Mount Rinjani or Gunung Rinjani is easily the most spectacular attraction in the island of Lombok since nothing is taller than this 3,726-meter high volcano, the second tallest volcano in all of Indonesia. It is an active volcano whose last eruption was in October 2004. For this reason, the Gunung Rinjani Observation Post in the village of Lawang is keeping a close watch since Mount Rinjani, although dangerously active, is still a leading tourist destination.
Rinjani tourism is growing since trekkers and hikers are still allowed to climb all the way up to the crater. Also on top of the volcano is a 6-km wide caldera, which contains hot springs with some of its parts now partially filled by the water coming from the crater lake, Segara Anak (“Child of the Sea”). The crater lake is 2,000 meters above sea level and is estimated to be about 200 meters deep. Expert trekkers and mountaineers just love visiting these intriguing yet dangerous volcanic features. [Read more…]