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Volcanoes of East Java

VEI

(Trekking)

Duration: 18 days
Best date of travel:
July-August
Participants: 6 - 9
Visa/Vaccination: yes
East Java and Bali

Merapi (2911 m)
Bromo (2329 m)
Semeru (3676 m)
Kawah Ijen (2386 m)

The famous and very active volcanoes of East Java are as great to be visited as the cultural places such as the tempel of Borobodur and Prambanan.

We will start at Yogyakarta with the volcano Merapi and the visit of Prambanan and Borobodur. We will continue our tour eastwards with some great hikes near the city of Malang. The scenic and famous Tengger volcanic caldera and the volcanoes of Semeru and Bromo is the target. Not to far away is the volcano Kawah Ijen with a blue acid crater lake and sulfur mining inside the crater. This will be the last volcano-visit before we will reach Bali.
On the island of Bali you can extend your travel independently.

Demands and travelcomfort: Some steep climps up the volcanoes and the altitude up to 3700 meter makes this tour quite difficult. You definitely need be very fit and have to face basic life out in the nature. The travel comfort is very basic at the volcano and camps, because we are out in the nature. At the hotels and lodges the comfort is quite high.
Included on our tour:
All transport of the group (taxi, bus, boot and jeeps); porters; cooks; a tent for 2 persons each during some excursions; full board base; drinking water, coffee and tea, also light alcoholic beverages with the meals, but limited by us; insurance to cancel the tour in case of health problems; entrance fees; tips; overnight in the hotels - standard double rooms or single double-rooms depending on your boodking.

travelogue of the excursion day by day (services and achievements of VEI)


day 1: Arrival by plane at Surabaya international aiport. Transfer to the hotel Elmi by our private buses.
(achievements: Transfer to the hotel, standard double room with private bath (unless single room is requiered); dinner at the hotel; welcome-drink)


day 2: Journey by private bus (this bus will be provided to us for all days on Java) from Surabaya via Purwodadi with a visit at the Bledug Kuwu mudspring to the city of Yogya. This city is already at the slopes of the volcano Merapi. We will have dinner at our hotel
(Transport; lunch on the way; dinner; overnight at the hotel Duta Garden)


day 3: A private bus (this bus will be provided to us for all days on Java) will bring us to the tempel of Prambanan during the morning. After lunch we will trave by bus up to the volcano Merapi. Around 2 hours of hiking will get us to very fine view point to watch the lava coming down the steep slopes of Merapi. After sunset we go back to Yogya. Late dinner will be at our hotel.(Transport by bus; lunch; local guide; entrance to the tempel Prambanan; dinner and overnight at the hotel Duta Garden)


day 4: Before the sun rises we should have reached another good viewpoint at the slopes of Merapi. The afternoon is planed to visit the scenic city of Yogya. For dinner we will be back at our hotel.
(Transport by bus; local guide; dinner; overnight at the hotel Duta Garden)


day 5: Start of the day will be the visit of the buddist tempel of Borobodur. For lunch, we will drive to the village of Selo. This village is at the north slopes of Merapi an our starting point for the next hike. Dinner and accomendation will be at Selo.
(Transport by bus; entrance to the tempel Borobodur; lunch; dinner and overnight at a basic private place)


day 6: For sunrise, after about 6 hours of trekking up the volcano, we will stand right on top of the lava dome of Merapi if the activity allows to do this. For lunch we will be back at Selo where our Busses will wait for us to continue east until the city of Tasikmalaya at the volcano Mt. Lawu.
(Transport by bus; lunch; dinner; overnight at the hotel Komajaya Komaratih)


day 7: After breakfast we will visit an interesting tempel situated at this volcano and a nice waterfall. Later on we continue to travel east, passing the volcano Kelut until we reach the village of Songgoriti (near Malang), where we will stay for tonight.
(Breakfast; transport by bus; entrance; lunch; dinner; overnight at a hotel)


day 8: In the morning we have time for some excursions in the area. For dinner we will reach the little town of Tumpang. At Mr. Sarmins guesthouse we will dinner and need to go to bed early, because in the night we like to drive to a viewpoint to see the eruptions of Semeru by night.
(Breakfast; transpor by bus; lunch; dinner; overnight at Mr. Sarmins guesthouse)


