East Java, Semeru, Bromo, Ijen volcanoes, Trekking

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East Java, Semeru, Bromo, Ijen volcanoes, Trekking

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Bromo, Semeru, Ijen

- trekking tour to Semeru, Bromo, Ijen volcanoes (East Java) -

Tour code: JAV_BSI

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Tour type: Trekking: active volcanoes – adventure
Difficulty: 
Duration: 7-9 days


Dates:

Custom and group dates
no scheduled dates at present

Price (p.p.): from 795,- EUR


Included:

  • All accommodation in hotels and camps as specified
  • Full board including drinks in reasonable amounts except a few meals as specified
  • All ground, sea and air transfers as described in the program
  • Pick-up from anywhere near Malang or Surabaya and transfer to hotel on day 1
  • Transfer to Denpasar airport or other destination on Bali on last day
  • Entry fees, visits to parks and archeological sites etc. as described by the program
  • Equipment for camps (tents, mattresses, cooking gear; exception: an own sleeping should be brought)
  • Gas-masks and other special equipment as needed
  • Local porters and guides
  • Experienced Indonesian English-speaking guide

9 days itinerary via Malang | 8 days | 7 days

9 days itinerary via Malang

Note:
This is certainly the best itinerary if you have enough time.

Day 1: Arrival in Surabaya / Malang

You are picked up in Surabaya airport (easy connections from other destinations) or in Malang or the nearby area and transferred to the charming city of Malang where the group meets. Stay over night in a very nice hotel.
Acc.: : hotel in Malang (D)

Day 2: Transfer from Malang to the Tengger massiv near Semeru

After a relaxed breakfast, the minibus and then open jeeps brings us to the amazing Tengger-Bromo-Semeru National Park using the rarely used and adventurous western access route (lunch on the way in a local restaurant). When we arrive on the W rim of the huge caldera, we will have a first look onto the active volcano Semeru, Java’s highest peak (3676m) and our next goal. We continue a short distance until we reach, by early afternoon, the small village Ranu Pani near the base of Semeru. The beautiful lake at the village invites to take a short walk around. In lack of other accomodation, we stay overnight in a simple guesthouse, but it has a friendly ambience; a briefing about Semeru volcano and the following trek at dinner will end the day.
Acc.: : Guesthouse in Ranu Pani (B, L, D)


Onion and cabbage fields near Semeru Mother and daughter on a scooter Grilling sate

Day 3: First etappe on the trek to Semeru

Accompanied by porters and well-equipped with food, cooking and camping gear, we will start a long (ca. 8-10 hrs), but in most parts easy trek across hills and forests to the beginning of the volcanic rocks and ash wilderness. Finally, we reach a basic campsite below the summit cone of Semeru at around 3000 m elevation. Lunch snacks on the way, and a fully cooked warm dinner at the campsite will keep our energy high.
Acc.: : Camping (B, L, D)


A green lake we pass on our way to Semeru Our camp at the base of  Semeru cone An eruption from Semeru in the afternoon light

Day 4: Climb to Semeru’s summit

After a hot tea or coffee, we start well before sunrise to start the final, but demanding climb up the very steep, loose slope of Semeru. As it gets light, the stunning spectacle of the volcano’s eruptions gets slowly into sight.
Finally, we will stand on Java’s highest top with an incredible view over Java and Bali, with many other volcanic peaks around and below us. A bit further, in fact very close, Semeru volcano’s crater belches out its curling clouds of ash. This is a highlight in the true sense of the word, and it will remain as a vivid picture of our trip. Extreme caution, however, must be excercised while being on the summit plateau,- an approach to the the proper crater rim is off-limits – people have died there! After some time spent on or near the summit plateau, we head back to our second camp, near a lake, where we can relax. 
Important note:
Every one climbing Semeru’s summit should do this in his/her own full responability, which implies awareness of the volcanic risk at the summit: even during normal conditions, sudden unpredicted larger eruptions can involve the relatively safe summit plateau, and throw deadly rocks and lava bombs at climbers. During periods of heightened summit activity, the decision to limit the time on the summit to a minimum or even to give up the attempt to climb is a wise decision, which our experienced tour leader would take if deemed necessary. Despite this, there will be a rest risk, because Semeru, as all volcanoes, is unpredictable.
You should NOT go further than the summit plateau near the true summit and walk towards the active crater, even if it is tempting and only an easy stroll. And even if you might see some people go even up to the crater rim, don’t! You will find tour “guides”, tour operators and TV shows bringing you right there, but we think that the risk is unacceptable and we don’t understand this need to play hero. In past and recent years, people who didn’t find this, have been KILLED, earning Semeru the rank as the deadliest volcano when it comes to fatalities among volcano tourists. Virtually all of these accidents have occurred near the crater rim, and not on the much safer summit plateau.
Acc.: : camping (B, L, D)


Group on Semeru's summit at sunrise Eruption from Semeru from close View onto the Tengger caldera with Bromo volcano from Semeru

Day 5: Hike back to Ranu Pani and 4WD transfer to Bromo

We hike back to Ranu Pani, where we have lunch; afterwards, an adventurous jeep drive 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 a comfortable family-run hotel, located right on the edge of the caldera with spectacular views on Bromo volcano. The rest of the day is free.
Acc.: : comfortable hotel bungalows at the rim of the Bromo-Tengger caldera (B, L)

Day 6: Bromo volcano & Tengger caldera

The smoking cone of Bromo volcano This day is free for you to spend as you please. Visits to the nearby volcanological observation post of Bromo and, of course, the easy climb to the active crater of Bromo volcano (last eruption: June 2004) crater in the center of the caldera (about 2 hrs round trip on foot; you can also rent horses or take a jeep ride) should not be missed.

