Kawah Ijen Banyuwangi

July 29, 2018

Kawah Ijen Banyuwangi

Kawah Ijen Banyuwangi : Everything You Need to Know Before You Climb

Kawah Ijen Banyuwangi has been known for long time with its beautiful and unique scenery to melt everyone’s heart. Get to know everything about the crater lake in this article.

Kawah Ijen’s Blue Fire

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Kawah Ijen Banyuwangi is sited at the peak of Mount Ijen, which is actually one of the most popular volcanoes series in East Java such as Mount Bromo, Mount Raung, Mount Merapi, and Mount Semeru. The acidic crater itself lies between Bondowoso and Banyuwangi District, East Java, Indonesia. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the volcanic crater lake is the Blue Fire. It is a rare natural phenomenon.

The phenomenon generally occurs due the heat of the crater which is naturally mixed with sulfur. The mixture creates blue flame effect can be shown on the surface. If you want to see this beautiful natural phenomenon, you need to reach the crater late in the morning just before the sun rises.

Due to the distinctive time you can enjoy the blue flame, starting climbing Mount Ijen during midnight is the best choice you can take. The trekking lies as far as 3 kilometers and you will need about two hours to reach the site from Pos Paltuding. This the last post of Mount Ijen trekking.

Things to Know Before Starting to Hike

To comfortably hike the Mount Ijen and reach the crater lake on time to enjoy “Blue Fire” phenomenon and beautiful sunrise, there are some things about it that you need to know.

  1. No Need to Have Experience in Mountaineering to Climb the Mount

Unlike most mountains in the world that require the mountaineer to have experience in climbing, hiking the Mount Ijen is really different. You don’t need any experience in mountaineering to climb the mountain. You can eve easily find children and aged people along the walk path to the mountain. The only thing you need to do is just preparing your physic since you have to climb quite high ladder to reach the mount’s peak.

  1. Be Considerate to Local

Since you will need local people’s help to guide you during the hiking, it will be very useful for you to be considerate with the. You will also see a lot of local people who hike the mount with heavy baskets of sulfuric rocks with them. You can imagine how tiring this for them so just give them a walk whenever you find them during your climb.

  1. You Might Need a Gas Mask

Most of time, the smell of sulfuric smoke comes out from the crater is quite tolerable. But in the afternoon, the smell will be stronger and stronger that makes the path to the crater is closed at 2 P.M. If you think you can bear the smell, you can rent a gas mask from local people with affordable price.

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