Surabaya – Part 3 (Mt. Bromo)

It took us less than 20 minutes to get to the sand ocean of Mt. Bromo from Mt. Penanjakan. From here, we need to cross the sand ocean (Javanese called it as ‘Segara Wedi’ meanwhile Indonesian called it as ‘Lautan Pasir’) to get to Mt. Bromo and I definitely lost count on the total length or distance.

Mount Bromo (Indonesian: Gunung 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. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.

Source : Wikipedia

It’s a long way to go!

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Lagi dan lagi. Bertabahla.
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Checked out the number of visitors. Phew!
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The shadow.
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Finally, you will reached the open area. Take a deep breath since we still have to climb up another 250 steps just to reach the rim of crater of Mt. Bromo. We were there on Saturday and the place has been dominated by local. Hari Liburan kan? There’s actually a proper staircases but the steps seems to be fill up with soils and it’s quite dangerous. Oh ya, be patience. Some of the climbers might have lost their breath half way creating traffic jam all the way. There’s a few pit stop all the way to the top. The best part is when the people who are descending down will give full moral support in order for you to reach the top. Love the positive vibes and energy! Padahal tak kenal each other pun.

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Finally, the crater

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The visitors which created massive traffic up there. Please do be careful where at certain area, there’s no hand railing provided. Everything is all at your own risks. It can be dangerous if you slipped through. Nak amik gambar pun cuak juga sebenarnya since you’ve to stabilize your body around on non flat ground.
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Me and the crater. Just ignore my messy hair there! Muka puas hati!
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Making our way down. Awesome view! Masih ‘KANGEN’ dengan yang ini.
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Resting point! Outdoor Starbucks. We didn’t stop either since breakfast buffet is waiting for us in the hotel. Nak melantak kejap lagik.
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Oh ya, I didn’t mention about the Hindu Temple called Pura Luhur Poten in the middle of the Sand Ocean.

The temple holds a significant importance to the Tenggerese scatter across the mountainous villages such as Ngadisari, Wonokitri, Ngadas, Argosari, Ranu Prani, Ledok Ombo and Wonokerso. The temple organized annual Yadnya Kasada ceremony which lasts for about one month. On the 14th day, the Tenggerese will congregate at Pura Luhur Poten to ask for blessings from Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa and God of Mahameru (Mount Semeru). Then the mass will proceed along the crater edges of Mt Bromo where offerings will be thrown into the crater.

The major difference between this temples with the Balinese ones is the type of stones and building materials. Pura Luhur Poten uses natural black stones from volcanoes nearby, while Balinese temples mostly made from red bricks. Inside this pura, there are several buildings and enclosures aligned in Mandala zone composition.

Source: Wikipedia

The exterior of the Hindu Temple. I didn’t get a chance to explore the place itself. Penat sangat. Oh ya, I’ve google about the Yadnya Kasada Festival and Ceremony. Amazing!

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Me and Gunung Batok. Yes! Mission accomplished!
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Our very trusted jeep.
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Muka tak sabar nak breakfast and tido!
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We will continue our journey on Part 4 – Cemoro Lawang Villlage (A village in the clouds) and Kabupaten Probolinggo.

Simply me,
Zara AB
The Province of Chroma

Surabaya – Part 2 (Sunrise from Mt. Penanjakan Point 2)

Slept at 1.30am and set my alarm clock at 3.00am. Gosh! ONLY 2 hours of sleep? While checking on the time on my phone, someone from the hotel reception knocked on our door for a wake up sign. If it doesn’t because of the sunrise moment, i won’t be getting myself ready as early as this. NEVER! Checked the other family members next door and they were preparing themselves as well. Putting my socks and gloves on, i jumped out from the room and i can feel the temperature. It’s somewhere around 5’C.

We waited at the hotel reception for our jeep. Before checking in the day before, Pak Asyirin had dropped us at the ‘Angkutan Wisata Counter’ and we paid IDR 250,000 for 6 of us. This will covered the Sunrise at Mt. Penanjakan and Mt. Bromo. Jeep arrived somewhere around 3.45am and off we go. We were told that sunrise will be viewed from Point 2 instead of Point 1 since the road to Point 1 is under renovation. As mentioned by local, the best view is definitely from Point 1 which it is very much higher than Point 2.

Before departing to Surabaya, I’ve read several bloggers experiences and reviews on the sunrise from Mt. Penanjakan. As understand, they only need to walk about 500m from the jeep drop off area as for Point 1. Being clever at that point of time, i didn’t even asked the jeep driver how far it could be for Point 2. We forced ourselves and we just realized that we’ve walked about 2.5km in the dark with that kind of gradient. Mencanak-canak tinggi dia. Kudos to my mum’s and aunt’s for making it to the top!

Oh ya, at one point, i couldn’t listen properly and realized that my ears hurts much! Mungkin sebab sejuk sangat. Once we reached there, Masya Allah! The sunrise is just about to show up.

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Visitors marking their territory on the best spot.
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Amazing huh? The one and only, Mt. Penanjakan.
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Here comes the best of all. The ‘3’ brothers. Mt. Bromo, Mt. Batok and Mt. Semeru all the way from Mt. Penanjakan. Masya Allah. Speechless! Masih kangen dengan yang ini.
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We spent around 1 and 1/2 hours on top before descending down to jeep drop off area. Making new friends there especially local from Surabaya and Semarang. It all happens with 1 simple question when they asked me to take their photos. They told me that it’s been drizzling the whole week. A friends of them came over the week before and they couldn’t see the whole view. Alhamdulillah. We’re lucky enough!

Edelweiss or ‘Bunga Abadi’. You will see a lots of seller all the way down. DSCN7678-2

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The amazing view. You can see local farms full of vegetables such as cabbage, onions and potatoes. These are 3 major items planted here.
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My own shoes. Wore a super white sneakers and it turned up to be full of soils. Check out the pants as well. Kotor abis!
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Still with staircases. With 2 others Indonesian ladies. I walked with them and we chit chat all the way. This path is still considered as safe.
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The horse drop off area. Visitors who came with a horse from the jeep drop area will pick up their horse here to descend down. Berhabuk habis kat sini! Oh ya, plus the horse smell.
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This is the worst parts of all! Checked that out! How dusty can it be? This path goes all the way for on our last kilometers.
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Another amazing view before we wrapped up.
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Yes! Finally! The jeep drop off area. Lompat terkinja-kinja when we reached the area. Semua senyum sampai ke telinga.
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Tips before going up to Mt. Penanjakan Point 2

  • Wear proper warm clothes – Fleece, gloves, socks and neck scarves (if required). You don’t really need such thick warm clothes. Fleece is just good enough. The temperature will lower down once sun it’s directly on top of your head.
  • Mask – Bring face mask. Most of them are using the surgical face mask. Meanwhile, i only used the Cambodia Krama scarves which turned out to be my neck scarves and face mask as well. 2 in 1.
  • Torch light – Head torch light might be appropriate rather than the hand torch light. It can be so dark at 4.00am! We only have 1 torch light with us. So the one in front lead us all the way.
  • No toilet around. You can see guys just pee here and there.
  • Travel light – Don’t bring heavy bag around. It can be disturbing while hiking. 2.5km is a long way to go. It’s not flat ground.

We will continue our journey on Part 3 – Mt. Bromo experiences.

Simply me,
Zara AB
The Province of Chroma