Ijen Crater

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Ijen Crater
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koh
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
Family
3 in a family, with young teenage daughter. The path up to Ijen Crater was quite well defined with some steep slopes. Magnificent sunrise point with a great view of the sunrise at about 5:20am in one side and the crater on the other side. Didn’t manage to go to the blue fire area as it was advised that it can be dangerous. Visitors were mostly adults and very very few teenagers or children. Easier than Mount Batur in Bali but still 2-3 hours of trekking with sulphur fumes in the second half of the walk. Family enjoyed this immensely as it was hard, but can be overcome by frequent rest stops.

IMO not suitable for children below 12 years old because of the physical demands of the journey overnight, but this is just my opinion in general. But then again, there is flexibility to stop wherever it is comfortable for the family.
Written June 15, 2022
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arsalan
Indonesia34 contributions
I travelled to Mount Ijen along with my wife and kids aged 5 and 8 years on 6th April 2021. A few key points
1) We did the hike in morning at 6 am as didn't want to do in night so as not to disturb children's sleep.
2) We didn't took any tour and travelled in our private car from Ijen city. Please note that you pass through a jungle for around 30 minutes before Ijen crater and in pitch morning darkness this is quite scary.
2) We reached the base of Mount Ijen at 6 am Although the mountain was open for tourists but due to travel restrictions there were no international tourists and was visibly empty. You don't need any gas mask unless you want to go to the mining area and this is a no go zone for tourists
3) The hike to mountain is demanding but possible unless you are in good shape. It takes around 2 hours and the initial 1-2 km has steep climb and the last 1 km stretch has less slope. This will really challenge you and set your heartbeat racing. We finally relented and took the trolley services and they charged around 1 million IDR to take our kids up and back. However we adults decided to walk by ourselves.
4) Good thing is you have a few locations where you can sit and take a break. You will also get a small warung at middle of the climb for tea and coffee. After this warung there is no toilets so please be careful
5) At the top of the mountain the view is spectacular. However, based on the wind the Sulphur smoke sometimes is directed towards you. In such a case please climb to a higher location and the smoke will not bother you.
6) Please spend around 1-2 hours to enjoy the moment there. We had a fantastic climate but due to Sulphur smoke billowing could not get a clear view.
Written April 15, 2021
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Martha M
Serpong, Indonesia23 contributions
We were blessed because we went in December (rainy season), yet it did not rain that day. It's best to start the hike at midnight so you can make it in time to see the blue fire. We did not because it was a little late and very crowded.

The sunrise cannot be seen in December (we were told it's best in August), but after the sun comes out, the view of the crater is simply breathtaking.
Written January 9, 2020
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Nusantaratrip
Klang, Malaysia143 contributions
Business
Kawah Ijen is a crater lake that contains acid and located in the peak of Mount Ijen. The deep of this lake is around 5.466 hectares. As additional information, the lake of the Ijen crater is the strongest acid lake in the world. The Ijen crater also under the area of nature preserve of Ijen Tourist Park in Bondowoso and Banyuwangi regencies.

The most interesting tourist spot of this mount is phenomenal of eternal blue flame under the Ijen crater. This phenomenon only happens in two places in this world, the counterpart is in Iceland. The phenomenon of this eternal blue fire can be seen with human eyes when there’s no light. So the ideal time to see this blue fire is around 2 AM to 4 AM in the early morning.

As a note, vacations to Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater probably are not suitable for people who had heavy asthma or heart disease. It is because the temperature in high places such as mountains are low and cold, which is why this vacation is not suitable for people who had asthma and heart disease. If we still want to visit Mount Bromo and Ijen crater, it is best for us to be well-prepared, whatever they are equipment, or our body’s health and fitness.

As a summary, a vacation to Gunung Bromo and Kawah Ijen is already one package vacation. The range between both Mount Bromo and Ijen crater is far, so this is why this package is attractive for any tourist. Seeing the phenomenal eternal blue fire is a must because this phenomenon only happens in two places in the world, one of them is in East Java.

