One more post about Bromo as I’m catching up with editing my pictures. On our second morning in the area we got up incredibly early to make the trek up Penanjakan Hill to watch sunrise. The first lookout we came across on the hike provided a stunning view of the entire landscape and gave us our first real glimpse of Semeru, rising tall in the background. We had read that the second viewpoint, higher up the hill, was where all of the tour groups went for sunrise and was usually crowded, so we decided to stop and enjoy the relative quiet of the first lookout. As we settled into our spots we noticed an enterprising woman selling drinks and snacks, so we bought some coffee and tea to help keep us warm in the cool, predawn weather.
Dense fog hanging over Cemoro Lawang before the sun rises.
The early wake up and hour hike became worth it as the sun gradually bathed the mountains gold in its light. We watched the dense layer of fog slowly retreat from the village and disappear into the valley below. As the sun made its way higher into the sky the other spectators trickled down the hill bit by bit, including the drink lady, until we were alone. Since we weren’t on any type of schedule we were able to stay and bask in the marvelous view that we had to ourselves. We were even treated to Semeru puffing out a cloud of ash, that unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture on the camera. After getting our fill and hearing the call of our comfortable bed back in the hotel we wound our way down the hill and through the village.
You can see the staircase leading up to the rim of Bromo and just a hint of the guardrails lining the edge that we encountered on our hike to the top.