Mount Bromo is probably one of the best known mountains/volcanoes in Indonesia among travellers. It is an active volcano (latest eruption in January 2011) in the Tengger Massif in the east of the island of Java. It’s not the highest mountain in the chain, but at 2,329 metres it’s one of the most famous and easiest to access. It’s a very popular hike and although usually without problems, it is not entirely safe. The usual way to visit Mount Bromo is from the nearby mountain village of Cemoro Lawang.
From there it is possible to walk to the volcano in about 45 minutes, but it is also possible to take an organized jeep tour, which includes a stop at the viewpoint on Mount Penanjakan at 2,770 metres (this mountain can be reached on foot in about 2 hours if you fancy walking). The best views from Mount Bromo to the sandy areas below and the surrounding volcanoes are at sunrise.
Bukit Penanjakan (Penanjakan Hill) in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java is set to be closed to tourists for three months starting Sept. 11.
“Because renovations are being made to the facilities at Bukit Penanjakan the area will be closed for tourists from Sept. 11 to Dec. 10, 2017” stated the park management in a circulated letter as reported by kompas.com.
The place’s tribune, stairs and pendopo (pavilion) are set to be removed to create more space for visitors. Sarif Hidayat, head of the reporting evaluation data and public relations subdivision at the park, said the management would also create new entry and exit paths for visitors, as well as repair the fences.
“We have distributed [this announcement] via our official social media accounts and website, as well as put it on entrance gates such as at Coban Trisula Malang, Cemoro Lawang Probolinggo, Penanjakan Pasuruan and Ranu Pani Lumajang,” he said, adding that tourists seeking to enjoy the destination’s famous sunrise were advised to visit other viewpoints available across the park.
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