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Overview

Lace up the hiking boots for an active journey through East Java’s spectacular volcanic landscapes. Travel from Yogyakarta to Bali in search of breath taking vistas, submitting majestic peaks and witnessing a live volcanic eruption along the way. After all this excitement, kick back and relax on tropical Pemuteran Bay.

Trip Highlights

Trekking East Java Four Volcano Summit

Trek one of Java’s highest mountains

Take a pre-dawn trek to Mt Merbabu’s summit to enjoy sunrise views over four neighbouring volcanos and the Dieng Plateau

Watch a live volcanic eruption

Climb to the top of Mt Semeru at sunrise and watch as Java’s most active volcano explodes every twenty minutes

Take a scenic train journey

Travel from Solo to Mojokerto by train, gazing upon Java’s volcanic landscapes from a different point of view.

Itinerary

1

Arrival Jogja – Borobudur

Transfer from Jogjakarta Airport to Jogjakarta city center (6 km): 20 minutes Transfer from Jogjakarta to Borobudur (41km): 1 hour 20 minutes Jogjakarta city tour: around 30 minutes walking

Upon arrival to Yogyakarta’s Airport, our guide and driver will be waiting at the arrival’s hall.

Begin the day with a short orientation tour of the city, starting at the Sultan’s Palace. Also known as ‘Kraton’, this building dates back to the 18th century and is a great example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. Walking through the rooms and chambers, learn all about this unique aspect of Javanese heritage and culture.

Recommended flights: Silk Air from Singapore to Yogyakarta  MI152 arriving at 0930 on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday (airfares not included and quoted separately). Schedules are subject to notice without prior notice.

Lunch today will be held at the Gadri restaurant in front of the Kraton.

After lunch, proceed to Borobudur and check in to the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure and dinner will be had at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Borobudur

2

Borobudur – From Menoreh Hills to Borobudur - Selo

Transfer from Borobudur to Selo (36km): 1 hour 15 minutes Trekking: 2 hours 30 minutes Difficulty : Easy

After an early breakfast at the hotel, depart at 07:00 for the transfer to Menoreh Hills. Start the first trek, which offers a chance to see the massive Borobudur complex from afar, along with the range of volcanoes sitting off in the distance. The trek goes along plantations and traditional villages until arriving at the temple.

Spend some time exploring the breathtaking Borobudur complex, the largest Buddhist temple in the world, learning all about the incredible history behind its construction. Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labour and took more than 75 years to complete. These days, the UNESCO Heritage site is still visible in its full glory with magnificent carvings and an unusual, yet surprisingly beautiful bulk structure.

Enjoy lunch today at a local restaurant near the complex.

After lunch, transfer to Selo village. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and rest up at the hotel early before the evening’s hike. The Mt. Merapi trek will begin at midnight!

Overnight at guesthouse in Selo

3

Selo – Mount Merbabu – Solo

Trekking distance: 5-6 hour ascent; 3-4 hours descending Elevation: +1500m Average distance: 10km Difficulty : hard

At 04.30 - Start the trekking from the starting point of your Merbabu trekking, at 1700 meters above seas level.

After a few hours rest we will be picked up at our accommodation at 3am and transfer to the base of Merbabu.

Our ascent will begin at around 4.30am with a 6hr climb, crossing through forests of pine, until we reach the Sabana II camp. We can rest a little while here before climbing for 45 more minutes up to the summit. As we climb we can enjoy watching the first light illuminate the panorama, which will include nearby Mt Merapi, as well as distant volcanoes away on the horizon.

We descend to the camp for a well-earned lunch before descending back down towards Selo, which should take around 3-4hrs. We check into our simple guesthouse in Selo where we can rest for the remainder of the day.

4

Solo – Mojokerto (by Train) – Tumpang

Transfer from Yogyakarta to Mojokerto (282km) by train : 4 hours Transfer from Mojokerto to Tumpang (90km) by car: 3 hours

Start the day with an early morning pick up from the hotel. Head out alongside the guide to the Solo train station, boarding the Sancaka Pagi train. The scenic ride will be in executive, air-conditioned class heading to Mojokerto in Eastern Java.

