LombokMay 4 to May 11 2013
Boutique villa – N.W. LombokPoolside at the villa Tiu Kelep waterfall The cruising catamaranWhite sandy beaches Boutique lumbung cottages View from the crater
Day 1: Saturday May 4, 2013Fly from Singapore to Lombok International Airport. You will be collected from the airport and transferred to astunning property on the North West coast of Lombok. The transfer will take approximately 90 minutes.Your accommodation for the next five nights is a lovely three bedroomed beach side villa situated in its own palmgrove. It is beautifully decorated and has a lovely private courtyard, a swimming pool, a lounge/bar area and asala that faces out over the sea and the red sunsets. Each bedroom has its own spa bath as well as outdoorshowers. The villa also has private beach bales, a small beach bar, a fully equipped kitchen and Wi-fi. There isalso a full staff including a housekeeper, butler, security guard and private chef.Down the beach there are a couple of resorts and restaurants , while the main town of Singiggi is 5 -10 minutesaway by taxi where you can find additional dining options, local food stalls, a few lively bars and an arts and craftsmarket. The two Padang food stalls in town are particularly recommended if you like hot and spicy food.Day 2 – 3: Sunday May 5 and Monday May 6, 2013Spend the first full day relaxing and getting yourself familiar with your surroundings. There is obviously your ownprivate pool and courtyard in which to indulge and the beach is right in front of the villa. If you are interested, thereis a good surf break nearby which is perfect for some surf lessons.After breakfast on Monday morning you will transfer to a small bay at Teluk Nare where your privately charteredyacht will be moored.The yacht is designed and built to Australian standards and is a performance catamaran ofthe Whitehaven design. She is 13m long and has a large saloon built over the bridge deck area. There are alsotwo large trampoline areas that are great for relaxing and a small tender for going ashore. The yacht will alsohave a crew of three including a captain. If you wish to try your hand at sailing the boat along with the crew thenyou are more than welcome.You will spend the day cruising around the beautiful “Gili” islands. There will also be ample opportunity to swim,snorkel and cast ashore on Gili Meno. This small island is the most pristine and peaceful of the group and isfringed by an incredible white sandy beach. After returning to Teluk Nare at sunset you will be transferred back toyour villa. The transfer takes about 20 minutes.
Day 4 Tuesday May 7, 2013Today is an early start. You will be picked up at 6.00am from the villa and transferred to Sembalun to begin your3 day Mt Rinjani trek. Although not particularly well known, in our opinion this is one of the very best shortadventure treks in Asia. We will provide you with an expert guide, porters, good food and first class campingequipmen - for example you will have proper mountain tents and airbeds. Your guide will arrange for the NationalPark entry tickets and brief you on the route, the sights, as well as the rubbish management and safetyprocedures.Mount Rinjani is considered sacred by pilgrims in both Bali and Lombok and it is believed that the local Godsreside on the summit. It is for these reasons that the trek up Mount Rinjani, for many people, is far more importantthan just the climb itself.The trek starts with a gentle ascent through open grassland used by the local villagers to graze their cattle. Afterthree hours you will reach a resting post at 1500m with wonderful views of the summit. After a further hour theclimb steepens through the pine-like casuarinas known locally as Cemara to the Sembalun crater rim at 2639m.Here you will make camp for the night. The views down into the crater are breathtaking, with the relatively new (itbegan to appear in 1942) smoldering cone of “Gunung Baru” rising from the depths of the lake, “Segara Anak”covers 1200 ha and at its deepest is 190m.Day 5: Wednesday May 8, 2013After breakfast you will proceed down to Mount Rinjani’s amazing crater lake. The trail is steep and takes two tothree hours. Once there you can take a refreshing dip, explore the caves or test out the volcanic hot springswhich the locals believe to have healing powers.After lunch you will leave the lake behind you and climb for two and a half hours up to the Senaru crater rim. Hereyou will make camp for the second night. The sunsets over the Northern Gili islands and the view down into thecrater are wonderful.Day 6: Thursday May 9, 2013After watching the sunrise over the summit and a hearty breakfast you will descend down the long trail to Senaruvillage. The surrounding tropical forest is inhabited by a large variety of birdlife, butterflies, orchids and long tailedgrey macaques. There are also occasional sightings of the rare black ebony leaf monkey known locally as“lutung”. The trek down to Senaru takes six to seven hours and there are several rest stops along the way.In the afternoon you will be transferred to one of the best kept secrets in Lombok – two rustic, lumbung stylebungalow on the slopes of Mount Rinjani. There is the option of a family bungalow with a double and two singlesor you could even take both as they are adjacent to each other. The road up through the emerald green rice
terraces is bumpy but you will be rewarded by stupendous views down the mountainside and out to sea. Theaccommodation is simple but spotlessly clean and the surroundings are one of the most picturesque in Lombok.Day 7: Friday May 10, 2013Spend the day relaxing, swimming or exploring the local surroundings.If you are still feeling active it is possible to arrange an English speaking guide from the local village who will leadyou through beautiful rice terraces on a 2-3 hour hike (one way) to the thunderous Tiu Kelep waterfalls. TheJurassic falls rush over the fissured slopes falling 30 metres into a spectacular plunge pool. It truly is anawesome sight and a great spot for a swim.After dinner or a BBQ your hosts can arrange some wonderful music and dance by the local villagers around acampfire.Day 8: Saturday May 11, 2013Spend your final day relaxing or swimming in the spring fed pool before being transferred to the airport to catchyour evening flight.Your trip includes‣ All accommodation including three nights in a private three bedroomed villa‣ All private transfers‣ Guides, all camping equipment, food and porters for your three day adventure trek on Mt Rinjani‣ A trip to the stunning Tiu Kelep waterfalls‣ Full, private boat charter for a full day trip cruising and snorkeling around the ‘Gili’ islands