The Gili Islands: Trawangan, Meno & AirJanuary 9, 2017
Borobudur TempleJanuary 9, 2017
For those who like to venture off the beaten track and live unusual experiences, do not go any further! The 2380 meter high Kawah Ijen, “green crater” in Javanese, is a still active volcano, located at the eastern extremity of Java Island. Its crater contains the most acidic lake in the world, pH = 2 for apprentice chemists. Water dissolves the gases produced by the volcanic activity and gives rare and bright colors. Above the rest, what makes its particularity is the fact that, during the night, it produces blue flames, offering a spectacle unique in the world!
Kawah Ijen’s blue fire
In the dark, flows of blue lava are visible on the sides of the volcano. This surprising color is due to the sulfur vapor coming out of the Kawan Ijen crater from a temperature of 200°C. Flames can be 5m high. Such conditions will force you to wear a mask if you decide to go to Kawah Ijen to be a witness of this extraordinary phenomenon because the ambient vapors are toxic.
A good physical condition will be needed for those who want to complete the 2 hour climbing. Tourists, be aware! ☺
Going down in the crater on rocky hazardous paths is as magical as the unlikely night flame spectacle. Those who live this experience will never forget this moment, out of time. Out of time because only very few people know the existence of this site but also out of time because of the people you can meet there.
Being a miner at Kawah Ijen : a real slave labor.
During our first expedition, we met several miners who risk their lives and walk around the slopes of the volcano twice a day. Their task consists in extracting the sulfur of the volcano. Without any protection, just wearing simple sandals, they destroy their back so bad that they developed a ball on their back which is not coverd by skin anymore, but by a texture rather close to leather.
Those meetings always make us very emotional. Some miners don’t have carts and yet they go up and down twice a day with charges that can exceed 80 to 90 kg. Inhuman! Why don’t they have carts ? As some of them said to us, they don’t have enough money to buy one. 70€ for small carts, 110€ big ones. Believe us: when you meet someone who is victim of such conditions on a daily basis because he misses 70€, tears easily come to your eyes.
This is why, for all travelers who will make our Java trip or ask for a self made journey, a small saving will be included in the budget to help those extreme miners.