Mt. Ijen at Sunrise Version 2
Otherworldly landscape around the Indonesian volcano of Mt. Ijen.
It was quite the trek to wake up in the very early hours of the night in Banyuwagi, drive to the base of the mountain and then climb up for what seemed like forever, all in the dark.
Eventually after we reached a plateau we had to immediately descend into the volcanic crater on extremely busy, often unstable paths to make it to the bottom before sunrise. It was wholly chaotic as swarms of other tourists made their way down the path and miners toiling for sulfur made their way up constantly butting heads.
At the bottom as the Sun broke through the night sky, billows of smoke poured from open vents in the Earth's crust. The sulfuric fumes would rise and envelope you completely. Even with gas masks our eyes burned and for a few brief seconds you felt like you were going to be completely consumed and suffocated by the dark, thick, poisonous gas.
To see the Earth this raw and up close is a humbling experience and completely justifies the 'hassle' of getting there. A great experience all round even with his rabid popularity. I've been to many active volcanos, an active volcanic pool at Erta Ale, Ethiopia, a volcanic eruption at volcan Fuego In Guatemala, an erupting volcano surrounded by ocean at Stromboli, Italy but this was unique in an of itself and stands on its own. 🌋 🌋 🌋
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