Breezy Malang, extraordinary Bromo and amazing Ijen

Malang is a bright and refreshing city with hardly any high-rise buildings and a lot of heritage. This city with a village breeze is more than worthwhile to wonder in, to get to know the people and its culture. Then head to Mt. Bromo and the Ijen Crater Lake with extras on route.

Day 1: Malang city tour - spend the night near Mt. Bromo

To make the most of your day, start after breakfast. Malang city tour. Some interesting spots you might like to visit are: the bird and flower market, Ijen Boulevard, kampong Jodipan (also known under the name kampong warna-warni), the Chinese temple, the alun-alun (the town square), Tugu monument at the round alun-alun with the city hall, and Pasar Besar.
On the way to Cemara Lawang village, you have plenty options to make a stop. Take a look at the "Discovery ideas" just below. If you prefer to drive directly to Cemara Lawang, it will be about 3 to 4 hours, depending on traffic conditions.
In Cemara Lawang we will drop you at your hotel. If you wish, you explore the ancient Hindu Tengger area and get to know the local culture together with your driver. Farming activities. Market. Village life. When it is about to get dark, enjoy the sunset at the rim of the ancient caldera.

Discovery ideas: 1. Madakaripura Waterfalls (discuss the options time and weather wise with your driver) 2. Wonosari tea plantation in Lawang 3. Botanical gardens in Purwodadi 4. Singosari & Sumberawan temples 5. Sumber Udel in Lawang
Hotel: Cafe Lava

Meals: none

Timetable day 1

08:30 - 10:00  Malang city tour
10:00 - 13:30  Drive to Cemara Lawang village
13:30 - 17:00  Explore
17:00 - 18:00  Sunset


Day 2: Mount Bromo sunrise tour

A 4wd Jeep will pick you up at 03:00. Early day.
Mount Pananjakan is your first destination. Have a hot cup of coffee or tea to get used to the temperature. It can be cold at an height of 2770 m. Bring some warm clothes as the temperature can drop till around the freezing point.
Just before sunrise it is a short walk to the viewpoint itself. Choose your spot and wait for the magic to happen; sunrise. Weather conditions determine the colour palet. 
Walk back to your Jeep, where your driver is waiting. You will descend into the ancient caldera and cross the volcanic black Sea of Sand. If you wish to walk, ask your driver to stop. Otherwise he will drop you near Luhur Poten temple.
It will be a 45 min walk to the top of the active volcano Bromo. If you want, you can hire a horse (not included). Take your time in this splendid landscape.
Once back at your Jeep, you will be brought back to your hotel. You can have breakfast and a refreshing shower before checking out. 
You then area heading to Bondowoso city. You will drive via the scenic Arak-Arak hills where your driver can stop at a scenic spot to have lunch (not included).

Discovery ideas: 1. rafting Pekalen river (you might need to add an extra day to your tour)
Hotel: Ijen View Hotel Resort & Restaurant

Meals: breakfast

Timetable day 2

03:00 - 03:45  Drive to mount Pananjakan
03:45 - 04:15  Coffee break
04:15 - 04:25  Choose your spot for sunrise
04:25 - 06:00  Sunrise
06:00 - 06:10  Walk back to your Jeep
06:10 - 06:40  Drive through the volcanic Sea of Sand
06:40 - 09:00  Explore Bromo and the area
09:00 - 09:30  Head back to your Jeep
09:30 - 10:00  Drive back to your hotel
10:00 - 11:00  Breakfast and check out
11:00 - 15:30  Drive to Bondowoso city


Day 3: Ijen crater lake - drop in Ketapang (ferry to Bali)

Another early morning. You will depart around 04:00. It is a 2 hours drive to Paltuding.
In Paltuding your hike to Ijen crater lake starts. It will take around 1.5 hours to conquer the 3 km to the green-blueish lake. Sulphur miners are already at work. They are wheeling down their loads.
Ijen crater lake is the most acidic lake in the world. Take your time to explore this fascinating lake.
Sulphur miners are collecting their sulphur near the lake. They head down into the crater to collect the solidified sulphur at the end of ceramic pipes. They load the sulphur in bamboo baskets to carry loads up to 100 kg on their shoulders up the rim. There they reload the sulphur on trolleys.
If you feel ready to head down to the parking area, your driver will be waiting for you. Don't forget to visit the sulphur weighing area just behind the parking. All sulphur miners get together to weigh their loads and to get paid.
After a coffee break, you will be driven to the harbour in Ketapang where you can take the ferry to Bali.

Discovery ideas: 1. Visit the biggest blue fire area in the world at Ijen crater lake - you will have to depart at midnight 2. Sulphur factory in Licin village 3. Coffee plantation Kalibendo 4. Jagir waterfall
Meals: breakfast

Timetable day 3

04:00 - 06:00 Drive to Paltuding
06:00 - 07:30 Hike to Ijen crater lake
07:30 - 09:00 Enjoy Ijen crater lake
09:00 - 09:45 Head back to the parking
09:45 - 10:15 Coffee break
10:15 - 12:30 Drive to Ketapang harbour


Price & reservation

Interested in this exclusive tour? Please, contact us. You can use the form just beside this column (or below if you use a tab or mobile phone). We will send you the price quotation if you let us know your (approximate) departure date and the number of guests. Keep in mind if you travel with children, to state the age of your children (price difference).
You can also contact us in case you have a question. Please use the contact form on our "contact-page".  participants.

Included: private transport with ac, a friendly little English speaking driver and fuel during the tour, 4wd Jeep for Bromo sunrise tour, accommodation: 2 nights, meals: 2x breakfast, daily mineral water in reasonable amounts, daily seasonal fruit, coffee break in Pananjakan, entrance fee Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, entrance fee Ijen crater lake, ferry to Bali
Excluded: travel insurance, personal expenses (such as toilet visits and souvenirs), all lunches and dinners, horse riding mount Bromo

Please note that seeing the blue fire at Ijen crater lake isn't without risks. You are descending into the crater of an active volcano. The crater holds the most acidic lake on earth. This part of the tour is optional and can only be undertaken by those in good condition. Helios Transport can't be hold liable in case anything happens.

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