Hiking to Ijen crater

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Bondowoso, Indonesia

Hiking to Ijen crater Bondowoso Reviews

sugarose sugarose
72 reviews
The experience of a lifetime!! Oct 29, 2010
The is one of those experiences when you look back and say wow! We left our hotel around 4:30 in the morning to get to Ijen by sunrise. You do have to pay a fee to get in. What I learned from talking to other travelers is that you pay less on site than if you book it there but the difference is like 10,000 rupiah or like $2 so its not that much. When asked if I had a camera i said no as i saw it would be an additional 30k rupiah for it. If you feel like helping out go ahead and pay but for me I was on a tight budget.

The hike was about 3km all the way up and if you dare 1km down. There is a sign that says is forbidden but even the miners encourage you to go down to the surface. I was too much of a punk but from the pictures It is worth it. Just whatever you do get there real early in order to see best views of the crater. Also the miners are very friendly. Go ahead and try to talk to them. They sell these cute little souvenirs for 5000 rp( its like 65cents american) made of sulphur. See if its ok with customs first.

Overall. Amazing and totally worth the hike and the cash.
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argoraung argoraung
4 reviews
iking to Ijen crater Jun 08, 2009
From where the visitors overnight, the best start to hike to Kawah Ijen is early in the morning. Start from either Arabica or Catimore home stay, takes for about 20 minute rides up to Pos Paltuding. Enthusiast hikers even leave the home stay at 4 a.m., so they can reach the crater on time for sunrise. At Pos Paltuding, visitor must sign in first and the entrance fee is 2,000Rp for locals and as much as 15,000Rp for foreigners. Ask for a gas mask for your convenience during the hike around the crater, fast blowing fume usually so terrible and you may get coughed. The officer provides it for rent at reasonable price and it is worth well, a reliable gas mask designed for use of harmful application.

From the parking lot, a well-worn track leads us up to the volcano. The journey begins after a welcome gate greeting us. At first, heading up through the shady casuarinas forest, the track is wide and flat but it is just the beginning and gradually it rises up with some steep sections. There are some resting post built along the way, visitor can use it for stopping by. After about 2 km walking, there is a shelter up there, Pondok (shelter) – a small building used by some of the workers to eat and sleep in. It is also the post to weigh the worker’s sulfur load where they can get a promissory note to exchange it later with cash money at the base camp.

Just about 1 km from pondok, the trail thankfully flattened out all the way to the crater’s rim as we are welcomed by smelling sulfur fumes. From the edge, we need to climb another 30 minutes down a narrow stairway to the lake’s surface for the best point and to get the best pictures. Be careful, just follow any workers then they would lead you to the crater floor. “If you lose your way, just look out for the sulfur trail, a continuous flow of sulfur from repetitive carried burden, had left a yellow trail on the well worn path.”

As alternative, the panoramic view can be seen obviously just hike up to the northern-east of the crater and follow the track. For about 100 m, a breathtaking view of stunning turquoise lake brings us to this magnificent.

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