The Jakarta Post
The crater of Mount Rinjani, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. (Shutterstock/-)
Mount Rinjani has reportedly been closed to hikers indefinitely.
Mount Rinjani National Park Agency head Sudiyono said Tuesday that the closure was conducted for safety reasons.
"We've closed [the hiking trails] since July 29. The condition in the surrounding area is not yet stable; aftershocks still continue to occur," said Sudiyono as quoted by kompas.com.
Cracks are said to have been found in some locations in the area, which is also deemed to be prone to landslides.
"Avoid going to Rinjani for your own safety. [The hiking trail] could be closed until the beginning of next year, until the soil structure and rainfall are stable enough," he added.
To help the guide and porters gain income during the closure, Sudiyono said the agency was currently looking for a solution.
"There is a lot of [tourism] potential outside the national park area, such as Mangku Sakti and Kembang Kuning waterfalls, Air Berik, Senaru and Sendang Gile. We'll work on these opportunities with the guide and porters to map the boundaries." (kes)