Benang Stokel in the village of Aik Berik in Central Lombok is about 27km east of Mataram, a little less than an hour’s drive. Locally Benang Stokel is well-known for its 2 waterfalls, the Benang Kelambu waterfall and the likewise named Benang Stokel waterfall from which the trekking up to Rinjani starts.
The waterfall and starting point for this track can be reached in about 30 minutes by jeep. Trekking through dense forest, the ascent up to the crater rim takes around 6 hours. From here, the descent to the crater lake is about 3 hours. This track offers lots of variety, with the famed Tiara Dewi Anjani waterfall as one of its highlights, and with some luck one might encounter a herd of deer.
This track is especially favored by those looking for a completely different angle of approach to Rinjani. For centuries this route has been used by hunters and fishermen looking for their prey in the dense forest and crater lake.
This track offers no opportunities for a climb up to the summit of Rinjani, except if you plan to bring along a rubber boat to paddle across the crater lake to the Sembalun side of the lake. Should one wish to do so our team can accommodate one.
Farmland, dense forest, pine forest, river and waterfalls.
plenty of water sources.
Type of tour:
Fully organized (combination of adventure, leisure, eco tourism, safety).
Individual or group departures are available upon request.
The mighty Rinjani mountain of Gunung Rinjani is a massive volcano which towers over the island of Lombok. A climb to the top is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have in Indonesia. At 3,726 meters tall, Gunung Rinjani is the second highest mountain in Indonesia. The climb to the top may not be easy but it’s worth it, and is widely regarded as one of the best views in the country.
Part of the famous ‘ring of fire’ this mountain also holds spiritual significance for the local people. It’s thought that the name Rinjani comes from an old Javanese term for ‘God’.
Around the slopes of Rinjani there are lush forests sprinkled with waterfalls and surrounded by stunning scenery.
Within the mountain is a crescent shaped lake, the breathtaking Segara Anak which is about 6km across at its widest point. This lake of sulfur is located 600 meters below the crater rim. Rising from the waters of this lake is a new volcano, Mt. Baru, which is a result of a series of eruptions during the 1990’s. Segara Anak is a spiritual place. The Balinese come here each year and perform a ceremony called pekelan where jewelry is placed in the lake as an offering to the mountain spirit. The Wetu Telu people also regard the lake as holy and come here to pray on full moon nights.
Mt Rinjani lies within the Gunung Rinjani National Park. The park covers 41,330 hectares and sits inside a major bio-geographical transition zone (Wallacea). This is where the tropical flora and fauna of South East Asia meets that of Australasia. This National Park was established in 1997 and is one of over 40 throughout Indonesia.
For visitors, the three-day Rinjani trek route from Senaru to the crater rim, down to the Crater Lake then on to Sembalun Lawang, is considered one of the best treks in South East Asia. More adventurous trekkers may want to head all the way to the summit of the volcano. This is best reached from Sembalun Lawang and takes four days, finishing up in Senaru.
To ensure that local communities benefit from tourism revenue, the Rinjani Trek is managed by a partnership of National Park officials, the public and private sectors of the Lombok tourism industry and community representatives. Community run cooperatives coordinate the Trek at the Rinjani Trek Center (RTC) in Senaru and the Rinjani Information Center (RIC) in Sembalun Lawang.
Revenue from tourism activities and entry fees is used for conservation, management and assisting the National Park with maintenance of the Rinjani Trek, thus ensuring its sustainability. This management model is unique in Indonesia and considered an example of best practice of ecotourism in Indonesia.
The walk is led by friendly guides who will welcome you to the village of Sajang near the border of Gunung Rinjani National Park. The village people explain their customs and traditions of village life and how they support their daily livelihood by growing coffee, chocolate and vanilla and, depending on the season, you will have the opportunity to work along them.
Then an easy walk to explore the foothills of the volcano, Gunung (Mt) Rinjani where the community have their fields that are still farmed just as their ancestors did. The walk continues for a couple of hours to the waterfall where, according to legend, the king used to bathe his horses.
There will be time to explore and enjoy the stay at the waterfall and the way back will be through the rain forest to catch sight of the Ebony Leaf Monkey besides heard the noisy of birds. Back in the village the drying coffee beans will be ready to be husked and ground before being ready to make coffee. You will be served to test the coffee.
