Mt Bromo and the Blue Flames of Ijen

Watch a magical sunrise over Bromo, hike the Ijen Crater at night to discover the famous blue flames and turquoise lakes. 3 days.

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Mt Bromo and the Blue Flames of Ijen

Watch a magical sunrise over Bromo, hike the Ijen Crater at night to discover the famous blue flames and turquoise lakes. 3 days.

Experience two of Java’s most famous volcanoes, smouldering Mount Bromo and the blue flames of Mount Ijen. Road transport here means strenuous trekking is kept to a minimum, this trip is all about soaking up world famous natural wonders. Along the way experience rural Java at its most beautiful, a dramatic landscape of infinite terraces. Your trip includes:

  • 2 nights simple accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Expert, local English-speaking guide
  • Road transfers throughout
  • All park fees and tickets
  • Mineral water
  • Pick up in Surabaya
  • Drop off in Surabaya or Bali

Perfect for: Anyone in good health with reasonable level of fitness. No technical skill required.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival

You will be collected from Surabaya Airport or your hotel around noon in a private car for the five-hour drive to the Mount Bromo area.

Explore the village at your own pace and pick a local restaurant for dinner. Be sure to get an early night, you’re in for some very early starts in the next few days!

Day 2: Sunrise over Bromo

Wake up at 03:00 in the morning to take a jeep to Pananjakan Point. You’ll need to walk the last mile to see the sunrise which does, of course, depend on the weather. All being well, you’ll faced with one of the most iconic volcanic vistas on planet earth. From the viewing spot, watch the sun rise with Bromo and Batok smouldering in the crater below, and Java’s highest peak Semeru brooding and smoking in the background. Once it’s light, hike down into the crater and across the famous ‘Sea of Sand’ to peer into the Bromo crater itself (3km). At this point, you can choose to cross the ‘Sea of Sand’ by horseback if you wish.

Return to the hotel for breakfast and check out at around 10.00. It’s a five-hour drive to Ijen, so you’ll break the journey with a leisurely lunch at a beach side restaurant at Pasir Putih Beach.

Day 3: Ijen Crater and Blue Flames

Wake at 01:00 in the morning to see Mount Ijen’s blue flame panorama at its best. Your guide will pick you up for the one to one and a half hour drive through plantations and rainforest to the base of Ijen. From the parking bay, start the steep one and a half hour hike in the dark to reach the peak of Ijen Crater (2883 meters).

There is a tough descent down into the caldera to witness the blue flames (condition dependent) and to get down to the spectacular turquoise, acidic lake. Here you’ll need a mask to protect against volcanic fumes. Be prepared for it to be unpleasant at times, but that’s part of the experience right?

The Ijen Crater is famous for another reason too. This is the site of a working sulphur mine. Sulphur is extracted and used among other things as a cosmetic ingredient to treat acne, seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, eczema and dandruff. The mineral found specifically at the Ijen Crater is known to be purer and more desirable.

Your guide used to be a sulphur miner himself. The job is very dangerous, however running tours up the mountain allowed him to quit that dangerous lifestyle.

Ascend back to the crater rim to take in the spectacular views that are unfolding as the sun rises, and then start the decent back to car.

Return to your hotel at around 10:00 to check out for the drive back to Surabaya or Bali.

Please note: while usually safe and predictable, volcano and weather conditions can vary quickly so the trek maybe changed or cancelled at any time.

Accommodation

Your accommodation in Bromo is the Cafe Lava Hostel. This simple yet comfortable accommodation is equipped with coffee and tea makers, an LED TV and hot showers in each room.

Your accommodation in Ijen will either be the Ketapang Indah Hotel or the Kampung Joglo Ijen hotel. Both are built in traditional, simple Javanese style, and are set in beautifully peaceful rainforest settings. If you’re lucky, you may hear monkeys scurrying around the treetops in the early morning.

On some occasions, you might stay at your guides homestay.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

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Location

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Mount Bromo and Ijen are part of the ‘Ring of Fire,’ a section of fault lines that stretches through Japan and south-east Asia. Volcanic ash makes for fertile ground, allowing rainforest to dominate the volcano’s lower slopes. Both are active: the landscapes you’ll see at the top are otherworldly scenes of barren rock and lava.

Both are found on the island of Java, the most populous in Indonesia. The landscape is stunning, with endless rice terraces contouring every slope, painting vivid stripes of green and a verdant, tropical background. Distances on this tour are significant, so you’ll have plenty of time to drink in the views.

Start point?
The starting point for this tour is Surabaya. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
At the end of this tour you can be dropped off at Surabaya or taken to Bali. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Surabaya is served by direct flights from many cities in the Far East or via Jarkarta. You can arrive at any time on the first day. If you’re flying out on the last day of the trip please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 17:30.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to Indonesia
  • Accommodation after the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guide (optional)
  • Lunches and dinners at restaurants up the mountain

You should be prepared to pack some sandwiches, nuts and fruit to sustain you whilst you are on the trip. You stop for dinner at restaurants in the evening and will be provided with breakfasts in the morning. Your guide will also provide a limited amount of local snacks.

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8.

The scale of Java’s volcanoes can be daunting, but with this tour most of the work is done by vehicle. Be ready for rough terrain within the volcanoes but nothing too challenging for the reasonably fit. The hike up and down Ijen is steep and challenging in places.

A reasonable level of fitness is required to visit the two volcanoes in this tour and complete the hike up Ijen.

You’ll be provided with breakfasts at the hotel, which will consist of a simple buffet breakfast of fruit salads, cereals, rice and soups. Your host will provide snacks along the way, and you’ll be able to stop at a restaurant of your choice on the mountain. Typical food to be found at Indonesian restaurants include rice, traditional curries and local dishes such as ‘Ayam Goreng’ and ‘Babur Ayam’, (types of Malaysian chicken curry.)

Absolutely, just let us know at booking.

In Java the temperature is invariably wam. On the summits of Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen, however, the temperature can be far cooler, approaching freezing at night.

The sun shines pretty much every day from April to October. November and December are a bit wetter but still dry enough to have an enjoyable trip. From January to March the mountain is closed for the monsoons.

Your host will provide water and transfers and that’s about it. He will also steer you to the best restaurants along the way.

For most of your time in Java you’ll be in warm, humid conditions. However you have two night-time excursions at high altitude and these can be cold and windy. Pack appropriate clothes to stay comfortable even over prolonged exposure to cold mountain air.

Suggested packing could comprise:

  • Light-weight, breathable hiking shirts and long trousers
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm jacket (fleece, wool or down/synthetic)
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen)
  • Bug repellent
  • Sturdy, broken in hiking shoes or boots
  • Swimsuit and small towel
  • Head torch
  • Small backpack for carrying all your personal gear
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Sandals (optional)
  • Trash bag for collecting litter and helping clean up the mountain (optional)

Start point?
The starting point for this tour is Surabaya. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
At the end of this tour you can be dropped off at Surabaya or taken to Bali. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Surabaya Airport (SUB) is served by direct flights from many cities in the Far East or via Jarkarta. You can arrive at any time on the first day. If you’re flying out on the last day of the trip please schedule your flight to depart no earlier than 17:30.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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