The most iconic mountain to hike in Indonesia is Mount Bromo. Whether you agree or not, in fact, this mountain stands majestically and always shows its breathtaking scenery. Spending the holiday with doing Mount Bromo tour is a must to do. Here, people can see the amazing sunrise which is very popular in the world. Except that, walking around the tourist attractions of Bromo is also recommended. Whatever that is, Mount Bromo Indonesia is ready to welcome you.
Before you go to this mountain in East Java, Indonesia, you need to know about all information and Mount Bromo facts. This mountain is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. It is situated in four regencies that are Probolinggo, Malang, Lumajang, and Pasuruan district. Bromo becomes one of the mountains inside the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. As the most active volcanoes, every 20 minutes it erupts periodically. It may sound very horrible for you, but at the same time this mountain is the easiest-to-climb mountain.
The word Bromo means ‘Brahma’, one of the gods in Hindu Trimurti gods. It also has ‘Mahameru’ as its other name which implies ‘The Great Mountain’. Though as a great mountain, Mount Bromo is not the highest one, but it has the most beautiful scenery of sunrise and of national park.
In the mountain, local who holds Hinduism, always held the memorial ceremony of Yadnya Kasada. This ceremony is to offer some offerings such as, fruits, flowers, chicken, rice, and livestock. It is held according to the legend of a spouse named Roro Anteng and Joko Seger which has 25 children. Yadnya Kasada held in 14th mounth Kasodo (Javanese calendar).
Mount Bromo sunrise is considered as the best mountain sunrise in Indonesia. This mountain also offers other beauty such as caldera scenery with black sand called sea of sand, the green savannah on the other side, and other gray color mountains that stand in Tengger National Park which looks so tough and rough.
As one of the mountains inside Tengger park, Bromo is surrounded by a famous and worth to see wide caldera that formed like sea of sand and another mountain such as Mount Penanjakan, Mount Cemoro Lawang, Mount Semeru, Mount Linggo, Mount Pundak Lembu, Mount Gandera, Mount Ringgit, Mount Pundak Lembu, Mount Lingker, Mount Jantur, Mount Mungal, and Mount Ider-Ider, Mount Kursi, Mount Widodaren, Mount Watangan, and Mount Batok. This Mount Batok, although it is not active anymore, but because of its interesting shaped of overturned coconut shell, become quite popular recently. The word ‘Batok’, means coconut shell, which becomes the name of the mountain. As a brother to Bromo, Mount Batok is the next recommended destination in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park tours. Now this mountain covered by casuarina trees.
The Bromo sunrise however is the most incredible panorama that people will be waiting for. To see the sunrise can be from Mount Penanjakan. Occasionally the white smoke will come out of the crater of Bromo, which also adorn the beauty of the dawn scene. There is also a view of the fog and cloud that covers the mountain which look like a rolling ocean. The weather will be very cold so make sure you bring a jacket or borrow it before hiking. The best time to go here is between June – August, and to see the sunrise you have to go out at 3 a.m. To enter the park, you need to walk for about 5 km from the parking area. Renting a horse is another option. The newest Bromo entrance fee 2017 is 220.000 rupiahs in weekdays and 320.000 in weekend for foreigner.
If you think that visiting this destination is not enough, you can also take Bromo Ijen tours to continue your trip to Mount Ijen in Banyuwangi. As an active volcano in Indonesia, Ijen will also give you an extraordinary journey. It has a unique crater lake situated on the top of the mountain. What makes it more impressive is the fact that the lake is the largest acid lake in the world. Plus, every morning at 2 until 4 a.m, you can see the phenomena of blue fire which only happens in Ijen and Islandia. Example and itinerary bromo and ijen tour start from surabaya here
After you got along this way, you may be curious how to get to Mount Bromo? To go here, there are many routes that can be chosen. Yogyakarta to Mount Bromo route is the most common one. If you are from Yogyakarta, you can go first to Surabaya using train. After that using train again, go to Probolinggo. Arrived in Probolinggo, you can use buses to go to Cemoro Lawang, the entrance area of Mount Bromo. More info how to get from yogyakarta to Bromo here
Surabaya to Mount Bromo distance is 110 kms. It is about two hours and twelve minutes by car. So if it is needed, just use private car or rent car in Pamitran to ease your trip to Mount Bromo. Other route can be done from Malang which is the best way to shorten your journey, and Pasuruan which is the nearest city from Surabaya.
Bali to Mount Bromo is also another route you can take. So from Bali, take bus and headed to Gilimanuk port to cross the island. Yes, you need ferry to cross from Bali to Banyuwangi. After the crossing which takes 45 minutes to go, you need to go to train station in Banyuwangi and headed to Probolinggo. Take the bus from Probolinggo and the last is to go to Cemoro Lawang.