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Best of Lombok: Tribe Villages, Traditions & Waterfalls

1. Best of Lombok: Tribe Villages, Traditions & Waterfalls

Immerse yourself in the north of Lombok, home to the Sasak tribe, on a full-day excursion that covers half of Lombok island. You’ll visit north, east, and central Lombok, and your guide will include sites of particular interest to you. See traditional Sasak houses, the old mosque, Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls, a traditional market, the Summer Palace, and much more. Drive to the Narmada Summer Palace and Royal Garden, built in 1718. Continue on the tour to Sembalun Valley, located at the foot of Mt. Rinjani. The valley is the main starting point for treks up to the peak of Mt. Rinjani. When you arrive at one of the area’s strawberry plantations, you’ll have the chance to pick your own strawberries. From here, it’s on to Mt. Rinjani National Park, where you’ll learn about the second-highest peak in Indonesia. After enjoying time in the Sembalun Valley you’ll visit the Bayan old mosque, which was the first mosque in Lombok. Then you’ll have a chance to go for a swim and admire the Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls, located on the north slope of Mt. Rinjani, about 600 meters above sea level. Visit Senaru village, where mountain tribal life and the traditions of past centuries still exist. On the way back to your hotel you’ll make a final stop to see the sunset at Malimbu or Nipah cliff, with Mt. Agung Bali as the idyllic backdrop.

Lombok: 3-Day Mount Rinjani Summit Trek

2. Lombok: 3-Day Mount Rinjani Summit Trek

Experience an unforgettable journey to Mount Rinjani on the Indonesian island of Lombok. For the Sasak and Balinese people of Lombok, the volcano is revered as a sacred place and they believe the gods live at the summit of the mountain. This 3-day trekking package designed for advance trekkers takes you to the summit of Mount Rinjani. You will start in Sembalun and encounter steep ascents and descents on a fairly good system of tracks before ending in Senaru. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning and then you will transfer to Sembalun. You will register at the Rinjani Information Center (RIC) in Sembalun Lawang, meet your guide, and arrange the national park entry tickets. Your guide will give you a briefing with information on the route, local cultural traditions, and what you might see, as well as rubbish management and safety procedures. The trek starts from Sembalun Lawang with a walk up a gentle ascent through open grassland used by the local people for cattle grazing. You will take a short rest at Pemantauan (1,300 meters) before reaching Tengengean (1,500 meters) after 3 hours, where you can enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Rinjani summit. After a 1-hour ascent to Pada Balong (1,800 meters) you will start to climb amidst the pine-like casuarinas species, locally known as “cemara”. You may see wild pigs and the long-tailed grey macaque monkeys on the way to the campsite at the Plawangan II Sembalun crater rim (2,639 meters). Day 2: An early start at 03:00 is necessary for the hard 3-hour climb to the summit (3,726 meters). Once there, you can enjoy the proud feelings of satisfaction and the amazing views of the sunrise across the Wallace Line to Bali, Mount Agung, and Sumbawa. You will then return down the ridge passing numerous Bunga Abadi edelweiss plants to the crater rim camp for a well-deserved breakfast. After breakfast you will walk 2-3 hours down the steep trail to the crater lake. At the lake you can enjoy swimming or exploring the caves and hot springs, which are believed to have healing powers, while the porters prepare your lunch. After the lunch break, you will leave the lake and climb for 2.5 hours up to the campsite at the Plawangan I Senaru crater rim (2,461 meters). Enjoy dinner and stay overnight at the crater rim. Day 3: After breakfast you will descend down the long trail to Senaru village (601 meters), through thick tropical forests rich in flora, birdlife, and a variety of butterflies. You might see orchid and, if lucky, the rare black ebony leaf monkey known locally as “lutung”. You will take rest stops along the way, with village stories and local legends from your guide. Features include the Batu Penyesalan stone and Bunut Ngengkang banyan tree that looks like someone standing with their legs apart. After a 7-hour walk from the rim the trek ends at the Rinjani Trek Center on the road heading to Senaru, where a car is waiting to transfer you to the airport, Senggigi, or Gili Island harbor.

