Hiking to the Active Volcano in Java, Indonesia – Mount Bromo

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Hiking to the Active Volcano in Java, Indonesia – Mount Bromo

At the top of Mt.Bromo in Indonesia

Hiking to the active volcano in Indonesia

Have you ever thought about visiting the active volcano? Volcano is the living evidence of the life of the earth. As a science-nerd, I was always wondering what would it like to see the exploding lava from the mountain top. Maybe that’s why the places like Hawaii and Iceland were always on my list to travel.  This year, I fulfilled one of the travel dreams: visiting the active volcano, in the place I haven’t thought about. Due to the geographic feature, Indonesia has 127 active volcanos and many more inactive ones. The movement between the Eurasian plate and the Indo-Australian plate is creating the vibrant action.

 

Mount Bromo (Gunung Bromo) is an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia. It is one of the most visited area in East Java, and it’s not hard to see why. From the popular sunrise watching spot, Mount Pananjakan, you can look down the area with three major volcanos: Batok, Semeru and Bromo. These volcanos and the land we were to watch the sunrise is actually an ancient caldera from the volcano that blew up many-many years ago. Very cool, I know. After sun was fully rised up on the horizon, we continued our journey to Bromo, which named after Brahma, the Hindu creator god.

 

Mask is must in Mount Bromo

Mask is must in Mount Bromo

Heading to Mt.Bromo - driving by Mt. Batok

Heading to Mt.Bromo – driving by Mt. Batok

Driving to Mt.Bromo trailhead

Driving to Mt.Bromo trailhead

 

The drive to Mt. Bromo was nothing like I was expected. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the starters. We were driving the 4WD on the super dusty desert-like flat field. Literally the grey dust cloud was forming behind our car, and  the volcanos were standing tall on the volcanic ash field. If the volcanic ash is red and there’s no air, this can be the surface of Mars. A dozen of people warned me about the mask, and now I could see why. This is dry and dusty area, with volcanic ash. While having a hard time breathing, I couldn’t get over how cool that was.

 

We got out of the car, and start walking on the trail. You can also ride a horse if you want. Just pick the healthiest looking one and the horse and the guide will lead you to the top. I choose to walk. The curvy pathway was covered with thick volcanic ash. You know how hard it is to run or walk fast on the beach? Just like that; every step was sinking in the fine sand, and the sandy wind was blowing toward us the whole time. It wasn’t a easy walk but I appreciated the surroundings every time I looked far to breathe easier.

 

 

Hiking up to Mt.Bromo

Hiking up to Mt.Bromo

Looking down the pathway up to Mount Bromo

Looking down the pathway up to Mount Bromo

 

The toughest part was right near the top. The staircase lead to the peak of Mount Bromo was not only the stiffest, but also it’s the place where the wind was blowing the hardest. I don’t exactly know why, but the volcanic ash wind was blowing like storm at the top. It made us hard to breathe and it was hurting my face. The fine particles can be mean to the soft girly skin I have. We beat the obstacles and reached to the top where the smoke is coming out.

 

Unbelievable it was; I was looking at the active volcano. This could blow up anytime! Well, actually not true but how awesome it would be. We’ve heard from our guide that we can see the red flame if we hike up here before the sunrise. I didn’t have a chance to do that but if you are willing to, please try it and let me know. I would love to see that. The formations of the rocks and the ash piles around the crater show the age of this crater. The rough repetitive eruption, rain and wind, earthquake and many more natural phenomenon have been affecting this volcano and it would never stop, not anytime soon. We may hear about the Bromo eruption in the news sooner than we think. All the thinking aside, at this point the ash-wind was blowing from every direction. We walked around the crater as much we could and stepped down as fast we could. Still, it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my travels.

 

Mount Bromo crater

Mount Bromo crater

Looking down Mt.Bromo

Me at Mount Bromo

Hiking Mt Bromo with team #Travel2Indonesia

Hiking Mt Bromo with team #Travel2Indonesia

Mt Bromo Panorama

Mt Bromo Panorama (click to see the full-size panorama shot)

 

 

#Disclosure: My visit to Mount Bromo was sponsored by Indonesia.Travel due to the #Travel2Indonesia project. However, all the contents are reflecting my own opinions, not theirs. 

 

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

9 Comments

  1. Jacek K says:

    Very nice! it is a place I want to be 🙂

  2. Stephen says:

    Wow! Incredible-looking landscape. Pretty cool being able to look inside a volcano!

  3. Hi, Juno… I loved your blog so much 🙂
    You tell everything in the big World, make me want to follow you around 🙂

  4. Gorgeous photos. Now on my bucket list, thanks. 🙂

  5. Dean says:

    Amazing spot for a hike. There is something really cool about standing on top of a volcano. I hiked the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand – very beautiful and surreal terrain.

  6. Faisal Admar says:

    This is amazing. I wanna go to Bromo soon! 🙂

  7. Deepika says:

    Runaway Juno-I love reading your travel tales. This one’s amazing. By the way, how old is this volcano?

  8. Indah Jelita says:

    Nice post and images!
    You have to explore more places in Indonesia.
    Keep writing and goodluck. 😉

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