If at one point in life you ever wondered about how the earth initially looked like long before the humankind’s settlement and could only imagine it in your head, visiting Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park would probably make you think “this is it, this is what it probably looked like at the time.” The miles upon miles of sea of sand, barren landscape which almost looks like it’s of the outer-world, the canyons – everything is exactly how you imagined it. Mount Bromo is truly one of a kind, it is perhaps the only main tourist attraction that always delivers regardless of the weather condition. Tourists who visit when the weather is crisp and clear are treated with a magnificent views of the surrounding, but those who visit when it’s cloudy will not be left disappointed as the surrounding instantly becomes even more surreal – magnifies its majestic atmosphere. Keep reading to find all that you need to know about Mount Bromo and why it’s one place you must visit when you are in East Java.
There is simply no greater adventure
Rising from the Tengger caldera at about 2,392 meters, Mount Bromo, emerged from a massive crater and surrounded by magnificent cliffs of the edge of the craters, stands proudly in the sea of volcanic sand and ashed. Mount Bromo is widely popular for its incredible barren lunarlike-landscape that you cannot find somewhere else – as though to add more into the already breathtaking sights, to the south of Mount Bromo, there stands the highest peak of Java which coincidentally also the most active volcano in the island, Mount Semeru. Towering at 3,676 meters, Mount Semeru’s incredible beauty in the background will most likely make your jaw drop as it dramatically coughs up its ashes all over the scene.
Mount Bromo may be a destination that tops the list of many hikers, but that does not necessarily mean Bromo Trip is off-limit to those who have never even thought about hiking once in their lives. Hiking Mount Bromo is not at all difficult as the trail is easy and it doesn’t take too much time and energy, but if you’re still too tired from your journey the day before, you can easily rent a scooter, a jeep or even ride a horse – which makes for an iconic photograph once you get there. A little tip, get up early and reach the top to witness the Bromo Sunrise, you’re guaranteed to be awestruck!
How to get to the National Park
For visitor who arrives in East Java thru Yogyakarta (or Bali) with connecting train, best closest way to reach Mount Bromo is to make a stop in Malang city with hotel range options. From this city, guests have flexibility to choose 2 types of tour, a sunrise tour via Pakis-Wonokitri or non-sunrise tour thru Ngadas. Although your best bet is to sign up for a shared tour group which already included entrances ticket and 4WD rental for Bromo Sunrise Tour. Some independent and budget travellers typically get to Bromo from Probolinggo as it is the most affordable option,only the fact that Probolinggo access typically known by travelers with the scam legend to bring people to Bromo. Travellers taking this route generally hop on public bus for 3 hours drive to Probolinggo, then another 2 hours minivan ride to reach cemorolawang village; and best advised to book accommodation in cemorolawang in advanced as rooms is limited.