Have you been to Pergasingan Hill? One of the most beautiful hill in Lombok Island. It is located in Sembalun Village, East Lombok with 1700 mdpl altitude. Pergasingan Hill gives you a best option to see Rinjani when it is closed. The scenery of Rinjani mountain from Pergasingan Hill is so beautiful. By climbing less than 3 hours, you can see the panorama of Sembalun village and Rinjani as the background from the top of the hill. People also said that by climbing this hill is one way to do the ‘warming up’ to climb the rinjani mountain. What an amazing look.
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STORY OF PERGASINGAN HILL
Pergasingan is taken from word ‘Gasing,’ one of traditional game that is played by using cone shape wood that is tied then spun on a land. My friend told me that long ago, the people there especially the royal people often do the Gasing game on the flatland area there. They had done this occasionally as a sport site and to train their ability on playing Gasing. Wow Cool. So, imagine, they had to climb this rocky hill just to play Gasing. We can say then that they were all so strong and tough.
It takes about 2 to 3 hours From Mataram (Capital city of West Nusa Tenggara) to Sembalun, or if you come from LIA (Lombok International Airport), it takes about 3 to 4 hours. Public transportation is not easy enough here, I recommend you to use travel agent. It takes about IDR 500.000 to 600.000. The gate for coming into Pergasingan Hill located in Sembalun Lawang village. You just need to pay about IDR 15.000 to those who maintenance the hill. Most of them are the local youth that is united in SCDC (Sembalun Development Community Centre).
You will see lot of beautiful scenery along you walk climbing the hill; green panorama, mountain and fresh air. I suggested you to stay a night or to camp there. You have to see the panorama of sunset and sunrise there. You can start climbing at 2.00 or 3.00 o’clock at afternoon so you can see the sunset and at the morning you can witness the beauty of sunrise. I believe it must be an unforgettable experience. If you are a real traveler, then you have to try this.