Mt. Rinjani to reopen for hikers on Aug. 22
Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), is scheduled to reopen for hikers on Aug. 22 after being closed for months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mountain offers four hiking trails for the public, namely Senaru, Sembalun, Aik Berik and Timbanuh.
Despite the reopening, the head of the Mount Rinjani National Park Agency, Dedy Asriady, said it would limit the number of hikers. Face masks are also mandatory during hiking.
“The mountain is only available for [a maximum of] two-day-one-night trips with the number of visitors limited to only 30 percent of the normal quota,” Dedy said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.
Senaru and Sembalun trails are limited to a maximum of 45 hikers each per day, while the Air Berik and Timbanuh trails are limited to a maximum of 30 hikers each per day.
The park management decided to reopen the trails after it was assured the trails were ready following consultation and coordination with the natural resource and ecosystem conservation directorate general and the NTB administration.
To keep track of numbers, visitors are required to book their visit through the eRinjani mobile app, which can be downloaded from Playstore.
Dedy also said Mount Rinjani National Park had obtained a clean, healthy, safe and environmental (CHSE) certificate from NTB deputy governor Sitti Rohmi, meaning that the tourist destination had passed the health protocol-implementation test.
Beside face masks, the park management also requires visitors to bring their own hand sanitizer, liquid soap and trash bags, as well as maintaining a 1-meter physical distance.
Hikers from outside NTB are required to bring health certificates stating they are free from COVID-19, while hikers from Lombok are required to be free from influenza-like symptoms.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB) latest update on COVID-19 risk zones revealed that East and Central Lombok are classified as yellow zones, or areas with low COVID-19 risk, while North Lombok is classified as an orange zone, an area with moderate COVID-19 risk.