Kamchatka is one of the most pristine destinations in the world. Barely touched by the civilization, it sees only a handful of visitors each year. Discover geysers, remote mountain valleys and Kamchatka volcanoes: Avacha (2741 м), Mutnovsky (2322 м), Gorely (1829 м).
This is one of our most unique tours and probably the best deal for traveling to Kamchatka that you can find. Spend most of your time in the outdoors hiking, trekking, and rafting in the stunning landscape.
Kamchatka's weather because of its location between the Bering Sea and the Sea of Ohotsk is changeable. It can be glorious or just like any rainy, gloomy day anywhere. Tours dependent on helicopters are subject to weather delays and even cancellations. The helicopter excursion to the Valley of the Geysers does not operate during May and June. September and October already attract some snow and thus some itineraries that operate during the summer months cannot operate during this time.
You fly to Kamchatka. Here you board the truck for the ride to the wondrous Mutnovsky and Gorely volcanoes. You could book the flight to the Valley of the Geysers. Alternatively there are many other activities planned. On the last two days enjoy the ascent of Avacha volcano, before you return to Moscow.
This itinerary takes you to one of the most remote parts of the world. All though services have improved in the last couple of years, we will encounter problems with delays, bureaucratic conditions, bad road conditions, uneven surfaces and steps and unavailability of public bathrooms. Please also note that weather circumstances may change each day's activity as to take advantage of good weather. This program requires flexibility and good humor. Every effort will be made to follow the itinerary; however there is always the possibility of changes We adhere to the following basic ecotourism principles.
02.07, 05.07, 09.07, 12.07, 16.07, 19.07, 23.07, 26.07, 30.07, 02.08, 06.08, 09.08, 13.08, 16.08, 20.08, 23.08, 30.08, 03.09, 06.09, 10.09, 13.09.
Departure for Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka. The flight time is 8.5 hours and there is a plus 9 hour change in time ( from Moscow).
Day 1: Arrival.
Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to a hotel. Stroll around the town with your experienced tour manager in the late afternoon. Hotel
Day 2: Avacha Bay
Boat excursion around the Avacha bay with fishing and Ukha (fish soup). Visit Starichkov Island to view sea birds and mammals (6 hours in total). This tour is a unique opportunity to see the fascinating surroundings of Petropavlovsk from the sea, to explore the shores of the Avacha Bay, and to watch colonies of seabirds in their natural habitat. B, L, Hotel
Day 3: The pacific ocean and Vilyuchik Volcano area.
Drive by trucks to Pacific ocean coast. We stop at a viewpoint on the at Khalatyrskiy beach-the shore of the Pacific ocean. The road climbs gently in a lovely environment of open mountain tundra. Then we stop at a viewpoint on the broad plateau South of Petropavlovsk ; the shield volcano of the Viluchinsky cone rises to the east. Your hostel is in a beautiful and remote area, near the steep ash slopes of Barkhatnaya hill to the south and the gentler basaltic slopes of the Goryachaya hill to the north. A short walk to the Verkhne-Paratunskie hot springs where we can observe some fine hot springs and have a chance to bath in them. Dinner is at a hostel in the remote area with the swimming pool with termal water. B, L, D Hostel
Day 4: Ascent Mutnovsky.
The walk to the crater is a single trail and back. No one should wander off alone, because the grounds are very unstable and potentially hazardous. The walk is nearly 11 km in July and 4 km in August from the trail stop with a rise of less than 600 m into the main caldera. The trucks go as far as possible. On the way you pass the two hills of Skalisty and Dyugorby, which are actually very old volcanoes. Beyond the trail one can observe past old bore holes spouting steam. The track goes through the pass between Mutnovsky and Dyugorby from where Asacha, Opala and Gorely volcanoes can be seen to the left. This is an incredible sight. You then traverse through a mix of rough tundra, lava and banks of ash and pumice. The walk up the gorge is largely on banks of hard snow and firm ice that has accumulated in winter avalanches off the gorge walls. Much of the surface is covered in wind-blown ash. The caldera's eastern glacier lies ahead where it melts out on a steep rocky slope, aided by a series of fumaroles. You climb the slopes of volcanic ash and glacial till and pass besides various geothermal vents; these include fumaroles and mud pools. A lake is sometimes dammed up behind the glacier; at other times it drains through the ice, leaving a flatbed of reworked ash pitted by boiling mud pools. Streams emerge from the snow and ice fields and flow back under the glacier toe. You have lunch on the rim of the caldera, take pictures and enjoy the view. Then you return to the hostel.. B, L, D Tent or Hostel
Day 5: Gorely Volcano
Depart the hostel after breakfast towards Gorely. From the lake flats, walk up the volcano, climbing steadily to gain 750 m in height. You trek over a mixture of rough grassy tundra with very low dwarf willow and bare stripes of basaltic lava. Some lava flow structures are recognizable and there are also patches of volcanic ash redistributed by the winds. Higher up, long gently graded snow-fields provide the easiest route up (and certainly the best way to come back down). The first large crater contains a cold lake about 100 m below; its surface has ice floes from a small glacier on its internal slope. The walls of all the craters expose profiles through thick sequences of lava flows. You will have a picnic lunch on the edge of the crater. Over 100 m down, a hot acidic lake has active fumaroles around its margin and beneath the surface. The recent eruptions of Gorely have been largely steam events produced when vents heat up and increase their output. Return back along the outward route to the trucks by the lake. The trucks head back out of the Gorely caldera and return to the hostel with the hot thermal water swimming pull.Cottage, B, L, D
Day 6: Avacha Base Camp.
