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Day 1 (Sunday
August 28, 2005)
Arrival to Surabaya by plane (connecting domestic flight from Denpasar).
In the early afternoon, a private minibus picks you up and brings you to the
amazing Tengger-Bromo-Semeru National Park, where you stay in a comfortable
hotel, beautifully located on the rim of the caldera with amazing views onto
Bromo volcano. Group dinner, introduction to the volcanoes of E-Java, and
briefing about the following program.
(Included: connecting domestic
flight Denpasar-Surabaya (other airports on
request; if arrival to Surabaya is arranged privately, a small discount is
given, but you should make your way to the airport at the meeting time
(after lunchtime, exact time will be announced later),
minibus transfers, entry to the Tengger-Bromo-Semeru National Park, dinner and
night in hotel).
This day is normally free for you to relax. An optional easy walk (ca. 3 hrs
round trip) from our hotel to the crater of Bromo volcano (its last eruptions in Nov.
2000 and June 2004) at
around sunset is suggested to round out the day.
(Included: breakfast, hotel night; not included: lunch
Today we get up early with our backpacks already packed. After a hot coffee or tea and a small
breakfast, equipped with only the
necessary gear for 3 days trekking (the rest can stay at the hotel) off-road
jeeps are waiting for us to bring us driving to the beginning of the trail
With the spectacular light of sunrise, we
cross the table-like flat bottom of the caldera, pass by Bromo volcano,
and climb the opposite rim of the steep caldera. From here we have a
first view onto the ash-belching volcano Semeru. After a short time we
reach a small village at the start of the trail, where a hearty breakfast
awaits you in a simple restaurant. In the meanwhile, porters will take care
of our food and equipment and start going first.
With only water, snacks and cameras in our backpacks, we start our first
long trekking day. The path is in most parts easy to walk and goes through
thick bushes and rainforests, that finally thin out, until the volcanic
wildernes at the base of the steep summit cone is reached. Including stops and
walking at normal pace, it will take us about 8-10 hrs to reach
the base camp at about 3000m elevation.
A fully cooked warm dinner at the campsite will restore our energies.
(Included: breakfast, permit to climb Semeru, jeep transfers, all meals and drinking water, porters, camping equipment).
After a hot tea or coffee, we start well before sunrise to climb the final,
but demanding way up the very steep, loose slope of Semeru. As it gets
light, the stunning spectacle of the volcano's eruptions gets slowly into
Finally, we will stand on Java's highest top where one has an incredible view
over Java and Bali, with many other volcanic peaks around and below us. A bit further,-
in fact very close,- Semeru's crater
belches out its curling clouds of ash. This is a highlight in
the true sense of the word, that certainly will remain as a vivid picture of our trip. Extreme
caution, however, must be exercised while being on the summit plateau,- an approach
to the the proper crater rim is off-limits - people have died there!
some time spent on or near the summit plateau, we head back to our second
camp, near a lake, where we can relax.
NOTE: Depending on the fitness of the group and weather conditions, we
might go down all the way to Ranu Pani already today, and skip the second camping night. In this case,
day 5 would be completely free and an easy extra program will be proposed
for the afternoon.
(Included: breakfast, all meals and drinking water, porters, camping equipment).
We hike back to Ranu Pani, where we have lunch; afterwards, jeeps will
bring us to the village of Cemoro Lawang, crossing the sand sea of the
Tengger caldera. In Cemoro Lawang we will take our rooms in the same hotel
as on days 1&2. The rest of the day is for you to relax.
(Included: breakfast, lunch, porters and guides, tips, jeep
transfers, good middle class hotel; not included:
For those who feel fit enough to get up early in the morning, a jeep excursion to Indonesia's most
famous viewpoint is offered: Before sunrise, we drive to the summit of Mt. Pananjakan
(2775m) on the E rim of the caldera,- the most famous
viewpoint of Indonesia. The sunrise over the caldera with the
steeming peaks of Semeru and Bromo in alignment is a truely unique spectacle.
After a late breakfast back at the hotel, we leave the area by minibus,
driving through beautiful scenery until we reach the Ijen Plateau by afternoon.
spend the night in the middle of a large coffee plantation, in a
charming, old-fashioned hotel (middle class, built by the Dutch colonialists
headquarters of the coffee plantations). Before we have our dinner in the
colonial-style dining room of the hotel,
we can take a bath in natural hot
springs: this is guaranteed to be an unforgettable, and very relaxing experience - imagine the hot
water pool, the sounds of forest, the fading light of day and starshine...
Before going to rest, a
briefing about the following excursion to Ijen volcano Ė its
activity and hazards ,- is given.
PS: The hotel owners will not miss the opportunity to sell the
plantation's excellent Javanese coffee (a 250 gr
pack will go for around 1 EUR): this is your chance to bring home original
"volcano coffee", with the label of the Ijen
volcano plantations !
(Included: breakfast, jeep excursion, minibus transfers, lunch, dinner,
entry to hot pool, middle class hotel).
Early in the morning, well before sunrise, we drive a short way to the start
of the trail that leads up to the active beautiful crater of Kawah Ijen
volcano (about 1 hr climbing) with its famous blue acid lake (which is the
most acid in the world!) and the hot, partly liquid sulphur deposits.
The fumaroles are so hot that sulphur comes out as green vapour.
The vapour is collected by large pipes, through which the vapor condenses,
and at the exit you see red rivulets of liquid sulphur, that then freeze to solid deposits,
which are quarried, in order to obtain huge blocks of pure sulphur.
jenís sulphur deposits are infamous for the local workers who quarry the
sulphur with primitive, health-devastating methods,- an incredibly hard job.
Gas-masks are provided for the visit to the crater. After plenty of
observation time, we leave the Ijen Plateau and drive down to the coast
facing Bali, where we have a good lunch in a nice restaurant overlooking the
After lunch, our program ends with arranged transfer by ferry and
shuttle bus to any desired destination on Bali (or E-Java).
(Included: breakfast, bus
transfers, entry fees to Kawah Ijen, guide, gas-masks, lunch, ferry
crossing, bus transfer to Bali or E-Java).