Tackling Indonesia’s Active Volcano: A Backpacker’s hike to Mount Bromo
Let’s start off by saying that everyone simply loves volcanoes.
The thrill, the adventure, the danger, the fear of the unknown, the curiosity – all of these words describe the adventure of hiking to Mount Bromo.
Feel like you need to undertake such a journey? Then the key to a great trip is to plan ahead and get well informed.
A little information about Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo is an active volcano located in East Java in Indonesia.
This volcano is also part of the Tengger massif. Mount Bromo is the most famous volcano in all of Indonesia, gaining many tourists and visitors each year.
Belonging to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, this Volcano is 2,329 meters (or 7,641 ft) high. Its name has a quite interesting story. The name “Bromo’ is actually a Javanese pronunciation of the word “Brahma”, who is the Hindu creator god.
Mount Bromo is also one of the most active volcanos in the whole world, with its most recent eruption being in 2015.
So why would you want to hike to this dangerous but thrilling volcano?
Well, for the enchanting and mind-blowing experience, of course. Mount Bromo isn’t only a tourist attraction, it’s an unforgettable adventure.
The journey to Mount Bromo will be one that will always remain one of the best memories you will ever create. It is the perfect combination of danger and beauty. The view from the top of the volcano is unlike anything you have ever seen before.
It is also advised to visit from anytime from June until August since there is less rain. Another tip is to go hiking in Mount Bromo during the weekdays since on the weekends the place is overflowed with crowds of people.
What can you see in Mount Bromo?
Besides the awesome experience, you will have while hiking to Mount Bromo, there are many things you get to see as well.
One thing you can visit once you hike to Mount Bromo is the Tenggerese houses.
The Tenggerese people are an ethnic group which is situated in eastern Java. There are 30 villages that hold a population of 100,000. They claim that they are descendants of the Majapahit princes.
Some even believe that they are descendants of legendary Roro Anteng and Joko Seger. They are thought to be the founders of Tenggerese. Their lifestyle is unique and interesting. They live either in the lower altitudes or higher altitudes. The ones who live in higher altitudes even ride small horses.
Another great thing you need to visit in Mount Bromo is the Hindu Temple Pura Luhur Poten.
It has a great importance to all of the Tenggerese people. This temple is the organizer the annual Yadnya Kasada ceremony. It lasts for a month and on the 14th day, the people ask for blessings. It is a very spiritual festival which began with the legend of Roro Anteng and Joko Seger.
The name “Kasada” is the name of Roro and Joko’s 25th and youngest daughter who had to be sacrificed to the gods. After her parents tried to keep her hidden, Mount Bromo started to erupt and Kasada fell into the crater. Legend says that her last words said that she needed to be sacrificed so that her family could continue living. Now the festival has been held for centuries and people offer fruits and other goods to the gods.
After getting a little background information about Mount Bromo, you are ready to start your journey of hiking to the Mount Bromo volcano. The first thing you need to know is that if it is safe to hike or not since the volcano is still active.
If the coast is clear, you are good to go. The best starting point is Java. Mount Bromo is a few km away from the two major cities of Java- 380 km from Yogyakarta and 100km from Surabaya. Most backpackers and travelers advise you to fly into Juanda international airport at Surabaya. From the airport you have only 70 km to Mount Bromo, however, the trip may take up to 4 hours because of heavy traffic.
After arriving you can see many other volcanoes such as Mount Semeru, Mount Batok, Mount Penanjakan and more. For backpackers, a great wonder awaits you while you hike. You get to see the whole land covered in volcanic sand, also known as “The Sea of Sand”. You need to cross this land to get to Mount Bromo.
The most famous reason people trek to Mount Bromo isn’t only to visit the volcano but to view the famed sunrise that so many tourists adore to photograph. It’s a picturesque scene and leaves many awe-struck. The hike to the peak usually takes about two hours. The sunrise is usually at 5:30, so you need to plan your hike ahead of time.
Afterward, you can come back down to take a break, or continue straight to the crater rim to see the famed volcano itself.
What about accommodation?
Once you arrive in Mount Bromo, you can find a number hotels and guesthouses in which many tourists decide to spend a day or two.
The best tip we can give you is to try and find accommodation near Mount Bromo so that you will have easy access to travel, hike and explore. One thing you have to keep in mind is that the prices will definitely be higher in this area since it is a tourist attraction.
But that shouldn’t stop you from visiting Mount Bromo and experiencing a great time.
One hotel which is recommended is Cemara Indah.
This hotel has a direct view of Mount Bromo. What makes this hotel one of the best in its area, is that it is situated right behind the trail when you start trekking up to view the sunrise. It is also very popular with backpackers who want to hike to the top for the sunrise independently. What backpackers also do is right after the sunrise they come back down to the hotel to eat breakfast.
Another hotel is the Jiwa Jiwa Bromo.
It is one of the most famous hotels in Mount Bromo. It is popular with tourists because it has a breathtaking garden in which you can enjoy the scenery and mountains. They also serve one of the best coffees in Mount Bromo.
Who wouldn’t seek such a thrilling experience?
Mount Bromo is one of the most famous volcanoes in all of Southeast Asia, and it never fails its visitors.
One thing you need to consider is the travel risks associated with the trip. Medical emergencies, flight delays and more can be a mood killer. You might want to purchase travel insurance which can cover your trip so you won’t have any unexpected and unwanted surprises. After you’ve done that, back your bags and start your journey to Mount Bromo!