We depart from Surabaya city by car at about 12.00am for an overnight trip to Mount Bromo. We were joined by our 2 new friends from Germany, Lara & Annika and also Anang, the guy from Da Rifi guesthouse. The journey from Surabaya city to Mount Bromo takes about 4 hours but due to some sort of traffic congestion at the nearby town of Probolinggo, we arrived at the foot of Mount Bromo nearly 5.00am.
There are lots of touts that try to lure us to take their jeep but Anang help us to get directly to the checkpoint counter area. The jeep ride costs us 275,000 rupiah and the entrance fee is 25,000 rupiah per person.
Since it was already late, we didn’t take the trail to Penanjakan, a popular sunrise spot in the area. Instead, the jeep driver brings us to another area which we could also get a great view of Mount Bromo during sunrise. The spot was said to be less crowded plus we do not have to do any hiking.
We took our time enjoying the scenic view there. We also encounter some locals carrying grass which they collected from the area nearby. Probably for the usage of their livestock.
After about an hour there, we moved back to the jeep and it brings us to another checkpoint nearby the foot of the crater where all the jeeps will stop there. It was a desert-like area without any trees around and a large flock of horsemen are mingling around in the area. With all the fog which is still visible and lots of horses around, I felt like I wasn’t in Indonesia. It’s more like I’m in the middle of desert area in Afghanistan or some other places in the Middle East like we normally seen on tv.
From the checkpoint, one has to walk for about 1.5km to get to the top of the crater. You can opt to ride the horse for a certain fee. The horsemen would normally offer a 100,000 rupiah price tag but if you bargain well, you might even get it down to 30,000 rupiah.
Halfway through, with all the fog still around, the view was even more stunning! Alas after about an hour of slow hike while taking photographs, we finally reach the top to get a close view of the crater. Supposedly at the crater they were fences for the safety of tourist but since last year’s minor eruption, they are now covered in sand and dust.
With lots of people up there, the situation is a little bit dangerous without any fences around. One might easily fall down to the crater. Since it’s getting more crowded up there, we didn’t spent much time there. After about 10-15 minutes there we quickly took some pictures and make our way down the mountain.
The view throughout the journey was really worth all the overnight ride and hiking up there.