Cluster of clouds on the island of Lombok is so close as if about to fall from the sky. Accompany the wind I walked step by step one of the highest land in Indonesia. In the distance, Mount Rinjani stand-powerful. Towering along the northern half of Lombok, Mount Rinjani (3726m), is Indonesia's second highest volcano.
Rinjani has spiritiual value for the Hindu Balinese and Sasak tribe. To the Balinese, Rinjani is one of three mountains are consecrated as it is considered the abode of the gods, after Semeru and the Court. As it approached the island of Lombok, I was fascinated by its beauty. An Unspoiled Island, said some people. Luckily I got an early morning crossing, so they can see the sun rise. I also had to go through three famous Gili islands of the ship.
Arriving in Lombok, and after completing Aikmel logistics market, we headed to the village of Sembalun using sand truck. Sembalun village is one of the entrance to the Mount Rinjani National Park. When traveling to Sembalun, we stopped at the Mount Three virgin to enjoy the sunset.
Rinjani is like another world, my friend said. How could I not, since the beginning of the climb we were treated to an exotic desert Savana, dazzling tropical forests, and hills are incredibly beautiful. This is just the beginning, but it was very beautiful.
From Basecamp Sembalun to post a hill dotted savanna like Teletubbies, my little cut through the woods on the advice of people around because it can save you two hours. Around eleven o'clock in the afternoon I got to post one. But whose name is savanna, rarely there are trees, so I did not linger long - in this post because it stings the Sun, no wonder many are calling Rinjani 'mountain beach'.
Desert wind blowing makes the weeds - weeds waving like millions of beautiful knitwear. There are exotic there uncontested. I was lucky and the mist began to fall slightly reduce sunburn. During the trip, I often met with foreign climbers. No wonder, Mount Rinjani is one of the famous tourist attraction in the world. I was talking with one of the Caucasians and he said, 'Indonesia was really beautiful ..', I just smiled and said, 'Indeed ..'
Shortly before sunset, I arrived at the post three. In this place I was setting up camp and rest to prepare for the climb the next day.
His name sounds terrible. Hill of torture, is the name of the place we passed on the second day of climbing. Steep hills is indeed our tortured climb seemed never exhausted. Here we often find a quasi-peak, from a distance like the top of the hill but it is actually a hill - the next hill was shrouded in fog.
Regret Hill is an alternative route, tanjakannya sloping but relatively longer distance. But along the way that day, a very surreal scene. The sensation was like walking in the world of science fiction fantasy film.
Arriving in the post Plawangan Sembalun, clouds have been aligned with our feet. Here is another weather was, it felt right - right in the wild, nature adventurers. Even when the wind blows her voice was clearly heard. Ahhh, I think I'd love to jump and dance - dance on the cloud.
Plawangan Sembalun is the last outpost before the peak, with an altitude of about 2700 masl. Rinjani summit at an altitude of 3726 masl. Means that there are still about a mile vertically, I am so lazy to imagine. However, I will attack fitting summit at 12 am precisely. The rest - the rest of my energy collected by the top of Rinjani. Daypack, headlamp, snacks, Medical supplies, water and prayer that I take. My goal right at dawn I was at the top and take photos Sunrise from there.
Path to the summit is the sand, much like in semeru. The line was so terrible, left - right headed wide chasm. I strongly agree summit attack began at night so we did not fall first mentally see its path.
"A true climber is not the conquest of the bud - the highest shoots that pierce the sky, but he was to conquer the highest tops of himself as a man"
Actually, when my last sand hill was not strong at all. Eager to fall down. But I was always encouraged by other climbers, which even I do not know. Cries - cries of encouragement they gave me strength. Star - a star-studded above also encouraged. Shadow - the shadow of the people I love also arrived - turned up to give her strength.
Break the limit. That's the word - a word that is always there in my mind. Rinjani taught me to always do not give up under any circumstances. Step by step I went through, although sometimes the feet are stuck in the sand, which I need to do is just go and keep praying.
And ... I also was in Rinjani summit ..
Want to cry but shame hehe. From the peak 3726 meters above sea level, I can see all sides of the island of Lombok, Bali and Sumba island even! In the distance Mount Agung in Bali seen standing smugly. Rinjani caldera view with a line of six miles, I felt out in the ocean foam.
After shaking hands with everyone at the top and the little pictures, I must soon go down as the peak would be very hot and the water supply was low. When looking down the path, I was a little shudder. But if we have found a rhythm, we can be like playing "sand skiing", provided careful - careful not to fall into the abyss.
Arriving in Plawangan back, I took a break and get ready to get down to Lake Segara Anak. Segara Anak lake at an altitude of 1700 masl. The track is quite dangerous, because a lot of rocks and sand. Heart - the heart rests here. I left too late so I had to make camp in the middle of the road. Moreover there is my friend who injured his leg and I found a father who missed from his entourage, the father did not bring a flashlight!
In the morning we went to Lake Segara Anak, the whole way we were treated to an exotic panorama. Hills - hills like ancient times before us. My imagination says if there is a T-Rex would be nice here. Lake immediately give the child a tremendous shock, hot spring! Ahhh, it feels so good soaking in hot water after a tiring journey. Rinjani is full of surprises. I was there almost two hours soaking was accompanied by the same monkey - wild monkeys who want to steal food.
The most I can not forget from Lake Segara Anak is at sunset. It's hard to describe it with words - words. The afternoon sun shining on the mountains around the child immediately. I feel like not in Indonesia. But this is true - true Indonesia man! I really - really in love with Indonesia!
That his name off the mountain, must come down right? But for Rinjani, Segara Anak Lake we have to climb back into Plawangan (Senaru or Sembalun) for 4 hours! And then fell back. Path of the child immediately to Plawangan Senaru bit extreme, even some of the most rock climbing. Take extra care - careful. No mercy if one step.
On his way back, there was a slight incident, we ran out of water. For some reason the fountain in the post three and two lanes heading Senaru everything dry. Yet according to information from above and from the porter that we asked, there is water there. Finally, we helped a team that has come down first, they brought water and wait at the post one.
Arriving at the village gate Senaru, only gratitude I feel. I went straight up the truck to return to the city of Mataram. After stopping overnight at the home of a colleague, next day I returned to Jakarta after a quick stop at the Kuta beach.
Rinjani thanks, thanks for all the beauty and magic of you, thank you for giving confidence that the dream - the dream we can achieve it if we do not never give up, thank you for your friends - friends for his warmth, thank God for letting me see bit of the beauty of your creation .. Wira Nurmansyah