A few paces east of the Paltuding post we found a shed where the sulfur collectors bring their loads.Here the sulfur is sorted - dirty pieces are not allowed - and packed in bags.Trucks will collect the bags and take them by the mountain road to Banyuwangi.As far as we know most of this sulfur will be used as sulfur dioxide in the sugar refinery...more
All the while one hikes up the path to Ijen crater, one meets sulfur carriers coming down with their load. They ask for a cigarette or let themselves be photographed for a small tip. And they try to sell a particularly nice piece of frozen sulfur, a "sulfur flower".Where the path is narrow, give them right of way! They need all the strength they...more
The PHKA (Forest Protection and Nature Conservation) post at Paltuding is the starting point for your hike to Ijen crater. Near here also the sulfur collectors bring their load to be packed and shipped.There is a small office where one has to register and pay the entrance fee (a few dollars). Also there are a few warung where one can buy water if...more
With luck when you are staying on the crater rim, the fumes clear temporarily and you get a full view of the turquoise crater lake. They say the best chances for that are early in the morning.We were not that early (had already risen early the day before at Bromo), so we show only some pictures with a partial view of the lake.more
And this it what you did it all for: the boiling sulfur vents.There is some risk the sulfur may take fire, rendering it useless. That's why a basin has been created nearby in which water is pumped from the lake. In case of need the water will be used to extinguish the fire.more
It is difficult to judge how deep the crater is. But from the time it took Theo to go down and back up again (20 minutes each way), we estimate that it is about 150 m.Most tourists prefer to stay on the crater rim as soon as they smell a whiff of the stinging sulfur fumes. Yet the path is not too difficult, especially as a helpful sulfur carrier...more
Quiet and freezing, this would be the best definition to describe the night on Paltuding. But there are few people start working on the quietness. Yes, those are working for collectig sulfur. They start to go after dusk and even in the middle of night. Bring only a lantern to light the only worn path they follow to the rim of the crater.
The usual road to Ijen is from Bondowoso, but it is possible to get to Ijen from Banyuwangi.We took this road leaving, wanting to proceed to Bali.Most of the road is in good repair, but a few stretches go through virgin forest and are badly maintained. Going down it is not too difficult to negotiate the steep rocky parts with a sedan car. But...more
We took Bus from Surabaya (Purabaya/Bungurasih) to get Bondowoso. We reached Bondowoso at 4 PM, and shocked that the last public transportation to Sempol has been said already departed by 1PM.We luckily have some locals connections. And he found us a driver to bring us to direcly the Paltuding (not just Sempol, like public transp does). I found Mr....more
How to Get There and AwayThe direction of Ijen tourism destination can be accesed via two alternative routes. Either the route from Bondowoso or Banyuwangi. Today, any vehicle could run all the way to Kawah Ijen. Sometimes many travelers choose to go by public transportation or even motorbike. However it depends on your pace of creating enjoyable...more
In Ijen it's been more less 5 sulphur miner died because they slipped when they walk up from the crater.
Not to point one group of tourists, but since most tourists who go there are French, the worse tourists is French. Some French don't wanna listen to explanation that standing or taking photos too close with the ed of crater rim is so dangerous.
There are lots of small rocks that are really slippery when your shoes aren't so good (with pull like in football shoes).
Once, there was a French fell in to the crater and hit the rocks, he died.
Last time I was there with a friend from France. She warned three old French not to stand too close to the crater. They were NOT LISTENING!!! Even she said it in French!!
I think French should learn from what already happened to their partner.
Once one leaves Blawan village one enters the nature reservation of which Ijen volcano is a part. No more plantations or habitations here.
Halfway to Paltuding we encountered a picnic spot, a gazebo near a stream. The water flowing over the rocks looked clear enough, but tasted terribly acrid. We think it must be an outflow of the sulfurous crater lake.