» Indonesia: No, It Did Not Burn Down III – Java: Sandy Bedrock of a Crater and Famous Bromo Volcano
Indonesia: No, It Did Not Burn Down III – Java: Sandy Bedrock of a Crater and Famous Bromo Volcano
Trip to Bromo volcano in Bromo Tengger Semer National Park is probable one of the best travel experiences in Indonesia. The trip is highly organized and most touristic. Despite it is very expensive you will long remember it as a wonderful experience.
There are two places where you can organize a trip to Bromo: in the town of Probolinggo or the village of Cemoro Lawang. With our driver we traveled (he drove us here from Jepara) to Cemoro Lawang. When a tourist arrives by private car all swindlers come to him/her and offer him their “best” price. Beware of them! We really enjoyed them.
Only local tourist car (small colorful jeeps) can drive onto the flat bedrock of vast Tengger crater. If you rode here by car you must hire out a jeep driver (for 500 000 IDR – about 950 CZK). No one will try to get you to a group tour to make it cheaper for you because they would see you have the money. You pay a fee per every individual to the price of a jeep (217 000 IDR – about 410 CZK). In case you don’t want to spend so much money for couple of hours there don’t worry. You can also use ATMs here working 8 to 8. My friends who have been to the area pretty recently told me they paid different fees. Well, prices are not set there. Important is to bargain but the success is not always given.
Trips are always in the direction towards the rising sun. We set off at 3 am from our village to reach Penanjakan in time. It was freezing cold up there. Dress appropriately (including gloves and a cap)! In case you forget, you can buy some here. Moreover, you can rent a coat here. We waited about an hour to the sunrise and we were really freezing and – we haven’t experienced cold like this in Indonesia. Even though it wasn’t entirely pleasant experience a tea which you can buy at local vendor’s warms you up. The same applies to the view of landscape and low but active volcano Bromo. It smoulders continuously in the middle of a “sand sea”. In the background there high volcano Semeru (to the right of Bromo). And it smoulders regularly as well. Mt Batok and Widodaren complete the view. Their summits are veiled in mist. In the morning it also covers the bedrock of the crater. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen such mist. The view into the crater pushes one to ponder beauty of nature as the time stops there.
In the next article we tell you how the organized trip in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park continued.
GPS: 8°01'20.1"S 112°57'08.6"E
Text and photo: Martina Brožková
We start our month long trip across Indonesia in its capital city of Jakarta (Java island). We did our best to leave it as soon as possible. Our first stop was on Muria peninsula, central Java (it runs into the Java Sea in the north).
This time we are heading to the Sumatran jungle. Along the way we stop for lunch, the food is great in Indonesia.
Today you will visit the town of Berastagi and climb the Sibayak volcano. Buses called Murni Expres leave from Medan.
We start our journey through western Malaysia a bit unusually, by going for three nights to the Indonesian city of Medan in North Sumatra. From the airport located in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur several times a day, the low-cost airline Air Asia flies, and in less than an hour you can reach Medan (specifically Kualanamu Airport). It is the largest Sumatran city, the fifth most populous city in Indonesia.
After several hours of trekking in the damp jungle, you will hear a rust, raise your head, and there is an orange furry creature swinging from the liana to the liana. The feeling of pure excitement when you see the orangutan in your natural environment. Orangutan? Yes, orangutan. You do not have to go to the zoo anymore, just connect your visit to the famous Bali with the little village of Ketambe in the middle of the dense forest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
It is almost impossible to go to Indonesia and avoid the masses of tourists today. Most tourists end up on the islands of Bali or Gili, some of them continue to the island of Lombok, Java or Sumatra. Would you like to avoid these places? Are you looking for a bigger adventure? Then go even further and discover the natural beauty of Flores Island and its Komodo National Park.
We are still on our day-long trip on Bali. We leave Singaraja town in the island’s north. Our next goal is the area surrounding Batur volcano.
It is night. We are on the edge of Ijen volcano which is famous for its blue flames. To see everything from up close we descended down the crater. Then we saw the first bearer. It was a slim man having a bamboo bar on his shoulder. On both ends there were two baskets filled up with sulfur rocks. We got out of his way. And he passed buy us. While we were descending, the smell of sulfur was increasing in its intensity.
In our last article you learned more about Mt Muria, the holy mountain. We got there accidentally as we had different reasons why we traveled to Muria peninsula. There is a ferry on the northwestern coast (it departs from Jepara town) and it transports passengers to Karimunjawa National Park. We set aside two days because the ferry can cancel its trip due to huge waves. However, even two days extra were not enough.
We almost freezed on Penanjakan platform. We enjoyed the view over volcanic terrain and were on our way in jeep back to Tengger’s crater flat bedrock. Then we go afoot (under great volcanic conditions) to Bromo’s edge. The volcano is still active.
We had seen many places on Java. Ijen volcano is, however, something entirely different. Sulfur miners work in harsh conditions here. Tourists pay entrance fee to see this unique thing. Blue flames, another symbol of the volcano, flicker behind the miners. This is the last spot on Java we saw before departing for Bali on the east.
Early climb up the summit is done, successfully. We are on our second day in Rinjani territory. Even though we were sick and tired of walking we had to leave Sembalun Crater Rim and continue further on. The night at Anak lake was upon us.
Welcome back! We continue in our trip across Indonesia. Now we are below the summit of Rinjani (we are at about 2350 meters). Rinjani is Indonesia’s second highest mountain. The night is upon us as well as the very climb to the summit (3726 m).
The trip to Rinjani is already arranged for us. Next part of our Indonesian adventure can therefore being! There is one main route (if not the only one) for getting up and back down. This trail goes from Senar to Sembalun. The trip’s length could be either 2,3 or 4 days long.
Rinjani volcano is the dominant sight on the Lombok peninsula. This second highest mountain in Indonesia is located at the altitude of 3726 meters. This one is a too much of temptation for any mountaineer.
We left Java for Bali. It is very different from other 17 thousand Indonesian islands. Many holidaymakers chose it as the place for vacation. Nature on the island is diverse and there are many contrasts. The atmosphere is wonderful and extraordinary. But to get such impressions we had to travel across the island first. We intended to travel through and through the central highlands. This would allow us to learn about the terrain and decide on which volcano to climb. Our route ran from the south to the north and back to the south in the tot al length of 200 kilometers (13 hours of ride on a scooter).
We stand on the edge of a caldera in Lombok’s north. We are in Crater Rim Senar camp. Ahead is a strenuous descend to Senaru village. It is not steep yet long (21 kilometers) and it goes through living breathing rain forest.
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