Unveiling The Beauty Of Nature: A Journey From Malang To Ijen Crater, Itinerary For 4 Days 3 Nights

April 10, 2024

Malang to Ijen Crater to chase the blue flames is one of the greatest adventures you would like to enjoy and should be enjoyed during your vacation in Java before heading to Bali. 

Many travel agents will offer this trip since Malang to Ijen Crater will provide you with breathtaking nature. 

Besides nature, you will also find the charm of Malang, the city. You can explore the city, the vibrant culture, and last but not least, the culinary and the tasty local food. 

Day 1:Explore Malang

On the first day of your Malang to Ijen Crater trip, you will be picked up at your hotel after breakfast

We will go to several places around Malang to explore more about the beauty of this area. 

Malang Transportation Museum 

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Museum Angkut Malang, Southeast Asia’s first transportation museum, showcases a fascinating collection of vehicles from various eras, spanning over 300 exhibits across nearly 4 hectares.

Beyond its impressive collection, Museum Angkut offers an exciting, Instagrammable adventure. Explore unique themed zones meticulously designed to transport you to Hollywood, Chinatown, Europe, Batavia, and more. Capture unforgettable moments at these captivating photo spots.

Museum Angkut also boasts a one-of-a-kind food court concept – the Floating Market. Savor delectable local and international cuisines, from Japanese to Korean specialties. Conclude your exploration of Museum Angkut with a delightful culinary experience at this charming floating market.

Gunung Banyak Batu Paragliding 

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Paralayang Batu, also known as Gunung Banyak paragliding, is a popular tourist destination in Batu City, East Java. It offers an adrenaline-pumping paragliding experience that challenges the courage of its visitors. 

We will take you to this destination on the first day of our Malang to Ijen Crater trip. And you will find more than beauty that you never expected from above. 

For those seeking new sensations and adventures, Paralayang Batu is the perfect choice. Flying high above, enjoying the breathtaking panorama of Batu City from above, and feeling the sensation of the wind blowing against your face is an unforgettable experience.

Gunung Banyak has a height of 1,315 meters above sea level. From the top of this hill, visitors can enjoy the beautiful panorama of Batu City, the green expanse of apple plantations, and the towering mountains.

Paralayang Batu is a must-visit tourist destination for nature lovers, adventurers, and photographers. Flying high above and enjoying the beautiful panorama is an unforgettable experience.

Alun-alun Merdeka 

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Alun-Alun Merdeka is a popular landmark in Malang, East Java, Indonesia. It was built during the Dutch occupation and is known for its beautiful landscaping, featuring plenty of trees and open spaces.

The square is one of the most visited places in Malang and is a must-see for tourists. The name “Alun-Alun Merdeka” suggests that it is a square or plaza that symbolizes freedom or independence.

Alun-Alun Merdeka is located in the heart of the city and is easily accessible. It is near Malang Baru station, making it a convenient stop for visitors. The square is a great place to relax, enjoy the local scenery, and soak in the atmosphere of this historic city.

Visiting Alun-Alun Merdeka is a must when exploring Malang. It is a testament to the city’s past and a reminder of its rich cultural heritage. Whether you are a history buff, a nature lover, or just looking for a place to unwind, Alun-Alun Merdeka is a must-visit destination in Malang.

Day 2: Goes to Bromo 

On day two of Malang to Ijen Crater trip, we will take you to enjoy the sunrise at Bromo. Bromo as we know is one of the most natural and beautiful breathtaking and worthed to see and explore, mostly for its sunrise. 


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The road trip to Bromo began by car, a journey lasting approximately 2.5 to 3.5 hours. We will leave in the evening of the previous day. After you spend your time at Alun Alun Merdeka and back to the hotel, we are off to Bromo. 

By 8 pm, we reached Bromo, fatigue setting in. After dinner, you should go to bed. With an early sunrise hunt planned for the next day, rest was a priority.

At 2 am, you have to get up from your bed. Prepare your jacket and sweater and also scarves. We will go to Mount Penanjakan to witness the sunset. The perfect spot on the caldera’s edge to witness the sunrise. 

Besides Penanjakan, there is King Kong Point, another vantage point touted by the guide as ideal for sunrise viewing, which was next on the itinerary. The climb wasn’t overly long but undeniably steep.

