Places to visit and things to do

NORTH LOMBOK

The north of the island can be reached via the coastal road on the west or the Pusuk Pass, which is a winding mountain road that starts in Gunung Sari and runs through the mountains in land to Pemenang in the north, the drive up the pass provides wonderful views of valleys and gorges, with rivers running through the tropical forests and small villages dotted amongst the trees. Families of grey monkeys live in the jungle and come down to the road to beg for food from passing motorists.

Pantai Sira is further north past Tanjung, where a small sign-posted road branches off from the main road and leads to a beautiful white sand beach with good snorkeling on the offshore coral reef. Three are great views across to the Gili`s and the Bali beyond. The Oberoi, Lombok is located One a fine beach nearby. This is also the site for the Kosaido golf course: a stunning world-class 18-hole Golf course with magnificent views from the manicured greens.

Senaru is a scenic village surrounded by jungle where climbers start their trek up Mt Rinjani, Lombok`s huge volcano Sendang Gile waterfalls at Senaru are amongst Lombok`s most spectacular, even after climbing the 200 plus vertical steps down to stand below them. The water cascades in a steep vertical drop down the hillside into a rocky stream below. It is popular with boat local and tourists visiting the Mt Rinjani National park, a national reserve of jungle and rainforest which surrounds the mountain.

Guides can also be hired from the restaurant near the car park for the short trek through the jungle to the lovely Tiu Kelep waterfall nearby, where the water flows into a pool at the base, good for swimming. Climb the rocks to the hidden cave behind the falls and follow local legend that says for every pass behind the waterfall, you take one off your age. A small park admission fee applies .

Gunung Rinjani Climbing

Senaru is the usual starting point for climbing Lombok’s famous volcano . Gunung Rinjani Other options for a slightly shorter route to the summit are Sembalun Lawang and Sembalum Bumbung to the northeast.

Mountain Climbing: Mt Rinjani,Lombok`s famous volcano ,soars 3726 m above sea level and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, attracting thousands of trekkers and climbers annually. The huge lake, danau segara anak (child of the sea lake) and a smaller volcanic cone , gunung Baru Jari ,which was formed a couple of hundred years ago. There are a number of caves, small waterfalls and hot springs located around the volcano.

In 2004 Rinjani won the world legacy award and the volcano is recognized internationally as an important eco-tourism destination. In all the main resort areas of Lombok.

Sembalun Bumbung is located in a high, cool valley on the northern slopes of Mt Rinjani, a long with the neighbouring village of Sembalun Lawang. The area is surrounded by lush fields and valley, and is famous for growing many varieties of vegetables in its cooler climate. Both villages are alternative points to Senaru for climbing Mt Rinjani and there are a number of places to organize treks in the region, as well as several small home-stays.

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