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Menjangan Island / Pemuteran / Mojokerto / Mount Semeru / Mount Merapi / Mount Ijen / Solo/Surakarta / Mt Bromo / Borobodur / Yogyakarta

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.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Highlights for Trekking East Java Four Volcano Summit
Trek one of Java’s highest mountains

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

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

Take a scenic train journey

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

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ITINERARY

Trekking East Java Four Volcano Summit - 11 Days / 10 Nights

DAY 1 - Arrival Jogja – BorobudurMealsMEALS [L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer 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

DAY 2 - Borobudur – From Menoreh Hills to Borobudur - SeloMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer 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

DAY 3 - Selo – Mount Merbabu – SoloMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTrekking 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.

DAY 4 - Solo – Mojokerto (by Train) – TumpangMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer 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.

DAY 5 - Tumpang – Ranupani – Ranu Kumbolo – KalimatiMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer 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.

DAY 6 - Kalimati – Mt Semeru Summit (Mahameru) – RanupaniMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer 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.

DAY 7 - Ranupani – Cemorolawang – Bromo Summit – CemorolawangMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer 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

DAY 8 - Cemorolawang – Mount Penanjakan – KetapangMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer 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

DAY 9 - Ketapang – Trek to Ijen Crater – PemuteranMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer 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

DAY 10 - Pemuteran – Menjangan Island – PemuteranMealsMEALS [B|D]

Exo TravelTransfer 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

DAY 11 - Pemuteran – DepartureMealsMEALS [B]

Exo TravelTransfer 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.

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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

Remark on trekking:

  • During Mount Semeru trekking, porter will bring trekking & cooking equipment, logistic; porter does not carry the participant personal gear it is advice to carry a lighter bag for all trekking portion.
  • Prepare a light backpack that you can carry during your trekking. Personal gear must be provided on your own: good trekking shoes, warm clothing, wind jacket, rain gear, hat/cap, sun’s cream, gaiter, personal medicine, and personal toiletries.
  • All camping material are provide by our local guide team (tent, nap for picnic and camping chairs, toilet tent, sleeping bag, mattress, pillow, toilet paper), should you wish to bring your own camping material please inform your local guide upon briefing.
  • Please bring warm clothes during Mount Bromo sunrise excursion as the temperature is low and cold

Important notes:

