Walking Tour of Mountain Panoramas in Lombok
Senaru, at an altitude of 400 meters in northern Lombok, is mainly known as the starting point for ascending the mighty Mt. Rinjani volcano. Apart from agriculture, some of the people living in the hamlets of this area earn a living as trekking guides and porters for the many adventurers climbing this challenging mountain every year. The women care for the children and animals while their husbands are out on the mountain.
Serving as a gateway to Mt. Rinjani, the lush forest and beautiful surroundings also make Senaru a beautiful destination for those travelers who do not want to do the strenuous trek up the volcano. The terraced rice fields, fruit plantations and views of the sea towards the Gili Islands make the Senaru a truly beautiful place to enjoy the cool mountainous air.
The local forestry department with the assistance of New Zealand experts developed a community-based tourism project to empower the women of the district. A cooperative of female guides now run a tour called the Senaru Panoramic Walk, a great example of responsible tourism in Indonesia. All benefits of this CBT are shared amongst its members and flow back to their communities. This project is really helping the women since they often do not get the same opportunities for jobs and education as the men.
The walk itself starts near the border of Gunung Rinjani National Park. The route follows old pathways through bamboo groves, village gardens and an open landscape of rice terraces and palm trees to reach the lush rainforest and spectacular site of Sindang Gila Waterfall. The local Indonesian people believe that a refreshing bath behind these thundering falls can cure any disease.
Along the way, the guide will explain the practical use of tropical plants. Up in the moving tree branches, there are cheeky, long tailed monkeys with a chance to spot the rare ebony leaf monkey. Passing through the colorful villages of the Sasak tribal people, there is always something interesting happening as your travelers meet the local people and admire their traditional homes.
On a clear day, the walking tour may reveal a stunning vista of Bali’s famous Gunung Agung volcano rising high above the blue waters of the Lombok Strait. Each turn of the track also offers viewpoints until finally the top of Rinjani, the sacred mountain of the Sasak people, emerges majestically above the rice terraces and rainforest. The Senaru walking tour offers a generous dose of natural and cultural diversity making for an unforgettable experience in Lombok, Indonesia.
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