An Adventure Trip to Indonesia’s Bromo and Kawah Ijien
“Bromo” is 1 of the 400 active volcanoes in Indonesia. It is located in Probolinggo in the East Java Islands, a place of untouched nature. Mt. Bromo, one of the famous destinations among adventurous travelers, with its peak as high as 2,392 meters, offers a panoramic view of the landscape around it. It is one of the 10 most popular destinations in Indonesia, that allows you to experience an intriguing side of the natural world.
A Trip to Mount Bromo
The trip starts from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, the closest city to Mount Bromo. From the airport, you can take an airport bus to Bungur Asih Bus Terminal. From there take a bus to Probolinggo city where you can then take a train to Cemoro Lawang hamlet, which is located on the crater of the volcano. Tourists must be prepared for the long journey from Surabaya, through Probolinggo, and to find suitable accommodation in Cemoro Lawang in order to make it in time to see the sunrise and make the small trip to see the nice view around Mount Bromo’s crater.
The most beautiful time to see Mt. Bromo
Most people choose to make their way to the peak of the mountain before sunrise, as early as 3 in the morning in order to get the best spot to see the first light of the day. The sun will start lighting the top of the mountain first before gradually shining down to the lower plain which is a beautiful sight worth recording for photographers.
For those who’d love to climb Mount Bromo
For travelers who wish to conquer the peak of Mount Bromo, you can travel by foot or rent a horse which will cost you about 250-300 baht to get to the first slope. From then on, you will need to travel by foot up a steep stair for about 200 meters until you reach a path around the crater of Mount Bromo which is the highlight of the location. From there, you will get to experience the massive size of the volcano, the sparse space of your surroundings, and an eye-opening summit view on the world around you. Get absorbed in the nature and capture the beauty of it through your eyes and through your lens, but make sure to be careful of your step as the area is high ground full of slightly slippery sand ridges and thick fog. This white fog, emitted from the crater, is known among the local villagers as “the breath of the god from the living mountain”.
The temperature at night and near dawn is quite low, so you should prepare a warm jacket, long trousers, or other suitable garments for mountain climbing and a long walking trip.
Another place that you should not miss after the trip to Mount Bromo is a trip to Kawah ijen, a group of composite volcanos with a large turquoise crater lake at its peak. It is located 200 km to the east of Bromo and accessible through Bondowoso city, which is also known as the gate to Kawah Ijen. Tourists usually stay overnight in the city before setting off for a night adventure to see the “Blue Flame” of Kawah Ijien at 1 o’clock in the morning. The walking trip to the flame starts at Paltuding which is 45 minutes away from the city center. From there, it is a 3 km journey on foot which takes approximatively 2 hours. When you travel in the dark, you will get to enjoy the fine details of the sky above where stars, planets, and even the Milky Way are visible for you to take a fantastic picture. Never forget your most important things for the trip like a torch and a prepared body ready to withstand the tiredness and the slightly cold weather. Most importantly, do not forget to bring a mask as the sulfuric fumes might be harmful for your health if you breathe it in for too long. For those who are concerned about the trip, you can hire a local guide in Paltuding who will lead you through the way and provide interesting details for you – make sure to negotiate for a reasonable guide fee. Along the way, you might see local miners carrying sulfur rocks as Kawah Ijien is one of the largest sulfur sources of Indonesia. When you reach the crater lake, you will get to see the bright blue light moving in the dark. This “Blue Flame” is the flame that is caused by the combustion of the sulfur at the bottom of the crater. Stay there until the sun rises to sightsee the beauty of the turquoise-coloured lake that will make your long trip even more worthwhile.
Kawah Ijen Walking Trip will cost you 35,000 Rupiah for the entrance fee (108 Baht) and if you are in need of a local guide you will have to pay 150,000 Rupiah (465 Baht) more. Mount Bromo’s entrance fee is about 220,000 Rupiah (594 Baht).
Source : My World Vol.108 July-August 2017