The experience of hiking Indonesia’s Mt. Bromo and Ijen Crater was nothing short of amazing. Surabaya is just a 2 hour flight away from Singapore which makes it such an easy trip to do without sacrificing too many off-days and leave from work. So let me ~try~ and convince you to consider this awesome hiking destination! 🙂
#1: Alien planet feel
Climbing down Ijen crater to see the famous ‘Blue Fire’ will make you feel like you’re on a different planet!
#2: Dramatic view of the mountains
When the sun rises, it casts a beautiful light over the already dramaaaatic group of mountains (Mt. Bromo, Mt. Semeru and Mt. Batok). And you know the wait and ungodly hours were worth it.
#3: The beautiful Milky Way and starry skies
MILKY WAY!!!!! C’mon!!!! Starry skies! Yay! I was looking forward to this, because it is definitely not easy to spot it with our naked eyes from a light-polluted city. With Mt. Bromo area situated around ~2,000 metres above sea level, we sort of had a complete view of the whole starry night sky. The experience was breathtaking (and we don’t need to fly to Aus or NZ for this!)
#4: Ride in Jeeps and on ponies!
You get to ride around the ‘Sea of Sand’ and Mt. Bromo area in a Jeep (and see like hundreds and hundreds of them during peak hours) and take ~hipster~ photos.
And ride on ponies up Mt. Bromo too!
#5: Hiking above the clouds
Trekking up to Ijen volcano may begin at midnight, but that means you get to hike above the clouds under a very beautiful starry night.
#6: Beautiful sunrise and paddle-pop skies
And then you will be greeted with one of the most beautiful sunrises. Check out the tiny humans along the crater rim! I felt so miniscule.
#7: Witness the largest acidic lake in the world
Inside the volcano lies a beautiful 1km wide turquoise acidic lake. The yellowish part of the photo is where the ‘Blue Fire’ appears before dawn, and where the sulphur operations are. Once again, look at those tiny hikers!
#8: The ability to fully immerse yourself in nature’s beauty
Beautiful acidic lake. Massive crater rims. Hiking an active volcano. Peaceful sound of nothing but the wind. Be it a solo trip or an adventure with your friends, trekking in East Java is pure eye candy that heals the soul.