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Hiking trails on Mount Rinjani reopens with restrictions

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, June 15, 2019  /  12:23 pm
Hiking trails on Mount Rinjani reopens with restrictions

A hiker on his journey to hike Mount Rinjani from Senaru route. (Shutterstock/File)

The hiking trails on Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), were officially reopened on Friday after having been closed following the Lombok earthquake in August last year.

"We surveyed the area more than five times to ensure its safety prior to opening the hiking trails," said Mount Rinjani National Park Agency (TNGR) head Sudiyono on Thursday as quoted by tempo.co.

"Since last year's earthquake, locals have been unable to work as they were dependent on providing services for the hikers," he added.

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However, climbers are prohibited from visiting the peak of Rinjani and Lake Segara Anak, and will only be allowed to travel to Pelawangan.

The number of hikers allowed up is also being limited. A maximum of 500 people, including porters and guides, are permitted to enter four official trails per day, namely Sembalun in East Lombok, Senaru in North Lombok, Aik Berik in Central Lombok and Timbanuh in North Lombok.

"All hikers going up and coming down will be recorded to avoid any illegal activity," said Sudiyono.

Online tickets are available for purchase through the e-Rinjani mobile app on Google Play. (ayr/kes)