Mt. Rinjani dominates the northern part of Lombok Island. Higher levels of shade and moisture create a micro climate that is perfect for growing rice. Dutch settlers created an extensive irrigation network so that spring-fed streams crisscross everything creating an overwhelmingly, garden-like atmosphere. Still extremely remote and rarely visited, it’s the perfect place to hike and search out some of the most beautiful waterfalls that I’ve ever seen.
We stayed at a place called Rinjani Mountain Garden. It’s owned by a sweet and accommodating German couple named Roland and Toni. If you visit, ask Roland to see pictures of their boat. Apparently they had quite the adventurous life, sailing the 7 seas, before they settled in this idyllic spot. They also have lots of pets… dogs, horses, cats and even a monkey that keep guests company. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in their restaurant, as there are no other places to eat near by. The food was great. I can’t wait to return.
(below) Tiu Kelep waterfall. If it wasn’t for our guide, we would have never found it. We walked several hours on unmarked pathways through terraced rice fields just to find the trail to get here.