Set in countryside that is unique in Lombok, the Sembalun area is a high, flat-bottomed mountain valley surrounded by hills. Sembalun Lawang is accessed via a steep 16km road from Kokok Putih (by minibuses or ojek) or an equally steep, 16km road north from Sapit on the other side of the mountains. Kokok Putih is accessible by bemo or minibus from Bayan or Labuhan Lombok.
The village of Sembalun bumbung is 4km south of Sembalun Lawang with houses clustered around the mosque. Buses run through here between Sembalun Lawang and Aik Mel; all buses between Labuhan Lombok and the Bertais/Mandalika/Sweta bus terminal pass through Aik Mel.