2.73 mi

Elevation gain

1,555 ft

Technical difficulty


Elevation loss

23 ft

Max elevation

7,728 ft



Min elevation

6,144 ft

Trail type

One Way

Moving time

one hour 31 minutes


2 hours 38 minutes




October 29, 2020


October 2020

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7,728 ft
6,144 ft
2.73 mi

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near Margahayu, Jawa Timur (Indonesia)

Night hike up Ijen mountain located in East Java, Indonesia. Part of the national park. Recommended to stay in the Banyuwangi area closest to the trailhead.

Famous for its blue fire phenomenon and is one of the two in the world. To catch the blue fire hikers need to go down to the sulphur mine from the top of the mountain, which means starting the hike at 1 AM. To catch the sunrise hikers can start at 3 AM. During the pandemic period the gate only opens at 3 AM.

The hike is difficult with high sloped trail after +/- 800m from the starting gate. Trail is also sandy thus it is more slippery during dry season.

Care should be taken when driving to the trailhead as the road gets smaller towards the teailhead and lighting is very limited.

Starting Gate

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The gate and the start of the trail up towards the top of the crater. Ensure readiness for the hike. Advisable to arrive at 1 AM for blue fire experience, and 3 AM for sunrise trail. Only sunrise trail during new normal period. Local guides available. Please ask for rates. Entrance fees are IDR 10K/pax.

Post #1

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First of six posts towards the summit.

Post #6

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Last post before the summit. There is a canteen offering hot drinks and light snacks.

Ijen crater - lake

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The lake at tip of crater. Still 1.3 Km up to the sunrise point from here. End point for trolley no trolley up.

Amazing photo spot

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There is a spot here by the edge of cliff that is photo worthy. Great snap before heading down.


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