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Mount Rinjani Trekking

Mt. Rinjani forms the second highest volcanic peak in Indonesia, part of the celebrated "Ring of Fire". The dramatic landscape has been created over millions of years of cone-building, violent explosions, and erosion. Forested slopes rising directly from the sea create their own weather pattern and act as water-collectors for the whole of Lombok.

Mount Rinjani National Parks lies within the major transition zone (Wallacea) where the flora and fauna of South East Asia makes a dramatic transition into that which is typical of Australasia. The Park has a rich variety of plants and animals, although they can be hard to spot due to the terrain and rainforest cover.

Sometimes seen early in the mornings is the rare black Ebony leaf monkey, known locally as Lutung. The Long tailed grey macaque or Kera is common in Lombok and older males are seen on the crater rim. Ruda deer are forest dwellers and are occasionally seen along the Rinjani trek tail. The smaller barking deer or Kijang has an alarm call with a distinct dog-like bark. Look for the disturbed ground where the Wild pig or Babi hutan has been foraging. Also found in the forest is the Leopard cat or Bodok alas, Pam civet or Ujat and Porcupine or Landak.

A variety of colorful birds live in the forests of the Park. Perhaps the best known icon of the Park is the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo that is not found any further west of Lombok. Many of the forest-dwelling animals, insects, birds, civets and monkeys owe their survival to the wild fig tree or Beringin as a provider of food and shelter. The pine-like Casuarina species, Cemara, are a feature of the grassy higher slopes. Orchids or Anggrek are also a feature of the grassland areas, as is Edelweiss or Bunga Abadi growing above the tree line; it is a beautiful icon of the Park and one of our best-known sub-alpine plants.

Mount Rinjani National Park lies on land area of 40,000 hectares.. The highest peak is Mount Rinjani 3,726 m, one of the highest mounts in Indonesia. There is a lake called Segara Anak (2,008 m) on the valley west of Mt. Rinjani. The water smells of sulphur with temperature varying from place to place, from cold to warm and hot. An active volcano (Mt. Baru) is growing in the lake.

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