June, 30th 2010
It's 4.49 in the morning. I am sitting down on my caught listening to ABBA songs covered by mamma mia players. In 5 minutes ahead i will take a bath and prepare for GET LOST IN LOMBOK!!!
This is one of my crazy trips. I'm traveling with my brother yet besties Jovan and Benni. Our goal is to reach the peak of Mt. Rinjani. We're gonna backpacking around the district and build our own tent that we bought in Ace Hardware. We're planning to traveling for 4-5 days by using motorcycle, so here's the routeplan:
Nusa Dua-----Padang Bai------Lembar------Sekotong-------Mataram------Senggigi------Gillis------Senaru/Sembalun-------Rinjani-----Backhome. I believe it will be the most delusional trip of mine :D
Jovan, Benni and I are on the boat (Ferry). We continue our trip from Padang Bali to Lembar Bay Lombok. It's very hot up here (we are in the top of the boat), we are sitting in the 3rd deck near the crew's cabin. Its gonna take 4 hours to cross the ocean. We pay IDR 101.000 per motor bike use the service of Ferry. Our first plan arriving in Lombok is having lunch. We are all FUNGRY, then we gonna take a walk to the nearest city for buying some food (we aren't let ourselves run out of food). After all, we are planning to go to Sekotong where the beautiful beaches and the exotic panorama is settled. It will be great. I wanna snorkel and swim. Lombok!!! Here We Are!!!
|Sekotong. Its nice but scary|
Somewhere, nowhere in Lombok
We just arrived in the land full of grass and cows. We start to build a tent. I’m so happy that we find the perfect place to rest. We passed through Senggigi and the Gilis. We bought coconut and bakso and its funny how a monkey stole Jovan’s coconut. Hahahah. We’re laughing and laughing. Tomorrow we’ll going to Senaru and starting hike the Mt. Rinjani!!! Yeyeyeyeyeyeye. By the way, we went to Sekotong and we got nothing but fear. The community told us about the the thief near the hills. We went along the road and became scared so we decided to turn around and went to the north.
|somewhere in lombok|
Senaru, Lombok. July 4th 2011
Happy Independence Day for American!!!!
Here I am, in the front of my homestay’s terrace. Yesterday we’ve just back from hiking Mt.Rinjani. We hked Rinjadi on Friday, 1st of 2011. It was a long long story. When we arrived at Senaru (the starting point for hiking and also the information centre) we bought a map of trekking Mt RInjani which is cost IDR 20.000. We were in the wrong place, because if we wanted to hike to the peak of Mt.Rinjani we have to start our trip from Sembalun, because it’s hard to get the peak from Senaru. At first, we all keep wanting Peak of Rinjani as our main goal, so we paid IDR 10.000 for entry and conservation cost then we starting hike.
First of all, we all got tired because of our heavy carrier. We continuously took a rest after 5 minutes walk because of the paths are sheer and climb. The atmosphere was nice and fresh. The fog was covered the forest. It’s very breathtaking moment. We clearly hear the bird’s tweets. We didn’t hire a porter neither a guide. We did the hike by our own. It’s fun and easy to hike Rinjani because you’ll meet plenty of hikers and you can ask them about the routes. After 30-60 minutes’ walk, we arrived at the Gate to Rinjani National Park. We thought it was the first post, but as always we’re wrong and again we’re starting to laugh at each other.
