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Mangku Sakti Waterfall in Sembalun, East Lombok

Mangku Sakti Waterfall in Sembalun, East Lombok

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Learn how to visit the once popular but now forgotten Mangku Sakti Waterfall– an epic waterfall in the East Lombok Regency.

Mangku Sakti is one of the most unique waterfalls in Lombok, especially when compared to the other more popular waterfalls near Rinjani like Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile.

That’s because firstly, the water that flows through Mangku Sakti is sourced directly from the sulfur-rich volcanic lake atop Rinjani Volcano. The blue and white water also continues to tear down into rapid rivers through bending limestone rapids.

Best of all, you’ll almost certainly have this waterfall to yourself, since hardly any tourists visit it! In this guide, I’ll show you how to get here, what to expect, and tips for visiting based on my experience!

Mangku sakti waterfall near sembalun, lombok

How to Get to Mangku Sakti Waterfall

Mangku Sakti Waterfall is located at the foothills of Mount Rinjani, nearby the small village of Sajang. There are no tours I can find that visit this waterfall, which leaves the only option to get here to find a local guide, or to rent a motorbike and explore yourself.

When I visited the waterfall, I was staying at Sembalun. This is the closest main town to Mangku Sakti, taking around 20 minutes by motorbike to reach the start of the dirt road (location below).

If you're coming from Senaru instead, expect roughly 45 minutes by bike to reach the same point on the dirt road.

However, once you reach the turn-off onto the rough, dirt road, you'll need to ride for a further 30 minutes. This road is very worn, sandy and you'll need to cross some makeshift plank bridges over huge holes. It's a bit of an adventure to reach, which makes you have to earn Mangku Sakti.

Just follow the Google Maps directions on the pin below, named "Parking Area Mangku Sakti Waterfall". Google will ask you to walk to the final segment, however, you can take the left turn for another 5 minutes on the bike down the steep hill until you reach the actual car park.

GPS Coordinates: 8°19'12.8"S 116°28'17.1"E

Map showing the location of mangku sakti waterfall in lombok

Mangku Sakti Parking Area

It seems as though this Lombok waterfall attraction has been completely abandoned. The ticketing huts and stalls are in ruins, with waterfall signage ripped and torn. It's a sad relic from a once bustling tourist attraction.

However, with tourism back on the rise on the incredible island of Lombok, I'm sure that Mangku Sakti will regain its popularity. For now, it's a secret off-the-beaten-path waterfall for the truly adventurous travelers to find.

Mangku sakti waterfall near sembalun, lombok
Mangku sakti waterfall near sembalun, lombok

Hiking the Mangku Sakti Waterfall Trail

The path down to Mangku Sakti is overgrown but still visible.

I suggest walking on the obvious trail, following the directions of the old signs. After walking for 5 minutes, you'll reach a section that has been impacted by a landslide. It's a pretty sketchy crossing, but we managed to make it across by holding onto the thick vines.

It might look as though the path is completely unpassable at first. However, you just need to walk across the broken section and then head down, not up and around the landslide as it first seems.

After another 10 minutes, you'll hear the roaring power of Mangku Sakti and the rapids. Soon you will be on the watercourse. Climb the rock to your left and continue upstream, following the sound of the waterfall until you get your first glimpse of Mangku Sakti Waterfall in the distance.

Tip: The waterfall is on the same watercourse as the rapid river you reach. The waterfall is easy to find from here as you just need to continue upstream.

Mangku sakti waterfall near sembalun, lombok
Arriving at mangku sakti

What to Expect at Mangku Sakti Waterfall

Once you finally arrive, you'll see the whitish-blue rapid river carving its way down the Rinjani Slope. I visited this waterfall in the dry season, and it was absolutely tearing its way through. There's no way I would consider swimming in this section.

Waterfall Height: 20 meters

However, further up the trail, you'll see the main attraction: Mangku Sakti Waterfall. It's a large and fairly wide waterfall that plunges into a roughly 1.5-meter-deep pool. You can certainly swim here, but the power of the waterfall is pretty strong in the deep section, which causes the water to pull you around a little.

Don't Miss: On my recent trip to Lombok I discovered the epic Lombok Loop– Indonesia's version of the Ha Giang Loop. If you're the type of adventurous traveler who seeks out Mangku Sakti, you'll love this experience!

Mangku sakti waterfall near sembalun, lombok
Motorbike on lombok

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Climbing Inside the Waterfall

Probably my favorite thing about this epic waterfall is that you can actually climb up and inside the waterfall! There's a rockfall wall on the right side of the waterfall that seems to be proper way up. However, I was skeptical about taking this route since I was unsure about rock movement following the earthquake.

Instead, I decided to climb up and into the waterfall from behind the falls, entering from the deep water. It's a little tricky and definitely slippery but worth it to get views from a little cave behind and inside Mangku Sakti.

Mangku sakti waterfall near sembalun, lombok
Climbing inside Mangku Sakti Falls

Lombok Black Monkeys at Mangku Sakti Waterfall

We'd spotted the rarer Lombok Black Monkeys a couple of times before, at Rinjani and at Tetebatu, and now again at Mangku Sakti. However, only got a glimpse of them as they shied away as soon as I reached for my telephoto lens.

Mangku sakti waterfall near sembalun, lombok

Flowing Rapids

While not good for swimming, admiring the rapid turns of water down the limestone gulleys is something you might want to do after checking out the main waterfall segment.

We kept walking down the rapids and found sections of blue water holes, but the flow was too strong to consider taking a dip.

Flowing river in sembalun

Sembalun Accommodation

Sembalun village isn’t exactly the most touristy location on Lombok. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any great guest houses or hotels available.

Bukit tiga lima outdoor view of rooms

1. Bukit Tiga Lima Luxury

Great location with impeccable views over the surrounding rice fields. This 3-star hotel features triangular rooms with BBQ facilities & includes breakfast.

Radiya guest house bungalows in sembalun, lombok

2. Radiya Guesthouse Guesthouse

One of the best-value accommodation options in Sembalun. The rooms are small but very clean and have everything you need. There’s unlimited free coffee and tea, as well as a free breakfast included.

Sembalun kita cottage outdoor view

3. Sembalun Kita Cottage Cottage

Set among the mountains the Sembulan Kita Cottage offers its guests incredible views from its rooms, hot water, free breakfasts, and the option of sleeping in a 100-year-old traditional Indonesian house.

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I hope that you've enjoyed this guide to visiting Mangku Sakti in Northern Lombok. For more Lombok adventure guides, check out the list below!

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Thursday 2nd of May 2024

Hi Olly, couldn’t find any better information than this. I’m planning to visit few waterfalls and mangku sakti is one of them. Would like to ask few questions. Can a car reach the parking area? How’s the trail to the waterfall ? Is it very hard to find ? Chances of getting lost.

Olly Gaspar

Friday 3rd of May 2024

Hi Janet,

Sure. You can get lost on the way to the car park as everything is a bit run down. I recommend downloading maps offline first. No, a car won't reach the parking area, unless you have a good 4wd. I recommend a motorbike. The trail is easy, follows the river upstream. But be careful, it can be slippery. You'll find the waterfall easily because it's on the same watercourse, you won't struggle to find it once you reach the car park.

Follow the instructions in my blog post above and you will be good :)