah! Felt like we were hiking together 🙂

  • Skúli
    August 23 2013

    If it weren’t for the monkeys, these hot springs could easily be in Iceland.
    Absolutely beautiful photos and looks like awesome “torture” to me 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      August 25 2013

      Yup! I couldn’t stop talking about Iceland while I was on this trek. I’m sure everyone wanted me to shut up about it already!

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    August 23 2013

    These photos are incredible! What an amazing experience.
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    • Meihoukai
      August 25 2013

      Thanks Ashley! And congratulations on one year of blogging!

  • Steven
    August 23 2013

    Fabulous pics! I Love the one looking out over the Gilis with Bali in the background, and I can now see that “statue” for the porter that he is. What a way to carry gear up the hill!

    Love 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      August 25 2013

      Thanks Steven! Yeah, I loved that view. I am definitely hoping to frame that photo!

  • Sally
    August 23 2013

    Amazing travel story again, what I love about your blog is that you do things that go against the norm and things I’ve not heard anyone doing before. This is the only blog that I read where I like to live vicariously through your adventures 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      August 25 2013

      Sally! Thank you so much for this sweet comment 🙂 You really gave me a boost this morning.

  • Jacquie @ MFW
    August 23 2013

    Amazing photos! Incredible hike it looks like 🙂 x
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  • Heather
    August 23 2013

    Woah, intense! I can’t wait to see what comes next (I mean, obviously you survived but…how?).
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    • Meihoukai
      August 25 2013

      Ha! I ask myself the same question….

  • Maddy
    August 23 2013

    I love this post (mushy couple pics included!)

    Can’t wait to read about the rest of the trip!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 25 2013

      Thanks Maddy 🙂 I’ll keep them coming!

  • Hannah
    August 23 2013

    I’m am half jealous and half relieved that we ran out of time to hike Rinjani ourselves. Your photos are stunning – and I especially love the mushy ones 😉 You guys are just so adorable! Can’t wait to read part two.

    • Meihoukai
      August 25 2013

      Thanks Hannah 🙂 So sad we didn’t get to have one more dinner before you left, but so loved getting to see you when I did!

  • These are by far the most beautiful pics you’ve ever posted! What an incredibly journey, one I know you’ll never, ever forget. I’m so proud of you!!!
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    • Meihoukai
      August 25 2013

      Thanks Andi! I almost didn’t haul my big dSLR up the mountain — but I’m SO glad I did!

  • john bourke
    August 24 2013

    Meihoukai, Exciting journey, unbelievable pictures .I really enjoyed this wanderland adventure …. Ever think of saving “the trek” and sky diving in, no doubt, skydiving has to be on agenda ? Be careful, the natives are NOT always friendly….I am a fan, but I often worry about you…VERY GRAND BLOG !!! OH, Beverly Products makes the best protein supplement in the world …light weight too. Ever consider MILITARY ” MRE’S” some are great, and all light weight. Dependable nourishing food is important. GREAT JOB ALEX, JB

    • Meihoukai
      August 25 2013

      Hey John, I’ve already been skydiving once, in Hawaii! It was fantastic — I blogged about it, too!

  • Lena
    August 24 2013

    I have to agree with Andi, those pictures are really your best! And you two do look adorable. Ok, read your blog and now I can go to sleep:)

  • Sky
    August 24 2013

    First off, please keep posting the mushy photos! You two are adorable and they always make me smile!

    Anyway, this seems like an incredible trek! I have issues with my knees so I’m not really able to do anything like this when I travel so I love living vicariously through you and other bloggers. Your photos are spectacular!

    Looking forward to part 2! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      August 25 2013

      Thank Sky! That’s a shame about your knee… but the good thing is you can always go swimming or diving instead 🙂

  • Amy
    August 26 2013

    Amazing story – I can’t wait to read the second half. It looks like a beautiful trek but also sounds incredibly tough.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 5 2013

      It was definitely a proper challenge! Sometimes it’s good to push yourself… or at least that’s what I kept saying over and over again in my head when I was suffering through 🙂

  • Sam
    August 26 2013

    Hahah – chronic oversharer. Bring on the couple photos, I say, you big cuties. PS I legitimately thought you just googled image searched some scenery shots – those pictures are incredible ! xx
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    • Meihoukai
      September 5 2013

      Chronic oversharing, a serious affliction facing our generation. Let’s see if they can find a cure….

  • TammyOnTheMove
    August 27 2013

    This looks like such an awesome hike. So pretty. I have just about recovered from my trek to Everest Base Camp and although it was a bit of a disaster with me getting AMS and light hypothermia, I am dying to go on my next trek. I think that’s what you call summit fever. Once you have hiked once, you can’t stop.
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    • Meihoukai
      September 5 2013

      Wow! Dramatic tale, and amazing that it hasn’t tempered your “summit fever.” Love that phrase! Next up for me is the Inca Trail!

