Attraction Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park Podokoyo Tosari, Pasuruan 67177, Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Mt. Bromo is special ?
Mount Bromo (Indonesian: Gunung Bromo), is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.
Mount Bromo sits in the middle of a vast plain called the "Sea of Sand" (Javanese: Segara Wedi or Indonesian: Lautan Pasir), a protected nature reserve since 1919. The typical way to visit Mount Bromo is from the nearby mountain village of Cemoro Lawang. From there it is possible to walk to the volcano in about 45 minutes, but it is also possible to take an organised jeep tour, which includes a stop at the viewpoint on Mount Penanjakan (2,770 m or 9,088 ft) (Indonesian: Gunung Penanjakan). The viewpoint on Mount Penanjakan can also be reached on foot in about two hours. From inside the caldera, sulfur is collected by workers.
Depending on the degree of volcanic activity, the Indonesian Centre for Volcanology and Disaster Hazard Mitigation sometimes issues warnings against visiting Mount Bromo.
What to explore at Mt. Bromo?
Hike up Mount Penanjakan in time to catch the sunrise over Mount Bromo. It takes about 1-2 hours hike to the first vantage point. Sun rises at 5.30am, therefore usually you have to plan when to start hiking depending on your fitness level. Maps and information are readily and easily available at one of the many official locations. Extra tip is that you may want to hike earlier to avoid the crowd and get a good spot as you may find a lot of people crowding the vantage point to view the sun rising over Mount Bromo. If you have the time and energy, there is another less-crowded vantage point higher up with unobstructed view of the sunrise. Find and scale the slope behind the shelter to get to the higher flat land.
Trek down Mount Penanjakan and up to Mount Bromo summit. Here you can trek down and then across 3km sand of sea and then upwards to summit the caldera of Mount Bromo. It takes about 1-2 hours again depending on your fitness level.
How to get to Mt. Bromo?
To reach Mount Bromo, you can fly to Juanda international airport in Surabaya. There are direct flights to Surabaya from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hongkong, Jakarta and Bali.
Sriwijaya Air flies twice daily from Jakarta to Malang.
From there, continue your journey to Mount Bromo by booking with a travel agent, or driving the Surabaya-Pasuruan-Wonokitri-Mount Bromo route. The journey will take 2 to 3 hours. It is best for you to leave Surabaya at 23:00-24:00 in order to arrive in time for sunrise. Or you can stay overnight at one of the hotels at Prigen, Tretes, to make sure that you are on the crater rim before sunrise.
Ponies can take you across the sand sea to the bottom of the steep stairs that leads to the crater.
- Breathtaking view and thoroughly enjoyable hike
- Wonderful and Breathtaking
- Hiking the rim of a live volcano
- One of Beautiful Mountain in the world
- ?Brilliant for sunrise view
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park Podokoyo Tosari, Pasuruan 67177, Indonesia
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Try Tengger route, for more adventure experience
We took a tour from Bali which took a whopping 13 hours in one day to reach the town Cemoro Lawang. The wonderful view point we had read and heard about (and seen countless postcards of), was completely overcast. We saw a little of Sumero but not much. It was bitterly disappointing given the previous day was apparently spectacular. The actual sand sea and the steaming guts of Bromo are fantastic, though. Walking here is almost apocalyptic, like being on another, barren, planet surface. You should hear the noises Bromo makes. What I didn't like was the hopeless commercialisation of the place. Lodgings are dire and very expensive (I thought the man was getting something out of the shed when I realised he was opening the door to my room), and make-shift stalls try to sell you crap when you're trying to enjoy the experience. I'm surprised to see some Westerners stoop as low as taking a horse up the slopes of Bromo. The horses were skin and bone and I felt very sorry for them. Not to mention it fogged out the sand sea with an equestrian scent, and you have to step over their manure. Still, the volcano is mighty and angry, and beautiful. I just wish I never had another 13 hours back to Bali the same day.