Patience proved essential during the wait for sunrise. Clear skies promised a breathtaking spectacle, while cloud cover necessitated a bit more perseverance.

Then, came the reward. Golden yellow, orange, and silver hues streaked across the horizon. Mount Bromo puffed smoke, Mount Batok adorned itself in vibrant colors, and the majestic Mount Semeru stood tall in the distance.

Madakaripura Waterfall

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Tucked away in the foothills of Mount Bromo, near the quaint village of Sapih in Lombang district, you’ll find the enchanting Madakaripura Waterfall.

You only need to drive three hours from Surabaya, to reach this stunning waterfall.  The waterfall is hidden in a beautiful valley.

This charming waterfall is in a valley at the foot of the Semeru Tengger mountain range and does have a very beautiful view. As far as the eye can see there are only green trees that spoil the eyes.

The waterfall has a height of more than 200 meters and is the highest waterfall in Java.

Day 3: Down to Greatest Waterfall 

On day three of the trip, you will be taken to one of the greatest waterfalls in Java, which is Tumpak Sewu Waterfall. 

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall 

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Prepare to be awestruck by Tumpak Sewu, a majestic 120-meter waterfall cascading down the slopes of Mount Semeru in Lumajang, often hailed as Java’s most stunning.

The journey to its base is an adventure in itself. A challenging yet rewarding trek through a steep path takes you past a smaller waterfall and a powerful river for about an hour. While the trek is demanding, the payoff is phenomenal.

Reaching the foot of the main waterfall unveils a breathtaking spectacle – hundreds of individual cascades forming a curtain-like flow, framed by towering cliffs.

Capture the beauty of this cascading masterpiece, but be mindful during your descent. Consider hiring a guide to navigate the safest path, especially after recent lava flows from Mount Semeru have altered the riverbed.

The return trek presents a steeper challenge, so prepare for some exertion. Refuel with a delicious local lunch before embarking on the next leg of your adventure – a scenic 6-hour drive to Ijen, where captivating landscapes, picturesque plantations, and charming villages await.

Upon arrival in Ijen, settle into your accommodation and prepare to be further amazed by the wonders of the Ijen Crater.

Day 4: Chasing the Blue Flame 

Here is the final destination for the Malang to Ijen Crater trip. We touch down the Ijen. You will settle in the accommodation around Paltuding. And at 1 am, you will be heading up to the crater. 

Ijen Crater 

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The hikers woke up at 1 am to begin their trek. They drove to the Mount Ijen Nature Park parking lot and paid the entrance fee. Their hike commenced, a 3-kilometer journey through darkness that included flat paths, steep inclines, and very steep sections.

A flashlight was essential, and a head torch proved to be an even better option.

Reaching the crater rim, they began their slow descent. The darkness and steep path necessitated a cautious pace. For first-time climbers, help and guidance were strongly recommended, as navigating a steep crater in the pre-dawn hours could be daunting.

The descent took roughly 45 minutes, with a slight queue as others also proceeded cautiously. Some hikers ventured closer to the lake’s edge, but this was highly discouraged due to safety concerns. 

The sulfur fumes emanating from the crater could reach scorching temperatures of 600 degrees Celsius, posing a burn risk. Maintaining a safe distance was crucial.

Blue Fire

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A rare phenomenon, the Blue Fire wasn’t visible in large quantities for these hikers. They only managed to catch a glimpse.  The crater floor near the lake teemed with sulfur, and smoke billowed from the depths. 

It was important to be aware of wind direction, as strong gusts could carry dense sulfurous fumes, causing respiratory issues and eye irritation. Wearing a mask while venturing into the crater was recommended.

Once satisfied with their captures, the hikers opted to ascend before stronger winds arrived, potentially bringing thicker fumes with them.

Sunrise over Ijen Crater Lake

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A brisk climb took them back to the crater rim, where they awaited the sunrise over the crater lake. The unfolding panorama was breathtaking. The turquoise lake contrasted beautifully with the vibrant yellow of the sulfur deposits, all bathed in the golden hues of the rising sun. It was a truly awe-inspiring sight.

After Ijen, we go back to your accommodation, take a shower, and breakfast and are ready to continue your trip heading to Bali. 


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