Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen are two very active volcanoes that I have been dying to go and explore for quite some time now.
I have put together this complete guide of the Mount Bromo Tour and Mount Ijen Tour based on my experience with the guys at Indotravelteam!
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WHERE IS MOUNT BROMO AND MOUNT IJEN
Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen are located in East Java, Indonesia. Java is home to 45 active volcanoes, which in my opinion is absolutely insane! The two most popular volcanoes to hike and explore are Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen.
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Mount Bromo Tour
WHERE TO BOOK A MOUNT BROMO TOUR & MOUNT IJEN TOUR
There are hundreds of travel groups and tour companies that operate tours to both of these volcanoes, however, based on my experience on visiting these two volcanoes, I highly recommend booking your Mount Bromo Tour and Mount Ijen Tour with Indotravelteam.
This particular tour company is very reputable with over 10 years of experience in the industry. Indotravelteam offers an experience like none other that will make you feel more than comfortable throughout the entire expedition.
The 3-days & 2-nights itinerary is very well planned out and the transition between locations, dining and accommodations is seamless.
The cost of the tour is USD $290 per person or discounted if there are 2 or more people booking the cost is USD $260 per person.
MOUNT BROMO TOUR & MOUNT IJEN TOUR
DAY 1: BALI TO EAST JAVA
Pick up in a minivan from Seminyak, Bali and then a 4-hour drive to Gillimanuk, the port in West Bali. This is where the ferries leave for Java and the crossing takes about 1 hour.
After arriving at Banyuwangi (Java port), drive approximately 2 hours before stopping for lunch. (Javanese and Indonesian food).
From there, the drive is approximately 4 hours (with the pick up possibility at Probolinggo railway station around 4 or 5 pm) to reach the village of Bromo (2300m altitude), after the dinner in a warung (traditional Indonesian restaurant) spend the night in a simple but clean homestay (with hot water), ATTENTION very cold nights!
Mount Bromo Tour
DAY 3: MOUNT BROMO TOUR
At 3.30 am, leave the homestay in a Jeep (4×4) with a driver and guide for the viewpoint (King Kong View) at the top of the caldera of the volcano Tengger.
There you will watch a magnificent sunrise over the valley of volcanoes, Mount Bromo 2300m, Mount Batok 2400m and Mount Semeru 3670m.
After this, take a drive in the Jeep to the foothills of Mount Bromo volcano to make the ascent to the top of the crater.
It takes an easy 30 minutes to hike to the crater rim of Mount Bromo and here you can walk around the rim to several viewpoints overlooking the vast valley and into the depths of the crater.
Drive back to the village in the Jeep for an excellent pancake breakfast before leaving on the way to the Kawah Ijen region.
Depart Bromo village around 11 am for 2 hours of driving and then stopping for lunch (Javanese and Indonesian food). Drive a further 1 hour and 30 minutes to a hotel Bondowoso (simple but clean, without hot water).
It is necessary to take a good rest here because the departure from the hotel is scheduled for 11:00 pm. You will be given a takeaway dinner which will allow you to eat at a time that suits you.
The “King Kong” viewpoint – Mount Bromo Tour
Hiking around the crater rim – Mount Bromo Tour
Jeep on the Mount Bromo Tour
Mount Batok and Mount Bromo Tour
DAY 3: MOUNT IJEN TOUR
Leave the hotel in the minivan for a 2 hour drive through the forest and coffee plantations and arrive at the base camp of Kawah Ijen, (Paltuding) at 1900m above sea level. Keep an eye out for the wild Luwak’s!
At 1 am a professional guide (Hary, Pour or 1 of the 5 guides from Indo Travel Team) will lead you to the top of the crater Kawah Ijen volcano.
It is approximately a 1 hour and 30-minute hike, the first hour is moderately challenging then the rest is easy.
Once you make it to the crater rim of Mount Ijen you can descend into the crater of the volcano to discover nature’s miracle and the famous blue flames of Mount Ijen.
You will be given a respirator to wear down in the heart of the crater to protect you from the sulfur vapors that may be blown in your direction.
It is up to you if you would like to watch the sunrise from down in the crater by the blue lake or alternatively you can hike back to the top of the crater rim and watch the sunrise over the largest acidic lake in the world. Watching the sunrise from the crater rim of Mt Ijen was truly an unforgettable moment and one of the best sunrises I have ever seen to date!
Inside the crater of Mount Ijen is a sulfur mine where you will see the local workers exploiting the sulfur. You will witness the enormous courage and hard labor of these men (miners and bearers) who live by the extraction of this sulfur which is used for pharmacology and cosmetology.
Every day the miners will do numerous trips in and out of the crater carrying up to 50 kilos of sulfur in their baskets which they will only receive 1,000 Rupiah (10 cents) per kilo.
At around 9 am begin the one hour hike back down to the base camp and drive for 20 minutes to a traditional warung to enjoy a local breakfast.
The last leg of the trip is a 1-hour drive back to Banyuwangi port in Java to take the ferry back to Bali.
From Gillimanuk, west Bali port, the drive is approximately 4 hours to the drop-off point in Seminyak and this will be the end of the Mount Bromo and Mount Ijen adventure.
Alternatively, you are welcome to be dropped off in Banyuwangi if you wish to explore more of East Java on your own accord.
Sunrise over Kawah Ijen – Mount Bromo Tour
A sulfur miner at Mount Ijen Volcano
Birds-eye view of Kawah Ijen – Mount Bromo Tour
The rocky path down into the crater of Mount Ijen
Sulfur vapors rising from Mount Ijen
MOUNT BROMO TOUR & MT IJEN TOUR – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
As hot as Indonesia can be temperature-wise, you will be surprised at how cold it can get in the mountains in the early hours of the morning. Be sure to pack some warm clothes, good hiking shoes and of course a camera to capture the unforgettable experience!
There is a lot of driving involved in between each location so I recommend having a set of earplugs and a neck pillow for comfort and to utilize this time to sleep.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR MOUNT BROMO TOUR
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF MOUNT BROMO TOUR
The Mount Ijen and Mount Bromo Tour is quite a faced paced itinerary though it’s an expedition you will never forget, so please don’t forget to smile and enjoy!