Around the Mount Rinjani – Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep

Some of us like the mountain better than the sea. The cool weather and the air that smells of wet leaves are more appealing. Lombok has one famous mountain, Mount Rinjani. It is 3.726 m from the sea level, and known as the second highest volcano in Indonesia after Mount Kerinci in Sumatera. Indonesia is famous for the ring of fire, many active volcanoes are in Indonesia.

The highland of Rinaji was my next destination. I have the chance to see the foot of the mountain, there are a lot of waterfalls surrounding the mountain. The location is accesible by car or other mode of transportation. The journey from my hotel in Sengigi was quite smooth. I took the route Sengigi – Sonaru through the West Coast of Lombok to reach the waterfall site. The roads were in a good condition, so it does not take long to reach the destination. When you arrive at the destination there will be a sign saying “Welcome to Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls”. The two waterfalls are the most visited by tourist, so the accesibility is not that difficult.

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The entry sign

The waterfall located in two different place, however they have the same entry. To reach the first waterfall, Sendang Gile, you have to walk down a flight of stairs to the first waterfall. It is a long way down and the stairs are very steep. The stairs are made from concrete, they are quite slippery when rain comes, the journey down was easier than the journey upward. There are some rest stops so people can take a little break, a helpful thing for a person like me.

The second waterfall or Tiu Kelep can be reached after you walk further. It can be reached in around 10-15 minutes, it takes longer for me though. The scenery on the way to the second waterfal was beautiful, you can have the feel of walking inside a forest. The smell of wet leaves and the sound of wild animal will accompany you along the way there. It was a fun experience visiting these two waterfalls.

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