Taman Nasional Bromo Tengger Semeru
East Jawa, Indonesia
Taman Nasional Bromo Tengger Semeru East Jawa Reviews
Sunrise in Bromo Aug 22, 2011
This has got to be one of the to do things when travelling to East Java.
Probolinggo, a small town at the bottom of the mountain area is located about 3 hours drive from Surabaya. From Probolinggo, head up towards Cemoro Lawang, a village at the crater of the caldera.
To be able to enjoy the sunrise, stay at Cemoro Lawang. There are a few small hotels to choose from. You may also check out some guest houses, run by the villagers. Sorry, can't help you with the contact numbers for the guest houses. I couldn't find one when I went there last. Well, you only need to ask the locals.
Anyway, if you happen to arrive early in Cemoro Lawang (the village before the entrance to the national park), take the time to explore the villages.
Make sure you book your jeep too. No other transportation is allowed into the national park, except for the official transport, which you can book at the village centre.
The sunrise tour would start as early as 3am. The jeep will pick you up from the hotel, drive you in the pitch dark to a drop off point at Mount Penanjakan. There are a number of stalls, near the drop off point, if you're in need of that coffee...or for that extra warm jacket, available for rent. The temperature can be about freezing point at dawn.
From the drop off point, you need to hike up the hill about 15 mins to the viewing area. There are some concrete bench to sit on while you wait for the sunrise. Otherwise, you can book yourself a good spot, to get that postcard perfect shot. It's pretty dark so a torchlight would be useful.
As its still dark when you arrive at this viewpoint, you may not be able to tell the direction of Mount Bromo. It's not on the east, so don't point your camera towards the first light of the day. Mount Bromo is approximately in the direction of south east. Sunrise is about 5.30am. Stay on and watch as the morning sun shines over the caldera.
On your back to Cemoro Lawang, the jeep normally make a stop at Lautan Pasir (Sea of sand), which is actually inside the caldera, and filled with volcanic ash.
From the halfway stop, you can trek to Mount Bromo for an upclose view. If that's too much for you, you can take the horse then.
p.s. Mount Bromo is an active volcanic mountain.
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