"After two days of Singgigi we picked up the car. A Suzuki, with Airco Naturel. That means: windows open. Furthermore, a rickety tank with a loose outlet. But yes, what do you want for 12 euros per day. Well a lesson for the next time.
On the way to the north of Lombok, to Senaru at the bottom of the volcano Rinjani. A nice trip along the sea. Several stops made. Checked the petrol regularly, because the next petrol station is not known.
Drive to Senaru in the north at Bayan. A place at the entrance to the National Park. A great cozy hostel with several rooms."
Senaru , the village is the main entrance of Gunung Rinjani National Park. The most popular starting point for the trip to the second highest mountain in Indonesia (3726 m). Within the spectacular crater, Lake Segara Anak is the destination of many pilgrims who place offerings in the water and wash away diseases in the nearby hot springs.
The cool, flowery mountain village of Senaru on the slopes of Mt. Rinjani stretches along a hill on the other side of a winding spur above Bayan. It is a scenic drive of 2.5 hours from Mataram or Senggigi to Senaru. The desa includes the hamlets Senaru, Batu Koq and Tumpang Sari, and all accommodations (losmen) are simple but beautiful with a beautiful view.
Entrance fees for national park and village are paid here. Village guides, including several local women, are specially trained to guide visitors around the sights.
Senaru's most famous attraction is the Sendang Gila waterfall, which attracts thousands of Indonesian and foreign visitors every year. This waterfall is located about 600 meters above sea level and is easily reached 20 minutes on a gradually descending path. He is a stone's throw from Senaru Village. A pleasant alternative return route winds along the edge of the steep valley and along an irrigation canal.
For the more adventurous tourists there is Senaru's second waterfall "the Tiu Kelep", which is an hour's walk upstream from the Sendang Gila. You have to clamber over rocks through the tropical forest and then be rewarded by the beauty of the waterfall and a dip in a deep (swimming) bath. It is said locally that every time you dive behind the main waterfall of Tiu Kelep, you become one year younger!
From the main road you can go to the "third waterfall" of Senaru, the Betara Lenjang. Here begins a real rainforest adventure, which is exclusively for mountaineers with local guide and equipment.
During the early morning and evening hikes in Senaru you will probably see interesting birds, butterflies and at least one of the two species of monkeys living in the surrounding forest. These are the long-tailed macaques, locally known as Kera, often on the road. More elusive is the rare Silvered Leaf monkey, and also known as the black monkey or lutung, which you often see in the forest around the falls.
A visit to the traditional village of Senaru, which is located next to the Rinjani Trek Center, where the Rinjani walking tour begins, becomes interesting with a local guide, who will show you around. The Sasak are the cultural guardians of Mount Rinjani and the surrounding forest and protect its spiritual values. Local guides have a chance to experience the daily life of the villagers, to visit their thatched houses and gardens with fruits and spices.
From a travel report:
"Booked a walk with the guide Addi for the next day. A boy who has guided us through a traditional village (lots of photos 1natural) and learned a lot from Addi about nature, the people and everything that grows. A fresh coconut drunk and eaten for us picked from the tree. Have fun with Addi. Continue past the irrigation systems and the rice fields (the Garden of Eden). What is growing a lot there.
Then through the water robe to the second waterfall. Indescribably beautiful with swimming facilities."