Pergasingan Hill in Sembalun Lawang Village, East Lombok Regency - Indonesia
When spending a vacation in Lombok Island, it is better to visit Rinjani Mountain as well. It is the home of beautiful hills like Pergasingan, after all. That means tourists can enjoy a wonderful adventure either with friends, families or alone. Those who love trekking should take an advantage of the site, too. The location is in Sembalun Lawang Village and it belongs to East Lombok Regency, actually. According to the locals, Pergasingan Hill becomes a perfect training site for trekking before heading to Rinjani Mountain. Thus, it is suitable for beginners or those who want to relax on the highland.
The best scenery that tourists can enjoy in Pergasingan Hill is definitely the Rinjani Mountain itself. As for the location, it resides on 1700 meters above the sea level so the nuance is a little bit cold up there. Not to mention some tents and campers are also seen on the site, especially during weekends. At the entrance of the site, tourists might see a welcome sign as well. It is because the hill has a good popularity and has been visited by lots of nature lovers over time.
Exploring Pergasingan Hill
In terms of name, Pergasingan means “cast away” actually. As the name suggests, visitors may feel that they spend some time in an exiled hill. The nuance is quite peaceful and it helps everyone to find peace, as well. Here is the good thing. The trekking route is not as difficult as neighboring hills, so beginners can really enjoy the activity (even without the help of a tour guide). Still, everyone should be careful during trekking and should pay attention to the stairs. Somehow, it would be safer and more comfortable if they wear proper footwear like hiking shoes and come when the weather is nice.
Once they arrive at the top of the hill, a variety of natural scenery awaits tourists. Plus, the atmosphere feels quite refreshing regardless of the time of visit. Once again, it is not as crowded as other hills like Nanggi. The reason is that Pergasingan Hill is not as popular as those hills and the landscape is not quite challenging as well. This explains why most visitors are likely to spend some time alone and get rid of mental burden there.
Not only Pergasingan Hill is suitable for relaxation, it is suitable for photography as well. In this case, the best background would be the formation of local farms of the nearby village. However, make sure to come to the site when the weather is nice (when the rainfall is low). Otherwise, all activities become troublesome and uncomfortable to tourists. Another tip is that tourists should hire a porter if they carry lots of items and supplies during trekking.
- Rinjani Garden
- Siwa Hill
- Rinjani Trekking Center
How to Get There
The distance between Mataram City and Sembalun Lawang Village is 90.4 km. That means the trip may take about 2-3 hours depending on the type of vehicle tourists are using. It can be faster if they take the best route, which is Raya Mataram – Labuan Lombok Street. Do not forget to come at the right time, especially when the weather is nice, though.
Where to Stay
- Rinjani Lodge
- Soedjono Inn
- Mas Mas Bungalows