From Senaru center, it took us 9 hours to finally reach Mt. Gunung Baro Jaru, the smaller volcano inside Mount Rinjani that was shrouded in fog. Senaru is the village where the Rinjani Trek Center starts. Local guided tours allow locals and tourists to visit Mount Rinjani and its surrounding forests.
I thought the trek to Mount Rinjani was easy because there were lots of female Italian tourists who joined us in the guided tour but as we went higher, it became steeper and steeper. Little did I know that the Italian group were professional mountain trekkers and used to climbing higher mountains.
As we travelled up the mountain, my legs were groaning with pain but I convinced myself and my partner that we could do it. I was very happy when the tour guide finally announced that we will stop for lunch. The lunch of fish and soup never tasted so good with freshly sliced pineapples for dessert. After an hour or two we were back again to the business of climbing Mount Rinjani and again it got steeper with those deadly rocky steps until we finally saw the peak.