Bromo – Jember – Banyuwangi – Gilimanuk – Ijen D2 # East Java – Indonesia

Wake up at 02:30, then prepare to go to watch sunrise at Penanjakan 1. At 03:30, our jeep has been ready in front of the hotel lobby. Our driver is Mr Usman. He is friendly, and willingly to tell us the situation in there.

The jeep can be used for 4-6 person (2 small person in the front). The road to Penanjakan 1 is full of sand and it’s fun. We have to rent a jeep to go to Bromo and we can’t use our own car.

At 04:30, we arrive at Penanjakan 1. There’s so many people already. Our jeep can’t park in the top so we park about 200m from the stairs to Penanjakan 1. With sleepy and dark, we walk to Penanjakan 1. So don’t forget to bring your flashlight. Many motor rider offer their ride to the top if you don’t want to walk.

Arrive at Penanjakan 1, there’s so many people. We have to looking for empty spot to seat. That’s why you have to go early to here if you want to be able to sit and got the best spot to watch sunrise. Especially on weekend or holiday.

At 05:00, the sky start to change it’s colour. We can see the orange sky with many clouds and mountains. It’s beautiful. Many people start to stand up and take photos. I have to stand up in my seat so I could watch properly.

and the sun start to rise..

Too many people in there, and it’s hard to take picture.

At 06:00, the sun has rise. And we can see Bromo Mountain with it’s crater, Mt Batok, Mt Semeru, and many-many more. Soon most of people go to the next destination already, and there’s less people there so we can take many picture.

Then approximately at 07:00, we go back to our Jeep. Don’t forget to bring some bread or any meals for breakfast to save time.

When we arrive at car parking, all of the jeep is gone already and only there’s a few ones. Our next destination is Bromo Crater. Arrive at Bromo, we have to walk or you can ride a horse which cost IDR 125.000 – IDR 150.000/person. But if you don’t want to ride horse, you can walk and it really took some time and energy.

I choose to ride the horse to safe time. The horse owner will give us their name card so we won’t lost. They sent us until the stairs to the crater and they will wait for us there. Don’t be afraid to ride the horse because the horse owner will always accompany you and guide your horse and also tell you what to do so you won’t fall from the horse. But it’s difficult to keep the balance while riding a horse. I will think twice to repeat it.. haha..

 Arrive at the bottom of the crater, you have to climb 250 stairs. But it worthed, the view from upstairs is awesome. It’s really beautiful. Just becareful, there’s so many people in there. And if you dare to walk further, to the path that there’s no fence, you have to really brave and careful.

After take some picture, we go back down.

You really have to prepare you stamina, and don’t walk / climb to fast. You have to walk slowly, while balancing your breath. Because the oxsigent in there is so thin and there’s a sulfur’s smell. There’s some people that surprise and they fainted.

Our horse patiently waiting for us. And on the down way is more exciting than to up way. We have to keep our body balancing with horse step.

Finally we arrive at our jeep and we pay the horse.

We have already talk with Mr Usman, our driver, and he is willingly to accompany us to visit Savana Field and Wishper Sand with extra cost IDR 150.000 (so the total rent is IDR 650.000).

Firstly, we go to Savana field. People said that it looks like Teletubbies Home, but because it’s a dry season, all of the green leaves is gone. The Savana Field will look goods at March or April.

Then we go to Wispher Sand. If there’s no strong wind, then you won’t hear the sand wishper.

After take some photos, than we go back to hotel. It’s already 09:30, so we still can eat breakfast. And it’s buffet and taste not bad.

The Restaurant

Then we take bath, and prepare to go to Jember City.

At 11:30, we check-out and depart. Our journey will be about 3-4 hours. We eat lunch at Probolinggo, Sumber Hidup Restaurant.

Along the journey, we fell asleep because so tired. Even after arrive at Jember, and eat dinner, we decided to rest early.

I stay at my uncle and aunty’s house which so comfy. Good night, because we have to wake up early tomorrow.

Hash :: Semali, Salam Kanci (1) Magelang # Central Java – Indonesia

Today Hash Track is Semali, at Salam Kanci Village, one of village at Magelang Suburban.

This morning, we are being welcomed by Morning Fog. It’s not too cold, but also not too hot. So fresh in the morning. 

Morning Fog

Today’s route was not too long, but a little short for me. There’s birthday party, so we didn’t walk too long. 

After walk about half hour, we back to the car parking. And the sun was already rise.

Here’s the track:

Sunrise at Punthuk Setumbu, Borobudur Temple, Magelang # Central Java – Indonesia

Woke up at 3 o’clock, and go to Borobudur Temple at 4 o’clock. Me, my brother, and my brother’s girlfriend also my brother’s friends went to Setumbu to watch sunrise. Punthuk Setumbu located near Borobudur Temple. You can see the sunrise with background Borobudur Temple, Mount Merapi, and Mount Merbabu.

Don’t forget to bring tripod to take photos.

The ticket entrance is IDR 15.000 for local. And we have to walk uphill for a while. Use comfortable shoes and bring flashlight because it’s still dark. Wear jacket too because it’s cold.

Once arrived at Punthuk Setumbu, there’s so many people in there. Most of them are tourists.

Unfortunately, it’s cloudy. So the sunrise didn’t shown enough.

And the morning fog started to cover whole area, so we have to go back.

Sunrise at Jumprit Parakan # Central Java – Indonesia

Woke up at 04:30, and go to Jumprit to see sunrise. But we late, when we arrive there, the sun already rise.
Jumprit is a ground water resources place. When the Buddhist celebrate Vesakh Day, they took the holy water for the ceremony from Jumprit.

Fortunately, it’s a clear sky. Just reminder, it’s so cold. So you have to wear jacket if you come here.

Grassland 草原 # Inner Mongolia – China

The particularity of its geographical position has endowed Inner Mongolia with rich tourist resources. Located at an average height of over 1,000 meters above sea level, Inner Mongolia is fascinating for its unique natural landscape.

In the west, vast deserts extend throughout the area. There are famous deserts like Badanjilin Desert, Tenger Desert and Resonant Sand Bay (Xiang Sha Wan). Some famous lakes are located in the northwest, such as Hulun Lake and Lake Bell. There are large areas of grassland and desert all over the region. The grassland in the north is among the best in China. There are also vast plains and grasslands in the east. 

Credit: here

We are very lucky because we stay at Mongolian Yurt. And because we can’t sleep, we wake up very early and happens to see this beautiful sunrise in grassland.

Then after breakfast, we go explore the grassland.

For tourists who have lived for a long time in cities, it would be an especially wonderful thing to enjoy the prairie landscape there. The clear and bright sky, the extensive and magnificent grassland, the fresh air and the flocks of cattle and sheep present tourists with a refreshing scene.

We also has a chance to riding the horse. And I don’t like it because I feel very small on the horse, and I think the horse think I’m very light so it didn’t feel any burden and it runs faster. It’s scary actually haha.. I feel I’m gonna fall from the horse.

The guide take us until local’s host in the middle of grassland and they share their story about grassland. And they also offer us Horse Milk (it taste plain).

Then after that, we go back to the Mongolian Yurt to continue to the next destination, desert.

The sunset in Inner Mongolia is beautiful too. I took the photos from the bus, on the way to hotel.

Our hotel happens to be in front of the desert and it’s a good hotel so we can take a bath and refreshing.