Visit Mount Bromo Off the Beaten Path
Dreaming of stunning mountain views spiced up with a hint of adventure? Then, don’t miss the impressive Mount Bromo in Indonesia! It is an active volcano, part of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java. It’s also a famous tourist attraction offering one of the most spectacular sunrise views and great trekking and hiking trips. Let’s take a closer look on how you can prepare your visit to Mount Bromo.
Sunrise at Mount Bromo is priceless! Waking up 3:30 in the morning and taking the dark path up to the hill pays off with a view of an actively buzzing volcano and mystic fog surrounding the scenery! This is a must-do adventure if you are visiting Java in Indonesia!
How to get there:
You can take a domestic flight to Surabaya international airport from Bali, Jakarta or international from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. From there it’s about four hours to the city of Probolinggo. You need to get to the village of Cemoro Lawang, which is the main access point to the national park.
Regular 4×4 minibuses operate between Probolinggo bus station and the village for IDR 30000 ($3). You have to wait until the minibus is full in order to depart and it’s about an hour and a half ride to get there. Last one from Probolinggo departs around 8PM and the first one from Cemoro Lawang back departs around 9AM. You can also get to Probolinggo by train. From the train station it’s a 10km, about 20 minutes ride by minibus to the bus station.
How to do it:
You can do it by yourself or you can sign for one of the numerous possible organized trips from Surabaya, Malang, Bali or Yogyakarta.
You can sign for one of the numerous possible organized one day sunrise trips from Surabaya or Malang. A minibus will pick you up from the hotel early in the morning – 1am. Then few hours ride to Cemoro Lewang. Another 4×4 jeep will take you to the viewpoint for the sunrise or to the crater (you need to pay park entrance fee for this option) and then back to your hotel. This will cost you around IDR 200000 ($20) and extra $20 if you choose to enter the national park. Also 2/3 days tours are available from Bali or Yogyakarta.
Visit Bromo on your own:
You can visit the sunrise (sunset) viewpoints or you can hike through the national park to the crater itself. Note that you don’t have to pay park entrance fee just to hike to the viewpoints. Have in mind that the national park entrance fee is IDR 220000 ($20) weekdays and IRD 320000 ($28) weekends and holidays, so visit Bromo during the week can save some cash. Entrance to the park where you pay the fee is in the center of Cemoro Lewang village right after Lava Café on the main street. From there you head straight to the Poten Hindu Temple at the foot of the mountain (about an hour walk). Another 250 steep steps will take you from the temple to the rim of the crater.
The other way cheaper option is to hike viewpoints on Mt. Penanjakan which offers stunning overview of the entire valley and surrounding mountains. Also this will save you the park entrance fee. From Cemoro Lewang it’s about an hour walk to the first viewpoint and another hour to the second one. Sunrise is around 5:30 in the morning and it’s a good to be there earlier to find a better viewing spot. So leaving the village at 3am will work. It’s really dark and cold during the night so bring warm clothes and a flashlight.
When to go
Аny time of the year is good to visit Bromo. May – August is the dry season and better chance to have less rain, but it will be more crowded as well. Most of the tourists visiting Bromo are locals so it might be better to avoid weekends and holidays if possible. Also the national park entrance fee is IDR 220000 ($20) weekdays and IRD 320000 ($28) weekends and holidays, so it is a better idea to visit during the week 🙂
Where to stay
There are numerous homestays along the main road offering accommodation. Prices vary between IDR 120000 ($10) for a basic shared cold shower room to IDR 250000 ($20) for a modern hot shower private rooms. Typical backpackers place is Lava Café Hostel offering nice international atmosphere but it’s a bit overpriced. If you want something more fancy you can check Lava View Lodge or Bromo Permai Hotel for a price of $30-$50.
What to eat
Bunch of restaurants are spread along the village offering only local food. You can grab a cheap rice or noodle dish for less than $2. Lava Café is probably the only place where you can order international food. Have in mind that all restaurants close at 9-10pm in the evening and open early in the morning around 3am.
Alternative “off the path” way to do Bromo
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You don’t want to take organised transport or tourist agency planned visits to Bromo and if you are looking for a “different” travel experience here is the way: You should go to Malang. You can take an angkot to Arjosari bus terminal which is situated at the very far north part of the city. From there you can take another angkot that will take you to the city of Tumpang for IDR 2500 ($0.20).
There are two options to go to the national park: You can take ojek that will cost you 150 000 IDR ($12) or you can go the local market in the city center and look for a shared jeep ride. Price is 600 000 IDR but the jeep can take up to 10 people so it will be 60 000 IDR each. Going this direction to reach Bromo will pay off with amazing green savanna which offers really amazing landscapes totally different then the “normal” touristic route on the other side of the park which is mainly rocks and sand. This is really amazing way to do this trip and we highly recommend it compared to the Cemoro Lewang way or any other organized trip.
Have you been to Mount Bromo already? Please, share in the comments your experience with this magical place!
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