Note: Planned route is aboard Sancaka Pagi, departing 0755 and arriving 1055. Schedule subject to change without notice. Your guide will accompany on the journey.

Travelling by train in Java is a wonderful opportunity to meet locals and is also the best way to enjoy the volcanic landscapes of Central and East Java. It is suggested to bring warm clothes as the air conditioning is usually turned on high!

Upon arrival in Mojokerto, our driver will be waiting to provide transport to Tumpang village at the gates of the Tengger National Park.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant en route.

Dinner will be provided at the guesthouse.

Overnight in Tumpang

NOTE : Please provide your passport details to proceed with train tickets at the confirmation of the booking. Without passport details we will not be able to issue the tickets.

5

Tumpang – Ranupani – Ranu Kumbolo – Kalimati

Transfer from Tumpang to Ranupani (28 km) by Jeep: 2 hours Trekking (Ranu Pani – Ranu Kumbolo): 4hours Trekking (Ranu Kumbolo – Kalimati): 2hours Difficulty: Hard

After breakfast at the hotel, there will be a brief medical check-up provided. Continue by Jeep for the scenic drive to the southern gate of Bromo Tengger National Park and Ranu Pani.

Upon arrival at Ranu Pani Village, meet the local guide and team of porters and report to the National Park office. After a briefing on the Semeru ascent, safety and logistics, start the challenging trek up Mt. Semeru.

Starting from Ranu Pani village and heading towards Ranu Kumbolo village, trek through bush and casuarina forest which dominates the landscape. Make a stop along the way at the stone wall of Watu Rejeng (4  hours – approximately 10km).

After a picnic lunch, the climb will continue from Ranu Kumbolo (2400m) to Kalimati (2700m) through an undulating landscape of savanna (2 Hours – Approximately 5km), where the tents will be set up for the night.

Dinner is prepared by the team; overnight in tents at Kalimati Basecamp.

6

Kalimati – Mt Semeru Summit (Mahameru) – Ranupani

Transfer from Ranupani to Bromo: 1 hour Trekking to summit Mount Semeru: 3 hrs Trekking down to Ranupani: 6 hrs Difficulty: Very Hard

Start the ascent to the top of Mt. Semeru at approximately 02:00 in the morning.

The peak of Mt Semeru is 3,676 m above sea level and is the highest mountain in
Java and one of its most active volcanoes.  Mt Semeru resembles a perfect cone but in fact it is a dome form with a stripe field on the hillsides.

Estimated trekking time is 3-4 hours on sand and stone terrain. During the hike, there will be plenty of photo opportunities and also many chances to see its frequent eruptions. After reaching the top, start the descent back down to basecamp for breakfast before returning to Ranu Pani Village.

Dinner and accommodation tonight are both at the house of a Local Ranger in Ranupani.

Alternative program:

If it is not possible to climb Mt. Semeru due to natural circumstances we cannot control, we will offer an alternative trek to Welirang Volcano.

7

Ranupani – Cemorolawang – Bromo Summit – Cemorolawang

Transfer from RanuPani to Cemorolawang: 1hour Trekking around Mount Bromo: 3 hours Difficulty: Easy

After breakfast in the morning, transport will be provided by 4x4 vehicle, crossing the Tengger region and the Caldera of Mount Bromo, before finally arriving in Cemorolawang.

Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and freshen up before the next journey. Lunch will be provided at hotel.

In the afternoon, enjoy a walk through the exotic Tenggerese Villages, crossing a sea of sand to the base of Mount Bromo. Climb the volcano and summit the rim of the crater via approximately 250 steps (2329 M). Alongside the guide, discover some scenic viewing points around the crater before descending the volcano.

After the explorations, return to the hotel for dinner and relax for the evening.

Overnight in Cemorolawang

8

Cemorolawang – Mount Penanjakan – Ketapang

Transfer from Cemorolawang to Seruni (5 km) : 10 minutes Transfer from Cemoro Lawang to Pasir Putih (126 km): 4 hours Transfer from Pasir Putih to Ketapang (109km): 3 ½ hours Trekking to Mount Penanjakan : 2 hours Difficulty: Easy

Start the day early for the departure by Jeep to Seruni Village- the starting point of the day’s sunrise trek. Start trekking to Mount Penanjakan (2770 M) for the magnificent sunrise of Mount Bromo.

