Singgalang Mountain in IV Koto Sub-District, Indonesia
Some passionate travelers have explored West Sumatra Province and found out that the region owns several nice mountains to conquer. One of them is called Singgalang Mountain and it resides in Balingka Village, IV Koto Sub-District. In terms of region, though, the mountain belongs to Agam Regency. Due to the attractive shape and breathtaking scenery, people keep coming to the mountain to enjoy several activities like photography, trekking, sightseeing, and exploration. The site is suitable to spend a family recreation and a group vacation. Another impressive fact is that Singgalang is one of the best mountains in Sumatra Island, especially for trekking.
It is, without a doubt, Singgalang Mountain’s size is big. Also, it has the height of about 2877 meters above the sea level. In terms of appearance, this mountain is similar to that of Center Java’s Merbabu. Here is the good news. According to the local government, Singgalang is not active anymore, so it is safe for exploration and trekking. On the top of the mountain, tourists can even find a beautiful natural attraction called Dewi Lake (which is a former crater). The next important information is that the mountain features lush forest coming with the damp environment.
Exploring Singgalang Mountain
Before visiting the mountain, everyone should gather any important information and tips regarding the site first. The most important one perhaps is related to the trekking route. According to the locals, the prime route starts from Pandai Sikek and it ends in Koto Baru. What tourists need to do is to reach the trekking post first, which is located in Tanjuang Village (Pandai Sikek). Have no worries. Numerous types of local transportation services are available for everyone to use.
From Tanjuang Village, it takes several minutes to reach the next post (which is about 4 km). At this site, tourists can park the vehicle and prepare everything. In early trekking, they may pass through a shady forest and giant roots. Usually, trekkers can finish the adventure about 4 – 5 hours during a good weather. The thing is that they may spend twice than that if the rain falls, due to damp and wet tracks. Knowing this fact, everyone should only come in summer or during a good weather.
Despite the tiredness, tourists won’t regret such trekking experience. Moreover, they would get the best reward once reaching the top of the mountain. There resides a stunning lake called Telaga Dewi! Not to mention the panorama looks the best from that site, which is suitable for photography and sightseeing.
- Dewi Lake
- Cadas Campground
- 430EN Lake
- Marapi Mountain
How to Get There
For those coming from Padang City, tourists’ first destination is IV Koto Sub-District in Agam Regency. Next, they need to head to Balingka Village and conduct a short trekking to Singgalang Mountain. This whole trip may take around 2 hours and 25 minutes as the distance is 90.4 km. As for the best route, tourists can take Lintas Barat Sumatra Street.
Where to Stay
- Maya Sari Cottage
- Aie Angek Cottage
- Batang Sianok Hotel
- Dahlia Hotel
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