This program is a definite “must see” for anyone interested in Java Island and the volcanoes that have made its reputation. It offers an original way to discover the most spectacular volcanoes of Java: Mt Bromo in the impressive Tengger caldera and the famous Kawah Ijen known for its industrious sulfur miners. Meru Beriti is a paradise for passionate nature lovers; meanwhile, an encounter with the Sukamade turtles is a unique experience!
Morning transfer to Sukuh temple, the last Hindu stronghold to resist the spread of Islam in Central Java. The distinctive iconography of this temple, such as phallic figures and a large tortoise-shaped altar, supposes the existence of initiation or even orgiastic rituals.
After visiting the temple, we start walking toward the village of Tawangmangu, located on the western slopes of the Lawu volcano. The scenic country road passes through pine forests and hillside plantations, offering marvelous views of the surroundings. Upon our arrival at Tawangmangu, we head directly to the waterfall, Grojogan Sewu, located in a tropical forest inhabited by a large tribe of monkeys. In the afternoon, we transfer to Tumpang in the vicinity of Malang.
Night in homestay.
In the morning, 4WD vehicles carry us across the Tengger region and its immense caldera where Mt Bromo (2329m) spews its constant curls of smoke. We pass through the Tengger-Bromo-Semeru National Park’s forests and ride along the caldera ridge before entering the vast sea of volcanic sand, eventually arriving in Cemorolawang. Mt Bromo is highly sacred to the Tengger people, known as obedient Hindu believers. During the afternoon, we walk up the volcano and possibly hike around the crater. The sight of bubbling ash and sulfur at the bottom reminds us of a huge cooking cauldron. No wonder the Javanese people once referred to this place as the Gate to Purgatory!
Night in hotel.
4WDs take us to the peak of Mt Seruni (2400m) from where we continue hiking up to the peak of Mt Pananjakan (2775m) to witness a unique performance… Lit by the sun’s first rays, the world awakens before us slowly unfolding an unforgettable view of fuming Mts Bromo and Semeru amidst a moon-like landscape. Transfer to Kalibaru, located in the midst of various plantations.
Night in hotel.
Early morning departure by 4WDs towards Meru Betiri National Park. We arrive in Sukamade after approximately 5 hours of travel on occasionally bumpy roads but passing very scenic landscapes of rubber, cocoa and coconut plantations. We go on a nature trek in the afternoon to visit the surroundings. In the evening, we head to Sukamade beach to witness the amazing sea turtles laying their eggs. Night in simple accommodation.
Short morning trek to « Cap Vert », a beautiful white-sand beach bounded by crystal clear water. It is possible to swim. Then take the road towards Ketapang near Kawah Ijen. Night in hotel.
Before the end of the night, 4WDs take us to the slopes of Mt Ijen from where we walk up to the crater, Kawah Ijen, which literally means “green crater”. At sunrise, the scenery around the crater is dramatically beautiful. With the sun’s first rays, striking images of men extracting sulfur on the banks of the world’s largest acid lake will become lasting memories. Those tireless workers carry nearly 100kg of the yellow mineral from the lake to a factory around 15km away. We’ll witness them weighing the sulfur and accomplish several different tasks. Before lunch, we transfer to Bali.
Note: After this journey, the Azimuth team can drop you wherever you wish in Bali, without any additional cost.
*During the high season, we recommend that you make an early booking of this circuit if you wish to ensure the assistance of a French-speaking guide.
The schedules are given as rough guide only. The itineraries are subject to change due to volcanoes or weather conditions.
3 to 4 hours walk mostly on well-beaten paths. Ascent and descent are not exceeding 600m differences in altitude. The ascents of Mt. Bromo and Ijen are feasible all year round. Those who usually enjoy walking will be absolutely delighted; as for the beginners, they will discover all the physical and mental benefits of this activity, in an unusually charming environment.
Training: It would be good to start training yourself at least two months prior to your departure. A ten kilometer walk twice a week is strongly recommended.
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