After sunrise, trek back down the mountain to enjoy breakfast at the hotel before returning to the Ketapang area.  

Check-out of the hotel and transfer to Ketapang, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Upon arrival, enjoy the rest of day at leisure in the resort.

Dinner will be provided at hotel

Overnight in Ketapang

9

Ketapang – Trek to Ijen Crater – Pemuteran

Transfer from Ketapang – Banyuwangi – Paltuding Ijen base camp (38km) : 1 hour 15 minutes each way Transfer from Ketapang harbor East Java to Gilimanuk harbor Bali (6 km) by ferry: 45 minutes + 1 hour time difference between Java and Bali Transfer from Gilimanuk to Pemuteran (32 km) : 1 hour Trekking: 4hours Difficulty: Easy

Awake early again this morning for an excursion to Mt Ijen. Breakfast is served at the hotel before setting off by 4x4 Jeep.

Reach Paltuding, the base camp of Kawah Ijen located at 1,850m. The trek to the top is 3 kilometres and follows a wide, packed dirt pathway for about 1 hour 30 minutes. At the top of Mt Ijen is a large crater lake surrounded by sulphur mines. During the walk, it is highly likely to encounter local miners carrying loads of up to 70 kg, often barefooted, down the mountainside.

Upon reaching the top (2,368m), enjoy views of the Crater Lake which is 200 meters deep and contains about 36 million cubic meters of steaming, acidic water.

Local authorities only allow watching the scenery from the rim of the crater; it is strictly forbidden to walk down to the lake shore due to very toxic fumes. For anyone wishing to walk down to observe the ‘blue fire’, a disclaimer must be signed.

Alternative program:

If it is not possible to climb Mount Ijen due to natural circumstances we cannot control, we will offer an alternative program to Kaliklatak coffee and rubber plantation.

Return to the hotel late in the morning.

In the afternoon, transport will be provided to the Ketapang ferry terminal near Banyuwangi. Check-in before crossing the Bali straits to the island of Bali by local ferry (45-minute journey.)

Upon reaching Gilimanuk on Bali’s western shores, continue by road to the village of Pemuteran.

Check in at the hotel in Pemuteran.

The Javanese guide and driver will return to Java; meet the Balinese guide and driver the following day at 14:00

Dinner and overnight in Pemuteran

10

Pemuteran – Menjangan Island – Pemuteran

Transfer from Pemuteran to Menjangan (15km): 30 minutes per waySnorkeling: 2 hours

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, spend the remainder of the day at leisure in Pemuteran, relaxing on the beach after a strenuous few days.

*Optional Activity: Menjangan Island snorkeling

Head this morning for a snorkeling trip around the Menjangan Island in the heart of the West National Park of Bali. The island is without doubt the most fascinating underwater world Bali has to offer. You will spend your morning viewing beautiful coral gardens, whilst also having the chance to take a short walk on the island to view the local wildlife including deer.

Picnic lunch on the island. Back to your hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure

Inclusions: snorkeling gear, local guide for snorkeling, life jacket, local boat, lunch box.

Farewell dinner in Pemuteran

Overnight in Pemuteran

11

Pemuteran – Departure

Transfer from Pemuteran to Ngurah Rai Airport (130 km): 4 hour

After breakfast at the hotel, spend the morning at leisure until transport (provided) to the airport for the onward flight.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Luggage transfer
  • English Speaking certified Adventure Guide
  • Plenty of water per person per trekking day
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • Additional local guide for 11-15 pax, 2 assistant  guides for 16+ pax
  • Private air conditioned vehicle during tour and transfer as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Trekking permit
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations
  • Trekking permit and conservation fees
  • Supporting teams of porters during each climbing with overnight for porterages, camp setting and meals preparation
  • Nights in camping as mention in itinerary, camping equipment provided (tent, sleeping bag, mattress and flash light)

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights.
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Tips
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (laundry, telephone etc.)
  • Credit card/bank transfer fees
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion
  • Supplement for other language speaking guides

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