Gunung Rinjani : The trek you will never forget
Day 03: Senaru Crater Rim(2.641m) – Senaru Village (601m)
“Are we there yet? I can’t feel my legs”
Begin: Senaru Crater Rim 2,641m ; End: Senaru Village 601m
Elevation gain : -2040m
Time: ~5 hours of walking but feels like forever
Its a cold morning, but the view at sunrise is beautiful as usual. I woke up, just wandering around as the porters make our breakfast and enjoy the view. From this vantage point you can see in the distance a similar view as the summit, the gili islands across the ocean, Gunung Agung and the coast of Lombok island.Also, up the hill are all the other camps. Looking at the porters and guides who see this every other day, I wonder what I’ll think of if I come here so often.
After breakfast, it is the knee breaking exercise. It is just a descent all the way, to me it was almost equally mentally challenging as the summit.
“BRING ME A HELICOPTER”
The first hour drops very steeply though high elevation grassland via a shelter at Cemara Lima (2,480m). The paths was narrow such that I was jumping off the side walls. I wished I was as agile or used to going downhill like the Swiss people on my team, perhaps I just have a bad sense of balance.”
“LET ME ROLL DOWN PLEASE”
Once we reach the trees, and it gets more gradual, with the last part running through the forest. There are many birds and beautiful butterflies that will mesmerize you along the way which was quite enjoyable, but my knees were hurting, feeling the pain to the bones, I need milk for it. By then, I was numb to the pain and just moving forward without thinking, hoping, and continuously hoping it will end soon.
“I NEED TO CHANGE MY LEGS NOW. BRING ME REPLACEMENT LEGS”
When the ground finally became flat, and I could see the gate before me, it was a wave of relief, that this “torture” had reached an end. We just sat around for a short lunch, before being brought back to the guide’s house to get our stuff.
That sums up the trip! It was an amazing trip, one that would leave your body aching for the next 3 days.
“I thought of whether I would do it again.”
I highly doubt it, I can’t imagine myself going through those 3 days again.
But, for everyone else who have not done it, please do, I beg you, attempt to climb Rinjani once in my lifetime. It will change you.