Nothing else is more exhilarating than sleeping next to an active volcano. I first visited Mt. Bromo early this year with friends and instantly fell in love with the place. I promised myself that I will bring my wife Kylie and 21-month old son Travis so they can experience the beauty and nature of this mountainous town of Probolinggo in Indonesia.
This is Travis’ first time visiting Indonesia.
Sunrise view of Mt. Bromo
Woke up at 2:30 am to prepare for our 4x4 Land Cruiser trip at 3:00 am. But Tris, our guide, was caught in a bad traffic jam so they arrived 30 minutes later. We started going down the sea of sand and you’ll be in a convoy of circle headlights from the Land Cruisers and your morning playlist will be the squeaking chassis and engine sounds. We’re on our way to the steep mountain to catch the best spot for sunrise.
Since we started our journey late we were stuck on the road full of jeeps and later on a flood of motorcycles going up fill the gaps. Then people from other jeeps started walking while we waited inside to warm ourselves. After our driver checked possible exits and knew we couldn’t move any farther we started hiking and after a few steps we reached Cinta View Point with lots of tourists, possibly stuck on the jam too.
Travis woke up and we decided to head back and take more photos. At this time 2/3 of the crowd left so we have more space to take in the view.
Descent and on to the crater.
From the base of the volcano, we saw 2 paths to hike up: flight of stairs or a foot path going sideways. We chose to be more adventurous and skipped the long queue for the stairs.
I really love the next photo where a tourist is resting on the rough textures of Mt. Bromo and tiny people on the crater. The dark shadow ridges are large and deep gaps which you have to go down to cross or if you are part of the long jump team in olympics this will be just a walk in the park for you.
I definitely love the ridges that Mt Bromo formed over the years of small and large eruptions. Last noted eruption was December of last year. The soil of this volcano (not sure if it’s same for all) is quite loose making the hike up more challenging and I keep on telling myself that if I slip then you might see a tourist rolling down on youtube 😜.
After 15 minutes hike on the steep and slanted path (I felt it was 30 minutes) we reached the top of the crater. And it was
The view from the top is breathtaking. It almost looks like 2 summits ’cause of the thick smoke on one of the curvatures. And if you may ask what the sound was up here, well it was pretty silent. No howls but eerie.
Time to head down and back to the jeep park.
Greenery at Savana Hill
Kylie and Travis went back to the hotel and didn’t climb up the crater due to the damaging sulphur smoke for the little man. At 4:00 pm we went to Savana Hill also locally known as Bukit Teletubis about 3.54km north of Mt. Bromo and 6.6km from our hotel.
To end this post, here’s a long-exposure from the FJ40 Land Cruisers travelling across the Sea of Sand up the view point.
This post is intended for Travis to reminisce when he grows up and become an adventurer one day. #TravisTheTraveller
Canon 60D / Tokina 11–16 mm f/2.8 / Canon 50 mm 1.4