Gagoan Peak in Solok City, West Sumatra Province
West Sumatra Province consists of various natural attractions including mountains, lakes, and beaches. In Solok City, in this case, tourists would find some nice highlands to enjoy sightseeing and trekking. As for the reference, there is Gagoan Peak in Junjung Sirih Sub-District. Tourists can reach this peaceful highland in Paninggahan Village, actually. The site is popular due to its panorama and has become a recommended location to take photos. In terms of name, “Gagoan” means “gamang” or afraid of heights. It is because the site features steep cliffs that look quite fearful.
At a glance, Gagoan Peak looks peaceful with its grassy landscape. However, as mentioned before, it has an extreme steepness. Not to mention lots of white big rocks are scattered in that area. Despite the fearful appearance, the site offers refreshing air and excellent views. The wind is breezy and fresh! Plus, a beautiful forest surrounds it. From the top of the hill, tourists may see splendid panoramas, as well. These include the famous Singkarak Lake and nearby settlements. One thing, it takes some stamina and time to reach the summit.
Exploring Gagoan Peak
Gagoan Peak is flanked by hills and it is bordering with a stunning river. Before reaching the summit, therefore, it is recommended to drop by at the river and play water. For the information, the locals have been using the river to supply their daily water needs. After visiting the river, visitors can directly head to the site either by foot or vehicles. For a more comfortable and faster trip, in this case, they should ride a car. Have no worries. The locals have provided directions and signs along the way to the summit.
The most important consideration is related to the weather. It is better to come during the hot season in order to avoid rains and slippery routes. Also, tourists must not come too early in the morning due to the presence of a thick fog. The route is rocky and uneven, in fact. Thus, everyone should be careful when heading to the top of the hill. Despite the difficulty, a beautiful grassy panorama accompanies them along the way to the location.
Once arriving at the trekking post, tourists can head to the summit by walking. The steepness is considered extreme, so everyone must walk carefully. It also requires good stamina to explore the site, in fact. Well, after reaching the top of the hill, all tiredness goes away! Tourists can start taking photos either using their digital camera or smartphone!
- Singkarak Lake
- Laing Park
- Kerinci Seblat National Park
- Teletubbies Hill
How to Get There
First, everyone should head to Padang City. This can be done fast by airplane, indeed. For those coming from Jakarta City, they should take an airplane at Soekarno – Hatta International Airport and head to Minangkabau Airport. During good weather, this flight usually takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes. From Padang, the next destination is Solok City and the best route to take is Selayo – Padang Street. This trip may take about 2 hours and 15 minutes, as the distance is 80 km. From Solok, tourists must take Dr. Hamka Street and head to Gagoan Peak at Paninggahan Village. The distance is 25.3 km, so this trip may take around 47 minutes.
Where to Stay
- Mami Hotel