This tour will give you an idea of the “unique” wilderness of the Kamchatka peninsula, and its thermal and volcanic activity. Tolbachik is a volcanic complex on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east of Russia. It consists of two volcanoes, Plosky (flat) Tolbachik and Ostry (sharp) Tolbachik, which as the names suggest are respectively a flat-topped shield volcano and a peaked stratovolcano.
Its eruptive history stretches back thousands of years, but the most notable eruption occurred in 1975, commonly known as "The Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption". It was preceded by an earthquake swarm, which led to a successful prediction of the eruption by scientists from the Russian Institute of Volcanology. The eruption created several new cinder cones, and in terms of volume of lava emitted was Kamchatka's largest basaltic eruption in historic times.
Map of volcanoes
You fly to Kamchatka. Here you board the truck for the ride to the wondrous Mutnovsky and Gorely volcanoes. You will ascend the Mutnovsky volcano. Then get to Tolbachick area. Drive Tolbachik to the Esso village. Rafting down the Bystraya river.Ascent Avacha Volcano. On the last two days enjoy the flight to the Valley of the Geysers, before you return to Moscow. Departure for home.
This itinerary takes you to one of the most remote parts of the world. Please also note that weather circumstances may change each day's activity as to take advantage of good weather. Every effort will be made to follow the itinerary; however there is always the possibility of changes.
Dates 2017: 01.07; 13.07; 26.07, 02.08
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 to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Double accommodation in a hotel. Get acquainted with a guide. Sightseeing. T.
Day 2: Mutnovsky Volcano
Drive by trucks to Mutnovsky Volcano. In July travelers will likely have to hike a long way to get to the area where they can ascend Mutnovsky due to either snow or the formation of snowmelt lakes preventing the trucks from getting through. The tarred road lies along the west side of the flat valley floor. A dirt road begins at the end of the farmed land; this provides access to the Mutnovsky area. From the road there are views east to the splendid but inactive cone of Viluchinsky volcano, and north along the glaciated trough of the Paratunka Valley. The road climbs gently in a lovely environment of open mountain tundra. We stop at a viewpoint on the broad plateau east of Gorely volcano; the shield volcano of Gorely lies to the west, beyond the rim of its modest caldera wall; the ice-clad ramparts of the Mutnovsky Volcano lie further away to the south; the Viluchinsky cone rises to the east. The trucks will go as far as they can get. Your campsite is in a beautiful and remote area, with the steep andesite slopes of Mutnovsky rising to the south and the gentler basaltic slopes of Gorely to the north. A short walk to the south reaches the rim of the canyon where we can observe some fine waterfalls cut into the volcanic rocks, but the floor of the crater is choked with snow many meters deep. Dinner is at a hostel in the area of the geothermal power station and then it will probably be an early night at the hostel ( room for 5 pax) or in your tents B, L, D Tent or Hostel
Day 3: 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 from the hostel with a rise of less than 600m 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. In the afternoon you return to your campsite. B, L, D Tent or Hostel
Day 4: Gorely Volcano
Depart the camp 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 Akros cottages with the hot thermal water swimming pull.Cottage, B, L, D
Day 5: Drive to Kozyrevsk village not far from Tolbachik volcano (590 KM). Accommodation in tents / wooden T,B,L,D.
Day 6: Drive to Tolbachik volcano. Setting up a base camp in Leningradtsev site (place, where the first Moon rover was tested). Accommodation in tents. (60 KM). T,B,L,D.
Day 7: Ascend fabulous Ploskyi Tolbachik (3085) volcano . (60 KM). T,B,L,D.
Day 8: One day trip to the Northern vent lava fields, which appeared during 1975 fissure eruption. The route crosses volcanogenic complex of different ages represented by various basalt types. The view may remind you of a lunar landscape. Visiting “Dead forest”. T,B,L,D.
Day 9: Trip to Malki. Morning departure for Malki resort. Setting up a camp on Bystraya river bank / Fishing. Making fish sup - "ukha". Accommodation in tents. T,B,L,D.
Day 10: Rafting option down Bystraya River
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 to fish during rafting. You stay for overnight in the Malki cottages with the hot thermal water swimming pull. T, Wooden lodge, B, L, D
Day 11: Avacha Base Camp
You can visit the hot thermal fields 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 12: 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
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 123 years ago. 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 2500 of Kamchatka's last wild reindeer live in the territory, along with Steller's sea eagles, and Aleutian terns. B, Hotel
Day 14: 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
Price: 2300 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