Indonesia is the nation, which has the most active volcanoes in the world. There are 83 active volcanoes spread across the archipelago. Like loaded guns, these “monsters” can explode at any time and no man or technology can exactly predict when the next eruption will be. Despite the known dangers, it is interesting that people will take the risk to seek the beauty that accompanies this wild form of nature.
Visiting Mount Bromo in the day
Among these active volcanoes, the most popular one for tourists is Mount Bromo in East Java province. Everyday, regardless of weekdays or weekends, there are many tourists who flock to the crater’s rim. There are more visitors on weekends, but even if you go on weekdays, you will never be alone! Normally, people will ascend Mount Bromo’s peak to view the sunrise. That is why you will see more people at dawn. However, the crater’s beauty can be enjoyed at any time of the day. The view in the afternoon is also breathtaking. No one should tell you that you can not see the crater’s beauty in the afternoon. You can see the crater more vividly a few hours after the sun rises, as the fog disappears!
Evening at Mount Bromo’s peak is just awesome!
Also, who said you can not spend the night on the top to wait for the sun to rise? All you need is to bring enough food and water supply as well as wear warm clothes. Make sure you that don’t go cold, hungry and dehydrated up there!
Journey through the cold desert
Is it easy to get to the top of Mount Bromo? Good question. We have been talking about how breathtaking Mount Bromo’s crater is, but most of us are probably not mountain climbers. Is it so arduous to get there? Not actually.
The way to the mountain top is quite convenient!
Before reaching the crater, you will need to take the journey through the mountain’s desert. There are many agents who offer jeep rides to the starting point of the hike, Penanjakan 1. You need to book a jeep along with its driver for 350,000 IDR (27 USD) for a 10-minute ride to Penanjakan 1. After that, you should inform the agent on the time you need to be picked up to and fro the hiking point
Ride a horse at Mount Bromo!
From Penanjakan 1, you will need to hike for another 2 km to the 250 man-made stairs that will take you directly to the crater. If you think you are not strong enough for the hike or you want a sensational way of hiking, no need to worry. For 150,000 IDR (11.50 USD) you can ride a horse! (This is not a bus transfer, so there is no transfer ticket given for a ride transfer from jeep to horse. Haha!).
The horse ride is very safe, even if you have never been on a horse. The jockey will let you sit on the horse and while holding the horse straps he will “walk” the horse up to the stairs. These jockeys are Supermen!
Climbing to the top of Mount Bromo
If you choose to ride a horse, you still need to work out. The horse will not climb the stairs (the stairs are not designed for a horse. Haha!). You will still need to climb all the way to the top, but that is the only part of the adventure where you need to exert more physical strength!
From the hiking point all the way to the top, you will smell sulphur coming out from the crater. Those who do not like the smell should bring along a face mask or handkerchief. Also, if you are from a tropical country, you might have to adjust yourself to the temperature, as it can go as low as 5 degree Celsius at night or at dawn time before the sun rises.
A Hindu temple in the desert
You will notice somewhere in the desert that there is a building. This structure is the only one in the desert and it looks so mystical. It is a Hindu temple named, Pura Luhur Poten, and it is indeed mystical. It is the activity center of Mount Bromo’s native Tengger tribe. The temple is the place where many traditional Hindu ceremonies like the famous Kesada (to give thanks to the Hindu God of Brahma) or Entas Entas (to escort the dead spirit to God) are held.
Convenient journey from Surabaya all the way to Mount Bromo’s crater rim
Mount Bromo is about 200 km from Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya. It is a 4-hour trip from Surabaya by car. If you’d like to go to Mount Bromo from Bali or Jakarta, you will just need to take a 1-hour flight to Surabaya. From Indonesia’s neighboring countries, there are some direct international flights. Every travel agency in Surabaya offers Mount Bromo tour packages and there are abundant travel agencies in Surabaya for you to choose. So, if journey to a crater rim is easy, why wait? None should prevent you from getting to Mount Bromo’s top, right?