Selong Hill in Sembalun Lawang Village, East Lombok Regency - Indonesia
Aside from Pergasingan Hill, other beautiful hills reside in Sembalun Lawang Village including Selong. Both of them become proud of East Lombok Regency and offer similar natural beauties, in fact. Selong Hill, though, becomes a nice choice for those who want to witness Rinjani Mountain from afar feel the comfy atmosphere of nature. Not only the hill is suitable for sightseeing, it is perfect for photography as well. For some people, it even becomes a good site to find inspiration and find the peace.
In terms of size, Selong Hill is shorter and smaller than Pergasingan. That does not mean it is inferior to its sibling, as it offers similar beauty and landscape. In fact, tourists may see a formation of bamboo trees when heading to the top of the hill. Plus, vast views of local farms can be seen up there! Like its neighboring hill, Selong is suitable for camping too (even though the number of campers is smaller than that of Pergasingan Hill). What is more? The hill is located near to a famous village called Beleq, which is famous for its culture.
Exploring Selong Hill
The most common reason to visit Selong Hill is to explore all parts of the hill including Beleq Village. The local activities like farming even become a unique attraction for tourists to enjoy there. Not to mention the vast scenery of the paddy fields looks so majestic from above. What is more? During trekking, tourists may pass through a small forest as well. As for beginners, they must learn some information before trekking, especially the spot where they should start.
Before going up to Selong Hill, tourists should gather in Beleq Village. One thing, they need to pay the entrance fee before getting the permission to explore the hill. From there, they can start trekking by taking the available path (the stairs). Here is the fact. Two spots are available for them to visit and the location is not quite far from each other. Both of them even offer similar natural attractions and scenery including local farms surrounded by nearby hills. Moreover, a renowned neighboring hill (Pergasingan) is seen clearly from those sites.
Aside from sightseeing, tourists come to Selong Hill to enjoy camping too. Despite camping is not as popular as in other hills, some people are fond of Selong to do such activity. For those who do not want to spend the night on the hill, they can choose to rest in Beleq Village instead. After all, the villagers are friendly and they provide good foods and accommodations to tourists.
- Telaga Mountain
- Anak Dara Hill
- Sendang Gile Waterfall
- Tiu Kelep Waterfall
- Rinjani Trekking Center
- Beleq Village
How to Get There
In order to get to Selong Hill, travelers need to head to Sembalun Lawang Village first. From Mataram City (the capital of Lombok), the trip takes about 3 hours as the distance is 99.1 km. Actually, the best route to take is Raya Mataram – Labuan Lombok Street. Do not forget to carry proper equipment and wear comfortable clothes during trekking later.
Where to Stay
- Rinjani Lodge
- Soedjono Inn
- Lombok Raya Hotel