Climb to Ijen Crater- Personal Experience
Mount Ijen is an active volcano that become one of the most popular advanture spot to visit in East Java, Indonesia. The most famous part of Mount Ijen is it crater, this crater created by volcanic eruptions several decades ago. Ijen mountain has erupted 4 times (1796,1817,1913,1936). Even though categorized as an active volcano Mount Ijen is safe to visit.
My journey to Ijen Crater Last week is one of the most attractive holiday experience for me. I along with two friends coming from city of Balikpapan and using Sriwijaya Air flight to the city of Surabaya. We arrived at the airport Juanda about 7pm and there we picked up by a driver from a local tour and travel service. car rental rates in Java is about 300-500 thousand rupiah per day. The journey from Surabaya to Mount Ijen take quite a long time (about 6 hours), besides the road way is narrow curves and quite dangerous. we went to Mount Ijen through Bondowoso district.
We arrived at the foot of Mount Ijen about 3 am, the atmosphere in this place is very cool. at the foot of the mountain there are lot of traders who sell merchandise in the form of food and beverages also body warmers clothing such as gloves, headgear, scarves, and also masks. When we arrived at the place I was quite surprised because there are so many people who come early in the morning to climb to the crater at the top of Mount Ijen.
After paying the entrance ticket costs 25 thousand rupiah for 3 people we immediately start our journey, to hike / climb Mount Ijen we just need to use minimal climbing equipments such as shoes, jackets, winter clothes. be sure to bring a flashlight if you want to climb this mountain when dark. The trip in that morning was so cold and dark, We use the light from Handphone flashlight and it is takes about 3 hours to reach the Ijen crater. This is an exhausting trip (about 3 km) and we need to stop at some points to sit and take rest before starting to walk again.
As I said earlier, the Ijen crater is always crowd by tourists and advanturers. all the way up to the crater we passed hundreds of people who want to enjoy the sunrise at the top of the mount crater which have blue/green lake inside.
Our 3 hour long journey were paid off when we had reached the top of Mount Ijen. We are arrived shortly before the sun rises from behind of the mountains. Beautiful golden yellow light of the morning sun blanketed mountains in this area. along with hundreds of people at the peak of Mount Ijen we enjoyed the natural beauty of Indonesia that can not be met in any other place in the world. We capture the natural beauty of this mountains through the camera of our mobile phones. The most beautiful part of Mount Ijen is it Crater. Mount Ijen crater is a blue to green lake with a depth of 200 meters. Kawah Ijen continuously emit smokes showiing that this is an active volcano. This amazing scenery can only be seen fully when we are on the edge of the crater of Ijen.
Sharp sulfur smell is characteristic of Ijen crater because this place is the largest sulfur producer in Indonesia. From crater of Ijen many traditional miners took sulfur and makes ornaments to be sold as souvenirs for tourists.
Approximately we spent about 1-2 hours at the crater to enjoy its beauty before go back to the foot of the mountain. The way down was also not too easy because we must be careful and avoid to get slipped and fall because the road surface is quite slippery in the morning. when we walk the path to go down the mountain in the morning that day, more and more people come up from bottom to the top of this mount. not less than thousands of people climb up to the crater of Ijen at that day. The climber was both from local people and also from other various countries such as Japan, Italy, Russia and the french.
Our trip to Mount Ijen ended after we arrived at the foot of the mountain around 9 o’clock in the morning. The trip up to the mountain and enjoy the beauty of Ijen crater is an interesting adventure experience for me and my friends. even though quite tired but I am satisfied with this holiday, I hope can visit this plce again someday.
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