Smoldering volcanos stretch across Indonesia’s sprawling expanse, an oceanic nation filled with more than 17,500 islands, of which around 6,000 are inhabited.

Travelers through the country often find refuge at its idyllic beaches on the islands of Bali or Sumatra while the more intrepid venture farther afield to places like the Gilis or Lombok.

And for those looking to up the adrenaline, turn no further than Rinjani, Indonesia’s second tallest volcano at 12,224 feet on Lombok island.

At 12,224 feet, Rinjani’s visible from Bali and the Gilis on a clear day and a challenging hike to the crater rim, not to mention its peak.

Rinjani’s peak, flirting with rain clouds, looms above its fuming 3.7 mile by 5.3 mile caldera and the Segara Anak (Child of the Sea) Lake.
Rinjani’s volcanic crater and smoldering mouth
At an estimated 660 feet deep and 6600 feet above sea level, Segara Anak fills Rinjani’s caldera
Hikers relax in Rinjani’s hot springs heated, which last erupted in February 2010
The island of Bali with its volcanic Mount Agung and the Gili Islands (the 3 small islands in the foreground) visible from Rinjani’s crater rim



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