Journey to Surabaya @ Mt.Bromo (Day 2)
Mount Ijen crater is so popular and the existence of Mount Ijen has been a blessing to the people living around the foot of the area.
Journey to Surabaya @ Mt.Ijen (Crater) – A Volcanic Tour
Our first day of arrival at Surabaya has been a blessing for all. The real challenge has awaited us on Day 2.
Mount Ijen (crater) is popular for its sulphur. People who work as the miner of the sulphur on the crater of the mountain transported down on their shoulder for further process in Surabaya.
The view around the foot of the mountain is really a breathtaking moment.
Let’s have a glance on Day 2 Itinerary.
Day 02 Ijen Crater – Madakaripura – Mt Bromo
- Wake up in early morning (4.30am)
- Drive us to Pal Tuding (5.00am)
- Start the trail up to the active beautiful crater of Ijen volcano (2.5 hours walk)
- Watch peoples carrying and mining of sulfur
- Proceed to coffee plantation, waterfall, hot spring
- Check-out from Arabica Hotel and drive to Yoschi Hotel (7 hours drive)
- Overnight at Yoschi Hotel – twin sharing (8.00pm)
- Briefing for next day activity (sunrise and Bromo tour)
Day 02 … 4.00am – Wake up in early morning
With great determination on our challenges ahead, we woke up tirelessly and here we go, Mt Ijen crater. We forgo our hectic schedule on Day 1.
Breakfast pack provided … bread, jam and boiled egg
Anxiously waiting for van pick-up … at resort lounge
5.00am … Drive to Pal Tuding
With local 4-wheel jeep, we transferred to Pal Tuding as early as 5.00am to start our trekking before sunrise.
Sky turned bright at 5.30am. We started our trek on our own (without taking guide) to save some cost. We all were experienced hikers anyway.
Trekking point … 3km by foot
Low temperature … very cold in the morning
Welcome … starting point to the trail
Completed 1.6km … another half to go
Tiredness struck … even with a proper trek
Offering a great view … along the trek
Not going to miss it for myself … mountain in the background
2.8km mark … close to the heart
Basically, with 3km mark, we should have reached the peak. But to the crater itself, there was a long way to go. To get into our main check-point, we have to do a bit of rock trekking.
Amazing view can be seen from far. Human was just a piece of small dot from far.
Vegetation thinner to almost none … but smell was getting strong
Beyond 3km mark … sulphur smell was strong!
Dansan … with extra mask
Walk downward … heading to the crater
Beyond the border … heading to the crater
Dansan was in doubt … the smell was causing uneasy to his eyes
Journey has to continue … half-way done
Reach another level … rocky path
Sulphur carrier… stops for rest
Blasting scene … huge rock (boulder)
Proud … covered by sulphur fog
Further down again … near the acidic lake
Sulphur stick … fresh & hot
Hazardous scene … stays away from here
Seeking for demo … good exploration
Reddish turn into yellowish … waiting for collection
Well prepared … costly human mask
Cheap mask also can stand the smell … depends on individual
Acidic lake … it can burn your skin
Time to get back … a final view before trek all the way up
Back to the starting point … tough time ahead
Thumbs up! … a good journey to the crater
In the mid-way from our path, we met a place where local people selling some artworks from sulphur. We were attracted with the design and creativity.
Pondok Bunder … a place where transporter stop before continue
Artwork … made locally to earn extra income
Busy buying in bulk … cost us RM 1.75 each
Our group at entrance … due to strong smell they skipped the crater side
12.00pm … Check-out from Arabica Hotel
We managed to have our lunch (ala-carte) by the time we reached Arabica Hotel. Our clothes were all smelly, thanks to the sulphur fog.
Ala-carte … our lunch at Arabica lobby
Surrounding near Arabica … no time to walk around
Packed our things … prepared for check-out
Say goodbye to Arabica Homestay … and our room (E8)
1.00pm … Drive to Yoschi Hotel
No choice to skip the bumpy ride, we had it again for 2 hours. We were looking forward for next 7 hours journey to Yoschi Hotel.
8.00pm … Check-in and have a good rest
Yoschi’s manager was kept in touch with us even though we were quite late check-in. His smile and friendly treats over all his customers was a big WIN to his continuous referral through various online and offline channel.
Move-in first … auto check-in due to late hour
Boutique lobby and restaurant … foreigner’s hangout
No doubt, he helped carries our luggage when we reached the entrance of hotel. We thought their friendly staff, but never thought of a manager of hotel can do such job. We admitted his good service has spurred our recommendation to our friends back to Malaysia.
Rooms on my right side … spacious and privacy
Rooms on my left side … clean
Balinese feel … our room for a short night
His name is Adi. He was a manager of Yoschi Hotel who down-to-earth when deal with us. He even asked our permission to sit down with us for his late dinner. Enough to win any of customer’s rating in this way.
Our big dinner table … reserved for us by Mr. Adi
Fried mee … too delicious and had numerous plates
My main course … fried rice (special)
Group picture with hotel manager … humble and honest
12.00am … Good night!
When night befallen, few of us went to take a good nap for tomorrow activities, conquer Mt. Bromo. I myself felt that I should walk around to enjoy the surrounding of this hotel, but not at night, how I wished. Haiz … all was due to delay … delay and delay.
Good night everybody.
To be continue … Journey to Surabaya @ Mt.Bromo (Day 3)