28: Chasing Waterfalls – Senaru, Indonesia

Saturday 10th August 2019

Day 102

I left Botchan Hostel in Kuta before 8am this morning, but I still managed to squeeze in time for free banana pancakes! Today I headed to the village of Senaru, further north in Lombok. This village is close to Mount Rinajani, the volcano I am hiking up tomorrow. The first leg of the journey took me to Bansal Harbour, and then I went from there to Senaru.

I have paid 1.5 million IDR for the Mount Rinjani Trek, which is around £88. This includes my transfer from Kuta to Senaru, a nights accommodation in Senaru, the guide taking you up the volcano, camping overnight at the top, food and then a transfer to Sengiggi after the trek. Senaru is such a quiet village and there is clearly a very strong community here. I really like this place – very beautiful and very relaxed. The view from my homestay – Rinjani Golden – is just beautiful. 

There is only me and another guy here at the moment who are doing the trek tomorrow, but I am hoping that a bigger group will meet tomorrow or something because I think it would be more fun with more people. 

Having arrived in Senaru at 11:30am there was an entire day to kill. The only thing to really do here is go and see the two nearby waterfalls. It’s about a 2km walk there so I ventured out after a nice plate of Mie Goreng. The walk through the jungle to get to the first waterfall, Sendang Gila, was great. There were some great views and it was very peaceful. 

From Sendang Gila it was about a 20-30 minute walk to the second waterfall, Tiu Kelep, but the walk here is a bit rockier. There was an earthquake here in Northern Lombok last year and that caused a lot of rocks to fall. Therefore the walk is a little more difficult.  Tiu Kelep was definitely the more impressive waterfall, as it’s much bigger. It’s found in a really beautiful spot and the water spraying on my face made it really refreshing.

I got back to the homestay at about 3pm, so spent the afternoon admiring the view whilst writing in my journal and writing this blog post! I feel a bit emotional today and I miss my boyfriend a lot and definitely wish he could come and climb a volcano with me.

I spent the afternoon totally alone, not speaking to anyone and I’ve never been so content to do so. I’ve learnt to enjoy my own company more and just be alone with my own thoughts. I definitely think that, as hard as solo travel can be sometimes, it’s definitely exactly what I needed at this point in my life. 

I spent a bit of time chatting with the homestay owner who was telling me about the earthquake that had hit here just a year ago. There’s still a lot of damage present in the village. He was also an avid fan of Man United. 

At about 6:45 I headed up the road to a Warung and had a big plate of delicious Gado Gado for dinner. Definitely one of the best I’ve had so far in Indonesia! It’s now 9:15 and showered and packed my back for tomorrow. I need to try and get as much sleep as possible ready to leave for the trek at 7 tomorrow. I’m really excited for the amazing scenery! 

Because I’m unfortunately going to be sleeping on a mountain tomorrow, I won’t be able to post the blog post until later on, on Monday! But hopefully it should be a good one with lots of amazing photos.

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