DG
Written February 9, 2020
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Dr. Yael G
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We wanted to climb during the daylight. So arrived on sight at 13:00. At the entrance (on the top) we were told that they close at 12 noon!!
We could not buy tickets or go up on the trail.
Then we found out that next day beeing it a first Friday of the month, will be also closed!
So we came all the way there for nothing.
There was no info anywere about those opening hours. There is no phone number to call, and not much English spoken on sight😒
So if you plan on travelilg on your own, make sure you have your timing correctly.
Written August 5, 2022
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TheHumbleTravellers
Greater Noida, India684 contributions
This place may look like a nightmare of your badest dreams but is so amazingly beautiful, surprising and adventurous. People visit here for 2 reasons

a) To reach summit and stay there to watch beautiful turquoise lake and if lucky some views of blue fire
b) To reach summit and then go down the crater to have chance of lifetime to see blue fire and sulphur miners doing manual mining

We gathered all our courage to go down the crater as well. Now this trekking starts late night as blue fire is not visible once sun comes out so we need to go down crater before sunlight comes out.

Going up the summit of Ijen requires decent stamina but not very challenging.

Challenging part starts when you to move down the crater in almost zero light and only torch or mobile light visible. Its one of the most adventurous hiking done by me.
During going down, you will encounter sulphur miners who manually gather sulphur and hangit on there shoulder to the top (almost 70 kg in one round) and they do it 2-3 times in a day, it so damn amazing as we only in one round were totally out.

Reaching bottom is like reaching surface of moon, completely different environment with deadly gases around (masks are suggested to be safe from carbon di oxide), unique surrounding with sulphur coming out of mountains and then you see the most amazing thing - BLUE FIRE, its so beautiful

For hikers/nature lovers - its a must visit. Its ones in a lifetime experience

Special thanks to our tour guide who ensured we experience everything and safely too.
Written February 2, 2020
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Jay H
Timmins, Canada3 contributions
Couples
This is a great activity and gives so many original experiences: blue fire, experience sulphur gas and mine tour, sunrise view from crater rim.

I highly recomend going with an agency for proper masks and safety in the mine. It was well worth the 1,000,000 IRD ($100 cad) for the ride, masks, food and professional guide.

I recomend blueflametour.com

I work in mining and would consider the activity high risk without an experienced guide.

I saw many people with masks that had improper filters for sulphur and they were caughing a lot because of it.

It can also be very crowded so try and get there as soon as possible.

We departed from Banyuwangi at 00:15.
Written March 7, 2020
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Br14n 1m4g3s
Batu, Indonesia1,072 contributions
For the third time here, it seems that you will not be bored to enjoy the exotic natural beauty of Ijen Crater. Here we can see green craters and active sulfur spots. During a pandemic, this place only opened at 3 am. With a leisurely walk, we will reach the top when the sun has risen. Make sure to wear a jacket, gloves and shoes that are comfortable for climbing. At the last post there is a stall that provides snacks. Along the way up and down, we will be 'accompanied' by a cart service seller who offers tired visitors to ride a cart for 600k (up).
Written April 22, 2021
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Dionis
Singapore, Singapore48 contributions
Friends
Hike up was very strenuous and tiring. You can pay 800kIDR to be carted up but I feel that it was really expensive, yet scary and quite dangerous at the same time. My group and I took a long time to get to the top of the crater. We did not journey down the crater as it would’ve been too late to see the blue flame. Moreover, the journey down was also extremely hard without any trekking gear like trekking sticks, as the steps are very narrow and do not have any barrier. Should you slip and fall, you will most certainly fall to your death.

Nevertheless, we got to see the sunrise at the top of ijen and it was magnificent. Disliked the sulfur smell. I don’t think the climb up was cold as you will probably exhaust yourself from the climb up and consequently heat up your body. Can just bring a thin jacket if you are afraid of the cold. However, it can be quite cold at the volcano top, so you might wanna bring some heat packs. Lights are a must, whether it’s headlamps or torchlight. Without the lights, it just pitch black. I would say you need considerable fitness to hike up easily. I experienced some difficulties myself.

Overall very nice views at the top and on the way back. Super scenic, I enjoyed it greatly.
Written January 7, 2020
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ijenexpedition
Banyuwangi, Indonesia94 contributions
An East Java highlight, the Ijen Crater (Kawah Ijen) towers above the Ijen Plateau. A highly acidic crater lake yields sulfur for local miners while burning gases emit an eerie blue glow at night. Views of Java’s most perfect volcanoes, including Mount Merapi and Mount Raung
Written May 4, 2021
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