Volcanoes of East Java

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Yogya - Bromo - Ijen - Bali 4 days

Note:
This itinerary involves a long land transfer on the leg between Yogya and East Java. An interesting alternative could be a train ride from Yogya to Malang instead.

Day 1: Yogyakarta - Tawangmangu - Temple Sukuh - Malang
In the early morning, you are picked up at your hotel in Yogya and drive to Tawangmanggu on the slopes of Lawu volcano. From here you begin your trek (ca. 3 hrs total) to the Sukuh temple, hiking along the Grojogan Sewu waterfall and through forests home to a sizable population of monkeys.
This region on the northwest slopes of Mt. Lawu was the last bastion of Hinduism in Central Java following the expansion of Islam. Situated in the middle of forests and tea plantations, the temple is an example of original Hindu iconography, including phallic symbols and turtle-shaped tables. These elements reveal the historical existence of probably orgiastic initiation rites. In the early afternoon, you continue to Malang town where you arrive (possibly a bit late) in the evening and stay in a nice hotel in the lively colonial city centre of Malang, the regional center. (total transfer time ca. 8 hrs)
An optional alternative to skip the very long transfer (10 hrs total) is to choose the train from Malang to Yogya or fly from Yogya to Surabaya and transfer to Tumpang from there.
Acc.: good hotel in downtown Malang (L, D)

Day 2: Jeep ride into the Tengger volcano massif - Bromo
In the morning, we leave Malang towards a small town on the west side of the huge Tengger volcano massif. On open-roof jeeps, we drive into the massif (ca. 1.5 hrs) through the most rarely, but most scenic route from the west. Standing on the jeeps gives us opportunity to enjoy the very spectacularly sculptured landscape on the way up dominated by deeply eroded steep canyons.
When we arrive on the W rim of the huge Tengger caldera, we stop to enjoy the amazing views onto the active volcano Semeru as well as the caldera floor itself with its various volcanic cones including the active cone of Bromo volcano. Then, the jeep ride continues descending into the caldera, crossing its floor and finally climbing the opposite rim where we stay in a nice bungalow hotel right perched on the edge of the caldera.
Acc.: hotel or bungalows on the rim of the Tengger caldera overlooking Bromo volcano (B, L, D)

Day 3: Sunrise over the Tengger Kaldera - Transfer to Ijen volcano
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 truly 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 4: Kawah Ijen volcano - return to Bali or Surabaya
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 Ijen and you return directly to Bali or East Java.
Acc.: none (B, L)

5 days itinerary (incl. observation camp at Semeru)

Day 1: Arrival in Surabaya - transfer to the Tengger volcano (Bromo)
You are picked up in Surabaya or nearby and by minibus you drive to the west side of the huge Tengger volcano massif where we have a good lunch in a charming restaurant. After lunch, we continue on open-roof jeeps and drive into the massif (ca. 1.5 hrs) through the most rarely, but most scenic route from the west. Standing on the jeeps gives us opportunity to enjoy the very spectacularly sculptured landscape on the way up dominated by deeply eroded steep canyons.
When we arrive on the W rim of the huge Tengger caldera, we stop to enjoy the amazing views onto the active volcano Semeru as well as the caldera floor itself with its various volcanic cones including the active cone of Bromo volcano. Then, the jeep ride continues descending into the caldera, crossing its floor and finally climbing the opposite rim where we stay in a nice bungalow hotel right perched on the edge of the caldera.
Acc.: hotel or bungalows on the rim of the Tengger caldera overlooking Bromo volcano (B, L, D)

Day 2: Bromo volcano & Tengger caldera
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 3: Sunrise excursion to overview of Bromo - rainforest of the National Park - observation of Semeru volcano
We get up in the morning early before sunrise (at around 4), have only a hot tea or coffee, and drive to one of the world’s most famous viewpoints near the highest point on the rim of the Tengger caldera. The early morning views of the caldera with its young volcanic craters including Bromo and the active volcano Semeru in the background are breathtaking - the play of light and shadow with sun rays reaching the mountains in succession from top to bottom and the usual fog in the bottom of the caldera is unique.
After sunrise, those who feel like are invited to a beautiful, easy 2-hrs. hike, where we first descend around 400m onto the lower caldera rim and then follow it all the way to the village Cemoro Lawang back to our hotel.
After breakfast we leave the hotel and continue our journey on open jeeps, first crossing the Tengger caldera, then descending the wild slopes of the Natl. Park towards its southern side. We cross an impressive rainforest before we reach the cultivated areas and a small town where have lunch near the local market. You are invited to join the tour guide to shop for our next camp on the market. After that, we drive to visit the local volcanological observation station of Semeru, where Semeru's activity is continuously monitored 24hrs/7days.
After a presentation of Semeru's present and recent activity as well as its monitoring, we continue for about 30 min to drive through little villages, rice terraces, and a forest, to reach an excellent scenic observation point located on the volcano's S flank. From here, Semeru's present strong strombolian activity can be best (and safely) observed. With the help of local cooks we built our camp for the night, and enjoy the scenery of the active volcano as the night grows dark. A delicious barbeque dinner will be prepared to celebrate our volcano adventures.
Acc.: camp near Semeru volcano (B, L, D)

Day 4: Transfer to Ijen volcano
After a relaxed breakfast and perhaps a short visit of the local market in a nearby village, 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 5: Kawah Ijen volcano - return to Bali or Surabaya
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 Ijen and you return directly to Bali or East Java.
Acc.: none (B, L)

Custom and group dates only

Additional info:

Included:

  • Accommodation in double rooms
  • Full board including soft drinks (except lunch on D2 at Bromo)
  • All transfers as described in the program (including drop-off in East Java or Bali).
  • Jeep excursion to the viewpoint over the Tengger caldera
  • Entry fees, visits to parks etc. as described by the program
  • Local guides and staff
  • Experienced English-speaking driver guide

Not included:

  • Travel to and from Indonesia
  • Indonesia Visa (normal 30d. tourist Visa cost currently 25USD)
  • Airport departure tax(es) (for domestic flight ca. 6 USD, int. flights ca. 12 USD, payable on the airport after check-in)
  • Personal travel and health insurance
  • Snacks (lunch on D2) or drinks purchased outside of meals as described in the program.
  • Tips for local staff

Physical requirements:
The hikes in the program are fairly easy (maximum hiking efforts ca. 5 km distance, climbing of up to 500 m, total duration max. 3 hours) for everybody with good normal fitness.

Arrival info:
The tour starts normally in Surabaya or Malang and ends on Bali or back in East Java (Surabaya). If you want to start the tour from Yogyakarta or Bali, we can provide you with connecting flight tickets or land transfers on request.
While it is possible to start the tour at any time of day from Surabaya, the suggested route on the first day into the Tengger massiv from the west via Malang requires an early start (by around 10am at the latest) from Surabaya.

Accommodation:
Simple to comfortable guesthouses and hotels with private, en-suite bathrooms.

Customized tours:
This tour is fully customizable on request.

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4 days itinerary
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Цена: 
490 €
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