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How to Visit Tiu Kelep Waterfall & Sendang Gile in Lombok

How to Visit Tiu Kelep Waterfall & Sendang Gile in 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.

In Senaru, you can visit two epic waterfalls on a single hike, Tiu Kelep & Sendang Gile.

When it comes to Lombok waterfalls, Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls are the two most popular and most spectacular falls on the island.

They are both located within the small trekking village of Senaru in Northern Lombok and require a short hike of about 30 minutes to reach on the same trail. I’ve visited these waterfalls twice and can share some unique & updated information on the best ways to visit from Senaru, Sengiggi, or Kuta Lombok.

Tip: I’ll also share a secret “canyoning path”, an epic bridge water slide on the hike to the falls, and a new viewpoint above the falls at a nearby coffee plantation.

How to Get to Sendang Gile & Tiu Kelep Waterfalls

There are three main ways to visit Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfall

  • Get transport to Senaru and walk yourself– you will need to pay an entrance fee and hire a local guide to walk you to the falls (more info below).
  • Book a tour - wherever you are staying in Lombok, there are many tours running to these falls as they are the most famous on the island. This is the most convenient option.
  • On the Lombok Loop - Both of these waterfalls are included in the epic Lombok Loop (Indonesia's Ha Giang Loop). This is how I visited the waterfalls the second time around and they showed me a unique water slide you can see in the video below, and an epic viewpoint from above.

Tip: If you visit early, unlike neighboring Bali, you won't have to wait in cue to grab a photo. In fact, when I visited these waterfalls we had them both to ourselves the entire morning!

Tiu kelep waterfall
Visiting Tiu Kelep with no other tourists around!

1. Senaru Waterfall Trekking Tour

For those staying in Sengiggi or Mataram, there's an awesome waterfall day trip you can book that includes transport, entrance fees, and a local guide to show you to both falls.

This is an easy option as you won't need to arrange transport for the 2.5-hour drive from Sengiggi to Senaru.

Furthermore, the tour also includes a short tour through the traditional Senaru Village in the foothills of Mount Rinjani.

2. Driving to Senaru To Hike to the Waterfalls Independently

If you're already planning to trek to the Rinjani crater, then it might be a good idea to stay in Senaru, since most treks leave from here anyway.

This way, you'll be able to visit Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile and begin trekking the next day!

  • From Senggigi: From Senggigi, it's a two-hour drive along the coast and into the ancient volcanic highlands. On the way, you'll pass traditional villages through some bumpy roads as you make your way up to the town of Senaru.
  • From Kuta Lombok: You have the option of taking the coastal roads through Mataram and Senggigi, or heading inland through Tetebatu, over the mountain pass in Sembalun, and then back around to Senaru. It will take roughly 3 and a half hours each way.

Once you reach Senaru, you'll want to head to the main gate. There is space across the road to park your bike (10,000 IDR).

You can rent a bike pretty much anywhere in Senggigi for about 100,000 to 150,000 IDR per day.

Sunrise over the rice paddies near senaru
Arriving at Senaru for sunrise

Updated Waterfall Entrance Fees

You'll likely have a few locals asking you to be your guide. The first time I visited, it wasn't compulsory to pay, but now it is.

  • Entrance fee: 30,000 IDR per person 
  • Local guide: 250,000 IDR per group

While you can easily get there without a guide, this system is in place to help employ locals in the community. I'm all for this.

Tip: Remember to pay your fee at the official entrance. Be careful as I've been told of scammers and unofficial collectors.

Map showing the location of tiu kelep waterfall in senaru village
Map showing the location of Tiu Kelep Waterfall.

My Experience Hiking to Tiu Kelep

  • Distance: 6 km (3.7 mi) return
  • Time: 1 hour return
  • Elevation: 125 m (410 ft) all on the way back up
  • Route: My Strava

Once we reached Senaru, I followed the map pin above to reach the start of the short waterfall hike to reach Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep waterfalls.

The entrance to the trail is very obvious and almost impossible to miss. You'll see a large sign next to a small food stall (good idea to get some snacks there). Then, simply walk through the gate and down the hill through the ticketing booth marking the entrance.

