The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park covers a massive area of 800 square kilometres in the centre of East Java. For anyone with an interest in volcanoes, a visit to the park is a must. This is the largest volcanic region in the province. Visit the park and see the plumes of smoke coming from Mt. Semeru, an active volcano which rises 3676 metres above sea level. Experience the remarkable Tengger Caldera, Java's largest, with its 10km barren desert-like sea of sand. Within the caldera rise the deeply fissured volcanic cones of Batok and Bromo, the latter is still active with a cavernous crater from which smoke blows skyward. Temperatures at the top of Mount Bromo range about 5 to 18 degrees Celsius. To the south of the park is a rolling upland plateau dissected by valleys and dotted with several small scenic lakes, extending to the foot of Mount Semeru.

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Getting There
Bromo Tengger Semeru can be reached by private and public vehicle from Surabaya or Malang in East Java.  Sriwijaya Air flies twice daily to Malang from Jakarta. 

There are multiple ways to get into the park.  Visitors can come from Probolinggo, in the north-west and arrive through the village of Ngadisari; or take the north-east approach via Pasuruan and the village of Tosari. The third, more difficult approach is via Ngadas, which is best travelled on the way down.

Getting Around
Many visitors choose to walk the park. There are clearly marked tracks across the sand that lead to the foot of Bromo. Alternatively you can rent a jeep or hire a horse from Cemoro Lawang to get around. 

To Stay
There are a number of guesthouses and basic hotels located around Mt Bromo. The Bromo Guest House is located at Ngadisari which lies 3km from the crater rim. Or you can stay at Cemoro Lawang where there are guesthouses situated near the crater. 

Alternatively stay overnight at Tretes and Prigen, Pasuruan, before climbing Mt. Bromo to reach there before sunrise.  Malang is another pleasant hill town to explore on your way to the park. 

To Eat
Most of the warungs (local food stalls) in this area close after 7:30pm so be sure to eat early. If you’re in the Wonokitri area, there are some warungs in Tosari market that are usually open between 7-9pm.

Tips:

  • Necessities for the trip include a torch, warm clothing, comfortable trekking shoes, and gloves to use as protection against the freezing temperature which hovers between zero to five degrees Celsius (33 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • If you buy or rent something, remember to bargain.  Sunrise occurs between 5am and 6am (if it’s not cloudy), so you should depart from your hotel or guesthouse by 3am.
  • The best time to see the sunrise is during dry season from April to October.
  • Always eat before you start trekking or climbing, or take some food and drink with you.