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“Ijen Crater - Villo & Evo, May 2017”

Java Adventure Trail
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We are very pleased to welcome you and provide best adventurous holiday in Indonesia. Java Adventure Trail is the best partner for outdoor enthusiasts in Indonesia. Java Adventure Trail has tours and package travel deals for the active budget traveler and backpackers. Turn your holiday or vacation into an adventure
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Reviewed May 18, 2017

We climbed Ijen on a Friday night Saturday morning along with about 400 other like-minded people. Our guide (Kiki) & his driver picked us up from our Banyuwangi hotel at 12.30am, the drive to the mountain took us just over an hour.
On arrival at the crater we were surprised to see the number of vehicles and people there, Kiki provided us with a hot tea from the café while we waited for the gates to open at 2.00am.

Once the gates opened it was a bit of hustle / bustle for the first stage until the pack thinned out & we edged our way to the front of the queue.
We reached the top of the crater in just over 1.5 hours with no stops, the 3km climb could be spilt into three sections;
• Steady Incline
• Steep to Very Steep section
• Undulating

The ground is firm compressed earth / dirt, however is could be slippery in wet weather.
Unfortunately, due to the wind conditions blowing the Sulphur plume towards the crater track we couldn’t go down to the blue flames & had to settle with taking photos from the crater rim. On our approach to the rim of the crater we had to put on the masks provided by Kiki, we also wore glasses for a short period as the Sulphur mist stung the eyes
After viewing the flames from a distance, we then moved to a higher spot on the rim to watch the amazing sun rise.




It’s cold & windy at the top, a warm jacket and long pants are recommended.
The climb down is less physical but hard on the joints, it took just over an hour to get back down, we were back at our hotel by 8.30am.
Our tour was organized by sofyan & kiki at bluefireijentour@gmail.com

Our advice to other is:
• Bring your own torch – head light.
• Take your own snacks & water, the guide also has spare water and snacks
• Use the toilets near the entry gate before climbing as there are no toilets at the top.

We’re disappointed we didn’t get down inside the crater to get a close look at the blue flames, however overall the climb and views were an experience we won’t forget..

Thank philevans2016
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TheBest-Experience, Owner at Java Adventure Trail, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2017

Dear Mr.Philip Evan,

Thank you very much for choosing Bluefireijentour.com (Java Adventure Trail) as your travel partner for Ijen Crater tour (East Java). We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us. We wish to see you again on your next trip!

Best regards,
Sofyan

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Reviewed May 15, 2017

We did a 4D3N Rinjani and 6D5N Semeru/Ijen/Bromo organized by Sofyan. Both went smoothly and we had a very good time. Sofyan provided very good recommendations to help us prepare and coordinate between the 2 packages. The weather could have been better for Semeru: I'm already thinking about going again some day and I would happily ask Sofyan to arrange again.

1  Thank marcv81
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TheBest-Experience, Owner at Java Adventure Trail, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2017

Dear Marc,

Thank you very much for choosing Java Adventure Trail as your travel partner for Mount Rinjani Trekking (Lombok) and Mount Bromo + Ijen Crater tour (East Java). We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in Indonesia. We wish to see you again on your next trip!

Best regards,
Sofyan

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Reviewed May 8, 2017

We enjoy whole trip for the 4D3N Mt Rinjani. Sofyan from Java Adventure Trail very friendly, well organise, take good care to us, sharing his experience & photo talking with us too. Overall we happy & glad for this trip. Highly recommended guide for adventures across Indonesia. We are looking forward to the next expedition.

1  Thank RLcy
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TheBest-Experience, Owner at Java Adventure Trail, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2017

Dear Chee Ying,

Thank you very much for choosing Java Adventure Trail as your travel partner for Mount Rinjani Trekking. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in Indonesia. We wish to see you again on your next trip!

Best regards,
Sofyan

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Reviewed May 4, 2017

Summary for the trip:
Woke up in the midnight and witnessed the natural phenomena blue frame at Ijen and it was supernatural. First time stood closely to the Madakalipura waterfall was wet and windy and also fun. Waiting the sunrise at King Kong Hill was freeze and cold. First time took a jeep to cross sea of sand(Mt. Bromo) was cool and awesome. First time rode horse to middle of Mt. Bromo was scary but fun and the Bromo was very dusty. Lastly,feed animal inside the car at Safari was fun and enjoy.
A lot of first time experiences making this trip awesome and fun , thank you to Sofyan Yudianto and Toto for sharing the local culture, experience, stories, beautiful pics and arrangement of 5d4n trip.
Overall, this trip will always in my memory and i won't forget.

Thank SinYang88
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TheBest-Experience, Owner at Java Adventure Trail, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2017

Dear Sin Y,

Thank you very much for choosing Java Adventure Trail as your travel partner in Mt. Bromo, Kawah Ijen and Malang. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in Indonesia. We wish to see you again on your next trip!

Best regards,
Sofyan

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Reviewed April 25, 2017

The tour was nicely arranged for two of us (my boyfriend and me), driver picked us up from the hotel on time and with the private car took us to Java from Ubud . We had one stop for a dinner.
We arrived at the parking by volcano. Please make sure you have a proper jacket and pants (it is really (REALLY) cold. Get some crackers or snacks with you, you won't believe how tasty that will be when you will reach the top. You can expect to see a wonderful blue lake, mountains, if you are lucky maybe blue flame. We had a very nice guide Sony, who told us some interesting information and was very sensitive to our needs and friends. It is hard, long and exhausting trip but it was the most memorable from our trip to Bali.

Thank Kamusik
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