Besides the Bromo volcano, the Ijen volcano is one of the most beautiful volcanoes in Java. The Ijen volcano is not only impressive… compared to other volcanoes in Indonesia, it is a lot quieter here. This volcano is active and the climb is quite tough. However, the view and the sunrise from the top is so awesome!
Ijen, also known as Kawah Ijen, is a complex of strato volcanoes on the Indonesian island of Java. The crater of the complex is no less than 20 kilometers wide. The volcano itself is over 2,250 meters high and is still active to this day.
About the climb and the trip:
We stayed in Banana Homestay in Banyuwangi and booked the trip here. Banyuwangi is the best place to leave from here They picked us up at 1:00 am (take a nap before) After 1 hour of driving you will arrive at the starting point where your guide will be waiting for you. Here you collect and get a gas mask and headlamp.
Then you start at the walk privately with your guide or with a group. You walk about 3 kilometers uphill, you need a reasonable condition, but you don't have to be a top athlete. The trip is about 2 to 3 hours. Along the way you have a total of 5 rest areas where you can catch your breath, and almost at the top you have an opportunity where you can buy a drink.
First you stop at the blue fire. It was super impressive to watch. You have to be lucky to see a little more than the other, that mother nature. You're going to see it anyway. Make sure to put on your gas mask. After this you walk to the beautiful sunrise and the crater.
What to bring:
Good shoes (sport shoes of shoes with a good grip)
Long pants or sport legging and vest (its cold at the top, like 5 degrees)
Flashlight (If you booked a trip, its included)
Enough water and snacks
Raincoat of poncho
Money change for food or the toilet and a tip for the guide
Wet wipes for toilet use