Before you go:
– It is advisable that you hire a guide for this hike, as he will be able to explain the various natural phenomenons of this area in detail
– You must carry a head-lamp, a gas mask, and some wipes to keep yourself clean. Due to the huge amount of sulphur fumes in the air, you might face some difficulty in breathing, which is normal. Do not take off your gas mask during the hike.
– Layer your clothes during the trek. Carry one jacket to wear in case you feel a little chilly at night. It becomes searing hot during the day, so you can take off the layers later
– There are no washrooms on the hike. You will have to do it the primitive way by digging a hole
– Jeeps are easily available on both sides of the volcanic complex.
– Plan your trip keeping in mind the last active date of the near by volcanoes' to avoid unnecessary hassle. Mount Merapi, Semeru and Kelud are all active volcanoes near by. If any near by volcano erupts, the ash and cloud cover extend for kilometres around it, affecting regions around it. Sometimes, the ash cover is so much, that flights get suspended.
– You can club this hike with a trip to Bali. Here's an itinerary for that.
The Ijen Crater Lake will make you humble, and respect the hardships in life, once you see the mine workers toiling to earn a living. The simple fact of being in close proximity to something that has the power to destroy you, will be eye-opening. Travel to this lake to discover the many intricate creations of this universe. In return, you would have understood your limitations, horizons, and yourself.
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