Magnificent nature, volcanic activity, the famous Valley of Geysers, acid lakes and hot fumaroles on active volcanoes, wild bears and rivers rich in fish — this is all the Kamchatka, the farthest corner of Russia. Here, the civilization has not yet encroached upon the natural beauty of the area, here you can still drink the water from the mountain springs, and here you still have a chance to become the pioneer of a lava cave of a remote volcano.
Viisit the Tolbachik volcano area in the Central Kamchatka 500 km from Petropavlovsk, where the Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption took place in 1975-76 and has left impressive after-effects: new volcanic cones with hot summits, huge ash fields, hardened lava flows, ash-burned forest. Tops of the new cones are still blazing. The first Soviet lunar vehicles were tested in this area.
Visit the crater of Mutnovsky Volcano with intensive powerful gas and steam spurts and boiling mud cauldrons. Mutnovsky is considered the most impressive Kamchatka volcano now because it is always active. Cross taiga and mountains areas rafting down the Bystraya River with good chances to see brown bears and to fish salmon. Visit national villages of native people – the Evens and get acquainted with their history, culture and present life.
Dates of arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy in 2017:
July: 12, 26
August: 8, 23
|Day 1||Arrival at the airport, transfer to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (20 km). Accommodation at a hotel (DBL).|
Day free. If you want you can take a helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers, flight around Karymsky (1486m) and Maly Semyachik (1560m) volcanoes, walk excursion at the Valley. This valley cannot be compared with any other unique objects in the world. There are more than 20 big geysers in the valley. Velican (Giant), Zhemchuzhny (Pearly), Sakharny (Sugary), Troinoi (Triple), Konus (Cone), Fontan (Fountain), Maly (Small), Bolshoy (Big), Shchel (Split) – here are some names. There are geysers that gush forth every 10-12 minutes, while others may erupt once in 4-5 hours. The wreathes of steam, fountains of boiling water, incredible colours of slopes, hot water streaming along them and profuse greenery of grasses and trees create an enchanting spectacle. Lunch is served at the Valley.
In the evening driving to Malky by off-road vehicle (130 km). Camping for the night. Bathing in hot springs.
|Day 3||Drive (460 km) to the area of Klyuchevskaya group of volcanoes by 6WD car. Lunch in Milkovo village. Crossing the Kamchatka river, the largest river of the peninsula, by ferry. Driving to the foot of one of the most beautiful volcanic formations of Plosky Tolbachik and Ostry Tolbachik. On the way in fair weather you can see the highest volcanoes of Kamchatka: Krestovsky (4057м.), Ushkovsky (3903м.), Klyuchevskoy (4750м.), Kamen (4579м.), Plosky Tolbachik (3082м.) and Ostry Tolbachik (3672м.). The place of the camp location is called The base of moon rovers. Camping for the night.|
|Day 4||Observing the consequences of the 2013’s eruption the young cone, the wide fresh lava flows, caves, the stone sculptures and the heaps of hardened lava.|
|Day 5||Driving to the Northern break (18 km). Ascending the new Tolbachiskie cones: tiny volcanoes (about 100-200 m high). Driving to the Southern break (15 km). Visiting cones of the Southern break. On the way visiting the Dead Forest (a lot of forest hectares were covered with volcanic ashes as the result of the powerful eruption of Tolbachik Volcano in 1975) and seeing the tops of the dry trees above the 7-meter layer of volcanic debris. Returning to the camp. Camping.|
|Day 6||Moving to the settlement Kozyrevsk, which is situated on the shore of the River Kamchatka (90 km, 3 hours). Accommodation in the private tourist shelter, in the wooden houses on the special equipped place. Classic Russian bath. Walking excursion on the one of oldest Kamchatka settlements, founded on the burg of Itelmens – aboriginals of Kamchatka in the 18-th century. Visiting the national crafts workshop, souvenir shop of local craftsmen. Visiting the viewing platform, which open the panorama on the whole settlement and river Kamchatka and volcanoes.|
|Day 7||Driving by 6WD vehicle to Malky village, lunch in Milkovo village. Starting rafting down the Bystraya River. Camping for the night.|
|Day 8||Rafting on the Bystraya River (passage of 2 rapids, there is high probability to see bears and salmon,). Fishing. Camping for the night.|
|Day 9||End of rafting with passage of the rapids. Driving back (180 km) to the boarding house in Paratunka resort area. Accommodation (DBL), rest, bathing in hot thermal water swimming-pools.|
|Day 10||Sea-trip on Avacha Bay. Seeing the sea birds colonies on Babushkin Kamen (Granny’s Stone) and Tri Brata (Three Brothers) Islands. Short trip to the Pacific Ocean up to Starichkov island. Sea fishing, seeing the seal rookery. There is a chance to see whales, dolphins. Fresh fish soup for lunch. After the boat trip driving to Mutnovsky volcano by off-road vehicle (100km). Camping for the night.|
|Day 11||Ascent to the crater of Mutnovsky volcano (2323m). Seeing active fumaroles, mud siphons, mud craters, mountain lake. The crater of volcano Mutnovsky is one of the most wonderful volcanic phenomenon of Kamchatka. Steep walls surround wide and deep crater, with shining glaciers. Ascending takes 8 hours. If it is difficult for somebody to ascend it’s possible to return to the camp. Spending the night in tents.|
|Day 12||Excursion to Gorely volcano (1829m), walk along the coulee (hardened lava-stream), slag fields, seeing of 3 craters with lakes in it. The excursion takes 8 hours. Driving to the recreation department in the resort area “Paratunka”. Accommodation (DBL), rest, bathing in swimming-pools with hot thermal water (hot springs).|
|Day 13||Visiting the fish market. Shopping. Souvenirs. Departure to the airport.|
Tour cost, per person: 109000 roubles
3 time a day meal, guide service, cook service, interpreter service, base equipments (tents, rafts etc), transport service (bus, "off-roader"), twin accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and tents, visa support and registration.
Flights, alcoholic drinks. Lunches in Milkovo (2 times, about 300 rubles).
The cost of the helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers and the caldera of volcano “Uzon” is about 39000 roubles.
1) a rucksack or travel bag 2) a sleeping bag and a tourist rug 3) trekking boots or rubber boots 4) additional shoes to change 5) things for personal hygiene, bathing accessories 6) warm clothes (waterproof and windeblock jacket) 7) sunglasses 8) a hat 9) small lamp 10) gloves 11) sticks for climbing 12) the first-aid set 13) anti-mosquito spray
Change of sequence of passage of round is possible..