Mount Bromo is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia and we visited the location in November 2013 with Janelle and Nick Rains. This was one stop on our 10 day journey across East Java.
Mount Bromo sits in the middle of a vast plain called the "Sea of Sand", a protected nature reserve since 1919. The typical way to visit Mount Bromo is from the nearby mountain village of Cemoro Lawang. We took in the spectacular view of the sun rising over volcanic peaks on an early morning trip to Mt Bromo. From the lookout point at Penanjakan you have a spectacular vista of the entire crater.
After sunrise we took our jeep to the base of the mountain. I started to climb sand dunes to the bottom of the stairs, carrying all my photo gear, and soon realised that the $5 option to ride a horse was the way to go. The steep stairs lead right up to Mt. Bromo’s crater rim, where you can get a birdseye view right into the caldera.