The adventure starts at 4am in the village of Cemoro Lawang, Eastern Java. The 4x4 ride takes you to the viewpoint where in pitch black, probably wearing the rented jacket, you’re waiting for the sunrise. Slowly the darkness gives in and the silhouettes of mountains start appearing. The first morning light reveals the spectacular landscape with Mt Semeru in the distance, the highest mountain in Java; Mt Batok, beautifully grooved greenish cone of a dormant volcano; and of course, fuming Mt Bromo encircled by the sea of sand. It is possible to visit its rim by climbing 250 steps and the stop at the Hindu temple on the way there is obligatory.
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