Trekking routes on Mount Rinjani in Lombok will be reopened on April 1st following improved weather conditions in the region, report Tempo and Antara News.
Dedy Asriady, Head of the Mount Rinjani National Park (BTNGR) of the Environment and Forestry Ministry said “the tourist destination for trekking at the Mount Rinjani National Park will be reopened on April 1, 2023.”
The ministry closed the trekking routes from January 1 to March 31, 2023, due to extreme weather that could endanger visitors and to help the ecosystem in the national park to recover.
Asriady remarked that the reopened trekking routes are the Senaru and Torean routes in North Lombok District; Sembalun, Timbanuh, and Tetebatu routes in East Lombok District; and Aik Berik route in Central Lombok District.
Visitors can register online through the e-Rinjani application from March 27, he said.
“The registration for trekking at Mount Rinjani is open from 5 am to 8 pm local time,” Asriady added.
In addition to trekking, he said, the authority will reopen two non-trekking destinations that were also closed due to extreme weather and open a new destination of the Tiu Ngumbak waterfall in Kayangan Sub-district, North Lombok District, say Tempo.
According to Asriady, the national park will open the tourist destination at full capacity, with the duration of trekking being four days and three nights.
“All trekking and non-trekking activities will apply general guidance on discipline and standard operational procedures,” he stated.
The BTNGR recorded the number of tourists to Mount Rinjani during the March-December 2022 period at 55,348, comprising 45,390-domestic tourists and 9,958-foreign tourists, report Tempo.
During the April-December 2021 period, the number of tourists was recorded at 39,226, comprising 38,785-domestic tourists and 441-foreign tourists.