We will rise early in the morning to go for an excursion to Mount Ijen by a 4WD vehicle. We will have our breakfast in the hotel, but as an option, we can ask for a breakfast box to eat later on the way.
We will reach the Paltuding base camp (23.75 miles), which is at the altitude of 1,850m or 6,068 ft and takes about one and a half hours. Now, we begin our hike on a broad and dusty trail to the top (1.88 miles) of the mountain. Once on the top (Altitude 2,385m or 7, 823 ft.), take your time to soak up with the surrounding. Enjoy the views of 200 m or 656 ft deep Crater Lake containing about 36 million cubic meters of steaming, acidic water. Here, you will see the miners collecting and carrying the sulfur blocks up to the crater rim.
• Local authorities only allow watching the scenery from the rim of the crater – it is strictly forbidden to walk down to the lakeshore due to very toxic fumes escaping from the lake. Only the sulfur porters are allowed to this area.
• This trekking requires good physical condition as well as good walking shoes and some warm clothing because of the low morning temperatures.
• Mount Ijen is an active volcano; therefore, access is subject to volcanic activity at the time of the visit. An alternative program to Kaliklatak coffee and rubber plantation is there if the volcano is closed during your stay.
• There will be weekend surcharge USD 5 per person applied for a visit to Ijen.
We backtrack our way down to the base camp and continue by road to Banyuwangi for a late lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, check-in at the Ferry terminal in Ketapang before crossing the Bali straits to the island of Bali by local ferryboat for a beautiful journey to Gilimanuk on Bali’s western shores (3.75 miles, 45 minutes by ferry).
Upon reaching Bali, you will continue by road to Pemuteran (20 miles, 45 minutes).
Overnight at Pemuteran.
Distance and journey time:
Ketapang – Banyuwangi – Paltuding Ijen base camp (38km): 1 hour 15 minutes.
Licin – Platuding Ijen Base camp (22 km): 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Ketapang harbor East Java – Gilimanuk harbor Bali (6 km): 45 minutes (by ferry).
+ 1 hours’ time difference between Java and Bali.
Gilimanuk – Pemuteran (32 km): 45 minutes.