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How to climb Mount Bromo by yourself

One of the things we wanted to do in Java was climb a volcano. Now you have many choices, but for us the climb to Mount Bromo was on the route. And looking at the photos, it looked like a rewarding hike with amazing views, right? Well I can tell you, it is! And here’s how you can do it yourself!

So, one day in advance we decided to climb Mount Bromo the next day, without a tour. It’s not only cheaper to do it by yourself, but there’s the freedom of doing the hike at your own pace and enjoy the sand of the volcano under your feet. In this article I’ll tell you how to climb Mount Bromo without a tour!

Step 1# get to the town of Cemoro Lawang bent 

Your ascent starts in the village of Cemoro Lawang. The best way to get to Cemoro Lawang is from the city of Probolinggo. The public bus is the cheapest way to get around. It shouldn’t cost you more than RP 50.000 (around € 3 / 3,5 US dollar) for a single ride.

We decided to take a Grab taxi from Malang at the last moment, but I don’t recommend taking one yourself from Malang.

Firstly, most taxi drivers refused the ride and the one who wanted to drive us to Cemoro Lawang also wanted money for the return (fair enough). We thought it would be a quick ride, but unfortunately cars also have to drive via Probolinggo. Still it was a cheap solution instead of the public bus when you can share the costs with other travelers. Just make sure the driver know how to ride hills ;-)

Without dying, we arrived at Cemoro Lawang at 4 pm.

After checking in, we looked at te sunset in town and ate cheap at the local Warung Pondok Tengger. It’s time to go to bed, because the alarm will ring at around 3:30 in the morning.

Step 2# get up early!

According to the hostel, it would take us about 1.5 hours to walk upstairs. Because there was some construction work going on, the highest view point was closed and you could only go to the King Kong Hill.

The next day at 3 o’clock in the morning we left with an extra sweater, jacket, water and a flashlight towards ‘King Kong Hill‘. That coat and sweater would go off halfway, because it’s steep and you’ll get it warm, I’ll guarentee you. From the hostel where we were (Cafe Lava Hostel) you walk to the northwest as below.

Serunu Point II

The first part is a paved road and you’ll be overtaken by jeeps. Then you will encounter all jeeps in a row and everybody has to walk up. The first view point is Serunu Point II where you meet some people. Don’t try to find the path from the viewpoint but from the road you came in, just before the vendors you encountered, there’s a a path through the bushes that takes you to the other points.

The first part is a paved road and you’ll be overtaken by jeeps. Then you will encounter all jeeps in a row and everybody has to walk up. The first view point is Serunu Point II where you meet some people. Do not try to find the path from the viewpoint but from the road you come from, just for the vendors you encounter. From there you can find a path through the bushes that takes you to the other vantage points.



The first part is a paved road and you’ll be overtaken by jeeps. Then you will encounter all jeeps in a row and everybody has to walk up. The first view point is Serunu Point II where you meet some people. Do not try to find the path from the viewpoint but from the road you come from, just for the vendors you encounter. From there you can find a path through the bushes that takes you to the other vantage points.

Tip: make sure you’re not going too fast. We got headaches from the height the day before and if you do the hike you will make quite a few meters in a short time. On the way we saw enough people puke because the went up quick and dirty with a jeep. Make sure you take it easy and drink enough water. Listen to your body, alright.

Step 3# Find a spot between everyone else (yep, you won’t be alone)

At about a quarter to 5/5 o’clock we finally arrived and boy was it busy. Tourists were everywhere, especially the local Indonesians. Everyone wanted that once in a lifetime spot. If we’d do this tour again, I’d recommend you to go one viewpoint lower. It as good. Because it was quite cloudy we didn’t see that beautiful sunrise that you see on photos, but still, what a view of the clouds coming in and hide around the top of the Bromo volcano.

Tip: if you want to enjoy the view over the village, I would walk further than Serunu Point II. It’s worth it.

Around 6 am, we decided to walk back again. Here and there it was slightly more challenging and more steep than on the way there. Around 7 am the breakfast in the hostel was ready and around 8 am we were ready to go to Mount Bromo.

Step 4# find the way down withou paying

Next to the Cemara Indah hotel is a Security post and to the right of it is the small road where you can walk down for free.

Note: the way back is steep! There seems to be a road that is somewhat more man made, but unfortunately I can not stress out enough that it’s steep. This may be useful to know if you’re not going to have breakfast, then you can go down a bit earlier and walk to the village. We had breakfast included, so we were happy eat it.

Once downstairs it is simple, walk towards Mount Bromo. You don’t necessarily have to follow the same path as the jeeps. You can cut off. Feel your feet in the crazy landscape and see the jeeps and motorbikes pass by. The way from Cemoro Lawang to the crater will take about 45 minutes, depending on your fitness (the stairs at the end is the hardest) and the way back took us a little less longer.

On your way you’ll often get asked if you want a motobike ride or if you want to be brought by a horse. If there is one thing I want to discourage you then it’s get on a horse. The horses looked like they weren’t treated well. Something you’ll see in Asia more often I’m afraid.

If you’re almost above the volcano, I would inhale deeply one more time before you go up. It smells so bad (and the air doesn’t seem too healthy). Go in as quickly as you can, enjoy the view, not the smell;-)

Tip: bring a mouth cap or use a sarong to cover your mouth for the dust and the smell from the crater

That’s it!

Catch the public bus if you’re in a hurry

At 10 am, we were back in the village just in time for the public bus to go to Probolinggo. There seems to be only one bus a day and it will wait until the bus is full. So remember the bus could leave at either 10 or + 11 am.

According to our hostel we had to pay Rp35k (€ 2,15 / 2,5 US dollar) but due to some vague story the bus wanted to leave, we went with fewer people and they wanted Rp50k (€ 3,10 / 3,5 US dollar). In the end we gave it, I mean it’s Asia and what’s another

And the very best tip: don’t be discouraged by locals. Anyone who asks you will say that it is difficult to walk Mount Bromo without a jeep and a guide. Ofcourse they are trying to make money. But you can do it without a jeep and if it didn’t feel so much like a scam, I would invest without a doubt in the community. Instead we ate local so we did our local investment in another way!

 

 

Hotel in Cemoro Lawang

We stayed at the Cafe Lava Hostel, which is one of the cheaper stays at Cemoro Lawang
Cafe Lava Hostel (around 150 rupia a night for a room with shared bathroom) is not a bad option considering the limited decent choices. If you want a better view, then consider to pay more for a Bromo view, like the Lava View Lodge Hotel.

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