Acc.: : as before (Bromo) (B, L, D)



Day 7: Sunrise over the Tengger Kaldera – Transfer to Ijen volcano

Sunrise over the Tengger caldera For those who feel fit enough to get up early in the morning, a hike or jeep excursion to Indonesia’s most famous viewpoint can be arranged: Before sunrise, we drive to the summit of Mt. Pananjakan (2775m) on the E rim of the caldera. The sunrise over the caldera with the steaming peaks of Semeru and Bromo in alignment is a truely unique spectacle. After a relaxed breakfast we drive through scenic landscapes until we reach the Ijen Plateau, another large caldera where we spend the night in the guest-house of a world-famous coffee plantation, founded by the Dutch in the 19th century. Before dinner, a bath in natural hot springs will be an unforgettably relaxing experience.

Acc.: : guesthouse at coffee plantation near Ijen (B, L, D)



Day 8: Kawah Ijen volcano – transfer to Bali

Early in the morning, we drive a short way to the start of the trail that leads up to the beautiful active crater of Ijen volcano (Kawah Ijen) (about 1 hr climbing) with its famous turquoise 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. Ijen’s 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 sea. In the early afternoon, we embark on a ferry, cross the busy waterway (about 1 hr) and within about 1,5 hours of driving, we have reached one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches near Lovina. The day is ended in a beautiful pool hotel on the beach, and as the last highlight of the tour, we meet later for a delicious dinner in a beach tavern.
Acc.: : excellent beach hotel on Bali (B, L, D)


Ijen's rich sulphur deposits Local workers carrying baskets with up to 50kg of sulphur blocks up from the crater floor and down the other side. Pool at our hotel on Bali

Day 9: End of tour or extension program on Bali

The tour ends on Bali, for some with an extension on Bali with its paradise beaches, for some already with transport to the airport of Denpasar and connecting flight back to Jakarta airport.
Acc.: : none (B)

8 days

Note:
If you can start the tour from Surabaya by around 11am, it is a realistic option to skip the night in Malang and go all the way to the base of Semeru.

Day 1: Arrival in Surabaya – transfer to base of Semeru

If you can start early enough in Surabaya (or Malang), you can go directly to Ranu Pani in the Tengger massiv.
Acc.: : Guesthouse near Semeru (D)

Day 2-8: same as in 9-days itinerary (day 3-9)

7 days

Note:
If you are up to the challenge, it is possible to return from the summit of Semeru all the way down to the village (17 km) and transfer to Bromo. Thus, you cut another day in the itinerary.

Day 1: Arrival in Surabaya – transfer to base of Semeru

If you can start early enough in Surabaya (or Malang), you can go directly to Ranu Pani in the Tengger massiv.
Acc.: : Guesthouse near Semeru (D)

Day 2: First etappe on the trek to Semeru

Accompanied by porters and well-equipped with food, cooking and camping gear, we will start a long (ca. 8-10 hrs), but in most parts easy trek across hills and forests to the beginning of the volcanic rocks and ash wilderness. Finally, we reach a basic campsite below the summit cone of Semeru at around 3000 m elevation. Lunch snacks on the way, and a fully cooked warm dinner at the campsite will keep our energy high.
Acc.: : Camping (B, L, D)


A green lake we pass on our way to Semeru Our camp at the base of  Semeru cone An eruption from Semeru in the afternoon light

Day 3: Climb to Semeru’s summit – descend + transfer to Bromo

After a hot tea or coffee, we start well before sunrise to start the final, but demanding climb up the very steep, loose slope of Semeru. As it gets light, the stunning spectacle of the volcano’s eruptions gets slowly into sight. Finally, we will stand on Java’s highest top with an incredible view over Java and Bali, with many other volcanic peaks around and below us. A bit further, in fact very close, Semeru volcano’s crater belches out its curling clouds of ash. This highlight in the true sense of the word will remain as a vivid picture of our trip.
After some time spent on or near the summit plateau, we head back to our second camp, near a lake, where we can relax a bit before heading back all the way to Ranu Pani (ca. 17 km), where jeeps will be waiting to bring us to Bromo.

Important note:
Every one climbing Semeru’s summit should do this in his/her own full responability, which implies awareness of the volcanic risk at the summit: even during normal conditions, sudden unpredicted larger eruptions can involve the relatively safe summit plateau, and throw deadly rocks and lava bombs at climbers. During periods of heightened summit activity, the decision to limit the time on the summit to a minimum or even to give up the attempt to climb is a wise decision, which our experienced tour leader would take if deemed necessary. Despite this, there will be a rest risk, because Semeru, as all volcanoes, is unpredictable.
You should NOT go further than the summit plateau near the true summit and walk towards the active crater, even if it is tempting and only an easy stroll. And even if you might see some people go even up to the crater rim, don’t! You will find tour “guides”, tour operators and TV shows bringing you right there, but we think that the risk is unacceptable and we don’t understand this need to play hero. In past and recent years, people who didn’t find this, have been KILLED, earning Semeru the rank as the deadliest volcano when it comes to fatalities among volcano tourists. Virtually all of these accidents have occurred near the crater rim, and not on the much safer summit plateau.

Acc.: : hotel or bungalows at Bromo (B, L, D)


Group on Semeru's summit at sunrise Eruption from Semeru from close View onto the Tengger caldera with Bromo volcano from Semeru

Day 4-7: same as last 4 days in 9-days itinerary

9 days itinerary via Malang | 8 days | 7 days

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