  • Sarah
    August 27 2013

    Incredible photos, as always! Thanks for the honest review about the start of your hike – I’m looking forward to the next post. Will you also be including a list of gear you took with you? Interested as I’m heading to Indonesia next week and am considering the trek myself.

    • Meihoukai
      September 5 2013

      Hey Sarah! Check out Part III of this series where I listed some of the gear I’m SO glad I took and some that I wish I had had!

  • Tessa
    August 27 2013

    Happened to stumble upon your blog recently and I have to say, I’m hooked! I especially enjoy your photos and writing style 🙂 Definitely living vicariously through you while I’m not travelling haha!

    Can’t wait to hit up Indonesia again after looking at all your pictures! What a great experience!!!

    • Meihoukai
      September 5 2013

      Thanks so much Tessa! I’m thrilled to have you here, and hooked 🙂

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
    August 28 2013

    Rinjani looks so incredibly beautiful and it was a trek we considered doing. And then we realized that there was no way we were fit enough to accomplish such a thing and gave up that idea and decided to go diving in Komodo instead (which was not really a mistake given how amazing the diving is there). You are a warrior woman, Meihoukai! 😀
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    • Meihoukai
      September 5 2013

      Ahhhh, Komodo! Not a bad trade off at all! That’s top of my list when I’m back in Indonesia someday.

  • Helen
    August 29 2013

    Those photos are stunning and you guys look so happy! 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      September 5 2013

      Thanks Helen! We were happy… we weren’t sore yet! 🙂

  • Escaping Abroad
    September 2 2013

    Ahh.. I want to do this so badly! The fog in the forest really makes those photos look incredible!
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    • Meihoukai
      September 5 2013

      Thanks! Every difficult step is worth it, for the views!

  • Soffía
    September 20 2013

    I would love to hike that trek, looks awesome! But I have to say that I have a hard time seeing that Indonesia looks like Iceland, those are very different countries in my opinion.

    Greetings from Iceland x

    • Meihoukai
      September 25 2013

      Definitely different countries, but you have to admit those hot springs look pretty similar 😉

  • Phoebe
    October 5 2013

    Hey there,

    Was wondering how did you get the trek package of $100? is it USD or?
    And how did you get to Lombok? Am interested to know as i will be planning a trip there. Is mountain climbing/ trekking shoes really necessary or running shoes would be adequate?

    Phoebe

    • Meihoukai
      October 6 2013

      Hi Phoebe! Yes that is USD. A lot of packages start at $130, but they drop to $100 pretty quickly! The transfer to Lombok was included. I did in running shoes and with the exception of the last slog to the summit they were just fine! Best of luck!

      • Lim
        November 26 2013

        Hi Meihoukai,

        Did you buy the package on the spot at Gili Trawangan before the hiking?

        • Meihoukai
          November 27 2013

          I bought the trek in Gili Trawangan… check out Part III of this series for all kinds of logistical info like what I paid, where I booked, etc!

  • Maria
    March 8 2014

    Amazing post.. love the pictures as well! Feels like I’m hiking with you 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      March 10 2014

      Thanks Maria 🙂 I was happy to have ya’ll along!

  • Chris
    April 2 2014

    Meihoukai – thanks for the terrific synopsis and pictures of your hike! If I may ask a question – I see you stated you paid 1M Rp for the 3D/2N trip. Is it fairly easy to arrange the trip once there at Gili Trawangan, or is it better to pre-book in advance. The prices I am seeing online are, at minimum, 2.2M Rp – for the 2D/1N. Thank you in advance! (BTW- I’m from NY also 🙂
    -Chris

    • Meihoukai
      April 3 2014

      Hey Chris! Definitely book upon arrival. As a rule, in Southeast Asia, it is almost never better to book ahead — you’ll just pay more to a middleman. Enjoy your hike!

  • aieizad
    June 25 2014

    Wow!Amazing story!Amazing photos!

    • Meihoukai
      June 27 2014

      Thank you so much! It was a special trip 🙂

  • ZZain
    July 20 2014

    Hi Meihoukai,

    What a great post! My friend actually recommended your blog as ‘what to expect’ during our upcoming hike to Rinjani in three weeks. I’m quite an avid hiker but there are some friends of mine found the mountain was quite challenging overall(as which you also have mentioned in your post too). Did you do any preparation in terms of fitness before hand? And if you did, what sort of work-out regime would you suggest?

