A Visit to the Volcano Bromo

I had set the alarm for 02.45 h., but I didn’t need it because the rooster in the neighboring house had decided to wake everyone at the right time to go. Exactly at 03:00h. inside the lobby of the hotel, Erwin met me with a cup of hot tea and introduced me to another driver at a Jeep 4×4. Erwin was not about to travel with us but he was up to wish me a smooth ride on the way to Bromo. Just nice of him!

We drove off to Mount Penanjakan where I wanted to meet the sunrise. The most beautiful view to the volcanoes is exactly from this mountain. The streets looked like a place for a contest for 4×4 jeeps – hundreds of black, red, blue ones were driving tourists from all around the world. Aside from that, for the picture to be complete, motors were circulating up and down, finding their way through the cars. After about 30-40 minutes, the driver parked the car and I continued walking by foot from there. Like a ballerina, I was performing pirouettes and weird moves to avoid all the cars and motors that were whizzing around me. There was a lack of organization and everyone stopped wherever they find suitable, forming a complete chaos.

On the way to Mount Penanjakan

Jeep 4x4

Jeep 4x4

On the way to the top, of course, it wasn’t short of merchants too, who mainly sold souvenirs, jackets and hats for people like me, who wouldn’t believe that it can be so cold in the morning. And the temperature falls to zero during the dry season and it rarely reaches more than 5°C during the humid one. Reaching the site for sightseeing, there were so many tourists that I barely managed to find a good combat position. Stoically, I endured the cold, waiting for the sunrise but the view was definitely worth it.

The view from Mount Penanjakan

The view from Mount Penanjakan

The view from Mount Penanjakan

Mount Bromo

The active volcano Bromo (2329 m.) is the most recognizable one thanks to the white sulphuric smoke, constantly coming out of the crater. It is a part of the national park Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. It is situated in the massive caldera Tengger, surrounded by the dusty sea with delicate volcanic sand.
Delicate volcanic sand
Semeru, on its own, is the tallest volcano (3676 m.) on the Java Island. It is seen impressively in the back. Mount Batok (2470 m.) is included in the picturesque scenery of the area. This is the only peak which is no longer active and it is covered with green vegetation.
After that, we drove off to the volcano. The driver left me in the foothill and I had to climb up to the top. The sight in front of my eyes represented a post-apocalyptical place. An endless desert, black sand, volcanic ash and beautiful earth formations. Around me, there were people and horses racing that looked like a caravan from the Wild West.
The way to Bromo
The way to Bromo

There was no air. I only felt the dust that was mercilessly entering inside me. Luckily, here there was no lack of merchants who were selling masks for 5000 IDR (€ 0.31). I bought one and I continued ahead. I climbed the 250 stairs and I found myself on the top of the volcano.

The stairs to the top of Mount Bromo
The path in the upper part of the volcano is barely 1m wide and one should be careful when passing by other tourists. From the crater, vapors were coming out and strong roaring. The view was breath-taking. Wherever you would look to, you’d see unearthly beauty. No one is capable of describing what Mother Nature has created. I walked on top of the peak, I took a couple of pictures and I stopped to enjoy the majestic and grandiose view.
The crater of Mount Bromo
The crater of Mount Bromo
The view from Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo
Bromo and Batok
Coming down was considerably easier since the people had begun going away. In 08:30h, I was already next to the jeep. We took a picture to save the memory with the driver, with Mount Batok standing in the background, and feeling emotionally recharged, we went back to the hotel. There was plenty of time for breakfast and a shower because we were about to embark on the next long trip to the next hotel, nearby the Ijen Volcano.
Me and the driver

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