Lombok: 6-Hour City and Countryside Biking Tour

3. Lombok: 6-Hour City and Countryside Biking Tour

On this 6-hour tour you will discover Gerung City and the beautiful countryside of Lombok by bicycle. Depending on your hotel location, you will be picked up around 08.00 and taken you to Gerung City, the capital of West Lombok Regency. Starting at the Lombok Monument, you will see many government buildings and the mayor’s office. From here you will visit the village of Kuripan, where you will see local people making bricks from clay and see the entire brick-making process in one place. A 20-minute ride you will then take you through a mountain area with a great view of the rice terraces. You can interact with the local farmers in their field as well as pass by one of the Hindu villages and see 2 different tribes living in harmony in one place. After arriving at the main road, you will cross the 100-meter high ancient hanging bridge that was built during the Dutch colonial period in Lombok. You will then start cycling through Kebon Ayu, a hand-weaving village where you will see women hand weaving and making sarongs with traditional tools. You will then cycle to the village of Kebon Kongok and take a traditional boat ride across the river before reaching the Gunung Pengsong Temple. From here you will hike 15-20 minutes to the top of the hill, where you can admire the panoramic view of the farms and the beach area. Your driver will then pick you up and transfer you back to your hotel.

From Mataram: Sendang Gile Waterfall & Senaru Village Tour

4. From Mataram: Sendang Gile Waterfall & Senaru Village Tour

Discover Lombok’s best kept secret, the majestic Sendang Gile Waterfall. Start the day by traveling along the coast of Malimbu, from where you can see the Gili Islands and Bali's Mount Agung. Stroll past spectacular rice terraces and forests, and ascend 600 meters above sea level to arrive at the foot of Mount Rinjani. The walk will be rewarded with cool fresh air and the clear falling water of the Sendang Gile. After a swim in the falls and a break for lunch, visit Senaru Village, and see how their tribal mountain life has been intertwined with Islamic influences. You'll also visit the Bayan Old Mosque, a Muslim heritage site that dates back to the 16th century.

Pengsong Temple Biking Tour

5. Pengsong Temple Biking Tour

The tour starts with pick-up at your hotel lobby around 7:30 AM, (Senggigi and Mataram area only - for other areas there will be an additional charge). You will then drive to your starting point at Mapak Village and slowly start paddling to Padang Reak Village through the huge rice paddy fields and continue to Jeranjang Village. Here you will have a chance to try local cakes and crackers when the traditional warungs of villager are open. After that, you'll head to Kebon Ayu Village to see how local people make bricks from clay with traditional devices in a traditional way and then continue riding to the hand weaving village of Penarukan to look at closely how the local people make Saroong. You will then cross the Ketejer River by a traditional wooden gondola to go to Mount Pengsong Temple. The driver will be waiting for you to drive you back to your hotel at the end of the trip.

Countryside Bike Ride to Golong Village and Lingsar Temple

6. Countryside Bike Ride to Golong Village and Lingsar Temple

Be picked up at 7.30 AM from your hotel in the Mataram or Senggigi area and depart for the starting point around a 1-hour drive away, where you will begin biking. Make a stop at a local villager, making unique traditional food from jackfruit and other local delicacies. Proceed to a handicraft village, to see how local people craft huge cow bells for racing through a traditional practice. Admire the rural landscape of rice fields and mountain areas and pass two different tribes, living together harmoniously in one village with the religious symbols of Hindu Temple and Mosque located in the same area. Continue exploring the area and arrive in a Hindu village, passing more rice fields on the way. At the next resting point, taste some local food and cool off at the Ranget Natural Spring to restore your energy for the coming stage. Bike along the river and rice fields and brace yourself for a 15-minute uphill ride before reaching the downhill trail at Praba Village and Endut village, passing local villagers, who make handicrafts from grass. The bike ride will end at Lingsar Temple, where a local guide will take you to explore the temple before you are transferred back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Mataram

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 54 reviews

Enjoyable trip that visited to top sights of northern Lombok

A full day's sight seeing where we had plenty of time to explore and photograph the interesting places we visited. We felt that the guides always had our enjoyment as their top priority. Each location was explained and our questions answered. We were also informed about the local way of life and traditions. Plus we had a very good and safe driver. We were pleased with our day out.

Great discoveries!

We had a great day thanks to our guide Edy who was just great. Edy communicated his love for Lombok to us and made us discover Indonesian life and culture without forgetting the magnificent landscapes that illuminated our excursion. Thank you very much Edy for this unforgettable day.

Incredible Day!

This tour is simply fantastic! Our tour guide Rul had so much knowledge on the areas we visited & was able to answer all our questions. The places we visited were both fascinating & breath taking. Highly recommend this tour.

Excellent tour, really good guide and driver who have been able to explain the traditions of Lombok. Fantastic landscapes.

We loved this trip, the waterfalls were beautiful and our tour guide gave so much information it was very educational!