Don’t Trekking Rinjani if Not With Trekking Organizer : A number of foreign tourists who climbed Mount Rinjani were forced down by officers from the Mount Rinjani National Park (TNGR) for illegal entry. Four people from Italy were forced to come down because they could not show tickets. The incident took place on Saturday, August 17, 2019, when two foreigners arrived at the Pelawangan camping ground of Mount Rinjani around 10:45 AM.
Ideally, an official climber will arrive in the afternoon or evening, if you enter when the entrance is opened. Because the fastest travel time is around 10 to 12 hours from the entrance through three posts, until arriving at Pelawangan.
Officials of Mount Rinjani National Park who seemed surprised there were still climbers arrived at Pelawangan ahead of schedule. The clerk approached, then asked for a ticket. Two foreigners from Italy could not show the requested ticket. He reasoned when he rode through the entrance of Senaru around 05.00 PM, so he could not find the ticket officer.
Not immediately accepting the reason, Rinjani National Park officials stressed that climbing Rinjani was able to register online. Through the website it is clearly stated when the climb is opened and closed.
Had insisted on forcing to stay at Pelawangan, but officers still forced him down. Finally the two Italians apologized and returned to Senaru via the same route.
When descending from Pelawangan back to Senaru, in the middle of the journey the officers also found two climbers going up through post 3. It was quite easy for the officers to recognize recalcitrant foreign climbers. They are not accompanied by a guide sent by Trekking Organizer (TO). Moreover, foreigners usually always use the services of porters to bring logistics and tents.
The two foreigners are known as Marco and Jean Bapriste, also from Italy. Both depart from Bali and continue the trip to Rinjani. Marco reasoned he didn’t know the climbing procedures at Rinjani.
Unfortunately, the climber could not show his passport on the grounds of forgetting. The clerk confiscated his identity and was asked to return to the post immediately to register and pay for the entrance ticket and insurance.
Contacted separately, Head Officer of Rinjani National Park Sudiyono regretted that there were still illegal climbers entering Rinjani, especially foreigners who were supposed to understand the rules in the country visited.
Sudiyono Said “In the future I want to be more assertive. If it needs to be deported, because it is an insult to the state”
According to him, the climbing procedure was clear, registration and using local TO to empower communities around Rinjani. But when there are still foreigners who enter illegally, according to him must be dealt with firmly. He compared the strict treatment of developed countries like Singapore against anyone who made even a small mistake.
In the future, he will coordinate with the Police and Immigration Office for the application of measures against illegal foreign climbers. So that it will be a lesson for TO and foreigners so as not to enter the carelessly without a ticket.
“It is likely that we will coordinate with the police, discuss it with other parties, including immigration. Because it’s a serious offense, “
So, that’s the reason why you Don’t Trekking Rinjani if Not With a Trekking Organizer, if you don’t want to be driven out by Rinjani National Park Officers.