MOUNT BROMO, INDONESIA
Mount Bromo may not be the highest peak in the Tengger Massif, East Java, but it’s certainly the most well know. Rising 2,329m above Tengger Semeru National Park, its name comes from the Javanese word ‘Brahma’ meaning God.
This active Indonesian volcano sits in the middle of a plain known as the Sea of Sand and is a 45-minute hike from the nearest village of Cemoro Lawang. Eruptions are frequent (the most recent was in May 2019) and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency currently prohibits anyone venturing within half a mile of the volcano’s crater. The best way to admire the magnificence of this mountainous beast, however, is from nearby Mount Penanjakan (2,770m), which can be summited on foot or by jeep.