    • Meihoukai
      July 21 2014

      I did absolutely no prep before this trip as we decided to go quite last minute 🙂 I think I would have definitely had a more pleasant time though if I had, so I’d recommend fitting in whatever fitness you can before your trip! However if you’re a big hiker I’m sure you’ll be able to face the challenges head on. Best of luck!

  • djafa
    February 26 2015

    Hi alex, thanks you for visiting Indonesia. Three words : great , wonderful, unforgettable . I am very proud with Indonesia beauty. Nature combined with culture . Especially with the ” ring of fire ” (volcanoes that surround Indonesia ) . Welcome back to Indonesia.

    • Meihoukai
      February 27 2015

      You have a beautiful home! Thank you for being so welcoming 🙂

  • TIKKY
    April 28 2015

    Meihoukai,

    Is this site you have booked 2013, [link removed]??

    My planning is do the 4 days hike in mid june 2015

    Your photos are stunning!

    Tikky

    • Meihoukai
      April 29 2015

      Hey Tikky! If you read Part III of this series I describe where I booked the trek on Gili Trawangan. I did not book online and I do not recommend others to do so as prices are often inflated and there is a risk of scams. Hence I have removed the link you included as I don’t want to unintentionally advertise for them. Best of luck!

  • Pam
    May 12 2015

    What great information! My hubby and I are going to be hiking Mount Rinjani in the beginning of June. I was wondering if you remember the company you booked through? We will be in the Gili Island a few days prior to moving over the Mount Rinjani and I’m trying to finalize plans now. Thanks!

    • Meihoukai
      May 16 2015

      Hey Pam, check the third post in this series — I describe the agency I booked at. Best of luck! It’s a beautiful trek.

  • Eloise
    September 7 2015

    Hi! I’m trekking mount Rinjani in a few days and was wondering about how physically strenuous you found the trek. I’m not unfit but I’ve not climbed mountains before so looking for some guidance if you think it’s possible!

    • Meihoukai
      September 10 2015

      Hey Eloise! It’s hard for me to determine your level of physical fitness based on the details you’ve left here. Personally I found it very strenuous and challenging but ultimately doable — aside from the morning summit which as my post states I did not do. Have you done multi-day hikes before? The more training the better. Best of luck!

  • JOVI
    September 8 2015

    Hi! may i know the name of agency.. tnx very much

    • Meihoukai
      September 10 2015

      Hey! Check out Part III of this series for an explanation of where to find my agency… link at the bottom of the post!

  • Benjeev
    October 1 2015

    Hey Meihoukai, great blog post! Very informative. We’re thinking of doing the same too! Just a question, what time of year did you do it?
    Thanks!

  • Morgen
    October 19 2015

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and bye.

  • Amanda
    February 3 2016

    What outfitter did you end up using and how much did you pay for this? Were there a ton of people offering the trek on the Gilis? Looking to include a backpack in my trip in March or April and trying to figure out what outfitter to USE or, even better NOT to use, and seeing how pricing differs. We thought about going on our own, but figured just easier to pay and not have to deal with planning meals, etc. Thanks,
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    • Meihoukai
      February 6 2016

      Hey Amanda! Check the third post in this series for details on the operator I used and what we paid! I wouldn’t recommend doing it on your own. Even with your own camping gear, cooking stuff, etc the path is not signposted and often unclear. It’s an amazing adventure even with a guide 🙂

  • Adeline
    April 6 2016

    Hey Meihoukai!

    I was just wondering how many layers should have been worn when hiking up and while sleeping in the tent?

    Thanks!

    • Meihoukai
      April 10 2016

      Hey Adeline, I know most travelers don’t bring much in the way of warm clothes with them to Indonesia, so I’d say pack whatever you’ve got when you’re Rinjani-bound! You might even be able to rent a coat from the tour guide, too!

  • Laura
    April 18 2016

    Hello Meihoukai! Writing from Barcelona. Very nice post and pictures. I am planing on going to Indonesia this coming July with my boyfriend. Could you tell me the exact name of the company/place where you bought the tickets to go to Lombok? Thanks!

    • Meihoukai
      April 27 2016

      Hey Laura, I booked from a little no-name shack in Gili that sells banana bread 🙂 I put the best description of how to find it possible in the conclusion of this series. Sorry I can’t give more details… things are done a little different in the Gilis!

  • Kady
    April 25 2016

    Did you just take the things you would need while on the hike or did you take your entire backpack? If you just took the items you needed, where did you store your other belongings while hiking? Thanks!

    • Meihoukai
      April 27 2016

      Hey Kady, I was living on Gili Trawangan at the time so the majority of my stuff was in my bungalow there.

