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24 hours trip to the magical Kawah Ijen

15 May 2019

OH MY, where to start? Magical? Beautiful? Amazing? I honestly don't think that you can describe the view and experience like Kawah Ijen with words. You have to experience it!

I went for a 24-hours trip with Indotravelteam to Kawah Ijen, and it was terrific. All started in a car from Seminyak, I had my backpack ready, and the hours of traveling to Java was waiting.

We arrived at Kawah Ijen basecamp, and we met our sweet guide, Hary. It’s middle in the night, and we have no idea what we should expect. We got the equipment we needed and prepared ourselves with a lot of clothes. I heard before that it’s freezing up there, so I brought all my warm clothes and mentally prepared myself because I hate to feel cold (yes even if I’m Swedish haha).

So I had like three layers of everything, and we started the hike. Already after fifteen minutes, I removed two of the layers, and I enjoyed the fresh and chilled air. As we moved and used our bodies to hike, it was lovely to have that cold breeze to breathe. And we walked and walked. It was uphill. And we walked—step by step.

Breathless but excited. I felt alive. I love to be outside nature and use my body. I guess it’s because it makes me feel present. I can hear all sounds around me, feel the wind touch my face, feel the cold air through my breath, and observe the ground to know where to put my feet.

When we stopped, I could feel my heartbeat so bright. I’ve to say, uphill hike is damn good cardio. And a wake-up call for the body at 3 am as well, haha. We took a short break and had some water. It was dark. I had no idea what the surroundings looked like except the path. All flashlights were directed to the ground. I looked up at the sky. Hey, lovely Luna. The air was full of stars and the powerful moon. I don’t know why, but I’m so amazed by the moon. It is just something inside me that wake up, and I feel connected to something bigger out there.

And we continued the hike. And suddenly, we were at the top. I’m like, “Wait, what, already?” such a fantastic feeling. It was still dark when we got there, but we could see flashlights, white smoke, and the shining moon. Slowly it started to get brighter, and we walked to the very top to experience the beautiful sunrise. The sky was fully painted with colors. Red, yellow, pink.

The sunrises, and I turned around, saw the turquoise lake. WOW. It looked unreal. The view was amazing. I was standing there surrounded by mountains, witnessing spectacular colors made by mother earth, it was truly amazing.

What to say, respect for mother nature, right?

One of the hard working sulfur miners at Kawah Ijen.

Lastly, after experienced that view, the steps to reach the top were only a memory. Honestly, the amount of hike was just right, not too long or too little. I will go back there. For now, hands up for planet earth and our bodies make this possible—feeling grateful for this fantastic trip. What an experience!

All the best, L

@freespiritbylisa

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