Awake early again this morning for an excursion to Mt Ijen. Breakfast is served at the hotel before setting off by 4x4 Jeep.
Reach Paltuding, the base camp of Kawah Ijen located at 1,850m. The trek to the top is 3 kilometres and follows a wide, packed dirt pathway for about 1 hour 30 minutes. At the top of Mt Ijen is a large crater lake surrounded by sulphur mines. During the walk, it is highly likely to encounter local miners carrying loads of up to 70 kg, often barefooted, down the mountainside.
Upon reaching the top (2,368m), enjoy views of the Crater Lake which is 200 meters deep and contains about 36 million cubic meters of steaming, acidic water.
Local authorities only allow watching the scenery from the rim of the crater; it is strictly forbidden to walk down to the lake shore due to very toxic fumes. For anyone wishing to walk down to observe the ‘blue fire’, a disclaimer must be signed.
Alternative program: if it is not possible to climb Mount Ijen due to natural circumstances we cannot control, we will offer an alternative program to Kaliklatak coffee and rubber plantation.
Return to the hotel late in the morning.
In the afternoon, transport will be provided to the Ketapang ferry terminal near Banyuwangi.
Check-in before crossing the Bali straits to the island of Bali by local ferry (45-minute journey.)
Upon reaching Gilimanuk on Bali’s western shores, continue by road to the village of Pemuteran.
Check in at the hotel in Pemuteran.
The Javanese guide and driver will return to Java; meet the Balinese guide and driver the following day at 14:00
Dinner and overnight in Pemuteran.
Meals Included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Distance & journey time:
Transfer from Ketapang – Banyuwangi – Paltuding Ijen base camp (38km) : 1 hour 15 minutes each way
Transfer from Ketapang harbor East Java to Gilimanuk harbor Bali (6 km) by ferry: 45 minutes
+ 1 hour time difference between Java and Bali
Transfer from Gilimanuk to Pemuteran (32 km) : 1 hour