The next day we trek across the caldera with our full pack from Ngadas to Cemara Lawang. Cemara Lawang is a small town built on the outer Tengger crater rim next to Mt. Bromo. It has quite a number of hotels catering to visitors coming to see Bromo. We checked into a hotel and went on to climb up to Bromo's crater rim.
In the morning sea of clouds settling down on the caldera.
Gunung Bromo (left, active) and Gunung Batok (right, extinct).
Bromo's volcano vent looking down from the crater rim.
We visited Ijen crater on the 4th day. This volcano is still very much active and there are molten sulphur ozing out from the cracks. They were collected by miners when harden and brought down from the crater. It is not unusual for the miners to carry up to 70kg of sulphur per trip.
Sulphur fumes from the Ijen crater lake.
In the underground eruption shelter. The window looks out to the lake.
Even though we did the trekking (we are a bunch of hardcore trekkers ) Gunung Bromo is quite accessible and you do not need to do any trekking to go there. Basically, anybody can fly to Surabaya and then take a cab/bus to Cemara Lawang (the small town next to Bromo) via Probolingo. At Camera Lawang there are a number of hotels/hostels which you can stay in, they cater for tourists, and you can even find rooms with hot shower if you willing to pay more. From Cemara Lawang you will have a very good view of Bromo, and to visit Bromo, you can either trek there (2km, about 2 hrs to-and-fro), rent a horse and ride there, or get a jeep to go there (the horse/jeep will bring you to the foot of Bromo's crater, and then you climb up a stairs of about 300 steps). After that, just get a jeep to go Penanjakan early morning the next day.
Originally posted by Goondu By the way, sulphur fumes are known to be toxic. How close were you from the volcanoes and the craters?
At Ijen crater, we actually descended down to the dam at the bottom of the crater next to the lake. You are right about the fumes - they are basically sulphuric acid fumes and are very toxic, and I actually felt it was attacking my throat and choking when I went there. That's also the reason why the miners there has a much shorter life expectancy. By the way, the lake is also a pool of sulphuric acid with high acidity, at a temperature of about 50 degree C.
Originally posted by isomers007 wow.....magnificent views. ziploc, you travel quite a lot hor...lucky guy.