Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gunung Bromo

We arrived at Yoschi Guesthouse in Cemoro Lawang around 7:00 PM. The guy at the reception told us we have to wake up the next day at 3:00 AM for breakfast. And at exactly 4AM, a jeep will fetch us and drive up to the viewpoint of Tengger Caldera. So we ate Sandi's mom's packed food that we brought from Yogyakarta for dinner and went straight to bed.

Sea of fog. Halfway up Gunung Bromo. Panting.

3:15 AM, we heard our 'wake-up knock'. We dressed as warm as possible, I had three layers of clothes on. The viewpoint we're heading to first is atop Mt. Penanjakan (2,770m), located north of the caldera.

Our overnight accommodation included in the cheapest tour package.

Temperatures can drop to zero in the summer, so after breakfast we rented down jackets at the reception for 20,000 Rp a piece. Shervin got a jacket with faux fur on the hood, and I got a colorful 80s-style one.

Six of us were squeezed in the jeep. Initially, we wanted the tour which will only take us to the jump off trail to Gunung Bromo. The travel agent convinced us to join the jeep ride up the viewpoint, then down the trail to the volcano for an extra 100,000 Rp each. We're glad we did because the view was breathtaking at sunrise.

The much awaited sunrise which we shared with tons of other tourists.

Tengger-Semeru National Park.

At 6:00 AM, we walked back to the jeep and drove down to the jump-off trail. From there, the walk to the crater only takes about twenty minutes. You may also hire a horse for 20,000 (price depends on which area/point you ride the horse).

Hazy trail. Following Shervin's footsteps.

It was eerie to walk in the fog. You won't see anything within a two-meter radius. Tourists, horses will take you aback as they suddenly emerge from every direction.

A tourist on a hired horse.

Hindu Temple from afar.

As you hike higher and higher, you will get an awesome view of the Hindu temple looming through the sea of fog.

250 steps to the crater!

But your excitement might die straight away once you see the last part of the ascent, which is the 250-step stairs that will lead you to the crater.

A walk around the crater, definitely a walk to remember!

Wikitravel's warning: "Mount Bromo really is a live volcano that erupts with disturbing regularity: in 2004, two tourists were killed and five injured when the mountain spit out molten rock as far as the temple. Keep your distance if the mountain is acting up. Pay attention to the geologists who can normally accurately predict the state of the volcano and the associated danger level."

A very active Gunung Bromo.


[This blog is part of the South East Asia in Six Weeks series which took place May-June 2009. Price of goods, transportation and so forth may already be different.]

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10 comments:

majeunoehu said...
January 15, 2010 at 1:57 PM

wow! breathtaking! how much did the whole trip cost you? :)

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
January 15, 2010 at 3:11 PM

hi there! regarding the cost, the tour package from yogyakarta to gunung bromo is 300,000 Rp. for the inclusions (and where we booked the tour) you may read this entry: http://www.pinaytraveljunkie.com/2009/09/prambanan-temple.html

it's advisable to book a tour because the trip to probolinggo can be tricky. price difference ain't much anyway :)

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
January 15, 2010 at 3:14 PM

and oh, our trip to indonesia is part of a six-week SE asia tour. so it's difficult to remember how much we spent for each country, but all in all we only spent less than 50k for 6 countries.

check out the SE asia roundup: http://www.pinaytraveljunkie.com/2009/08/clark-kota-kinabalu.html

Markyramone said...
January 8, 2011 at 7:40 PM

wow gundam wing. Tell me how to get there Gay when we see each other. I'm planning 1 out of the country trip this year, and this place is probably it.

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
January 8, 2011 at 8:11 PM

No prob Marky. Will do. And yeah, this place should be it!

tengturista said...
June 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM

gs2 ko makapunta d2! this is a photographer's paradise!

joniphilippines said...
November 5, 2011 at 10:01 PM

wow!! I am a simple living person, but after seeing these pictures, it makes me wanna win the lottery.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
November 6, 2011 at 4:59 AM

Don't worry Joni, you don't have to win the lottery to visit Gunung Bromo. Ipon lang ng onti :)

Ken Agsaway said...
May 3, 2012 at 8:23 AM

naglalaway ako sa ganda!

Kathleen said...
September 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Soon. puntahan ko yan :)

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