What to bring:
Make sure you bring your camera, sun hat and sun cream, comfortable walking shoes, small backpack and bottle water.
How to Book:
The Sajang Village and Waterfall Walk operates on a demand basis with a minimum two persons and please book at least 02 weeks in advance.
We will email our agent to provide you this trekking/soft trekking program, please just contact us!!!
Sample Itinerary: Day 1st, Senggigi-Sembalun-Sembalun Plawangan Rim
Leave your hotel at 6 am for sembalun village fetch porter, 9.30 am we start to trek to base camp 2 ( two ) .On the way you won’t find trees it’s just small grass ,so it’s very hot when you are walking . At base camp 2
( two ) you can enjoy the time for lunch and have some cakes, about 1 hour . than continue trip for rim in sembalun .around 5 pm you have arrived at the rim, having dinner with the mountain special food and overnight for the 1st night.
Day 2nd, Plawangan Rim-Summit-Lake-Hotspring-Senaru Rim.
At 3 am we start trek to the top of mountain Rinjani, an Icy wind hold across the expose slope of summit which consisted of small round balls volcanic as resembling bean filling make the climb exceedingly difficult to say the least. There was very little to hold on to every two or three feet gained, we’d sleep back at about a foot .We made it to the top in the nick of time even in our frozen stiff an exhausted state the star beauty of our surrounding was own inspiring. At 6 am we arrive at the summit, and enjoy the time no more than one hour. Than we start to going down for rim sembalun to have breakfast. After break fast time we continue for trip to segara Anak Lake, we will be there at 12 noon. Enjoy swimming in the lake and hot spring water, just ten minutes from lake .At 3 pm we climb to the rim of senaru and it’s takes about 2,5 hours . Spend the second night in the rim of senaru
Day 3rd, Senaru Rim-Senaru-Senggigi
Having breakfast in the morning and enjoy sunrise by special mountain jafle or pancake, than we taking back to the senaru village. It `s around 12 am you already at senaru village, and before 3 p.m. you will be arriving at your hotel.
Sample Itinerary: Day 01, Senggigi-Sembalun-Sembalun Rim.
Pick up at 05.00 Am if you stay in Senggigi or at 07.00 Am if you stay in Senaru, we will drive you to Sembalunwhere you will starts your trek. The path starts through fields where you can look up awe at the majestic summit of Gunung Rinjani. From the foothills of the mountain you will slowly start to climb up to Base Camp III where the porters will look a tasty lunch. from here you will climb one steeply through scenery that varies from barren grassland to woodland. The next stop is the campsite at the crater Rim, where you will be cooked a hearty Dinner that will give you the energy needed for the climb to the Summit the next morning after a good night sleep.
Day 02, Summit-Lake-Senaru Rim.
At 02.30 Am, You will be woken up with a hot drink and a light breakfast. We starts the climb to the Peak at 03.00 Am in time to see the spectacular sunrise at the Summit. The effort is well worth it when you can see Java on one side and over to bali on the other side. On the way down you can see pause to look at the Magnificent lake and volcanic cone. After breakfast you will descent for three hours to the Crater Lake and also visit the refreshing Hot Spring and Waterfall.
You will climb back up to the other side of the Rim after a short walk around part of the Lake. Continue to climb up to Senaru Rim, From this side of the Rim you can see more awe inspiring views of the crater Rim. Summit and lake. Overnight.
Day 03, Senaru Rim-Senaru Village-Senggigi
Wake by the Spectacular view of the Sun rise, Enjoy the view before heading to Base Camp III and heading for your final meal – a well needed lunch. The last part of our journey passes through tropical rain forest for around 03 hours until you reach the road back to Senaru. Congratulate your self for amazing achievement! Transfer back to your hotel in Senggigi.
Day 1st. Senggigi-Senaru-Senaru Rim.
Pick up at your hotel at 06.00 am then by car to Senaru, arrive in Senaru village around 08.45 am We’ll give you quick light breakfast and Register at Rinjani National Park ranger in senaru then we begin our trekking.
The first hours of the trek climb steeply through thick tropical forest rich in flora bird life and a variety of butterflies. You might see orchid and, if lucky, the rare black ebony leaf monkey, known locally as lutung. Rest stops are taken along the way, and at Pos 2 Montong Satas shelter ( 1.500m ). Village stories and local legends related by your guide.
