Anak Dara Hill in Belanting Village, East Lombok Regency - Indonesia
Rinjani Mountain never fails to amuse those who visit Lombok Island. Not only it is famous for its national park, but the mountain features several beautiful hills for tourists to explore. One of them is located in Belanting Village and the name is Anak Dara Hill. Simply put, the locals and travelers take advantage of the hill to witness stunning sunset either with families or friends. No wonder, it gets many visitors especially in the afternoon when people want to enjoy relaxation and sightseeing. There are several facts tourists need to know regarding this site, though.
This famous hill was first recognized by tourists in 2015 and it has become a recommended site to watch a sunset. The location is at 1921 meters above the sea level so it becomes the second tallest hill in Sembalung Bumbung Village to Nanggi Hill. In terms of nuance, the hill features vast savannas and breezy wind. Not to mention the sky looks amazing up there! Another important fact is that the temperature can be quite cold, so visitors should wear a jacket and other comfy clothes during trekking.
Exploring Anak Dara Hill
The most important fact is that Anak Dara Hill features a difficult route as compared to other hills in Sembalun. It even takes about 2-3 hours to get to the top of the hill. Due to this reason, the hill is not quite suitable for beginners or first-timers! Despite the fact, it offers mesmerizing scenery that tourists should never overlook so no one would give up the chance to conquer the hill. After all, the stunning sunset awaits visitors up there.
Aside from witnessing stunning view of the sunset, many people come to Anak Dara Hill to conduct camping with friends. That means they might spend a night or two on the site and experience a new nuance in nature. The only consideration is that tourists should not install the tent carelessly. There is already the specific location (campsite) where they are allowed to build the tent and prepare everything. For further information and rules, it is better to hire a local guide before heading up to the hill.
It is true the best time to visit Anak Dara Hill is during the sunset or in the afternoon. However, some people want to spend a beautiful evening on the site as well. Why is that? They want to witness sparkling stars on the sky, which is somehow quite romantic. For those who choose to come in the morning, though, they are likely to enjoy strawberry picking at the nearby farm.
- Rinjani Trekking Center
- Bale Dalem Waterfall
- Dewi Selendang Waterfall
- Nanggi Hill
- Strawberry Farm
How to Get There
From Mataram City, travelers only need to head to East Lombok Regency and go to Belanting Village afterward. This trip may take around 3 hours as the distance is 113 km. As for the best route to take, it is definitely Raya Mataram – Labuan Lombok Street. The route is easy to get to the location, but hiring a guide becomes a good option.
Where to Stay
- Siola Inn
- Rinjani Lodge