  • During the important religious festival of Idul Fitri, which falls in 2020 on 23rd & 24th May. intense travel across the country, especially in Java, has to be expected with the consequence of long traffic jams. Overland travel is not advised during the two weeks from 16th to 31st May 2020. Especially the ferry crossing between Java and Bali may be blocked. Service availability during that time may be limited, tour guides may be travelling home, and restaurants may be closed.
  • During Nyepi Day, an important religious day in Bali , which falls in 2020 on March 25th  , visitors and the public are not allowed to leave the premises of hotels from 6am to 6am the following day; all public activities will cease, hotels remain operational with limited staff; the airport will not operate any flights.
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) prior to travel. Since we are not able to advice on any matters regarding vaccinations or other precautionary medical measures, we recommend the consultation of a travel- or tropical-medicine doctor.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from date of offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted. We reserve the right to adjust prices for exceptional circumstances which are not under our control with a notice period of 30 day prior to travel. Services which are already paid are exempt from this.
  • Our prices are in United States Dollars (USD). Several of the services that we quote, are being paid in local currency – the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). In case of any significant change oft the official exchange rate of more than 5% to our disadvantage, we reserve the right to adjust prices. This would be done with a minimum notice period of 30 days.
  • Our prices are based on a petrol price of 7.400 Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) / liter. Should the petrol price increase more than 10%, we reserve the right to adjust our prices with a minimum notice period of 30 days.
  • Reservations during peak seasons (Christmas, New Year, High Season, and National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges, obligatory meals or minimum-stays. In certain cases, these may be announced late by supplier and hotels and may only be communicated upon the receipt of your confirmation of a booking.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so. Availability is always subject to change until booking confirmation form our side.
  • If any proposed service(s) is/are not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
  • Note that certain experiences, such as blessings by a priest, the visit of an astrologer, etc. are linked with cultural and social obligations on the side of the providers that may change with very short notice, and thus are always subject to change. Cancellations from the supplier-side with short notice have occurred, and in such cases we would always try to re-schedule the activity or experience.
  • Room/Bedding-Configuration: Prices per person based on twin sharing relate either to accommodation in a Twin-, a Double- or a so called “Hollywood”-Double Bed configuration. The third bed for accommodation requested in Triple-rooms is often not a full-size single bed, but an extra-bed / roll-away bed / sofa-bed that can vary in size and standard from the regular bedding in the room.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from check-in time at 14:00 pm on arrival day till check-out time at 12:00 o’clock noon on departure date. A supplement may need to be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Accommodation and service standards in remoter islands in Indonesia, and also in Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Flores, Sumba and other islands can be very basic and cannot be compared to those in Java or Bali. In some areas also the transportation means are of more basic standard.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines. Flight tickets are issues as soon as we receive a booking confirmation. In case of any cancellation of a booking prior the period within which advised cancellation charges apply, we reserve the right to charge cancellation charges for flight tickets according to the airline cancellation policy.
  • Train tickets are issued as soon as we receive a booking and passport details of the passengers, and the ticketing is opened on the side of the railway company (usually 3 months prior to travel). For any change in travel dates or any cancellation of the tour – also prior to the period within which advised – cancellation charges do apply. We reserve the right to charge for the cancellation of the train tickets according to the railway company cancellation policy. Usually this is for any change of date and for any cancellation the full train ticket price.
  • Bringing an additional day-bag: For guests travelling by train it is strongly advised to bring a day-bag. Luggage is usually not transported on the train and needs to be collected on the evening prior to departure and arrives late after arrival of the guests. The same applies for all travelers to Tangkahan and groups (GIT) Samosir in Sumatra. Due to limited space in the transportation, the main luggage can be stored while guest just take along a day-bag with content for 2 days.
  • Road conditions in Indonesia are not always very good and this can cause slow driving times. As a general rule we calculate 30 km = 1 hour driving. This can be even less when traveling in very remote areas and jungles with 4WD jeeps. Also some islands are very populated which during public holidays and long weekends can cause traffic problems that can influence your journey time considerably.
  • Note that visits to volcanoes are always subject to change and may be cancelled due to weather conditions or volcanic activity during time of travel; volcano trekking is not possible during rainy months from November to March, except for Bromo, Ijen and Batur volcanoes, where clearance only depends on the daily weather situation.
  • We do not encourage activities that do actively involve wildlife, such as dolphin tours, etc. For activities where guests come in touch with wildlife, very high standards apply and are carefully monitored in our side. Note that upon wildlife observations, including bird watching, and also Orang Utan trekking trips in North Sumatra or Kalimantan there is never a guarantee to see certain bird or primates. In the months between July and September the probability to see Orang Utans in the wild or at feeding stations, may be slightly lower than during other months of the year.
  • During the rainy season, especially during January and February boat transfers between Bali and Lombok or Gili Islands may be delayed or cancelled due to wave conditions in the Lombok Strait. We do strongly recommend using flights during that time! Occasionally cancellations also occur during the dry season. At any time it is strongly recommended to add one interim-night between a speedboat transfer and onward travel. Any flights should not be scheduled on the same day after a speedboat transfer.
  • Due to visibility, currents, higher waves and fast changing weather conditions, we refrain from booking dive excursions in Bali during the rainy season months from December to mid-March. All dive excursions take place at own risk and we reserve the right to let clients sign a waiver.
  • Any travel itinerary is generally dependent on weather conditions, and its feasibility may be constrained due to exceptional environmental or social events or circumstances
  • Among others, the following Indonesian airlines are currently banned by the European Commission from operating in European airspace for safety reasons: Citilink Indonesia, Lion (Mentari) Air, Transnusa Aviation Mandiri, Trigana Air Service, Air Asia Indonesia. Any booking of flights with so called “blacklisted” airlines is done only on request of the clients.

Visa & Passport: Visitors with certain nationalities are eligible for a 30-day Visa-On-Arrival (VOA) or a Visitor-Pass at certain international entry points in Indonesia. Certain nationalities are eligible for a non-extendable 30-day visa-free stay, if entering and exiting at certain checkpoints, among them Jakarta, Medan, Denpasar, Surabaya (and Batam). This is only possible if both entry and exit are at these ports, why caution is required by visitors on which option to choose! Those nationalities which are not eligible for a VOA need to apply in advance for a visa with the embassy or consulate of the Republic of Indonesia nearest to their place of residence in their country. For further information on visa regulations please refer to the official websites of the Directorate General of Immigration: http://www.imigrasi.go.id/index.php/en/. Since those websites may not always be up-to-date you may check with us on a case-by-case basis for the requirements of your booking. Note that the passport of persons travelling to Indonesia still needs to be valid for at least 6 month on the day of departure.

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