Travel towards Ijen Crater starting from Paltuding, which is a PHPA (Protection) post Forests and Nature Conservation) Perhutani at the foot of Mount Merapi-Ijen. Before starting climbing You must report yourself as well as pay for the entrance ticket. Although so you can't immediately do the climb, because time climbing is determined based on natural conditions.
Normally climbing Ijen Crater applies from 01.00 WIB to 12.00 WIB. But at any time you can only climbing is closed if there are conditions that are considered dangerous visitor safety. Such as heavy rains, landslides, forest fires or sulfur fumes that lead to the hiking trail due to changes in wind direction.
Paltuding has a large area and is equipped with adequate facilities. There is a place parking for visitors who bring vehicles, both two-wheeled and four-wheeled. Public facilities such as bathrooms, toilets and prayer rooms are available. Some There are also many food stalls in Paltuding. You can also buy some necessary supplies for your climbing ammunition.
For visitors who arrive early and will be climbing in the early hours of the morning, they can rent a homestay at an affordable price. In addition, there is a large camping ground for nature lovers who want to set up a tent or hammock.
From Paltuding to Ijen Crater the distance is 3 KM, which can only be reached by foot. Although the distance is not too far, considering the different terrain conditions and abilities of each person, it generally takes between 2 to 3 hours to reach it.
The condition of the trekking path to Ijen Crater in the form of sandy soil and fine stones with a slope angle varying from 10 to 35 degrees, taken at midnight in a tired physical condition plus a relatively dark situation because it only relies on flashlight lighting, making the journey to Ijen Crater difficult can be done quickly.
Moreover, visitors to Ijen Crater are generally beginners who are coming for the first time and may even have never done a climb before. Therefore, for visitors who are in groups, bringing many women, it is better to take advantage of the services of a local guide who is actually sulfur miners who are very familiar with the terrain.
Before reaching the top of Ijen, there is a Weighing Post which is better known as Pondok Bunder. The post, which is located at an altitude of 2,226 meters above sea level, is a place to weigh sulfur taken by miners from Ijen Crater.
At Pondok Bunder, which is the last post before Ijen Crater, there are stalls selling food and drinks, but they only open after the morning. This place is usually also a short resting place for climbers before continuing their journey as well as those who have just returned from Ijen Crater.
IJEN CRATER ENTRY TICKET
- A levy of IDR 3,000 per person in Jambu Hamlet, Tamansari Village, Licin District based on Village Regulation no. 1 of 2015 concerning bumdes which contains the management of tourist village areas.
Climbing ticket in Paltuding:
- Tickets for local tourists are IDR 5,000 on weekdays, IDR 7,500 on holidays.
- Tickets for foreign tourists Rp. 100.000,-/weekday, Rp. 150.000,-/holiday.
- Motorcycle parking Rp. 2,000,-, car Rp. 10,000,-
- Toilet IDR 2,000,-/person
- Rent a mask IDR 25,000,-
- Rent a flashlight IDR 10,000,-
- Setting up a tent IDR 15,000/tent.
- Perhutani accommodation Rp. 150.000,-/night.
- Bringing a commercial video or commercial film snapshot has an additional fee of IDR 10 million, handycam IDR 1 million and photo camera IDR 250 thousand.
How to Get to Ijen Crater
As is well known, to get to Ijen Crater can be reached through two routes, namely Banyuwangi Regency and Bondowoso Regency. The two paths will meet at Paltuding, which is the entrance to the Ijen Crater location.
Towards the Ijen Crater tourist area, through the Banyuwangi and Bondowoso routes, each has a min plus value.
With the starting point from Surabaya, in terms of distance, it is closer to Bondowoso than Banyuwangi. However, from Bondowoso to Paltuding, you have to travel about 76 KM, much closer from Banyuwangi to Paltuding, which is only about 30 KM, with very smooth road conditions.
From Karangasem station to Paltuding the distance is 30km
In addition, in terms of ease of transportation, there are more choices of transportation modes to get to Banyuwangi from various cities on the island of Java than to Bondowoso. In addition to private vehicles, trips to Banyuwangi can be reached via public buses, trains, travel or planes.
Not to mention about the diversity of tourism and culture. In general, travelers who visit Banyuwangi not only specifically want to see one tourist spot – in this case Ijen Crater, but also want to explore other tourist attractions or see the Banyuwangi Festival tourism event which is presented throughout the year. From this consideration, it is clear that Banyuwangi offers more travel experiences. But either way, the decision is yours.
Travel From Banyuwangi To Ijen Crater
Until now (2016) there is no direct public transportation from Banyuwangi to Paltuding. For those of you who drive a car or motorbike, of course, there is no problem going to Paltuding, because now the road is already paved with hotmix, you just have to follow the route.
BANYUWANGI > Slippery > Guava > Paltuding > IJEN Crater
Then what about visitors who come to Banyuwangi by bus or train, including solo traveling?
For travelers who come using public transportation such as trains or buses between cities, here are alternative transportation from Banyuwangi to Paltuding:
If you come to Banyuwangi by train, get off at Karangasem Station. Once you leave Karangasem station, it will be easy for you to find information on car rental to Paltuding around the station. The rental fee is around Rp. 600 thousand PP, not including gasoline. It's better if you negotiate already