Mount Rinjani and Trash Problems

mount-rinjani-trekkingIf we look at Lombok Island, far from the west or east, we’ll see that half of the island area of ​​5,435 km2 appears higher in the north than the south side. The height of the northern half of Lombok, it stands a magnificent active volcano, sturdy and beautiful. That’s Mount Rinjani.

This mountain landscapes adorn and forming half of the island of Lombok. For mountain climbers, the summit of Mount Rinjani is one of the most beautiful mountain peaks and charming in Indonesia. At 3,726 meters above sea level, Mount Rinjani is the second highest mountain in Indonesia (outside the mountain in Papua) after Mount Kerinci (3,805 masl) in Sumatra.

Mount Rinjani entered in the Mount Rinjani National Park covering an area of ​​41,330 hectares and it is proposed to increase to 76,000 hectares in the west and east. The Mount Rinjani National Park is imaginary line into the transition of Wallace zone, where the flora and fauna typical of Australia met with flora and fauna typical of tropical Southeast Asia. Biodiversity cannot be doubted. Extraordinary.

Activities ascent to Mount Rinjani is constantly increasing because his name is more known abroad. According to some foreign tourist in Lombok, climbing Rinjani is one of the best nature travel destinations in Southeast Asia.

During the year 2013, the number of climbers to Mount Rinjani reached 19,912 people consisting of 13 002 foreign tourists and local tourists 6909, up 35 percent from 14 719 people in 2012, which covers 9199 foreign climbers and 5520 local climbers.

According to Deputy Regent of North Lombok, this rising trend on the one hand is very encouraging, because it helps improve the welfare of local residents who work as porters, guides, as well as food stalls and lodgings. But on the other hand, the increase was also quite alarming.

Environmental carrying capacity of Mount Rinjani National Park is limited by an increase in the number of visitors this ecological side effects. One of them is garbage generated. In an international tourist site mentioned many foreign tourists who complained about cleanliness along the hiking trail and at the peak of Rinjani. Garbage strewn everywhere, and most of it is non-organic waste.

Government quite overwhelmed to handle and less vigilant as to overcome a very drastic surge of visitors last few years. Government of North Lombok, Central TN Mount Rinjani, and the Rinjani Trek Management Board (RTMB) has several times made a breakthrough program in order to clean up the Mount Rinjani. In addition to the appeal through the extension and installation of information boards, also carried out activities Net Mountains, twice a month with the involvement of local residents who are dependent on the arrival of tourists to Rinjani.

Facilities have also been constructed to minimize the piles of garbage, such as by providing bins in shelters tourist places to rest. Unfortunately, until now the existing facilities are not utilized properly, even used as an object of vandalism by unscrupulous visitors who are not responsible. Distribution and piles of garbage at most can be found in Pelawangan Senaru, Pelawangan Sembalun, post 3 climbing, Segara Anak Lake, and Mount Rinjani caldera which is a climber places to rest and stay overnight before climbing the peak. So for the climbers who really want to enjoy the peak of Mount Rinjani, please bring back your garbage and keep it clean. You can take nothing but picture and you can leave nothing but footprints.

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