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Mout Bromo Travel Guide


Mount Bromo, one of the top travel destinations in East Java Indonesia, is an active volcano situated in a surreal but spectacular massive caldera. While very busy with tourists, almost to the point of being a put-off at the sunrise viewpoints, it is definitely still worth a visit. The active volcano sits inside the gargantuan Tengger caldera – with a total diameter of around 10 km – and is surrounded by the Laut Pasir (Sea of Sand) that’s made up of fine volcanic sand. The overall setting is a sight to see – serene and beautifully other-wordly in stark comparison to the lush green valleys that surround the caldera

1. Where Is Mount Bromo?

Mount Bromo is situated inside Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, beside Mount Semeru at East Java, Indonesia.

2. How to get to Mount Bromo?

Fly into Juanda international airport at Surabaya. There are direct flights from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Bali. If you are flying domestic from Jakarta, you may take Sriwijaya that flies twice weekly.

The first step to get to Mount Bromo is to catch a flight to the nearest major airport in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city. From Surabaya, there are a few established routes of getting to Cemoro Lawang but below is the most popular route

The Probolinggo – Ngadisari Route

The nearest big-ish town to Mount Bromo is Probolinggo, which is located on the north coast of Java around 45 km away from the park. This is the most common route since it is the most straightforward. To get to Probolinggo, We will pick you up from the Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, it takes about 3 hours journey from Surabaya to Probolinggo. At Probolinggo, from Probolinggo to Cemoro Lawang takes 1hour driving, Mount Bromo’s main access point.

3.How to Get Around Mount Bromo?

From the village of Cemoro Lawang, you can hire a jeep to take you around the area. An early morning wakeup call at 3am is required for the Mount Bromo sunrise tour. The jeep will bring you to Mount Penanjakan (45 min drive). It will park just before Mount Penanjakan, where you will take a short walk for about 10-15 minutes to the top of Mount Penanjakan. The timing for sunrise will usually be about 5.30am. From the top of Mount Penanjakan, you will see a panoramic birdeye sunrise view of the gigantic Tengger Caldera  (with a diameter of approximately 10km), Mount Bromo, Mount Semeru and other lesser but equally impressive volvanic cones.

After Satisfied to enjoy the Sunrise, you will board the jeep again, where you will be driven down to the bed of the caldera. The jeep will stop at car park just beside The Poten – a Tenggerese Hindu temple.

Begin your hike to the base of Mount Bromo by walking across the seas of sand. you are required to cross seas sand on the slope of Mt. Bromo by horse riding or on foot (it is optional) till reach the stairs up (more than 250 stairs) at the slope of Mt Bromo which it will lead you to reach peak of Mt Bromo. After taking in the scenery, you will head back to board the jeep to Cemoro Lawang.

4. Places to stay near Mount Bromo?

You don’t fancy waking up early to see the sunrise? Then stay as close to the mountain as possible. One decent place that I know is called Bromo Permai Hotel, Yoschi Hotel, SM Bromo Hotel Cave Lava Hotel & Lava View Lodge Hotel. located in the village around Mt Bromo. From there it would only take at most 1 hour to reach the viewpoint (Sunrise). You can also stay in Malang or Surabaya, but get ready to wake up as early as 1 AM as it will take ~3 hours to get to the viewpoint.

Hotel Near Bromo

Do note that there are two viewpoints in Bromo, as mentioned in our previous post here. If you arrive late, the mountain would already be so crowded that it’d be quite a chore (and almost impossible on particularly busy days!) to reach the first, and higher, viewpoint.

5. When is the best time to visit Mt Bromo?

The best time to visit Mount Bromo is during the dry season from April to October. April – October where there is less rain but more tourists. But that being said, Indonesia being a fairly mild weather of just rain and shine, anytime is a good time to go Mount Bromo, only check out for local weather when you are there for the best clear sky for your sunrise experience. If you do not have many days then hope for the best when you are there.Also try to avoid weekends if you do not want the crowd.

6.Itinerary for mount bromo

From the village of Cemoro Lawang, you can hire a jeep to take you around the area. An early morning wakeup call at 3am is required for the Mount Bromo sunrise tour. The jeep will bring you to Mount Penanjakan (45 min drive). It will park just before Mount Penanjakan, where you will take a short walk for about 10-15 minutes to the top of Mount Penanjakan. The timing for sunrise will usually be about 5.30am. From the top of Mount Penanjakan, you will see a panoramic birdeye sunrise view of the gigantic Tengger Caldera  (with a diameter of approximately 10km), Mount Bromo, Mount Semeru and other lesser but equally impressive volvanic cones.

After Satisfied to enjoy the Sunrise, you will board the jeep again, where you will be driven down to the bed of the caldera. The jeep will stop at car park just beside The Poten – a Tenggerese Hindu temple. Begin your hike to the base of Mount Bromo by walking across the seas of sand. you are required to cross seas sand on the slope of Mt. Bromo by horse riding or on foot (it is optional) till reach the stairs up (more than 250 stairs) at the slope of Mt Bromo which it will lead you to reach peak of Mt Bromo. After taking in the scenery, you will head back to board the jeep to Cemoro Lawang.

 

7. How difficult is trek of mount bromo?

Walking to the Bromo volcano itself, which involved a walk across the sand sea, by passing the Hindu temple, and climbing up a set of stairs to the crater opening. This part of the hike is usually accessed with a jeep tour right after the sunrise at the summit.  The walk was mostly flat, however, and pretty easy to do. The trek is on relatively flat and sandy ground except for walking on the stairs from Mt Bromo base to its top.

8. What is the temperature at Mount Bromo?

Temperatures are cool year-round in the national park, but dip down to near-freezing at night. The temperature in Mount Bromo can be as low as 5 to 10 Degrees Celsius. Dress in layers and expect to be cold waiting for the sun to rise. The guest houses in Cemoro Lawang don’t always provide adequate blankets for the cold nights.

9. What should i bring for Bromo Tour?

Flashlight: The trails are relatively easy to follow but are extremely dark before sunrise.
Water: Despite the cold weather, you will find yourself sweating on the trail. At least 1.5 litres of drinking water for the whole tour.
Warm Clothing: Temperatures are surprisingly cold around Mount Bromo. Ask anyone what they thought of the sunrise and they will tell you that they were too cold to notice!

10. Travel Tip

Mount Bromo is an active volcano and as such, its accessibility may be limited depending on its eruptive activity. At times when it is erupting, as it did in 2004, 2010, and 2011, parts of the area may be shut down and extreme caution is advised. In June 2004, two tourists were killed by rocks flung from a sudden explosion. Please check the eruptive activity before you plan your trip – the Smithsonian Institute’s Volcanic Activity Report keeps an eye on Mount Bromo volcanic activity and it is worth checking before you head over.

Mount Bromo is refreshingly cool during the day but outright cold at night, with temperatures sometimes dropping to zero during the dry season and rarely going above 5°C during wet season. You can rent jackets and hats at Cemoro Lawang and at the Penanjakan viewpoint for around 20,000 IDR ($2 USD) but come prepared with thick socks, face masks, gloves, and blankets.

Mount Bromo is refreshingly cool during the day but outright cold at night, with temperatures sometimes dropping to zero during the dry season and rarely going above 5°C during wet season. You can rent jackets and hats at Cemoro Lawang and at the Penanjakan viewpoint for around 20,000 IDR ($2 USD) but come prepared with thick socks, face masks, gloves, and blankets.

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