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SENARU

The Village of Senaru is the main gateway to Gunung Rinjani National Park, the most popular start point for the three days Rinjani Trek up Indonesia's second highest Peak (3,726 m). For he People of Lombok, Sasak and Balinese alike, the Volcano is revered as a sacred place and the adobe of Gods. Within the Spectacular Crater, the Lake Segara Anak is the destination of many pilgrims who place offering in the water and bathe away disease in the nearby Hot Springs.

The cool, Flower-filled Mountain Village of Senaru on the slopes of Mt. Rinjani stretches up a hillside spur along a winding road above Bayan. It is a scenic 2,5 hours drive from Mataram or Senggigi to Senaru. The Desa includes the hamlets of Senaru, Batu Koq and Tumpang Sari, and all offer accommodation in simple but pretty homestays (Losmen) with lovely views.

The Rinjani Trek Centre (RTC) is located at the top of the Village at the trailhead. It offers information the visitors of the Rinjani Trek, the National Park, Sasak Culture and the Range of Ecotourism activities available for visitor to Senaru National Park and Village entry fees are paid here, and all Porters for Trekkers have to be  hired from the Senaru Porters Groups which is also based in the Rinjani Trek Center (RTC). Village Guides, including several local woman, have been specially trained to escort visitors and around the sights. Arrange a guide excursion through the Rinjani Trek Centre (RTC) or your losmen. Some of the most rewarding options are listed below.

 

 

WATERFALLS

Senaru's best known is the Sindang Gila Waterfall which attracts many thousands of Indonesian and foreign visitors annually. Located at about 600 m above sea level waterfall is an easy 20 minutes walk down a graded trial and step from Senaru Village. A pleasant alternative return route winds along the edge of the step valley, following the Irrigation Canal.

For the more adventurous, Senaru's "second waterfall" Tiu Kelep is another hour's walk upriver from Sindang Gila. The scramble over rocks through the tropical forest is rewarded by the beauty of the waterfall and a swim is 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 fro Rock Climbers with a Local Guide and equipment. Inquire at the Rinjani Trek Centre (RTC).

 

 

WILDLIFE

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-tailed macaques, known locally as Kera, often sit on the road.. Make elusive in the rare Silvered Leaf Monkey, and also known as the Black Monkey or Lutung, which can often be glimpsed in the forest around the waterfall.

 

 

SENARU TRADITIONAL VILLAGE

A visit o the Senaru Traditional Village, situated next to the Rinjani Trek Centre (RTC) 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 safe-guard its spiritual values. Locally Guide visits include opportunities to experience the Villagers' daily life, visit their thatched house and gardens of fruits and spices. For a romantic highlight, ask to the shown the "Sunset View" where you may see the tropical Sun setting against the distant skyline of Bali.

 

 

RICE TERRACE AND WATERFALL WALK

Lush Green are the dominant colours along this easy walking route, which takes you through intricate rice terrace to the magnificent Sindang Gila Waterfall. In less then one hour, you can experience spectacular scenery and Rainforest-Covered Gorge Wall. Against the blue background of the Flores Sea, the view seems to stretch forever.......... Ask a Local Guide to show you the hidden rail entrance and share the stories of the forest.

   
SENARU PANORAMA WALK

Discover all the highlights of Senaru on an easy half day walk through the scenic landscape of Palm-Fringed, Rice Terrace, Waterways, Traditional Villages and Rainforest waterfalls. Follow the Irrigation Channel that winds through the Village fields - the lifeline of the district. Local Woman will guide you, happy so share their special knowledge of culture, customs and nature. This Tour departs every morning from the Rinjani Trek Centre.

   

CULTURAL PERFORMANCES

By special request in advance, the People of Senaru and Sembalun can treat you to the very special spectacle of their Traditional Music and Dance performances in a Village setting beneath Mt. Rinjani.


Lombok Intro
Monday, July 24 2006

LOMBOK  is a series of small islands in the Indonesian archipelago. It stretches for some 5000 km between Malaysia and Australia. Lombok spans 90 km from North to South and 80 km from East to West. Although this beautiful area is not as well-known as its' popular neighbor, Bali, it boasts untouched, pristine beaches, a bigger Volcano and a huge variety of different landscapes and sceneries...........

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Rinjani Stories
Monday, July 24 2006

At 3.726 m, Mt. Rinjani is the second highest Volcanic peak in Indonesia and is a part of celebrate "Ring of Fire". Forested slopes rising directly from the sea create their own weather pattern and act is the main water-catchments for the island of Lombok. Gunung Rinjani National Park lies within a major bio-geographical transition zone (Wallaceae), where the flora and fauna of South East Asia ................

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Rinjani Trek Information's
Monday, July 24 2006

The Rinjani trek is a challenging mountain walk and you must be prepared with good equipment, warm and windproof clothing. Rinjani can attract severe storms, lightening and strong winds. When the weather is settled, the sun is intense and the nights frosty. Parts of the trail are steep and slippery. Beware of bad weather and risks of exposure to the wet and cold (hypothermia)..................

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GIli Islands
Monday, July 24 2006

Around the three Gili Islands in the North-West of Lombok (Gili Air, Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan) are more than 15 different dive spots and there are new reefs being explored all the time. Some of our spots are more suitable for advanced divers, but many are also suitable for beginners.  Our experienced dive masters will always find the right spot for you........................... ...........................................................

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Scuba Diving
Monday, July 24 2006

Did you know that 25 percent of all reefs are in Indonesia? With over 3,500 species living in the Indonesian underwater world, we have one of the richest diversities of marine life in the Indo-Pacific region. In comparison, the Great Barrier Reef has just 1,500 species and the Red Sea has only 600 species. Our drop-offs, plateaus and slopes reflect a good cross-section of what Indonesia has to offer............

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Cultural Tips
Monday, July 24 2006

The Rinjani trek is a challenging mountain walk and you must be prepared with good equipment, warm and windproof clothing. Rinjani can attract severe storms, lightening and strong winds, but when the weather is settled, the sun is intense and the nights frosty. Visitors are attracted to the stunning view, panorama and wildlife. Our trek programmes are sets to minimize the impact on the environment,..............

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Villages & Watefall
Monday, July 24 2006

The village of Senaru is the main entrance to Gunung Rinjani National Park, the most popular start point for the trek to Indonesia’s second highest peak (3,726 m). Within the spectacular crater, the lake Segara Anak is the destination of  many pilgrims who place offerings in the water and bathe away disease in the nearby hot springs. The cool, flower – filled mountain village of Senaru on the slopes of Mt. Rinjani..............

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