I just come back from 8 days trip in Java Island Indonesia. One of the places i went is the famous Mt.Ijen. My friends and i woke up at 2.30am for the hike to the mountain, reach the starting point around 3am. It was a 3KM hike, it is consider an easy hike and if you are physically fit it can be done in 1 hour but i'm not fit so it took me about 2 hours to reach the top. We were unlucky cause the visibility is so bad we can hardly see the lake, i'm lucky enough to have this shot and to be able to visit this place.
Kawah Ijen is one of the most incredible and surreal places I've ever visited i just wish the weather was on our side that day so that we can explore more but like my friend said i'm lucky enough to be alive :) Ijen is actually a site of a labor intensive sulfur mining operation where miners collect and carry huge loads of pure sulfur up from the crater floor along a steep, rocky path amid clouds of sulfur dioxide gas, all for the equivalent of about ten dollars a day which is very cheap considering the work environment and the hard work they doing there. Anyway, i will post pictures of the miners soon.