When to go

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The only time to avoid is the wet sea­son from Novem­ber to March. Rain can be in­tense at this time, with po­ten­tial for flood­ing and land­slides. Oth­er­wise, Bromo is ac­ces­si­ble year-round, with the al­ti­tude the main deter­mi­nant of con­di­tions. Days start and fin­ish cold – not much above freez­ing at their cold­est. Tem­per­a­tures then gen­er­ally climb above 20˚C, with fierce sun at times in the thin air. Those push­ing on to climb Se­meru should bear in mind its con­sid­er­ably greater al­ti­tude: you’ll want a down jacket, gloves and your warm­est sleep­ing bag. Jakarta or Den­pasar on Bali, to the closer re­gional air­port at Malang. In ei­ther case, the more comfy op­tion is to char­ter trans­port up to the caldera’s main ac­cess points at Ce­moro Lawang, or Tosari; or else you can jump in a minibus with the lo­cals.

Pura Luhur Poten Bromo is an aus­tere Hindu tem­ple of vol­canic stone at the foot of Mt Ba­tok. It is ded­i­cated to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, once called Acintya, ‘he who can­not be imag­ined’, supreme god of In­done­sian Hin­duism.

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