Senaru village in north lombok
Arriving in Senaru for amazing views of Mount Rinjani from the road.

Sendang Gile Waterfall

The first section of the hike winds down a wide, sealed path, dropping quite sharply until you reach a small elevated section just above the valley floor. Along the way, we spotted many monkeys and our guide told us to be careful since they commonly steal food!

It took us approximately 10 minutes to walk down with a few steps until we reached the waterfall basin below. At the base is a small hut where you can rest.

Hikers walking a path to sendang gile and tiu kelep waterfall in senaru

If you're here to see the more popular Tiu Kelep Waterfall, then you're in luck because you'll actually pass Sendang Gile (Air Terjun Sendang Gile) on the way!

Sendang Gile has two streams that flow into a shallow river which slowly trickles down and around the volcanic slope. There's a big area just next to Sendang Gile where you can relax. Although there's no deep swimming pool, you can definitely get a good natural shower in!

You can reach the bottom by walking around to the right and then turning left.

View of sendang gile waterfall
View of Sendang Gile waterfall from the top of the trail
Sendang gile waterfall
The base of the waterfall

Sendang Gile translates to "Crazy Tiger". The story goes that a Prince once accidentally found this waterfall while being chased by a crazed tiger. He hid behind the waterfall and was luckily able to escape. Don't worry - there are no tigers in Lombok. However, you'll probably spot some monkeys on the track if you visit early.

Tiu Kelep Bridge Water Slide

Next up, the track picks up just to the right of where you came down to Sendang Gile. This trail used to be very difficult to get over but it has been renovated recently with the addition of a new concrete water channel, which you essentially walk on top of.

To begin, you need to follow the path up a broken concrete staircase. The first time I visited, I walked straight over this bridge. But, on the second time on the Lombok Loop, our riders showed us an awesome water slide– literally underneath the bridge!

Basically, we jumped in through the grate, under the bridge, and rode the water through. A bit sketchy and I don't recommend it without a guide, but was seriously fun!

Water slide at tiu kelep bridge
Bridge to tiu kelep waterfall
Yes, the slide is underneath (inside) this bridge!

Hike to Tiu Kelep Waterfall

After having a few turns at the bridge water slide, we continued down and followed the concrete path until it ended. Next, we had to walk along some rocky sections, crossing the river a few times before reaching the falls.

Depending on the flow, you might need to get your feet wet as you walk around the river bends.

It only takes about 25 minutes to reach Tiu Kelep, and the track isn't difficult. However, it's not well marked. My advice is to just follow the obvious trail until you eventually reach this amazing waterfall.

River crossing to tiu kelep waterfall in lombok
There are some fallen logs to help you cross the river in sections
Tiu kelep waterfall

What to Expect at Tiu Kelep Waterfall

This is the waterfall highlight of the island and visiting is one of the most popular things to do in Lombok. In fact, visiting this waterfall is a reason why many people come to North Lombok to begin with.

Besides the mighty Tiu Sekeper, which is the tallest waterfall in Lombok, Tiu Kelep is one of the most impressive waterfalls that I've come across in Indonesia.

Tiu kelep waterfall in lombok

You'll probably have seen this on Instagram and several tourism posters both in Lombok and Bali. But– laying eyes on it yourself is a completely different experience.

Water trickles down an even, rounded wall down green vines and sharp rock. There's also a huge plunging waterfall stream that seems to propel itself across the entire scene.

Both times we visited we spent about an hour and a half at the falls enjoying a quick cool off in the refreshing waters before hiking back up to the starting point on the same path.

Girl standing beneath tiu kelep waterfall in senaru, north lombok

Hiking Back on the Secret Cave Path

On the hike back, just after the "water tunnel" water slide bridge, our guides showed us a secret path through the cliff inside a cave path.

Initially, this looked a little bit sketchy, but it leveled out quickly and we walked for about 10 minutes with the water running beneath our feet, all the way to the base of Sendang Gile.

