Dolok Tolong Hill is the highest summit in Toba Samosir. It’s height reaches 1,200 meters (3,937 ft) above sea level. It is also a historical site on Lake Toba. The hill’s foot is about 20 minutes from Sisingamangaraja XII International Airport. To see it on the map, click here.
Dolok Tolong Hill was a fortress of Batak Kingdom during the wars against Padri (West Sumatra) (~1800) and the Netherlands (~1900). The kingdom suffered in both wars, and the hill has since become an essential part of Batak’s history. The good news is the place has a miracle. It has a spring despite being the highest hill in the area. According to legend, it was the work of King Sisingamangaraja XII. He jabbed a spear into the ground as he and his army desperately needed water. The spring has violated the laws of physics that water flows from a higher to a lower ground. At Dolok Tolong Hill, it flows in the opposite direction.
Dolok Tolong Hill also offers the sunset view with a panoramic background of Lake Toba. Rice fields and other plantations typical of highland horticulture such as corn and coffee dominate the scenery. As you know, the natural beauty of Lake Toba is not only relying on the lake. Hills that line up with varying heights and green vegetation also shape the view. Several hills stand out due to their locations and altitudes, among which is this one.
What to Enjoy
If you want to enjoy the full view of Lake Toba and Balige from one spot, this is the place to get to. You can reach the hilltop by a motorbike or, for more excitement, by foot. Motorbike rentals are available for everyone interested in enjoying the views and surroundings from the hill. Accommodations around Dolok Tolong hill are decent. There are also good restaurants and cafes nearby the hill.
What to Expect
If you want to take pictures at this location, avoid the heat because there is evaporation of lake water that can make Samosir island to look foggy. Come in the morning for the best photography.
You can get around the hill by car or motorbike within minutes. Do so as this is the opportunity to see everything in short time. But, going to the top is only possible by either hiking or motorbike. The path to the top is a dirt road, with some sections being steep and others winding. Avoid the trip to the top of the hill when it rains as the road is muddy.
There is no entrance fee to the area.
What Visitors Say
“Strange but true, there are springs in these mountains? Where from if not a miracle?” Sipa Lihutu (Source)
“The view from the top to Lake Toba is very beautiful” – Swardi Sibarani (Source)
“The highest peak in Toba Samosir Regency” – Michel Nainggolan (Source)
“The panorama from the peak is BEAUTIFUL .. Moreover, wuuoow sunny weather.” Madna Hoetauruk (Source)
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