Features include the banyan tree bunut ngengkang that looks like someone standing with their legs apart, and the Batu Penyeselan stone. Depending on your preferences and weather conditions, the night’s camp is made either in the forest at Pos 3 Mondokan Lolak ( 2.000 m ) after about five hours climb from Senaru, or continue the ascent for another couple of hours through grassy meadows to Plawangan 1 Senaru crater rim at 2,641 m. from the crater rim are sweeping views across the lake Segara Anak ( 2.000m) to the summit of Mt. RInjani. Within the crater Mt. Baru ( 2.351 ) is an active last erupting dramatically in 1994. on a clear evening the Gili Isles, Bali and Mt. Agung can be seen to the west.
Day 2nd. Senaru Rim-Lake-Hotspring
Sunrise at the rim is a memorable start do Day 2. enjoyed after a pre-dawn 2 hours climb for those camping at Pos 3, Mondokan Lolak. After enjoying the view, the trek proceeds for couple of hours down the trail to the crater lake where the rest of the day is spent relaxing and swimming. There is plenty of time to explore the pilgrimage hot springs, said to had healing power. Camp by the lake side, enjoying dinner followed by the night sound as.
Day 3rd. Lake-Sembalun Rim-Sembalun-Senggigi
After breakfast, start the 3 hours steep ascent up to Plawangan 2 Sembalun crater rim. Look out for edelweiss along the path. Enjoy the view of the Lake from the other side and the island of Sumbawa across the tropical ocean. The decent from the Sembalun crater rim is amidst the pine-like Casuarina species locally known is Cemara, perhaps seeing evidence of wild pigs and the long tailed gray macaque monkeys.
After about 3 ½ hours, reach post 3 Pada Balong, through grass land used at couple cattle grazing by local people. Mt. Rinjani summit towers above us, Indonesia’s second highest volcanic peak. From here is beautiful view of Sembalun Lawang and Sembalun Bumbung villages, known for coffee production until the crop was changed to garlic to take the advantage of the garlic boom in early 1990s. the road head is reached after in another 4 hour gentle descent through open country, and the trek ends at Rinjani Informations center at Sembalun Lawang and directly transfer to your hotel in senggigi.
Situated in Sembalun, Sembalun Agro Villa & Restaurant is the perfect place to experience Lombok and its surroundings. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
Sembalun Agro Villa & Restaurant also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Lombok. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy airport transfer, coffee shop, room service, laundry service, car park.
The ambiance of Sembalun Agro Villa & Restaurant is reflected in every guestroom. in room safe, shower, satellite/cable TV, seating area, complimentary bottled water are just some of the facilities at your disposal. The hotel’s recreational facilities, which include garden are designed for escape and relaxation. Sembalun Agro Villa & Restaurant is a smart choice for travelers to Lombok
Sembalun Agro Villa is friendly place to stay, offers four bedroom villas and six standard room with private terrace, located on the hill with lovely views of sunset over Mount Rinjani, owned and operated by an Indonesian family, who understands the needs of international guests.Nice atmosphere around the Sembalun Agro Villa and beautiful landscape with vegetables and fruits garden. Indonesian and International dishes served, to warm up drinks are available at the Restaurant. Two hours drive from Airport or Mataram and short drive from Sapit or Senaru Bayan. Also offering Trekking Rinjani Package to Mount Rinjani Lombok and soft trek to around Mount Rinjani National Park.
Sembalun Agro Villa & Restaurant is located in Sembalun about 300 meters to the west from Mount Rinjani National Park Office ( TNGR) Sembalun at the right side main road to Senaru Bayan. No building on google maps because it is still new.
Sembalun Agro Villa offers activities for our guest such as:
1. Climbing to Mount Rinjani 3.726 meters above sea level with program from 1 day trek to summit, 2 days trek 2 summit, 3 days trek to summit – lake and 4 days trek to summit, lake and Senaru.
2. Soft trek to Mount Selong and Pergasingan hill for 1 day trek and 2 days trek.
3. Walking day around Sembalun village to see the farming, hand weaving and the culture of Sembalun people.
Room Rates: – Villa Room Sembalun Agro Villa Rp 750.000 * Facilities offer with facilities :
1. Queen bed 180 cm and Large Sofa
4. Western Bathroom with Hot and Cold water
5. Towel and Soap.
6. Private verandah
7. View to Mt Rinjani and Pergasingan hill
– Standard Room Sembalun Agro Rp 550.000 * Standard Room Sembalun Agro Villa:
1. Queen bed 180 cm or twin bed 120 cm
4. Western Bathroom with Hot and Cold water
5. Towel and Soap.
6. Private verandah
Lembah Rinjani Home Stay is a friendly place to stay in Rinjani Valley. Surrounded by picturesque traditional village of sembalun Lawang and it’s lush green mountains with the mighty Rinjani Mountain as the highest peak on the Southern part.
