Ijen The Irresistable

Mount Ijen, located between Banyuwangi and Bondowoso regencies boasts a phenomenon that can only be seen in two places in the entire globe, which is the blue fire. The bluish flames of burning molten sultur can be seen inside the crater, which can be seen at night until just before sunrise. To reach the peak, you will have to ascend 3km of the mountain, usually starting around midnight. We started our journey at 4am just before sunrise and was extremely lucky.

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Sulphur is extracted from the lake and a vulcanology post just below the crater. The sulphur collectors hike up in the morning and return around 1pm when the clouds rolls in. Trekkers are advised to do the same, but the clouds often disappear in the late afternoon.

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The best time to make the hike is in the dry season between April and October.

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Travellers are advise to wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes.

Happy trekking!

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