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Kilimanjaro (5,895m): Lemosho 7 Days Route

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Stok Kangri (6,153m) : My first high altitude summit

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Stok Kangri (6153m) : Planning your trip

Stok Kangri (6153m) : Planning your trip

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The Complete(Almost)  Guide To Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Complete(Almost) Guide To Manaslu Circuit Trek

Introduction Honestly, nobody really needs an introduction to Nepal. Nepal is famous for, well the highest mountain in the world obviously, Mount Everest, also known as Sagarmāthā in Nepali or Chomolungma in Tibetan. However, that is not the main reason why many backpackers and hikers […]


Best Trek in South-East Asia

Gunung Rinjani : The trek you will never forget

Gunung Rinjani : The trek you will never forget

All You Need To Know About Trekking Rinjani (Almost)

Gunung Rinjani ( 3,726 m) contains one of the best treks South-East Asia has to offer. In fact, in my opinion, it was one of my most memorable and enjoyable treks. Okay, “enjoyable” might not be the best word to use. This trek is a pretty holistic and all-encompassing trek, with its breath-taking amazing sights, wide variety of trails, tiring yet not too technically difficult which makes it possible for amateurs to complete.

“If I had only 1 trek that I could do in South-East Asia,  it would no doubt be Mount Rinjani.”

Just a teaser : volcanic lakes to swim in, savannah grass to breeze through, boulders and rocks to climb, breath-taking sunsets and sunrises you’ll never forget, plus the innumerable stars you’ll try to count while camping at the top of a mountain. What is there not to love about this?

Having said that, a certain amount of fitness, combined with iron-will is most likely required to enjoy the trek and complete the trek. Like most treks, I believe if you have a strong enough will and is able to keep going one-step at a time, you’ll be able to complete it, it is just about how long you take.

You need at least 3 days for the trip unless you’re crazy and decide to do a 2 day 1 night climb ( by the same route) or you’re running up and down Rinjani so you can complete it in a day. Most people combine it with exploring Bali (massage, beach, relax, important things after a 3 day climb), or going diving at the Gili islands after the climb. Others explore the Flores islands to the east of Lombok. Therefore, climbing Rinjani makes a good 4 day trip by itself, or a 1-week trip when combined with other sites.

*Shoutout to Yuk Lun and Jingzhou (the king) for coming on this trip with me and celebrating my birthday!

*If you wish to get someone to organize, I can organize it. I have set up my own travel agency, so check it out here: http://www.littlemonsterstravel.com/rinjani3d2n/ or http://www.littlemonsterstravel.com/rinjani4d3n/  

Essential Trip Expenses :

Total Budget : SGD 280-350

As I did this trek in 2013, prices have changed from then in terms of the trek prices, but the other price estimates are still pretty much accurate.

Return Flight to Bali SGD 126. 

Accommodation : Free! In the mountains!

Transport :  

Taxi to Padang Bai : ~300,000-350,000 Rp

Slow Ferry to Lombok and back : 45,000 X 2

Package Trips :

3D2N Rinjani Trek with Ariee :  RP 1,250,000 (~SGD 125) -> Update : You won’t be able to get these prices in 2018

Others – 
Tips : Up to you, but seeing how much they carry, your food, water, tents, I think they deserve quite a bit. 150,000 RP is usually the standard.

Essential packing list : A good jacket that can withstand cold and the wind. Headlights. Hiking pole if you have. Rain cover for your bag. Emergency dry set of clothes. Tripod + Camera to capture the night sky!  

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