If you’re planning on searching for Ijen’s blue flames, here are some things you need to know.
- Best Enjoyed at Night
Start From your hotel or Homestay area Banyuwangi 12,30 at night because entrance fee ticket office open at 11.30pm and drive to Kawah Ijen approximately 1,5 hours. Make sure you have plenty of sleep. Hit the sack early so you have enough energy to get you through the trek.
2. The Trek take around 2 hours one way
The ascent to the rim takes 2 hours. And from the ridge, the descent to the crater where the blue flames are takes 45 minutes. Of course, it all depends on how fast you are.
But know that while it is a relatively easy climb, the environment may affect your speed. It’s harder to breathe not just because of the altitude but also the sulfur in the air. You might find yourself taking a lot of breaks just to catch your breath. True story.
3. You may rent a gas mask at the rim
The smell is tolerable for the most part of the journey, but it gets stronger and stronger as you move higher and closer to the crater. If you’re going down to see the blue flames, it is highly recommended to rent a gas mask at the rim for 30,000 IDR.
4. Wear Warm clothes and comfortable shoes
Make sure you’re prepared for the cold. You might also want to bring an extra shirt because while it is almost freezing, you’ll be sweating a lot. But don’t bring too much.
5.Sunrise from the rim.
Hike to Mount Ijen including Enjoyed the sunrise.
Join Transport 250.000 IDR ( min 4 Pax )
Entrance fee: 100,000 IDR on regular days, 130,000 IDR on holidays