Ijen Crater
Ijen Crater
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  • john doe
    Indonesia9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Challenging
    From my experience (cold, raining, midnight), I can definitely say that the hike was a challenge, and it may not be for everyone. The journey to the fire was quite long, and it was pretty exhausting but because of the views you can see from so high, it was all worth it. Just before the morning came I got to see the the blue fire for a while, and it looked magical. The path down was qute dangerous, however.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 6 June 2023
  • abquilter
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something I will never forget and blew our 18&19 year old sons away
    Amazing experience I will never forget. The walk is hard however as long as you take it slow and steady it is fine but you do need to be reasonably fit. Would recommend that you have masks we were told we wouldn’t need them as you are now not able to walk into the creator however we did take 2 for are boys but we should have all had one as the sulphur fumes at the top are very intense and not pleasant. The view is breathtaking and mesmerising and we could have stayed at the top all day. Sunrise beautiful. Very hot walk and couldn’t imagine doing the walk in the heat of the day do climbing in the night us a godsend, also it means you can’t see how steep the climb is which makes it a bit easier. Seeing the sulphur miners is humbling and I found it very emotional to see the conditions they were working in snd the weight that these men carry up the crater. Lots of people offering to pull you up in little carts for 400,000 which again gives you food for thought when you are struggling to walk up and they are dragging people up this steep incline on there wellington boots and flip flops.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • roamas
    Sydney, Australia668 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    We did the Ijen hike but not to see the blue flame (we arrived after sunrise). That was okay by us as what we did see was amazing and still worth the hike up. We enlisted the help of guide Ali (200K) who proved to be invaluable! Ali supported us throughout the hike which was one of the hardest I’ve ever done. The distance x incline was challenging … but not so bad that I’d want to be pulled up in a ‘taxi’. The poor buggers doing that job really had their work cut out for them and earned every rupiah! That said, it is amazing and the views along the way - breathtaking!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Emie F
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and heart touching
    We had a great experience in Mont Ijen, especially thanks to our brave and nice guide. He is not only a guide but also one of the minor that goes in the cratere every day to bring suffer-rocks. I will let you his number I really advise you to do it with him. The place is beautiful, especially for the sun rise. The colours are spectacular. Guide : +62 822-4284-1487
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • moira0606
    Cardiff, United Kingdom345 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once in a lifetime
    Ijen will be one of the things I will remember all my life. What an experience. I am 59 and think I am reasonably fit and active. I found this hard but boy was it worth it. I did struggle and about half way had a trolley. At points I got out and walked for a bit because I wanted to and mainly because I cannot believe the jobs these men do. The two men encouraged me and whilst my Sons made it to the top way before me I strolled up arm in arm with my two new friends. My Sons found this hilarious as the 3 of us walked up arm in arm with the trolley behind us. They are Rockstars. This was all before I was greeted with the most amazing view. Ijen literally took my breath away again. My advice its once in a lifetime just do it. If it gets too much do a I did and pay for your trolley and just get off and walk with the guys for a bit when you get your wind back. Our initial guide was also amazing.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Okky Transporter
    Malang, Indonesia57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Blue fire
    One of the most unique features of the Ijen Crater is the blue flame phenomenon caused by ignited sulfuric gas. This phenomenon is best seen in the early morning hours before sunrise. It creates an otherworldly and captivating scene that attracts many visitors.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Irini Lin
    Belfast, United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing volcanic experience
    It's amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. The blue fire and the crater lake are fantastic and it's really a good hike for me. Note the trail is quite challenging and a good walking shoes and walking sticks are a must.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 February 2024
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Recently visited Mount ijen as part of a larger tour of eastern java with my wife. Overall we found the attraction quite unique and interesting and would recommend it to others. Here are a few tips I would have for others considering a trip here.

* Consider bringing a second set of clothes - on our hike up we got hit by torrential rain which soaked even through our rain jackets. The crater rim is very cold at night and thus we were quite relieved to have brought up a towel and a second set of clothes which we were able to change into to avoid getting bitterly cold before sunrise (at which point the rain had cleared and we got great views).

* You need a medical clearance to hike Mount Ijen - This is apparently a new thing thats recently been introduced and I think there are similar requirements for hiking other places in Indonesia like mount rinjani. It’s hard to see whether it’s a genuine attempt to make sure it’s safe for tourists to do so or just another money making venture. Anyway ours was included in our tour price and it consisted of answering a few questions and then having our vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse rate and oxygen saturations taken. It wasnt at all comprehensive. I have heard you can get the medical done prior to commencing the hike at the trail entrance but it might be easier to do it the day before at a local clinic. I’m not sure how much it costs (as I mentioned ours was included in our price of our larger tour) or how aggressive it’s enforced.

* The blue flame isnt a natural phenomenon but it’s actually just created artificially. You see the blue flame occurs when Sulfur burns. The flames that normally exist in ijen are put out by the company so they can harvest the Sulfur. In order to amuse the tourists though they lay out some Sulfur at the base of the crater rim and light it on fire for the tourists to take photos. You can actually just collect some Sulfur pieces yourself when you’re there from the top of the rim and do this when you get home if you dont want to descend to the crater lake.

* It’s actually illegal to go down the crater to the lake and so any injuries sustained may not necessarily be covered by travellers insurance. Despite being illegal though everyone does it and they even give you gas masks so you can do this.