The home stay are set in bungalows in a beautiful vegetable field and garden with two big gazebos and a small one, has 10 comfortable rooms with private veranda and western bathroom in each room.
Moreover, our small pretty restaurant can warm up cool temperature with everyone’s most favorite cuisine chicken curry among many other at all hours. And remember, our staff is there for your every need.
Additionally, Lembah Rinjani is one of the main centres and the closest start for trekkers wishing to climb the peak. If you do not fancy climbing just by sitting in the verandah is relaxing or you can wander around to explore the surrounding area. Our staff is the specialist of the area.
Lembah Rinjani is an absolute peaceful gateaway.
Villa Hijau (Room 1-4) Rp. 500,000
Villa Tiga (Room 5-6) Rp. 475,000
Villa Tiga (Room 7) Rp. 475,000
Villa Gazebo (Room 8-10) Rp. 600,000
Extra matras Rp. 150,000
Room 1,2,8,10: queen size bed (180 cm)
Room 4,5,6,7: single bed (120 cm) with sliding bed
Room 3: two single bed (100 cm)
Check out time: 12.00 Noon
Rate may change without a prior notice
All rates include breakfast, service charge, and government tax.
The home stay has 10 double rooms with shower inside. Four rooms at the front row/Villa Hijau, three at the back row/Villa Tiga and another three/Villa Gazebo on the opposite of Villa Hijau.
Room 1,2, 3, 4: table n desk, small cupboard, mirror, towel rack, a set of coffee table & chairs in the front terrace.
Room 4, 5, 6: Side table, small cupboard, mirror, towel rack. A set of bamboo chairs & table in the front terrace.
Room 8,9,10: small cupboard, mirror, towel rack. A set of bamboo chairs & table on both front terrace & back terrace
Shower, tub / bucket, western toilet, wash-basin.
Blanket, towel, soap are available. Please ask if you do not find them in your room.
We serve Indonesian, western and Asian cuisine. We also can prepare for group dining. Contact Ani to make arrangement for group dining.
Depending on the season, we grow our vegetables on the property. Favorite menu are Chicken Vegetable Curry & Mix rice a la Lembah Rinjani. Ask for our specialty colonial drink, warm and spicy is sure to warm cool Sembalun evening
There are many things that you can do while you are at Lembah Rinjani Home Stay & Restaurant
Here are some of activities that may interest you.
Leisure and Activities:
The main attraction why people come to Sembalun is climbing the Peak of Mount Rinjani. It saves climbers lots of time compared to coming from other route.
Rinjani is the second highest active volcano in Indonesia. Its 3726m is so challenging and its crater lake is beautifully fantastic!!! Save lost of energy and loads of patient to get there
Like in most mountains they usually have water falls. This one in Sajang the village next to Sembalun also has some. There are three falls stand close by from each other from the highest to the lowest one. The one in the picture is the second highest. Something special about these water falls is that the mud from their river is believed to have cosmetic substance which could make your skin stay healthy and young. Then we named it Stay Young Waterfall.
If Rinjani is too tiring for you try to climb one of the surrounding lower mountains in Sembalun. One of them is Mount Pergasingan. it’s around three hours climbing.
This mountain used to be a place for growing garlic what Sembalun used to be famous for. And after the harvest the men played top – spin or Gasing in local language at the empty garlic field. That is how the mountain got its name for.
If you driving from east route stop by at Pusuk Pass on the way to Lembah Rinjani. Feel the air, listened to the peaceful sound of the forest, and marvel at the mountainous and Sembalun Bumbung valley scenery. Best view at around 4 pm.
Despite its sour taste and tomaty texture (that is many local say about it) strawberry has been popular in Sembalun in the last years. There are some places that you can visit and buy and we usually go to Armasih. This place is easy to reach, the background is beautiful (looks nice for pictures), the owners are friendly they let you taste and help with the picking which is so fun, and they also sell local hand weaving.
