is the main access to Mt. Rinjani National Park, and the
most popular starting point for trekking to the second
highest peak in Indonesia. with in Segara Anak lake as the
destination of many pilgrims who place offering in the water
and bathe away diseas in the hot springs.
The cool, flower
filled mountain village stretching along a hill side spur
above Bayan. The village of Senaru is an easy 2,5 hours
drive from Mataram and Senggigi, Senaru has range of
accommodations in simple pretty home stays (Losmen), and a
number of cafes serving delicious local specialties with
The National Park and village entrance fee are here. Village
guide including several local women wo has trained to
accompany visitors for sigh seeing around the village.
Arrange a guided excursion through LTO Tours.
WATERFALL SINDANG GILE
best known attraction is the Sendang Gila waterfall which
attracts many thousands of Indonesian and foreign visitors
annually. Located at about 600m above sea level, the
waterfall is an easy 20 minute walk down a graded trail and
steps from Senaru Village, a pleasant alternative return
route winds along the edge of the steep valley, following
the irrigation canal. For the more adventurous, Senaru’s
“second waterfall” Tiu Kelep is another hour’s walk upriver
from Sendang Gila. The scramble over rocks through the
tropical forest is rewarded by the beauty of the waterfall
and a swim in its deep pool. It is said locally that every
time you swim behind the main waterfall of Tiu Kelep you
become a year younger! With access from the main road,
Senaru’s “third waterfall” Betara Lenjang is a true
rainforest adventure strictly for rock climbers with local
guide and equipment.
During early morning and evening walks in Senaru you are
likely to see interesting birds, butterflies and at least
one of the two species of monkey who live in the surrounding
forest. Long tail macaques, known locally as kera, often
seat on the road. More elusive is the rare Silvered Leaf
monkey, and also known as the black monkey or Lutung, which
can often be glimpsed in the forest around the waterfalls.
SENARU TRADITIONAL VILLAGE
visit to the Senaru Traditional Village, situated next to
Rinjani Trek Center where the Rinjani trail begins, is
greatly enhanced by asking a local guide to show you around.
The Sasak inhabitants are the cultural guardians of Mount
Rinjani and its surrounding forest and safeguard its
visits include opportunities to experience the villagers
daily life, visit their thatched houses and gardens of
fruits and spices. For a romantic highlight, ask to be shown
the “sunset view” where you may see the tropical sun setting
against the distant skyline of Bali.
is set in an ancient and fertile caldera to the east of Mt.
Rinjani, the preferred access route for summiteers. The rich
soil produces high quality market garden crops, including
the famous garlic and rice, staple of local farmers. Seismic
activity is monitored daily at the government Rinjani
Volcano logy Centre.
The beautiful valley of Sembalun is also known for its hill
walks, recently restored traditional village, active
cultural performers and local weavers. Some home stay (losmen)
accommodation is available and trek services are based at
the Park’s Rinjani Information Centre. Also enquire about
the local walks: the Sembalun Lawang Village Walk, to
experience the scenic beauty of the village or/and the
Sembalun Wildflowers Walk, a two day one night hike to see
the wildflowers at Propok in Gunung Rinjani National Park.
Sembalun is divided into two villages, namely Sembalun
Lawang village and Sembalun Bumbung village which are 2 km
apart. The two villages are well known traditional villages
have a lot of history about the Sasak people. The area looks
like a dry lake, transformed into a fertile land.
Sembalun as a tourism object is already well known inside
and outside the country, because from this village climbers
begin the hike to the top of Mount Rinjani to enjoy the
beautiful sights. At Sembalun Lawang village there is a
Beleq village where one can see the artifacts of traditional
houses of the local Sembalun people, the grave of Majapahit
or Gajah Mada and the traditional Tandang Mendet dance of
the local people.
There is a big statue in Lawang of two big ‘onions’
indicating that this area was once one of the biggest
producers of onion (bawang bombai) / garlic (bawang putih) /
shallot (bawang merah) in Indonesia.
In Lawang is the Rinjani Information Centre. Nearby is the
Rinjani Volcano logy Centre. To the west, there is a major
greenhouse project using soil and hydroponics techniques
there, producing vegetables for local and export markets.