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Lombok Part 2 - Rinjani, The Hike, Beauty, and Desperation

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Day 5 - When it's all started

I, the spoiled brat who loves comfortable bed and airco so much, decided to take an offer to climb Mount Rinjani, one of the highest active volcano in Indonesia, standing tall and proud 3,726 meters above sea level. October 14, 2016 was the day I started my journey, my 5th day in Lombok. 

We started our day waiting for the next group to arrive. They were held by traffic jam in Mataram. They arrived around 3pm, a little bit too late to climb, so we cheated by driving the car to base 1, and continue our hike to base 2. The hikewas pretty flat with a few uphill every now and then, a nice warm up. We were planningto reach base 3, where you can camp on the valley, free from the mean and cold wind of the mountain. However, since we started late, it was too dark to continue the journey to base 3, so after 3 hours of hiking we camped at base 2, which is quite exposed to the cold of the mountain. Nevertheless, we were lucky that the sky was clear, hence we were …

Lombok Part 1 - Between Rinjani and The Gili's

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Lombok, is an island east of Bali and west of Sumbawa, very well known for its beautiful beaches and the mighty volcano Rinjani. Last October, I had the chance to visit a little bit of both, 10 days trip, including 5 days hiking the Rinjani. Yes, I know, I mentioned the Gili's but I will not discuss about the 3 famous Gili's (Gili Air, Gili Trawangan, and Gili Meno). Gili actually meant little island in Sasak. 
There are 2 ways to reach Lombok, you can either take airplane to Lombok Airport Praya (LOP) or take a boat from Bali to Pelabuhan Lembar (Lembar Port). I chose airplane myself, as I was departing from Jakarta. There are plenty of airlines offering direct flights to Lombok, from the cheap to the expensive one.

Day 1 - Between Delays and Rushing to Sekotong

I have a habit of get everything planned and detailed, all the transportation and accommodation, timing, everything. But sometimes, things doesn't go according to plan and you have to adjust your timing and everythin…