Trip to Mount Bromo, Indonesia
If you are planning a trip to Java, Indonesia, you might want to consider Mount Bromo as one of your destination.
Located in Tengger, East Java, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is a vast mountain, an eruption of massive proportions blew off its top leaving a huge caldera in which two peaks are located. One is the active volcano of Bromo and the other is the non-active of Mount Batok.
The uniqueness of the area’s characteristic is the breathtaking experiences of the reminiscent of a moonscape. Here you can observe sunrises and sunset and gazing into the volcano’s crater, which have unique sand-ocean for about 5.250 hectares, and lies on ± 2.100 meters sea level.
While you’re walking across a huge frozen lake, combination of cold air and the strange echoing of horse’s hoofs creates a fantastic sensation. Temperatures at the top of Mt. Bromo range about 5 to 18 degrees Celsius.
Every year, on the 14th day of full moon Kesodo (Tenggerese Calendar), Inhabitants of Tengger Mountain (The Tenggerese) held The offering ceremony of Kasodo. They gather at the rim of Mt. Bromo’s active crater to present annual offerings of rice, fruits, vegetables, flowers, livestock, and other local products to the God of the mountain. Tourist can take part on this ceremony as well.
You could start your journey to Mt. Bromo from Surabaya, Malang, Jember, and its surrounding area. There is a small town of Ngadisari, about 6 km north-east of Bromo, where tourist can stay overnight in hotel facilities and get up around midnight for the trek to Bromo. It is the base camp of expedition. From Ngadisari, the ascent to the crater takes about two hours on foot. On horse-back (ponies can be hired) the excursion takes about an hour and a half. Excursions normally start around midnight. This way, you could catch the stunning view of sunrise at Mt. Bromo.
You might want to start your journey at 12 midnight, and reach the bottom of the mountain at about 2 or 3 am. After rest for a while, get ready for climbing the step ladder leading to the rim of Bromo’s crater, and, finally, the incomparable view of the rising in the east.
Preparation is everything. Some “must-have” necessities for this journey including : a torch or emergency lamp, warm clothing and sweater (the freezing temperature reach 0-5 degrees celcius / 33-41 degrees Fahrenheit), and some hot drink/alcoholic drink to warm your body.