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Mount Bromo in Java

Pay a visit to an active volcano located in the "Sea of Sand"

Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo
Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo, one of the most famous Indonesia's active volcanoes, is named after the Hindu god Brahma and is considered sacred. The volcano is usually dormant but is lightly smoking. The summit opens up stunning sunset view over the lip of the crater as well as on beautiful Tengger Massif below.

The typical hike to Mount Bromo starts from the mountain village of Cemoro Lawang. From there it takes about 45 minutes to reach the volcano. Many people arrive there early in the morning to catch the sunrise at the Penanjakan viewpoint. Then there is a trail leading to the edge of the crater.

There are a lot of steps to walk, but the view is worth it. You can see the smoke rising up from the volcano on one side, and the "Sea of Sand" (Laut Pasir)—a desert-like landscape with volcanic sand dunes. This area is a protected nature reserve since 1919.

After the volcano, it's worth to explore Tengger, Semeru National Park, one of the most beautiful in Indonesia. However mind that some routes get closed during the rainy season. Or you can hike up Mount Penanjakan to get a view on Mount Bromo. It takes about two hours or more, depending on your fitness level.

The best time to visit Mount Bromo is during the dry season from April to October, especially if you plan to hike in the area, since during rain the trails get muddy.

Practical info

What is the best time to visit Mount Bromo?

April to October is the best time to visit Mount Bromo due to drier weather conditions, making hiking easier and offering stunning views of sunrise and sunset. During the rainy season from November to March when the trails are muddy and flooding is possible, it's better to avoid hiking and other outdoor activities in the area. Show more

Where is Mount Bromo located exactly?

Mount Bromo is in East Java, Indonesia, and is part of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. Cemoro Lawang, close to Mount Bromo, is a mountain village from where most hiking tours start. This area is known for its unique cultural significance and surreal landscape. Show more

How long does it take to hike up Mount Penanjakan?

Hiking up Mount Penanjakan, which is extremely steep, can take at least two hours. The trek up passes through dense forest and steep terrain. On reaching the summit that is at an altitude of 2,700 meters, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surroundings, especially during sunrise and sunset. Show more

When is the rainy season in the area?

From November to March is the rainy season in the area and can cause flooding and heavy rainfall, making it challenging to hike in the area. Therefore, it's best to avoid hiking and other outdoor activities during this season and visit Mount Bromo and adjacent areas during the dry season from April to October. Show more

What other interesting places can you visit around Mount Bromo?

Tengger, Semeru National Park, and Mount Penanjakan are among the several other interesting places to visit around Mount Bromo. Tengger is famous for its scenic view and unique culture, Semeru National Park is known for its hiking and trekking routes, and you can also explore nearby Savannah Hills, the Madakaripura Waterfall, or the Bromo Museum that offers insight into the history and culture of the area. Show more

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