I wouldn't recommend this after. a heavy downpour or without a guide, but it was awesome. We saw some bats in there too.

From here, we took the slightly steep return back to the starting point for a refreshing lunch in Senaru. I recommend grabbing lunch or a drink at the Rinjani Lodge since they offer entrance to non-staying guests.

Cave near tiu kelep in lombok

Secret Plantation Viewpoint of Tiu Kelep Waterfall

The second time I visited Tiu Kelep the guys from the Lombok Loop showed me an epic viewpoint above Tiu Kelep Waterfall called Kebun kopi dan coklat, just 5 minute's ride north of the entrance to the waterfalls.

This is a small coffee and cacao plantation but they have a perfect view of Tiu Kelep waterfall! To get here, just ride south on the main road until you reach the Dawn Adventures trekking shop, turn left, and continue down this road.

At the end, you can leave your motorbike for free. While the viewpoint is free to visit, we left a small tip to say thanks!

View of tiu kelep waterfall from the plantation viewpoint
View of tiu kelep waterfall from above
No, this is not a drone shot!

Where To Stay in Senaru

I recommend that you stay at least one night in Senaru if you want to climb Mount Rinjani and visit the waterfalls nearby. There are many hotels for various budgets along the main road running up the volcano. Below are my current top picks.

Outdoor swimming pool at the rinjani lodge

1. Rinjani Lodge Luxury

The perfect option for those wanting a luxurious experience surrounded by mountains. Boasting 2 outdoor swimming pools and breakfast delivered to your room Rinjani Lodge sits at the top of the list. 

Outdoor view of rinjani lighthouse

2. Rinjani Lighthouse Mid-Range

Located within the lush forests of Senaru and a short distance from Sendand Gile and Tiu Kelep Waterfalls. Rooms are traditionally styled bungalows with mosquito nets, warm showers, and seating areas.

Dragonfly senaru lodge balcony view on clear say overlooking senaru

3. Dragonfly Senaru Lodge Budget

Offers breathtaking views over the surrounding landscapes and Rinjani Volcano. It's no wonder it got the name as you'll understand how many dragonflies are seen in the gardens when you arrive.

FAQs About Tiu Kelep & Sendang Gile

What's Tiu Kelep like after the earthquake?

Many people might be wondering about the state of Tiu Kelep after the 2018 earthquake. Unfortunately, Tiu Kelep Waterfall took some serious damage in this earthquake. The once-deep swimming pool is now drained, leaving only a shallow pool and scattered boulders below.
There seems to have been some serious rockfall on all sides.
However, the thick jungle seems to now have regained ground. The walls are green again and are more stabilized by the growing tree roots. The waterfall stream has also maintained its integrity. So besides losing its swimming pool and having a few more boulders around, Tiu Kelep Waterfall is still an epic place to visit after the earthquake.

What does "Tiu Kelep" mean?

Tiu Kelep in the Sasak language, native to Lombok, means "swimming pool" ("tiu") and "flying" or "swirling water" ("kelep"), referring to the natural pool formed under the waterfall and the dynamic flow of water that seems to swirl through the air.

How tall is Sendang Gile Waterfall?

Sendang Gile Waterfall is approximately 30 meters (98 feet) high, cascading over two tiers, making it a majestic sight in the northern part of Lombok, near Mount Rinjani.

How tall is Tiu Kelep Waterfall?

Tiu Kelep Waterfall, located close to Sendang Gile, stands at about 45 meters (147 feet) high. It is known for its wider curtain of water and the mesmerizing mist created by the force of the falling water. This is a similar height to Benang Stokel and the lesser-known Tiu Teja Falls on Lombok.

What is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit both waterfalls is during the dry season, from April to September, when the paths are less slippery, and the weather is more predictable. It's possible to visit in the rain but be careful of fast-flowing water.

Do I need a guide to visit?

The first time I visited a local guide was recommended but optional. It seems now it is mandatory to get a local guide for 250,000 Rupiah per group. This is on top of the entrance fee of 30,000 IDR currently.

Tiu kelep waterfall, lombok
Tiu kelep waterfall lombok
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