day 9: For brunch we will be back at Mr. Sarmins guesthouse at Tumpang. Around midday we will change to 4x4wheel transport and start driving up the Tengger mountains to a place called Ranu Pani, starting point for our Semeru hike.
(Brunch; transpor by bus and 4x4wheel; porters; local guide; equipment; entrance to the the Tengger Nationalpark; dinner and overnight on a camp site; hiking permit for Semeru)


day 10: After breakfast we will start (at 2200 m altitude) the todays hike towards the volcano Semeru through djungle and mountain forrest. After about 8 hours we will reach our camp side at 3000 m altitude. For the transport of tents, food and luggage, some porters will be organized for our group. Dinner will be at this base camp at the steep foot of Semeru.
(Full board during the hike; 1 porter each for private luggage; additional porters for food and tents; mountain guide; entrace to the national park)


day 11: The hike up from the base camp (with helmet and without luggage) stars at 3 am and will take about 3 hours to catch the sunrise from the summit of Semeru. The views and to experience the eruptions of Semeru is undiscribable. At 10 am we have to descent to our base camp for lunch. The afternoon is free of program to enjoy the view towards Semeru.
(Full board during the hike; 1 porter each for private luggage; additional porters for food and tents; mountain guide; entrace to the national park)


day 12: Early morning we will hike back to Ranu Pani. Some 4xwheel cars will pick us up at Ranu Pani for a scenic drive through the Tengger caldera to the hotel at the Tengger caldera rim.
(Full board during the hike; 1 porter each for private luggage; additional porters for food and tents; mountain guide; entrace to the national park; Tipp for the staff; transport with 4xwheel cars to the hotel Lava Lake View; overnight and dinner at the hotel)


day 13: Whoever is still fit enough can start at 4 am to do an easy hike up the caldera walls to reach a very good view point for sunrise. After breakfast we will hike down (1 hour) to the active crater of Bromo, lying in the middle of the 8 km wide caldera of Tengger.
(Breakfast; entrace to the national park; transport with 4xwheel cars to the view point; overnight and dinner at the hotel)


day 14: Today we leave the Tengger caldera and go by bus via Probolinggo to the mountain village of Jampit. This basic english styled coffee farm Arabica will be the base for the night, already close to the volcano of Ijen.
(Breakfast; transport by bus; lunch; entrance to the Ijen area; dinner and overnight at the Guest House Arabica)


day 15: From our guest house we will start at about 3 am again to drive to the hike off point Pos Paltuding. For this easy climb up Kawah Ijen it will take about 1 hour to reach the crater rim and to enjoy the sunrise at this morning. We will also hike down into the crater of Ijen, where locals are mining pure solfur and carry this valuable stuff in 80 kg loads down the volcano. We wille descent without this kind of load and drive afterwards to the east coast of Java. At the city of Banyuwangi we will stay for the night.
(Transport by bus; tip for the driver; lunch; entrance to the Ijen area; dinner and overnight at the otel Pinang Sari)


day 16: After breakfast we will take a ferry from Ketapang (Java) to Gilimanuk at the island of Bali (30 minutes). From Gilimanuk we drive by taxibus to the city of Kuta, a village at the south coast and close to the international airport of Bali.
(Breakfast; ferry ticket; taxibus to Kuta; dinner and overnight at the hotel Kuta Puri)


day 17: This is a spareday just in case we arrive on Bali delayed. If we have the day left, you can relax or join a day tour to the volcano Batur.
(Breakfast and overnight at the hotel Kuta Puri)


day 18: This is the day of departure or you continue your private vecation on Bali.
(Breakfast; transfer to the airport)


Note: If accommodation in one particular hotel is not availiable, equal accomplishment will be given. Further more we reserve the right to change the program if necessary.

Not included achievements: Journey (flights) to Indonesia and back; payments for a visa if required; departure-tax (about 10,- USD); your personal shopping, extra alcoholic drinks and expenditures; other services not listed at our pogram


Date of departure and costs:
We will set a date of departure when a group signs in on individual number, or a list of interested persons get the minimum of 6 participants. The price per participant will be based on a group of 6-9 participants.

Single accomendation requires extra payment.

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