The Jakarta Post
Trekking routes at Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), will be closed from Jan.1 to March 31, 2018, owing to bad weather. Trekking activities will be reopened on April 1.
During the closure, the Mount Rinjani National Park (TNGR) management agency will prepare an online-based registration system that can be used when the mountain climbing activity has been reopened on April 1.
“Apart from bad weather, the trekking activity closure is needed for ecosystem recovery purposes at the national park,” TNGR management agency Raden Agus Budi Santosa told The Jakarta Post in Mataram on Friday.
He said his agency had sent a notification letter on the closure of Mt.Rinjani from trekking activities to the Environment and Forestry Ministry’s Directorate General for Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation and local administrations of NTB, Central Lombok and North Lombok, as well as the Tourism Agency and other relevant stakeholders such as travel agents and tourist industry organizers in the province.
The policy was taken following weather forecast issued by the NTB Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), which has predicted medium to high intensity rainfall of between 101 and 400 millimeters in Central, East and North Lombok, from January to March.
“High intensity rainfall, accompanied by strong winds, is possible and there is concern that this condition could endanger visitors. We have closed trekking activities here annually due to extreme weather,” Agus said, adding that facilities such as bathrooms and bridges would be repaired during the closure. (ebf)
Beauty of nature: The beautiful landscape at Mount Rinjani, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, has always attracted tourists and hikers. (Courtesy of the Mount Rinjani National Park (TNGR) management agency/File)