HIK­ING UP MOUNT FATULEU, KU­PANG

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Gu­nung Fatuleu or Fatuleu Moun­tain is a def­i­nite don’t miss when you’re in Ku­pang. Lo­cated 60km away from Ku­pang City, in the vil­lage of Nun­saen in East Nusa Teng­gara, Fatuleu in the local lan­guage means Sa­cred Stone, a name given by the local tribes who of­ten hold cer­e­monies and prayers at the moun­tain’s peak. At the peak is a clus­ter of gi­ant and sa­cred rocks, one of which is called Nunle’u. Fatuleu was not al­ways a tourists’ des­ti­na­tion; pre­vi­ously the moun­tain was only ac­ces­si­ble to re­li­gious fig­ures, head of cer­e­monies and the tribes that live around Fatuleu for the pur­pose of pray­ing and plac­ing spe­cial of­fer­ings. To­day, Fatuleu is open to the pub­lic and is one of the most pop­u­lar tourists’ at­trac­tions in Ku­pang. Once at the peak, you might glimpse Oe­la­masi City in the plains be­low and car­pets of green from the sur­round­ing forests. Mount Fatuleu is great for any time of the day but for the most scenic views, it is rec­om­mended to reach the peak dur­ing sun­rise or sun­set. Photo by @mahi­ta­laun­par

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