East Java, Bromo Maps
How to reach the Park:
Pasuruan-Warung Dowo-Tosari-Wonokitri-Mt. Bromo by car (71 km),
or Malang-Tumpang-Gubuk Klakah-Jemplang-Mt. Bromo by car (53 km),
and Jemplang-Ranu Pani-Ranu Kumbolo,
or Malang-Purwodadi-Nongkojajar-Tosari-Wonokitri-Penanjakan by car (83 km).
From Malang to Ranu Pani by car for about 70 minutes
and proceed on foot to Puncak Semeru (the peak of Mt. Semeru) – this takes about 13 hours.
The route from Malang starts on the side of the road, looking for an angkot to take you to the Arjosari bus terminal. Luckily for you angkots travelling to Arjosari pass most main roads in town frequently from early in the morning to late at night. Look for any angkot with the letter A on the windscreen — such as an ADL or GA — and it will get you to the terminal for 2,500 rupiah. Farming the incredibly steep slopes around Gunung Bromo Farming the incredibly steep slopes around Gunung Bromo. Once at Arjosari, catch an angkot to Tumpang, 24 kilometres away for 5,000 rupiah. In Tumpang, things get interesting. There are two ways of getting to the Tengger Caldera, Gunung Bromo and accommodation in Cemoro Lawang. The first and easiest way is to charter a motorbike taxi (ojek) to carry you and your luggage for 80,000 rupiah up the steep ridge, which affords some absolutely magnificent views. It gets cold along the way and long pants and a jacket are a good idea. The second way of getting to the top is by jumping in a shared jeep, which departs from the Tumpang market, for 60,000 rupiah. The problem with this method is that the jeeps only leave when there are enough passengers, meaning that a long wait could be in order. Worse, they simply won’t depart at all if enough people don’t show up, so it’s advisable to arrive early and with a backup plan to use an ojek if the jeep option doesn’t materialise. An incredible savanna around the back of Gunung Bromo Dreamy savanna around the back of Gunung Bromo. The good thing about heading to Bromo from this direction is that you get to pass through the savanna at the back of the caldera which is an incredible contrast to the Sea of Sand around the front — something the vast majority of visitors to the area simply do not see. It is so impressive that we reckon it’s a must-see if already in the area. The other good thing about this route is that it’s easy to make a slight six-kilometre detour to the town of Ranu Pane where hikes to Java’s tallest volcano commence from. Of course, you can do this entire journey in reverse for the same price. It’s a great way to do something a little bit different when visiting Gunung Bromo.