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From Kali Putih a road runs towards the south to the Rinjani
foothills, which finished in Sembalun Lawang after 18 km. It is possible
to climb Rinjani from Sembalun Lawang, but it’s more easy and friendly
to do this from Bayan. About five km before the village we can see the
steep, bald slopes, which ascend from the hills. Access of this village
is marked by a big monument of garlic, not a sub tile hint to the most
important product of export. Sembalun Lawang is located along the
northern side of a steel valley, which is planted with garlic. Sembalun
Bumbung village is at the southern end of the valley.
The two villages are seen as the wealthiest of Lombok. The rich volcanic
soil is producing more than enough garlic and shallots. The residents
in Sembalun area believe that King Majapahit’s brother is buried in the
neighborhood. Whether it’s true or not, the area has a remarkable
Javanese influence on language, music and dances.
The two Sembalungs are connected by a not so good 2,5 km long road. From
Sembalun Bumbung you can walk to Pesugulan in four to five hours. This
is the place where public transport leaves for the area of Mataram.