Went to Mountain Rinjani (3726m) at North Lombok, an active volcano in Lombok island of Indonesia. Hereby, i will share some infomration and photos gathered from the journey.
The whole trip cost around RM 1,400 include evertying from hiking package, guesthouse at Gili Trawangan, hotel at Sengigi, airfare of RM 400+ and pocket money. FYI, Lombok island is not far away from Bali island with boatride of 1 hour to 2 hours depends on destination.
Our itinerary as below,
For hiking package, head to this tour agent’s site for more information: Trekking Rinjani (Satya Budi). The hiking package included:
Entrance gate to Taman Nasional Gunung Rinjani, get prepare of camera as there will be numbers of nice views and interesting shooting moment that i missed out.
Things to bring along by self:
Scenery is amazing along the way and i have yet to see similar scenes in Malaysia. variant colours from clear blue sky, shorter height of trees and great mountain view (with obvious shape and lines) creates a good environment for photo shoot.
The place we stay nearby foot of mountain, Lembah Rinjani Homestay & Restaurant at Sembalun Lawang, around 30 minutes from starting point. We went on September 2013 which is dry season, no rain, scorching sun but very cooling (around 10˚ – 15˚ degree depend on time). If you are going on same period of time, be sure water heater is working at the place you stay.
Village nearby our home-stay, quite and peaceful place, basically is just us visit the place on that timing, therefore drawed attention from local children and teenagers.
Introduced by our leader, the Tolak Angin, a traditional Indonesia liquid product that made from honey and ginger. It taste a little sweet and spicy, texture alike power gel which can be chew a little in mouth. It is a very useful product during our 3 days hiking period, helps on uncomfortable of stomach (进风), dizziness due to high altitude and running nose due to coolness.
Our great porters which can hike the mountain with slippers, thin clothes with sarong instead of jacket, able to run while carry heavy stuff on their shoulder. The followed us along the hiking path (not for the peak), carry mineral water, prepare all the meal for 3 days, building up tents and temporary toilet (pee and poo).
The great team of mine, thankful to be able to hike with them again. All things prepared, we are excited and heading to starting point.
Recently, my Suunto Ambit doesn’t pick-up heart rate data consistently from stock Suunto ANT Heart Rate Belt as usual. It create a box shape heart rate graph as move29582215, result incorrect PTE (Peak Training Effect) and display wrong recovery time calculation.
Decide to change the battery in centre piece of belt, battery model of the belt is CR2032, as stated in official site: Comfort Belt Battery Kit. Battery cover located at the back, easy to open with tiny edge of tool such as flat head screwdriver. I took out the old Maxell battery, replaced with new purchased Sony CR2032, tested it and signal is now strong by transmit heart rate in “real-time”.
Decide to go Gunung Tok Wan on last year, as training for coming Mountain Rinjani trip at Indonesia in September 2013. Gunung Tok Wan might be familiar to those that went to Broga Hill before, because when you reach the top of Broga Hill, you will see a signboard that point to the trail of Gunung Tok Wan. The trail is pretty straight forward, but i’ll still advise to ask a person that been there to lead you for the first time.
First peak of broga hill, crowded as usual, hard to get a single person shot on a weekend. For Sunrise potrait shot, remember to bring your external flash or use internal flash to capture, else you have a darkish face on your subject.
One big different you will discover between Broga hill and Gunung Tok wan’s path, is the number of visitors, we met not more than twenty peoples along the path. Gives you a piece of mind after the crowded and noisy Broga hill path.
Thanks to the friendly couple for helping us to take a nice and only group photo. The top are revered by plants, no nice scenery around. There seems to be another path that leads to another mountain, but we
Met this little baby while reaching foot hill, guess is a type of tropical lizard. Here is my movescount record by Suunto Ambit: Move14274403
Went for a vegetarian lunch on weekend, Kiat Lim vegetarian become our choice as colleague of my partner introduced. There are few outlets but Jalan Ayer is their first branch in Singapore.
There are only one customer on our visit and another two coming in later. The interior is simple and clean, you can see the whole of kitchen at one glance.
Wolfberry soup (枸杞菜汤) with toufu, corn and tomato. It taste sweet, sweetness are not from sugar but from the vegetables itself. Cost SGD 4 for the small portion which is more than enough for two person.
Fried Mee Sua that only cost SGD 4.50, the mee sua itself feels elastic, it taste real good and not oily as those in other places.
百灵时菜(小白菜) Vegetables with Bailin small portion with SGD 10, my favourite dish of the day, the sauce is so nice that i keep on pour it on the rice.
I gave it a 8/10 for the friendliness of staffs and quality of dishes served, worth to come back again next time.
Kiat Lim Vegetarian Restaurant Details,