Need for an easy walk, beautiful view? Choose this village walk which takes you around vegetable and red rice field and old village / Desa Beleq where the first inhabitants of Sembalun used to live. Get ready for a little bit ‘adventure’ such as crossing shaky bamboo bridge like the one in the picture
Some villages in Lombok still retain their weaving tradition including Sembalun. While you were with us you may learn how to weave in one of the local weavers.
At least once in our life time some of us would like to try something different from what we do and what we have at home. Volunteering is one of the reasons some young people from around the globe come to stay in Sembalun. Share, live and work with the local. Experience, understand and appreciate local culture. This is one of the paths to be able to live harmoniously together in this colorful world. An experience for a better planet.
The only apple orchard in Lombok, Famous among the local. You can view borderless Mount Rinjani from the place.
Most kids who come love the natural surrounding and love being outdoor. What about having a Boy Scout on holiday? It is so fun.
Fresh air, scenic view, friendly people, peaceful place are a very nice place to have for gathering with friends & colleagues. Bring your guitars to have more merry holidays.
If you wander around the village you may meet men gather around and play gasing. Stop by and join the crowd.
Relax on your porch reading or doing nothing. Watch the sight of Rinjani and listen to the sound of Sembalun.
Besides spending time on leisure, Sembalun has a lot to offer. there are some to discover. You can do a research perhaps? Some people have done in nematology and ornithology. Perhaps you could be one of the researchers we meet there.
Green Forest Room All the room provide a private balcony teracce with local building which all the building same with thebuilding in the local area if you loking out from a private teracce with relaxing especially with your family will make your vocation very excited, all room service for 24 hours Your satisfied is our expectation. …
Green forest is the great place to stay and relaxing , offers bedroom and six standard room, with a private balcony teracce, located on the hill, and around the green forest, from the villa overlooking many beautiful view from above the hill like a nature, straoberry farm, and natural villages in sembalun,
Stay and relax with us at green forest
Room rate : Rp. 350.000/night/room/single or double including breakfast
High and peak season apply from June 15 to September 15 and December 01 to January 10 with additional surcharge Rp. 100.000/night/room
Rinjani Lodge is a boutique hotel located on the borders of the Rinjani National park in North Lombok.
With stunning panoramic views of Mount Rinjani and the lush rice paddies of the volcanic foothills down to the Ocean, Rinjani Lodge is the perfect place to stay to explore the beautiful North Lombok region.
Our restaurant is open daily from 7am to 10pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We have available 5 beautifully appointed rooms finished to a high quality with modern furnishings and facilities and a stunning infinity pool overlooking the surrounding area.
Rinjani Lodge is a brand new family-run hotel designed, constructed and operated by Marta and Joanna, an Indonesian / English couple
Our 5 rooms each have a private terrace with stunning views both to Rinjani, and to the sea.
The terraces have a day bed, table and chairs for relaxing, dining and enjoying the magnificent view.
Each room has a King size double bed and an additional single pull-out bed that can be made up on request.
Our private outdoor bathrooms have bath tubs and showers with hot, fresh water from volcanic springs, Western toilet and complimentary bathroom toiletries.
The room facilities include;
– Air conditioning and fan
– Tea and coffee facilities
– Complimentary drinking water
– DVD library and book exchange
– TV & DVD player with satellite
Wifi is accessible throughout, though please be aware that due to our remote location, the internet service can be intermittent.
We have a large infinity swimming pool overlooking the astonishing panorama around us; there is also an adjoining shallow pool.
Other Services Full laundry service.
With our comprehensive local knowledge, we are happy to help you with any boat or airport transfers, arrange food, transport and other logistics for a day trip or longer, and provide any transport information you need if you wish to travel independently around the area.
Open daily from 7am to 10pm, our restaurant offers a range of Western and Indonesian specialties. All our dishes are Halal, MSG free and home made in our own kitchen.
Many of our Indonesian specialty dishes are made according to old family recipes, using locally sourced ingredients.
We specialize in healthy juices and use only fresh ingredients to provide high quality food and drinks. We use only drinking quality spring water for all cooking and food preparation.
If you would like a picnic or take away food we are happy to arrange this for you.
Rates : Rp. 1.500.000/night/single or double including breakfast
High and peak season apply from July 01-September 15 and December 01-January 15 with additional surcharge Rp. 300.000/night/room