  • Maithili S
    May 24 2016

    Loved your blog and the story. Has motivated me to think beyond the Himalayas , will definitely look forward to more adventures.

    • Meihoukai
      May 24 2016

      Thanks Maithili! This was still one of my greatest adventures!

  • Caroline Lewis
    June 16 2016

    Amazing article! My boyfriend and I are going next month!

    Just wondering, shall we try and book a tour online or can we book the day or two before we intend to trek?

    Thanks!!

    • Meihoukai
      June 18 2016

      Hey Caroline, I recommend not booking online and just sorting it out upon arrival. It’s easy and much cheaper to do in person! Enjoy!

  • vivian
    July 1 2016

    wow, very nice article here! me and my boyfriend are going in 2 weeks time. Just wondering, do you by any chance still remember the name of your trekking agency?

    I’ve read through a few blogs and they are recommended to get it there in person upon arrival just like you did. So i would like to know which agent is recommended.

    Thanks!

    • Meihoukai
      July 7 2016

      Hi Vivian — I don’t. Check out the last post of this series, I describe the no-name shop I booked through. Best of luck!

  • Jing Xuan
    July 14 2016

    Hey, may I know what is the model of camera you used during the climb of Mount Rinjani?

    • Meihoukai
      July 15 2016

      Hey Jing! Check out my obsessions page for all the lowdown on my camera gear!

  • jou trekking
    September 19 2016

    Thank you very much for sharing your trekking experience by sharing your experience it’s really helping us to get more guests and that is really good for rinjani community to get more work. We all from jou trekking company would like to say thank you

    • Meihoukai
      September 22 2016

      And I from Meihoukai in Wanderland would like to say you’re welcome 🙂 I love Rinjani!

  • Karyawadi
    September 21 2016

    Hey Meihoukai.. What an inspired post it is. Really love the way you describe every moment and part of the hike. Highly informative and never miss it to look at your great tips!

    • Meihoukai
      September 22 2016

      Glad you enjoyed — thanks for reading!

  • Hannah Rowlinson
    October 8 2016

    Hi, my self and my friend would like to do this Hike next week! could you please pass on the name of your guide and dets. Regards, Hannah

    • Meihoukai
      October 15 2016

      Hey Hannah! Check out Part III (linked to at the bottom of this post) for details on my guide and trekking company. Enjoy!

  • Mr:ady
    October 11 2016

    Thanks so much for share your experience about our mount rinjani.
    Hope from your share your experience will make a more guest to visit our mountain rinjani.

    Thank so much
    MR:ady

    • Meihoukai
      October 15 2016

      It’s still one of the most beautiful treks I’ve ever done! Thanks for showing this beautiful place to so many people!

  • Mike
    December 1 2016

    Hi there!

    Wondering what tour company you used for this trek? Thanks 🙂

    • Meihoukai
      December 5 2016

      Hi Mike! Check the third post in this series for info on my trekking company.

  • Barry
    January 16 2017

    Hi Meihoukai, great read and brought back some very similar memories of our time on Rinjani! We also didn’t make it to the summit, we managed to get up to the ridge, but by that point we weren’t going to make the summit before sunrise, so we decided to wait for the sunrise on the ridge.

    Amazingly, there was a guide waiting for his trekkers to come back, who had lit a small fire and was warming his hands there, so we sat down with him, talked and watched the sunrise from there!

    Not quite the summit, but still an incredible experience! Thanks for sharing yours experience, glad to know we werent alone in our difficulty!
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    • Meihoukai
      January 29 2017

      That does indeed sound beautiful Barry! When I look back on my time on Rinjani I have no regrets. It was a beautiful experience.

  • Herman
    May 11 2017

    We love mount rinjani and lombok island…!

    • Meihoukai
      May 12 2017

      Me too! I really need to go back and explore more of Lombok some day!

  • Halleluya Naantu
    November 15 2017

    These are beautiful pictures😊

    • Meihoukai
      November 16 2017

      Thank you so much! This was one of my favorite adventures ever <3

  • Muji Trekker
    December 1 2017

    Hey Meihoukaia, you are really great adventurer and writer, I feel like I was joining you in you trip on rinjani. I have been climbing mount rinjani more than a thousands times and been to the summit for 89th times, but I still stuck in how to write all my experience like you. I think you been up to rinjani for few times but, you can write completely interesting content, and all cover the natures and the trek history. Hope to see you and learn from you how to write these great adventure history. I am from the foot of mount rinjani, and joking the local community here, hopes that I can see you one day.

    Thanks for the great content, very informative and interesting.

    Cheers

    Muji

    • Meihoukai
      December 1 2017

      Actually Muji, I’ve just been up once 🙂 But hey, I might even be talked into going back someday! It was magical.