* Bring a light as it’s dark on the trail. You can hire these

* If you dont want to descend the crater rim you probably dont need to start hiking at 2am like we did (we got up at 1am and drove to the site to start hiking at 2am, which is the earliest you can start the trail). The hike was 9.7km return with a 612m elevation gain and took us 1.5 hours to get up and 1 hour to get down. This means we got to the rim at 330am and then had a 1.5 hour wait in the cold for sunrise as we decided not to go down to the crater lake in the rain. If you dont want to go down to the lake which I think isnt necessary you could probably just start hiking at 330am to 400am.

* There is a very disturbing sight here for those who dont want to hike. The former Sulfur miners have actually started carting people up the mountain in little carts for a price of 1.2 million rupiah. This option was actually quite popular with Chinese tourists who I gather dont like exercise.
Written 30 March 2024
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Liveyourdream_asia
Singapore, Singapore1,424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We started our journey from the hotel at 11.30 pm and reached the starting point at 1:30 AM. The official hike opened up at 2 am, so we had a bit of time. Despite the night, we were greeted by a lively scene of eager climbers, open cafes, and shops.

Our guide, Nur, informed us that at 1 am 1,000 people had registered for the climb!

The climb itself, starting at 2.00 AM, was both physically demanding and visually stunning.
The hike to the summit will take from 1 to 3 hours depending on your speed and physical condition.

The path was crowded, and the practice of using human rickshaws to ascend, though practical for some, struck me as incongruent with the spirit of the trek (sorry to say, it looked like slavery in Ancient times - something you can’t see often in the modern times 🙈).

The real challenge started once we started to go down towards the crater: steep and slippery rocks, crowds of people combined with the crater's sulfuric fumes were very intense, and the protective masks provided were essential.

Witnessing the blue flames was a highlight, despite the difficulty and danger in navigating the crowd. The descent was challenging yet rewarding, offering breathtaking views at dawn and a stark reminder of the harsh conditions faced by local sulfur miners.

This trek is not for the faint-hearted but offers a unique blend of natural beauty, physical challenge, and cultural insight.

Tips:

- Undergo a medical check-up and obtain a medical certificate confirming fitness for the climb, required for registration.
- Start the ascent between 2-3 AM to ensure you see the blue flames, which typically disappear by 5 AM.
- Wear proper hiking shoes to safely navigate the steep and slippery terrain.
- Bring sufficient water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout the long path.
- Carry a strong protective mask and, ideally, eye protection to guard against the intense sulfuric fumes and flames.
Written 3 March 2024
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Irini Lin
Belfast, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
It's amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. The blue fire and the crater lake are fantastic and it's really a good hike for me.

Note the trail is quite challenging and a good walking shoes and walking sticks are a must.
Written 27 February 2024
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HannuVantaalta
Helsinki, Finland242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Once in a lifetime experience! Although the tour takes place in the middle of the night and requires a fair amount of physical effort, it is worth it. Make sure to wear good hiking shoes as climbing up and down the volcano is challenging. The volcano provides views you can't experience anywhere else!
Written 20 February 2024
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Efan
Pecatu, Indonesia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
one of beautifull volcano in east java, and it has blue flame that very interesting to see and the view of surounding is breathtaking
Written 1 January 2024
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Okky Transporter
Malang, Indonesia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Business
One of the most unique features of the Ijen Crater is the blue flame phenomenon caused by ignited sulfuric gas. This phenomenon is best seen in the early morning hours before sunrise. It creates an otherworldly and captivating scene that attracts many visitors.
Written 25 November 2023
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moira0606
Cardiff, UK345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Ijen will be one of the things I will remember all my life. What an experience. I am 59 and think I am reasonably fit and active. I found this hard but boy was it worth it. I did struggle and about half way had a trolley. At points I got out and walked for a bit because I wanted to and mainly because I cannot believe the jobs these men do. The two men encouraged me and whilst my Sons made it to the top way before me I strolled up arm in arm with my two new friends. My Sons found this hilarious as the 3 of us walked up arm in arm with the trolley behind us. They are Rockstars. This was all before I was greeted with the most amazing view. Ijen literally took my breath away again.

My advice its once in a lifetime just do it. If it gets too much do a I did and pay for your trolley and just get off and walk with the guys for a bit when you get your wind back. Our initial guide was also amazing.
Written 1 September 2023
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK1,319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Really amazing hike which is quite steep but absolutely doable for beginners. The crater is beautiful and well worth the early morning sunrise hike to beat the crowds. The smoke gets thicker as the day goes on too, so better to visit as early as possible. Makes for some great photos. Speak to your guide about a gas mask as the smell of sulfur is quite strong; although we didn’t use any during our hike.
Written 4 August 2023
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Emie F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We had a great experience in Mont Ijen, especially thanks to our brave and nice guide. He is not only a guide but also one of the minor that goes in the cratere every day to bring suffer-rocks. I will let you his number I really advise you to do it with him.
The place is beautiful, especially for the sun rise. The colours are spectacular.
Guide : +62 822-4284-1487
Written 27 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

roamas
Sydney, Australia668 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We did the Ijen hike but not to see the blue flame (we arrived after sunrise). That was okay by us as what we did see was amazing and still worth the hike up. We enlisted the help of guide Ali (200K) who proved to be invaluable! Ali supported us throughout the hike which was one of the hardest I’ve ever done. The distance x incline was challenging … but not so bad that I’d want to be pulled up in a ‘taxi’. The poor buggers doing that job really had their work cut out for them and earned every rupiah! That said, it is amazing and the views along the way - breathtaking!
Written 9 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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