My visit to Surabaya last year, near the end of October, was a desperate call for a break. It was a short trip, where we visited the popular Mt Bromo and Ijen crater (in a separate post). This was the 2nd time I was doing a night/early morning (i.e. in the dark) hike with my friend. We stayed at the Bromo Park Hotel Probolinggo, one of the better accommodation in the area. (Side note: It was also the most expensive hotel per day during our trip). Probolinggo was slightly far out, so we had to check out at midnight to head for the viewing platform for the sunrise view of Mt Bromo. Once at the base area, we had to change our vehicle into a jeep that drove us to the platform.
Bromo Park Hotel Probolinggo
Address: JL. Dr. Sutomo No. 70, 67217 Probolinggo, Indonesia
We were actually one of the first few stragglers to wait out a spot for the sunrise in the dark (we were there from 3 am). But because we had no clue on where to position ourselves for the best view of the sunrise with Mt Bromo in the foreground – we ended up in the wrong corner. It was very, very, extremely cold in the wee hours as we stood with our back against the strong wind for hours while waiting for the sun to rise. The sunrise was beautiful but it didn’t brought enough warmth to my body. I think my body went into a slight shock from all that cold because I started shivering uncontrollably once I was in the jeep as we made our way from the viewing peak to Mt Bromo.
This was how all the jeeps looked!
The hill in the background was the route we took from the viewing platform to the foot of Mt Bromo. The black sand was actually the volcanic ash from the volcano. We were quite fortunate that the wind was not too strong that day. But I would highly recommend wearing a surgical mask and doubling up to cover your face with a scarf (when needed). This would help block out the ash from getting all over you. The temperature also started to warm up here and I recovered marginally from the cold overload earlier.
Once we alighted, we decided to take a horse ride up (100,000 rupiah (I think) – one way) and walk down to experience the 2 different modes of transport. It was my first time riding a horse and can I just say how scary it was?! On flat ground it was generally okay but there was a portion the horse had to go up-slope and that’s when I feared I would fall off. Dismounting was also a problem because you had to jump off the back of the horse onto a sandy slope.
After dismounting, we started our climb up the steps to the crater. It was a pretty okay with crowd stopping every few steps so going up was pretty chill.
There was quite a lot of smoke billowing from the centre so visibility was not the best. But it was really cool to hear the roaring of the volcano! It sounded like a hibernating dinosaur or something. You do have to be very careful when moving along the crater. It’s almost a one-way traffic for the most part so it’s really important to give way to avoid falling.
Just look at this beautiful view from the crater! Somehow, the terrain reminds me of the moon.
It was a fun but really cold trip and till the next post, bye!