What is Mount Bromo?
Mount Bromo which stands tall at 2329masl is one of the most iconic mountain in eastjava-Indonesia. It beckons majestically despite having the entire top blown off and with a crater inside that keeps spewing off white sulphurous smoke. Mount Bromo is still one of the most active volcanoes in the world and there are areas that are blocked off from tourists due to its imminent danger. It sits inside the massive Tengger caldera (volcanic crater with diameter approximately 10km), surrounded by the Laut Pasir (sea of sand) of fine volcanic sand. This breathtaking and ethereal landscape have been swooned by many travelers alike.
The best time to go?
June – September where there is less rain but more tourists. For July is also the month for the Kasada / Kasodo festival 2days for the Tengger people if you are interested.
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 best clear sky for your sunrise experience. If you do not have much days then hope for the best when you are there.
What to see?
Panorama sunrise of Mount Bromo of course and Tenggerese Hindu temple known as The Poten that close to Mount Bromo, looking both eerie and peaceful on the sea of sand.
Trek to Mount Bromo Crater?
Tre3kking up Mount Penanjakan in time to catch the sunrise over Mount Bromo. It takes about 1-2 hours trek from cemorolawang. Sunrises at 5.30am, therefore usually you have to plan when to start tracking 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.