Gundaling hill is on the outskirts of Berastagi, Karo, at the altitude of 1,575 meters (5,167 ft) above sea level. According to the legend, the hill name came up from a soldier who lost his favorite weapon on the hill. He could not find it despite his efforts. To express his sadness, he wrote “Gun Darling” on the top of the hill. The hill is about 2.5 hours from Medan. To see it on the map, click here.
The hill offers the view of Mount Sibayak, Mount Sinabung, Berastagi, and the surrounding area of extensive farming. Walking on the hill will be a sensation of its own and fun for the visitors. Not only does the hill offer the view of green pine forest, but it also has a few parks with flowers and human sculptures dressed in typical Karo costumes. There are also horses that you can rent to ride around the hill. The horse owners will lead and guide you around. If you want to ride a delman ( a two-wheeled cart pulled by a horse) with your friends or family, you can also do so at Gundaling Hill. Before entering the hill, you will pass some fruit markets and gardens where you can stop by to order a glass of sugar cane juice directly processed from the fresh stalks of sugar cane.
What to Expect
Expect traffic congestion during weekends. If you bring kids, beware of their activities as some slopes are steep. Entrance fee to the hilltop is Rp 4,000 ($0.30). Lodging facilities including hotels and restaurants are available nearby the hill.