Such a beautiful and surreal place. It took some patience taking this image. The wind would blow in my direction covering the whole place with the odourous fumes. Only every now and then does the torquiose lake reveals itself for a few seconds before covering it again with the sulphur smoke.
Its only a 3km accent up and yet took me an incredible 2 hours to climb up! Oh How unfit am I!
The Mined Sulphur on closeup.
Sulphur miners in the fume covered crater.
Finally I reached the crater rim, only to be greeted by this post telling me that there is more to climb if you can withstand the throat burning sulphur dioxide fumes, you could walk up the top of the volcano, or descent to the base of the crater which would take you another 1.5 hours.
Amazing surrealist landscape which looks almosts alien and breathtakingly beautiful.
Location: Mount Ijen , Banyuwangi
This surreal place it takes at least 2 hours of steep ascent to the top of the crater, gives a spectacular view of the torquiose colored lake down below the crater.
This is where the local men work as back-breaking sulphur miners. They suffer toxic stinging sulphur fumes and endure the steep trek up the crater and dangerous descent down to the lake.
The sulphur is use for whitening sugar and processing rubber. The miners apparently earn around 5,000rp per load according to my travel partner who interpreted it, although there was some dispute about it later on.
It was a little challenging to walk up the volcano, takes a little persistent steady pace to reach there in 2 hours. Am not really that fit a person, a much fitter person could do it in 1.30 hours. It took me 1.30 hours down the volcano. It would take another 1-2 hour for me just to walk down to the base of the crater. Regretted not going there early before sunrise so I could have more time to walk down the crater where the miners break up sulphur pieces. It was quite a difficult descent down the crater, only managed a little bit down before surrendering to the stinging fumes of sulphur dioxide.
There’s a national geographic documentary on the Sulphur Miners of Ijen which gives you more details.
Part one :
Part two :
JourneyMan pictures gives another view
June 2008 : Mount Bromo, Semeru National Park
Coming here was a little of a surprise to me, I lept at the chance of coming here when someone I knew decided to invite me on their trip. Mount Bromo has always been one of the places I wanted to visit, I had put it down on my travel bucket list.
The trip was quite short and I had wished that we could have spent a little more time here instead of just half a morning. We had spent 10 hours driving here, arriving only at 8pm the night before, waking up at 3am for the sunrise view of the three volcanos. In the 3 day tour around the region , I spent more than 20 hours travelling around in the van more than I had touring the places. This was the regret I had of coming here.
Well, there is always the next time.
Mount Semeru erupts every interval, blowing hot steam in the background.
Waiting for the sunrise in complete darkness along with pack load of tourists.
A few minutes before sunrise, at the middle far left , you probably can make up some village lights.