My phone’s alarm rang at 3 am that day. Waking me up from uneasy sleep in a cold room. I went directly to the bathroom only to learn that the water was even colder than before. Not spending too much time near the cold water, then I got myself prepared for a hike to Mount Penanjakan, the most popular viewpoint to see sunrise at the entire Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park. At 3.30, a red jeep parked in front of the lodge to pick me up. Not wasting too much time, in only a few minutes I have found myself sitting on the front seat of the jeep heading to Mount Penanjakan. But after picking me up, the jeep stopped at a nearby hotel to pick up four Thai tourists.
About half an hour after going through dark road, we finally arrived at a car park on the slope of Mount Penanjakan. From there, people continue the hike either by riding a horse or on foot. I chose the later. However I regret for not bringing the flashlight that I brought from Jakarta for this hike. If only there were no moonlight, it would have been pitch dark along the way up. Plus, some people who walked in front of me also made it easier for me to find out where to walk and where to turn.
After hiking for about 15 minutes, not an easy one though since I had to halt frequently to catch some breath and stretch my feet, finally I got to the viewpoint which has concrete platforms on it. I took the liberty to rest myself down for a couple of minutes while waiting for the sun to rise. Not long afterwards, the east sky started to change color as the sun crawled slowly before showing its full circle. Then, one of the most amazing views that I’ve ever witnessed in my life slowly revealed itself before my very eyes. The extinct Mount Batok stands elegantly in the middle of Tengger Caldera, a remnant of an ancient super volcano. While Mount Bromo, which last erupted in March 2011, sits humbly behind Mount Batok. From afar, the majestic Mount Semeru, believed by ancient Javanese as the center of the universe, overlooks the vast caldera which contains the other two mounts. Truly a breathtaking scenery! Nevertheless, my sunrise-watching was a little marred by some clouds which partly covered the sun. Hence I didn’t get the best possible experience which many others had. I suggest for those who wish to visit Mount Bromo to catch the sunrise, please do consider doing that in dry season when clouds are considerably less.
I stayed on the viewpoint for about two hours to truly feel the atmosphere of this place. Now I’ll leave you with some other pictures that I took. Have a great day!