You can take a rest after a leisurely breakfast this morning. After lunch you go by truck to the Avacha Volcano Base camp on a mud road leaving the birch forest tracing your way over a rough dry river bed and old lava flow. At the end of the track is a bunkhouse where you spend the night. At this point you can observe Avacha volcano up ahead to the right and Koryaksky ahead to the left. In the afternoon you take a gentle walk up the valley to Camel Mountain, a distinctively humped ridge amid a group of small hills on the saddle between Avacha and Koryaksky. The hills are mainly eroded remains of old cinder cones, with some shoulders and summits. Snow fields drape some of the slopes. Return to camp for dinner and an early night in the bunkhouse. B, L, D Avacha Wooden lodge
Day 7: Avacha Climb
The walk up to the volcano is on a single trail. While everyone can walk at their own pace, it is usually recommended that travelers walk together in case of difficulties. Avacha is considered a steep hike but not a technical one. You will aim for the shoulder of the old crater rim, which offers a lovely stretch of scenic walking. The steep part of the trail ends where it turns onto a gently rising shoulder, which provides a delightful walk on an easier gradient. The old summit has been nearly filled and obliterated by the growth of the new summit cone. The newer summit cone rises above, and its northern slope overlaps and buries the old caldera rim, so that the easy shoulder does not continue round. There are views south to the cone of Viluchinsky and beyond to the complex peaks of Mutnovsky and the rounded shield volcano of Gorely; as well as to the north where the old degraded cones of the Zhupanovsky volcano are situated. The summit crater yawned hundreds of meters deep until 1991, when it was filled with andesite lava. The black lava now forms a gentle dome - it is the fresh top of a classic plug dome. Steam rises through its fissured surface, and there are even lots of fumeroles. When walking round the rim to the left; giant crescent flow ribs mark the lava's surface where it flowed over the lowest point on the old crater rim. The descent of the summit cone is on a straight steep down-trail alongside the zigzag up-trail; and requires careful attention. Return to Avacha Base Camp. B, L, D Avacha Wooden lodge
Day 8: Rafting option down Bystraya River.
Afret breakfast you are taken by trucks to the camp on Bystraya river bank . Your rafts will be waiting for you to put in and they will take you down the river. The rafting will take about four hours. You will have an opportunity fishing during rafting. Then you will visit the Malki resort with the hot springs. Return to the hotel. Hotel, B, L, D
This day will allow you to relax a bit after our activities of the past few days. If the weather is cooperative and if there is place on the helicopter fly to the Valley of Geysers, located in the Kronotsky Reserve. The flight takes about one hour and fifteen minutes, three hours are spent in the Valley and then there is a lunch after which you return to Yelizovo. The whole excursion can take all day though because the weather usually does not clear until late morning. Kronotsky Preserve. Local people with the goal of conserving the sable population created this protected area in 1881. One of Russia's largest; an oldest preserve in Russia, Kronotsky is a multi-faceted jewel covering 1,007,134 hectares of land and a 3-mile zone of 152 miles of shoreline. The preserve's mountains, glaciers, active and extinct volcanoes, rivers, lakes, islands, beaches, and rugged shoreline give the preserve a variety of ecosystems and remarkable biodiversity. The protected area abounds with wildlife, marine or terrestrial, to watch and photograph. The preserve plays a major role in preservation of Kamchatka's brown bears as it is home to about 750 of these wonderful creatures. Additionally over 2000 of Kamchatka's last wild reindeer live in the territory, along with Steller's sea eagles, and Aleutian terns
Day 10: Departure.
The morning is free for last minute shopping. Your incredible adventure in Kamchatka came to its finish line. Your driver will take you to the airport.T, B
1 pax with interpreter in multy-national group 2300 Euro;
2 pax with interpreter in multy-national group 1710 Euro;
3 pax with interpreter in multy-national group 1520 Euro;
4 pax with interpreter in multy-national group 1430 Euro;
5 pax with interpreter in multy-national group 1370 Euro;
6 pax with interpreter in multy-national group 1330 Euro;
7 pax with interpreter in multy-national group 1300 Euro;
from 8 pax - 1290( Dbl) / 1490(Sgl) Euro per pax
• All transport, including ground transportation, transfers, etc.
• All excursions as noted in the itinerary
• English speaking knowledgeable Tour Manager
• All meals as noted in the itinerary
• All accommodations as noted
• All other entrance fees to preserves and reserves
• International airfare
• Communication costs and other personal items
• Flight to the Valley of Geysers
• All alcohol