Summit Mt Rinjani, Lombok at sunrise

Summit Mt Rinjani, Lombok at sunrise

Summit Mt. Rinjani, Lombok at sunrise


After 3726 meters of hell, I’m starting to see a bit of heaven. 

» Photographer: Rik Corijn

» Location: Lomboc, Indonesia

» Website: www.tapirtales.com


» Summit Mt Rinjani, Lombok at Sunrise

Hell is not below us but 3726 meter above us. It’s called Rinjani, the second largest active volcano in Indonesia. It’s a gruelling 3 day hike to the top. The first day you set camp at 2800 meter. Don’t expect much rest. Summit day starts at 2 AM. For the next 3 hours, you’ll have to climb 1000 vertical meters in total darkness, a glacial wind blowing in your face. Tiny lava stones are covering the trail. 1 step up, 5 steps down. It’s hell to reach the summit. But once you’re there… heaven.

The sunrise is already in full swing as I reach the top. I once asked Lebanese mountain climber Maxim Chaya: “How was it on top of Mount Everest?” He answered that they hardly spent 10 minutes there. That their minds were already with the long decent. Now I understand what he meant. I quickly pose for some pictures, with the flag, with the signboard, with different backgrounds … careful not to miss anything. I ain’t coming back. It all feels rather mechanical. Forced smiles. Posy victory gestures. Click! Been there. Click! Done that.

I’m already on my way back, when I randomly point my cam at a fellow climber agains the rising sun. A final shot, a final salute. No posing, no framing. The winning shot. Just like that. Magic.

– Rik Corijn


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19 comments

  1. What an incredible snapshot!

    I've never done Rinjani myself, but surely one day!

    Did you camp on the lip of the crater?

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    1. Hi, Chris. One day you will, I'm sure of it ;)

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  2. Wow! Interesting to hear of your experience. Rinjani was one I didn't bother with, but only because I had two others on my list to get done in a short time. I had no idea it took 3 days! I'm glad I didn't have my heart set on that one, but it does look beautiful at the top!

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    1. Too bad you didn't had enough time, I'm sure there are more places to visit in Lombok that is worth the view!

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  3. Amazing sunrise, looks so spectacular. We love sunrises and can travel to any part of the world just to catch one.

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    1. Sure does! Sunsets are always beautiful. A way of the world to say, its a brand new day!

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  4. It looks truly on top of the world. I can't imagine how you must have felt at the top, although I never expected mechanical. It made for a once in a lifetime photograph though! :)

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    1. Yes, it is beautiful. As what Rik has mentioned, it was a hard hike but totally worth the view.

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  5. awesome photo and wow a 3 day hike... sounds like an awesome challenge for sure. Sweet idea for a blog series too, btw! Looking forward to more :) I love expressive photos like this one.

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    1. Thanks, Christina! Rik and his wife did an amazing job hiking this mountain! :)

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  6. We were looking at hiking the Mt but had no idea it was 3 days. Not sure we will have time.

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    1. It is quite a hike reading from Rik's experience!

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  7. Awesome shot! I rarely plan any of my shots, but look when the moment feels right. Your shot here nails exactly why! Congratulations on making the climb, and for an amazing photo.

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    1. I think, if you're in Rik's shoes at that time, you will certainly plan your shots too :D

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  8. That sounds like a pretty intense hike man! Great reward from the top though! Love the shot :)

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Sanket! Rik does take amazing photos. You should check out his account more, its beautiful!

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  9. Lovely photo but if that will take me 3 days to get up there. I'll probably think about it. I'm not a mountain person so I salute you for doing that and giving us this awesome photo :)

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    1. Thanks, Cai! Rik and his wife hiked this trail and have amazing stories to tell :)

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  10. I wish I'd climbed RInjani during my recent trip to Indonesia. I simply didn't have the time to fit in the three day hike. You write beautifully about the grueling and difficult trek, as well as the reward of reaching the mountain's heavenly summit!

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