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Gunung Bromo, the alternative way

Being one of Java’s premier attractions, Gunung Bromo and the Tengger Caldera area get their fair share of visitors with many travelling straight from Yogyakarta via some sort of pre-arranged tour. It’s not a bad option to take a tour from Yogyakarta, but one thing is almost guaranteed: you will be travelling via the town of Probolinggo, staying overnight in the town of Cemoro Lawang on the lip ... Read more about Gunung Bromo, the alternative way .

Gunung Bromo

We’ve recently been writing about travelling in Java, the island immediately to the west of the tourist mecca of Bali. One of the great things to do in Java is to climb volcanoes and there are many as you traverse the island, such as Kawah Ijen, that are very accessible. Without exception, the most popular volcano for foreigners to visit is Gunung Bromo, located at a chilly 2000m above sea ... Read more about Gunung Bromo .

Viewing Gunung Bromo

The first and most popular involves sharing the cost of a jeep to access the best viewpoints. All guesthouses can arrange these and will charge between 80,000 and 100,000 rupiah per person plus 25,000 rupiah park entrance fee -- there is no need to find a group of other travellers to share the cost as this is handled by the local jeep association. The jeeps pick up passengers at 04:00 and take ... Read more about Viewing Gunung Bromo .

Trek from Cemoro Lawang to Jemplang

For those with stamina, a great option is to trek 10 kilometres from Cemoro Lawang through the Tengger Caldera and up the other side where onward transport is available to Malang via Tumpang or to Ranu Pane for those wishing to climb Gunung Semeru. From Cemoro Lawang, head down the main road that leads into the Caldera and turn left, away from the road that leads directly to the base of Gunung ... Read more about Trek from Cemoro Lawang to Jemplang .

Gunung Semeru

The two-day trek starts in the town of Ranu Pane, six kilometres south of the Tengger Caldera. Most visitors stay at the Tasrip Homestay, which is operated by a lovely Christian family, and commence the trek early in the morning heading to Kalimati, seven hours away. The following morning, hikers commence the punishing climb up Semeru which is a four-hour scramble through scree and ash. At ... Read more about Gunung Semeru .

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