Next we went to trough the forest and we arrive at the 1st post. We’re so excited because we could take some rest. The porter that we met was very strong and kind. They could reach the 3rd post in 3 hours, and what was happening with us??? We need 6 hours to reacher the 3rd post. Poor us!! But, FYI this is the first time we hike a mountain and people said that Rinjani is very hard to reach especially for newbie. Heheheh. So it counts!!!! Finally we arrived at 3rd post. At first we want to build our tent at Cemara tiga, but because of one of us (Benni) got cramp, so we couldn’t reach the Cemara Tiga. Its close to dark when we arrive at 3rd Post. We built our tent and prepare our dinner which was instant noodles and SUKRO (named of peanuts). The night was so damn cold. We tried to get the best sleep position to get warm but the damn cold air kept beating our bones.
|Break Time = Photo Shoot|
Early in the morning we woke up and starting packing. We had a bread and milk for breakfast. We continue our trek to Plawangan 1 where you can see the beautiful Segara anak Lake and the peak of Rinjani and Mt.Baru. The view was so AMAZING. The savanna covered the land and edelweiss was everywhere. We spent more time to take some pictures. We didn’t want to waste the precious moment that we got. I really love the moment. After an exhausted hiked we finally could see one of the most amazing creatures of God!!! This is one of my best holyday with my best guys. That was the sweetest escape for me. After 3-4 hours climbing, we finally reach The 1st Plawangan. That was rocky path and slippery. So we have to be careful to take every step. When I arrived, I was speechless. That was a breathtaking moment. I could see the beautiful stunning of Mt Rinjani and the Segara anak lake. I didn’t even think about my tiredness. The edelweiss made the view greater than we ever seen. After saw the magnificent panorama we decided to continue our way down the Lake. We wanted to build our tent close to the lake.
|The Famous Segara Anak Lake with Mt Baru and Mt Rinjani|
After 3 hours walking down the dusty, rocky and slippery hills we finally arrived at the Lake bank. We felt so sad because of the vandalism in the beautiful volcanic stone and rubbish everywhere. The trekkers could bring the negative impact for the sustainable of the environment. Its dirty!!!! The lake was even worse, there were hundreds of rubbish and pup everywhere. The government should take it seriously. We set up the tent and went to hot spring. FYI we never took a bath and brushed our teeth during the hike. Hahahah. Kinda disgusting moment, but we made it fun. Hahaha. We went to hot spring and we met a lot of trekkers. They also enjoyed the hot spring like we did. We spent 2 hours warm up and relaxed our muscles in the hot spring until our hands and legs got wrinkles. After that, we back to tent and sleep. The night became colder than night before. Thank God we don’t need to hike to the top. We didn’t bring any sleeping bag and we didn’t want to got hypothermic. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr.-->We prayed so that the morning came quick.
|We just reached the Plawangan 1!!! YEY|
|The Hot Spring|
|Its a long way down|
At 5 a.m. in the morning, we packed our rucksack and clear up the tent. Its very cold in the morning, our lips became purple yet dry and our hands could feel nothing. We lit the fire but it didn’t work. Our blood was frozen. It was the most froze moment I ever been. But we kept fighting against the cold and start climb. The way back to Senaru was fun and quick. We met our new friend, Arif. He’s from Madiun and he’s a teacher. We shared a lot about hike a mountain. At the end of our trekking we decided to live in homestay. Finally I got bed for my back. Hehehe. Opps I got some edelweiss on my backpack. I broke the rules. Hehehehe.
At 5 a.m. in the morning, we packed our rucksack and clear up the tent. Its very cold in the morning, our lips became purple yet dry and our hands could feel nothing. We lit the fire but it didn’t work. Our blood was frozen. It was the most froze moment I ever been. But we kept fighting against the cold and start climbing. The way back to Senaru was fun and quick. We met our new friend, Arif. He’s from Madiun and he’s a teacher. We shared a lot about hike a mountain. At the end of our trekking we decided to live in homestay. Finally I got bed for my back. Hehehe. Opps I got some edelweiss on my backpack. I broke the rules. Hehehehe.
On our way back to Bali, we dropped Mas Arif at the Gillis, the we found the pristine beach which is we don’t know the name. its unknown. Haha. We bought some coconut from the local, each costed IDR 2000, we swam and took some pictures. After had fun, we took bath at well with the cows. Ahahah. We took the water and washed ourselves. Its nice and traditionally fun!!!!!