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Mount Bromo to Ijen Crater (No Tour!!)

Posted by Aydonosaur on 21/8/2014 at 21:08

Hi all,

I'm planning a trip to Mount Bromo after an overnight stay in the village of Ngadas. I don't like tours, I don't drive and I probably can't ride an ojek due to a rolling duffel bag. Can anyone offer some directions/information?

Is it possible to hire a driver in Ngadas to take me to Mount Bromo and then Mount Penanjakan? Then from Mount Bromo I plan to head to Bondowoso and onward to Kawah Ijen. Where can I hire a driver from Mount Bromo or is it better to take a bus? Also, how long is the journey from Mount Bromo to Ijen crater? Can I reach there the same day (basically after exploring Mount Bromo for a like 5 hours)?
I'm looking for information on length of journey, costs, transportation type, accommodations, and how best to arrange everything (website/email contacts etc)

#1 Aydonosaur has been a member since 21/8/2014. Posts: 6

Posted by mooball on 23/8/2014 at 04:18 TF writer

OK. First I'd read this if I were you:

http://www.travelfish.org/blogs/indonesia/2012/02/20/alternative-route-gunung-bromo/

That is how you're going to get to Ngadas. Any particular reason you want to stay in Ngadas? From Ngadas, you going to need to catch a jeep passing through to take you across to Bromo... or you could walk the 15km or so. But the best is to get an ojek. Not sure it would be a problem with the duffle bag. Or you could just a hire a jeep in Malang from a travel agency... They can take you wherever you want to go... can sleep overnight in Ngadas with you and then take you onwards. Just note that Ngadas is really remote and pretty much off the main tourist trail. I'm sure you'll be able to arrange some sort of onward transport -- I just don't know in what shape it will be.

Bromo to Ijen is pretty straightforward. Just catch the bus from Cemoro Lawang (the main Bromo accommodation town) to Probolinggo and then a bus from there to Bondowoso. There are direct buses, but it is possible you'll have scammers trying to get you onto the wrong bus -- one that drops you off on the side of the highway at the Bondowoso turnoff. Just make sure the final destination of the bus is Bondowoso. From Bondowoso you'll catch a minibus half up to Ijen and then you'll need to take a motorbike -- no buses to the top unless it's part of a tour or charter. Best option in my view is to hire an ojek from Bondowoso who can pick you up before sunrise and zoom you to the Ijen carpark, wait for you and take you down the other side to Banyuwangi for onward travel to Bali. Cost will be in the region of 150,000 - 200,000 rupiah.

Accommodation for Cemoro Lawang and Bondowoso is listed on Travelfish, Ngadas isn't. Pretty basic up there.

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