Fri 05 Oct - Sun 14 Oct 2018

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ITINERARY

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Fri 05 Oct 2018

International departure from London

The day of departure has finally arrived. Meet up with the rest of your team at the airport and start your adventure!

 

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Day 2, Sat 06 Oct 2018

Arrive in Lombok

Upon your arrival in Lombok you will be met by your local leader and after an hour transfer you’ll be relaxing beachside for a light lunch in small town Sengiggi.  After lunch you will continue your transfer (3 hours) to the small Sasak town Sembalun.

You’ll check into your accommodation and as the clouds part you’ll get your first sighting of the majestic Gunung (mountain) Rinjani and in the early evening as the sun sets it casts the volcano in a mystical light.

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Day 3, Sun 07 Oct 2018

Sembalun: exploration and acclimatisation

After a light breakfast at the hotel, you can visit the original village of Sembalun and see some traditional crafts in the making; visit the volcanologist centre and learn about the volcanoes; enjoy some local cuisine; and do a short trek to get your legs prepped for the trek the next day.

After lunch  take some time to organise your kit and make sure you have packed for the next few days of trekking.

You’ll also be asked to register for your park permit to climb the mountain.

Dinner will be in a local restaurant and will be followed by a more technical brief from your local leader and guides.

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Day 4, Mon 08 Oct 2018

The start of trek and summit Mt Rinjani (3,726m)

After an early breakfast, you’ll begin your trek at 08:00 up to the campsite at Plawangan II (2650m). You’ll pass through fertile and undulating hills of the savannah lands and then steadily your climb will be come steeper and steeper.  Whilst you pause to catch your breath admire the beautiful and veiws across Lombok and over to Bali.

Sembalun Lawang (1,156m) is the best place to begin on foot to reach the peak of Rinjani, Known for its spectacular scenery.  The climb to Plawangan II at 2,650m will take about 6-7 hours.  You’ll lunch on route to camp and snacks and water stops will be plentiful along the route.  Dinner is prepared by your local team and it will be early to bed in preparation for your early rise to summit. 

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Day 5, Tue 09 Oct 2018

Plawangan II to the summit of Rinjani and descent down to Segara Anak Lake (2,000m)

It’s an early start this morning at around about 02:00am.  After a light snack to give you a kick start you’ll head off for the summit of Rinjani (3,726m).  As you make your way slowly up the mountain listen out for the legendary Princess Anjani (Putri Anjani) whispering in your ear and encouraging you on your way.

Do not under estimate the mental and physical strength you will need to reach the summit.  Every step you take it feel like you’ve slipped back 2…but do not lose heart; at the summit the sense of achievement and the spectacular views will be overwhelming.  After enjoying sunrise, proceed down to the base camp where a second and bigger breakfast awaits you.

After a rest, you’ll be on your way back down the mountain to your next campsite.  A 3 hour steep downhill trek to the Segara Anak Crater Lake (2000m) will be your next destination. On arrival you’ll have lunch and then visit the hot springs to give you aching muscles a relaxing soak.  Lunch and dinner prepared and served at the lake.

As you sit around your campfire you’ll marvel at your days accomplishments and wonder if it was all a dream.  Overnight at the camp

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Day 6, Wed 10 Oct 2018

Trek to the healing caves of Goa Susu & Goa Taman

Your morning will be spent at a slower pace, take another soak in the hot springs or take a stroll lake side and admire the view of the Mount Baru.

Head off to your next campsite at Goa Susu (Milky Cave) and make a wish at Goa Taman, although be sure that you will return to the cave when your wish comes true!  Lunch will be served at camp.  This is the last day you’ll spend with your guide and porter team so a celebratory dinner will be had in the evening.

 

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Day 7, Thu 11 Oct 2018

Goa Susu to Torean and over to Gili Air

With refreshed legs you'll be ready for your last day of trek.  A steady 8 hours downhill through the valley and ending up in the village of Torean.  The trek is a mixture of steep downhill, climbing ladders and river crossings.  It is a tough day but the views more than make up for anything else you might be thinking!  There are some narrow portions of trail on this last day and caution is needed, but there will always be a helping hand from your guides.  When you reach Torean you'll get a chance to say your farewells to the amazing guides and porters and then transfer to the harbour where your boat will be waiting to take you over to Gili Air.  Your first night back in a bed as you overnight in a hotel.

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Day 8, Fri 12 Oct 2018

Gili Air - true relaxation

The day is yours to spend at leisure on this beautiful island whether you relax on the beach; walk around the island; go snorkelling in the crystal waters and swim with the turtles or organise some diving. Breakfast and dinner are included on this day and lunch will be at your own cost.  Dinner will be a chance to celebrate your achievements of the trip.  Overnight in your hotel.

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Day 9, Sat 13 Oct 2018

International departure to UK

There’s time for breakfast and even a lie-in before checking out! Alternatively, head to the shops for some last minute souvenirs before the 20-minute speedboat ride back to the mainland. Transfer by road to Lombok Airport, for the indirect overnight flight home.

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Day 10, Sun 14 Oct 2018

Arrive UK

Be sure to swap contact details with new friends and trekking partners, before going your separate ways.

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Important information

The itinerary & distance approximations are there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather, road conditions, the strength of the group, and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary; however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.

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