22 April 2021 239x Articles
Mount Ijen Tour Is A MUST On Your Next Trip To Bali
The beautiful island of Bali has such a lot to supply, it is often nearly impossible to suit everything in. one of the foremost exciting things it’s to supply are its famous active volcano hikes. Among them are Mount Batur, Mount Bratan, and Mount Agung – which have caused quite a few disruptions over the past few years.
But if you’re looking to be blown away, we recommend booking a Mount Ijen tour. Also referred to as the Kawah Ijen Crater, it really is spectacular, featuring the most important acid lake within the world and therefore the only natural ‘blue fire’ on earth! Here’s everything you would like to understand before you go.
How to get there and when to travel
Mount Ijen is really situated in East Java, far away from the hustle and bustle of central Bali. the closest airport to Ijen is Surabaya, so you’ll wish to fly there and stay within the area for some days before and after completing your hike.
However, it’s worth noting that Java is sort of different from Bali, there are much fewer tourists and native transportation is modest to mention the smallest amount. Many Javanese don’t speak English well and facilities and restaurants are far more limited here.
Don’t get me wrong, this is often all a part of Java’s charm and why I really like it such a lot but it’s definitely something to think about when planning a visit to Mount Ijen. It’s actually fairly easy to drive to Java directly from Bali (via ferry) and lots of tours will pick you up directly from your hotel in Bali – the ForeverVacation Mount Ijen tour includes devour from your hotel.
The drive will take around 6-9 hours, counting on your exact location in Bali.
In terms of when to travel, the season in Bali is April-October. this is often probably the simplest time of year but it’s also the busiest so you’ll consider going outside of those months. To be honest, it’s perfectly fine to go to all year round, there’s just a rather higher chance of a shower if you enter the wet season.
But you would possibly actually be thankful for the chance to chill down when you’re halfway through your hike!
Ijen Crater is the biggest crater lake in Java. The sulfur crater lake lies between natural dams of deeply etched rock. It is 200 meters deep and contains about a 36million cubic meters of steaming acid water, shrouded in a smelling swirling sulfur cloud. Inside the crater, the different colours and sizes of stones are found. Indeed the crater of Ijen is a beautiful garden of stone as well.
The view of sulfur miners who climb and go down to the crater is also amazing. A man puts about 10 kg of yellowish stone into his basket before he descends the mountain slope to sell his load, carrying the same basket, going in the same direction, digging the same mineral. It is the natural picture that can be seen every day.
Kawah Ijen is also famous for its one-of-a-kind blue fire and for being home to the world’s largest acid lake. But it’s so much more – the area is home to many other volcanoes and hills which are absolutely breathtaking.
Since National Geographic mentioned the electric-blue flame of Ijen, tourist numbers have increased. The phenomenon has occurred for a long time, but beforehand there was no midnight hiking. A two-hour hike is required to reach the rim of the crater, followed by a 45-minute hike down to the bank of the crater. The blue fire is ignited sulfuric gas, which emerges from cracks at temperatures up to 600 °C (1,112 °F).
The flames can be up to five meters (16 feet) high; some gas condenses to liquid and is still ignited. It is the largest blue flame area in the world and local people refer to it as Api Biru (Blue Fire). The other location at which the blue fire can be seen is in Dallol mountain, Ethiopia.
Do not be fooled by its pristine exterior, this lake is one of the deadliest there is!
The turquoise lake in the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano looks serene and inviting. It also happens to be the world’s largest acidic lake.
The water in the crater lake has a pH of less than 0.3 on a scale of 0 to 14 (7 is neutral). For comparison, lemon juice has a pH of 2; battery acid has a pH of 1. That acidity affects the chemistry of nearby river ecosystems, including the river Banyupahit.
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